The Breakthrough Conversation is a public education project designed to overcome persistent barriers to full acceptance of and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. It was launched to prepare and encourage LGBT people to engage in more conversations with the non-LGBT people in their lives about LGBT-specific topics and enable our movement to develop a game-changing model for effective, broad-scale social change through one-on-one engagement.
What is a Breakthrough Conversation?
For the purposes of the project, it’s a conversation (or several conversations) that lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people or straight allies who have been trained on effective, research-based messages have with non-LGBT people in their lives (e.g., a family member, friend, neighbor, colleague). While there is no single issue that determines how supportive an individual is, it’s important that these conversations be about something tangible, rather than some vague notion of “equality”. Issues that most readily uncover a person’s actual acceptance of LGBT people include the freedom to marry, support for full adoption and parenting rights for LGBT people, ordination of openly LGBT faith leaders and support for teaching history and social science in public schools that does not exclude LGBT people.