Citizen Wisdom

Since day one, we have asked you to take the mic and add your voice, to tell us what good citizenship means to you and what you want this Foundation to be. We asked, and you answered.

We’ve received thousands of your ideas, photos, stories of citizenship, and suggestions for working together on building this Foundation. Browse through some of your fellow citizens’ thoughts below and then share your voice.

I heard a story recently on the radio in Jacksonville, FL about a guy picking up trash each Saturday. He said he needed help and all you had to bring was yourself and maybe a friend. So, my daughter Gigi and I do our best to go every Saturday now. — Joshua B., Jacksonville, FL

This was taken on my first-ever trip to San Francisco, California last December 2016. This photo indeed captured my genuine happiness not only being in San Francisco, but being in this era, where our rights as LGBTs and Humans are now appreciated and recognized (and definitely, there are still a lot of things that needs to be done!) —Carla J., Philippines

We are a proud TransFamily! We are equipped with a Trans dad, lesbian mom, and fabulous 4 year old. As all normal parents, we worry for Max's future. We believe that American freedoms should include the right to an education at a school that is safe and accepting of all children no matter their ability, family scenario, race, or religion. —Casey P., Tucker, GA

I think that what makes a good citizen is a citizen that is compassionate, empathetic and affords the same rights for all people no matter their race, religion, ethnicity, or gender. —Ben C., Carbondale, CO

A good citizen seeks to understand all people, they listen, participate and are inclusive. —Carol D.H.

This is a photo from my wedding to my active duty Sailor. I help to change hearts and minds from the inside that LGBT families not only deserve equality in the military family but that we also understand and respect the responsibilities that come with that equality. —Brian A.

Being an active citizen means being involved and not being silent. It takes real courage and bravery —not experience — as a normal citizen to stand up and confront the ills of violence or other detrimental issues. Those who do should be supported and celebrated, those who don't should ask themselves "why not me?" —LaVonte S., Chicago, IL

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