The news of Karen Pence's new job released a wave of opinions around the world — and they're not all that good. That's because she'll reportedly be teaching at a school that does not allow LGBTQ-identifying students to enroll and requires that its staff affirms that marriage should only be between a man and a woman — in 2019. If anything, it's only a reminder that there is a lot of work to be done in this world and that there is always something you can do to trigger more inclusive conversations and start taking action, like donating to LGBTQ rights organizations. Here are four LGBTQ rights organizations to donate to after Karen Pence's job announcement, because this matters.
In case you missed it, The Huffington Post published a story on Jan. 15 saying that Pence accepted a job as an art teacher at Immanuel Christian School, whose parent agreement says that a student can be expelled if they, or someone in their household, engages in or supports homosexual behavior. Elite Daily reached out to both Immanuel Christian School and representatives for the Pences for comment, but did not immediately hear back. Naturally, people had some feelings about this. Sarah Kate Ellis, president of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, told the Post that Pence signing up to work at a place where children should feel safe (but also bans LGBTQ+ youth) is "disturbing," and stars like Cher have called out the second lady on Twitter.
But people have also come to her defense. U.S. Senator Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska) told Fox News on Jan. 16 that Pence simply picked up the job "to love thy neighbor through art," saying the criticisms are a "fundamentally un-American way to think." Her husband, Vice President Mike Pence said the criticisms are an attack on Christianity and are offensive to his family. "I have to tell you, to see major news organizations attacking Christian education is deeply offensive,” the vice president told Lauren Ashburn, of religious news source EWTN. "This criticism of Christian education in America should stop."