There are lots of great LGBT resources for those seeking information, assistance, or support. The following are some of the larger LGBT organizations in the United States, but be sure to look up local organizations in your hometown for more help.
Human Rights Campaign
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is an national organization that advocates for equality for LGBT people. They are an excellent source for news and information on LGBT issues and politics.
“As the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Americans, the Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than 1.5 million members and supporters nationwide — all committed to making HRC’s vision a reality.
HRC envisions a world where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.”
National LGBTQ Task Force
“The National LGBTQ Task Force is an American social justice advocacy non-profit organizing the grassroots power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community. Also known as The Task Force, the organization supports action and activism on behalf of LGBTQ people and advances a progressive vision of liberation.”
The Task Force is a great resource for information on studies and national statistic of LGBT people.
Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
8 out of 10 LGBT students are harassed in school for their gender/sexual identity. GLSEN’s mission is to make schools safe for LGBT students. They work with educators and administrations to provide programs to support LGBT students in schools. They’re an excellent resource for those looking to make their school or university more LGBT-friendly.
“GLSEN (pronounced “glisten”) was founded in 1990 by a small, but dedicated group of teachers in Massachusetts who came together to improve an education system that too frequently allows its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) students to be bullied, discriminated against, or fall through the cracks.
Over 25 years later, that small group has grown into the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe and affirming schools for LGBTQ students.”
PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)
PFLAG focuses on the families and friends of LGBT people to make sure they are able to be a support system for their LGBT loved one. PFLAG has local chapters all over the United States that run different programs to aid the support of LGBT people by their friends and family.
“PFLAG is working to make sure that all people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer are not only valued by society, but take pride in and value themselves. We do this through providing peer-to-peer support, educating people on the issues that are important to the community, and advocating for inclusive policies and laws.”
While not strictly an LGBT organization, Planned Parenthood has been an important ally to LGBT people seeking health care. Planned Parenthood provides a safe space for LGBT people to ask questions about sexual health, as well as receive medical care, birth control, or hormone replacement therapy.
Planned Parenthood runs LGBT educational programs, as well as professional training programs.
The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is a suicide prevention program for LGBT people. They provide a hotline for teens in crisis as well as professional training to those who work with young LGBT folks.
“Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.”
If you are in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk, call the Trevor Lifeline now at 866-488-7386.
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