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12 Most Influential LGBTQ+ Organizations You Can Donate

  • by Jamie Skylark

Donate to these nonprofit groups and organizations to help fight injustice and violence based on race, gender, and sexuality. In the wake of the brazen police killings of Breona Taylor, Ahmed Aberi, and George Floyd, LGBTQ+ advocates used Pride as an opportunity to speak out against the racial injustice that still plagues our nation.

Calling people's attention can go a long way, but it's clearly not enough. We need to come together to protect our black and brown brothers and sisters, those in the transgender community, and other LGBTQ+ members who are being treated unjustly in every aspect of their lives. We need to march, petition, and hold more people accountable, from attackers to anti-advocates to governments.

At the same time, we should spare no effort to support those groups working to end violence, persecution and marginalization. So, here are 12 nonprofits and organizations - many of them black-led - that you can dive into to find out what they're currently doing, and then choose to make a donation.

1„ÄĀThe Human Rights Campaign

The Human Rights Campaign is a national organization working towards equality for LGBTQ Americans. Founded by Steve Endean in 1980 as The Human Rights Campaign Fund with the intent to provide financial support for political candidates who supported LGBTQ rights, the organization quickly evolved and is now that largest LGBTQ civil rights organization in the U.S., providing support and awareness for and on behalf of the LGBTQ community. DONATE

2„ÄĀGLSEN

GLSEN was founded in 1990 by a group of teachers in Massachusetts who wanted to improve the bullying and discrimination problem against LGBTQ students in schools from grades K-12. Since then, GLSEN has worked on important legislation like the Safe Schools Improvement Act, which requires any K-12 grade school to employ anti-bullying policies with specific protection for those bullied because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. DONATE

3„ÄĀThe American Civil Liberties Union

The American Civil Liberties Union is a century-old nonprofit organization formed to enforce and protect the civil liberties and rights of all Americans. From reproductive rights, to free speech and marriage equality, the ACLU's primary purpose is to prevent and fight government abuse and overreach. DONATE

4„ÄĀGLAAD

Originally founded in 1985 to protest the inflammatory coverage of the AIDS epidemic, GLAAD is now the leading source for fair representation of the LGBTQIA+ community in the media. From coverage of significant events to accurate depictions of queer stories in film and television, GLAAD is there to enforce visibility and accountability. DONATE

5„ÄĀNational Center for Transgender Equality

The National Center for Transgender Equality was founded in 2003 and has since made it their mission to advocate and push for policy change that protects the freedom and liberties of transgender Americans. DONATE

6„ÄĀThe Trevor Project

Named after the 1998 Academy Award-winning short film,¬†The Trevor Project¬†was the first national crisis and suicide prevention hotline for LGBTQ teens and young adults. Since its inception, it's helped thousands of struggling LGBTQ youths through their various services ‚ÄĒ Trevor Lifeline, which is accessible via phone call or text; TrevorChat (available on their site), a social network for LGBTQ youth 25 and younger, and their¬†support center.¬†DONATE

7„ÄĀThe Transgender Law Center

The Transgender Law Center is the largest transgender-led civil rights organization in the United States. Their primary focus is to provide information and support to transgender and gender nonconforming people and their families. Whether it be legal or otherwise, TLC's aim is to create inclusive and safe spaces everywhere, from schools to prisons, by curating educational workshops for community members, attorneys, and business owners, as well as connecting those in need of legal assistance with representation. DONATE

8„ÄĀLGBTQ Freedom Fund

In the United States alone, queer people are three times more likely to be incarcerated. With the epidemic of overincarceration of the LGBTQ community, the LGBTQ Freedom Fund posts bail for those held in jail or immigrant detention. They also work to help those dealing with HIV/AIDs after their bail by providing treatment and prevention services. DONATE

9„ÄĀServices & Advocacy for LGBT Elders

With LGBTQ protection laws being what they are, the limitations of an unpredictable future is most threatening to aging LGBTQ folks. Services & Advocacy for LGBT Elders, or SAGE, is the oldest organization in the United States specifically dedicated to advocating for the lives of our LGBTQ elders. Since 1978, The New York City-based group has been a source of information on health and legal centers, as well as benefits and programs aimed for the betterment of the lives of the elderly. DONATE

10„ÄĀThe Trans Justice Funding Project

Founded in 2012, the Trans Justice Funding Project is a community lead initiative that supports grassroots trans justice groups that are run by and for trans people. Each year, trans activist leaders allocate funds through a grant to a variety of groups that focus on racism, abelism, transmisogyny, economic injustice, and other oppressive systems. DONATE

11„ÄĀGender Diversity

Gender Diversity is an organization that works with parents, schools, and legal firms to educate and increase awareness of gender diversity in children, teens, and adults. They provide assistance and training for parents and caregivers to be able to identify when their child is gender-diverse, as well as support groups and events that aim to build a stronger community for people of all gender identities and their families. DONATE


12„ÄĀGLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality

GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality is the largest association of LGBTQ healthcare professionals. Formerly known as the Gay & Lesbian Medical Association, it works to ensure fair and equal healthcare for both LGBTQ individuals and healthcare professionals, in addition to providing assistance in finding LGBTQ friendly medical providers for the past 30 years. DONATE

 

 


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