Advocacy is easy, and it's important!
You have a voice and are a stakeholder in our democracy. Our government answers to all of us. But there are some tips that will go a long way in helping you to be an effective advocate for the LGBTQ community.
Tips for calling decision makers
- Be concise! Just stick to the issue at hand, and be clear on what you want the decision maker to do.
- It often helps to be polite. While there is a time and a place for more candid discussions, you'll make more progress if you clearly, assertively, but politely make your point. In a lot of cases, public servants care about certain issues, even if they don't care in the same way as you do, and it takes a lot to run for public office or to serve in a public office. You can disagree, but try not to be disagreeable.
- It's okay to state that if the decision maker does not make the right decision that you will remember that at the ballot box in the next relevant election.
- Get some friends in on the advocacy! The more people you have calling with you, the more effective you'll be.
Your Fairfield County Representation
Contact Your Local Connecticut Representation:
Find your Connecticut legislators here -- These State Legislators and State Senators represent you on Connecticut-specific matters.
Contact Fairfield County's Federal Delegation:
Congressman Jim Himes (Stamford/Norwalk/Bridgeport)
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (New Haven/Stratford/Middletown)
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (Waterbury/Danbury/New Britain)