All over the world there are people struggling to live as their true selves. Everywhere, people face violence and discrimination simply for who they love or how they look. We support a world in which people are free to live and love openly. Crystal Vibes by B&B is a strong supporter of the LGBT community as we stand with our allies in the fight for equality and representation.

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) movement was started to fight this violent, discrimination, and inequality. The LGBT movement is committed to recognizing abuses committed based on sexual orientation and gender identity; a community built to advocate for human rights, educate the apprehensive, and fight unjust laws. Every day organizations everywhere defend victims of violence, improve diversity workspaces, and enhance representation on all levels.

As a community, we can work together to create a society that accepts people for their inherent value, regardless of where they come from, how they look, or who they love. As individuals, we can be an ally for the LGBT community. Here are a few things you can do to be an ally.

• Be an open, active listener as you listen to the stories of others
• Be aware of implicit biases, unconscious beliefs
• Challenge people when you hear anti-gay comments or jokes
• Utilize a no-tolerance policy for anti-gay dialogue
• Support diversity in hiring, pay, and employment opportunities
• Research the history of LGBT rights and advocacy
• Support LGBT entrepreneurs and politicians
• Volunteer and/or donate to local LBGT advocacy groups 

If you would like to learn more about LGBT rights or advocacy, you can visit Teaching Tolerance or the Human Rights Watch