For those readers in the U.S., or those following current situations here, you may know that Net Neutrality was repealed today by the Federal Communications Commission. For anyone not familiar with the concept, Net Neutrality is essentially the notion of a free internet, where an ISP cannot legally charge you extra for certain websites or block/slow content they disagree with. If you’d like to read more, I’ll leave the Wikipedia link here.
I know that over the past few months, the thought of losing Net Neutrality has become a frightening thing for many people. I have particularly noticed that members of the LGBTQA+ community feel this very deeply, as for some, myself included, the internet is a safe haven where we find support, friends, and information. It is an invaluable resource which we have grown accustomed to using in order to build communities and live our daily lives.
If you are nervous about how this decision may affect you, or want to do something to help, I’m going to leave a number of resources below:
- If you’d like to reach out to Congress and voice your concerns to them, you should be able to find your Senator with this list, which was provided by Tyler a few months back.
- If you’d like to directly reach out to the FCC, they do have an informal complaints webpage where you may do so.
- RESISTBOT is also another way to reach out to your Congress members, and works particularly well if you are someone who doesn’t like to talk on the phone. It gives you an opportunity to contact your Congress members via your cellphone or Facebook.
- If support is what you are looking for, there are several options available to you. I will leave the link to our resources page as a start, but also feel free to email one of us if that would suit you better.
- There is also a 24/7 crisis textline, which I recommend from personal experience. You just text “START” to 741-741. It may take a bit of time for them to get back to you, but they are generally very diligent when it comes to answering in a timely way.
In a time like this where you may be worried, just know that it is completely valid to feel that way. You are not the only one and you are not alone in this. And remember to keep your head up as best you can, there are still options for us to make our voices heard on this matter, so don’t lose hope.