HRC Mississippi honors the legacy of civil rights pioneer Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

HRC Mississippi honors the legacy of civil rights pioneer Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

JACKSON, MS - This is a news release from HRC Mississippi

Today, HRC Mississippi honors the life and legacy and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a trailblazing pioneer whose vision and fearlessness continue to inspire and empower millions people around the world every day.

"Today, we remember a giant, whose fearlessness we aspire to channel every day in the fight for LGBT equality in the Magnolia State," said HRC Mississippi State Director Rob Hill. "May his legacy and values continue to be a steadfast example to all those fighting for equality and justice for all Mississippians and Americans."

In honor of Dr. King's legacy, HRC Mississippi is partnering with United Way for a donation drive today benefiting homeless youth shelters and battered women's shelters in Mississippi.

The consequences of homelessness, particularly for LGBTQ youth who remain particularly vulnerable, are far reaching and can last a lifetime. In fact, of the nearly 2 million young people who are affected by homelessness each year, consistent research shows that up to 40 percent of homeless youth identity as LGBTQ, even though they make up on 5 to 10 percent of the overall youth population. These young people cite running away from home or being rejected by their families because of their LGBTQ status as the two most common reasons for being homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless. Furthermore, growing up without the critical family and social safety nets so many children rely on often results in catastrophic consequences for economic stability, educational attainment, mental and physical health, and life expectancy.

HRC's Project One America is an initiative geared towards advancing social, institutional and legal equality in Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas. HRC Mississippi is working to advance equality for LGBT Mississippians who have no state level protections in housing, workplace, or public accommodations. Through HRC Mississippi, we are working toward a future of fairness every day—changing hearts, minds and laws toward achieving full equality.