Gay (LGBT) Rights
Groups working hard to advance LGBT issues
American Veterans for Equal Rights – AVER is a non-profit, chapter-based association of active, reserve and veteran servicemembers dedicated to full and equal rights and equitable treatment for all present and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere – COLAGE is a national movement of children, youth, and adults with one or more lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer (LGBTQ) parent/s.
Family Pride – Family Equality Council works to ensure equality for LGBT families by building community, changing hearts and minds, and advancing social justice for all families.
Gay and Lesbian Medical Association – GLMA’s mission is to ensure equality in health care for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and health care providers.
Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund – The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund identifies, trains and elects LGBT leaders to all levels of office, in every corner of America. The Victory Fund and the courageous candidates we endorse have proven that with smart strategic support and the financial resources necessary – typically twice what straight candidates need to raise – LGBT candidates can run and win anywhere.
Gay Asian Pacific Support Network – The mission of GAPSN is to provide supportive environments for gay and bisexual Asian Pacific Islander men to meet, network, voice concerns, foster self-empowerment, and to advocate on issues of significance to the gay Asian Pacific Islander community.
GLAAD – The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.
Griot Circle – a Gathering of Elders
HRC – Human Rights Campaign – Provides a national voice on gay and lesbian issues.
IGLHRC – The mission of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) is to secure the full enjoyment of the human rights of all people and communities subject to discrimination or abuse on the basis of sexual orientation or expression, gender identity or expression, and/or HIV status. A US-based non-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO), IGLHRC effects this mission through advocacy, documentation, coalition building, public education, and technical assistance.
Immigration Equality - Immigration Equality is a national, grass-roots organization that fights for equality under U.S. immigration law for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and HIV-positive individuals. Founded in 1994, as the Lesbian and Gay Immigration Rights Task Force, we have grown to a membership of 10,000 in cities all over the country. We are run by a Board of Directors, and have full-time staff in our National Headquarters in New York. Immigration Equality is funded by donations from our members as well as generous support from private foundations.
Lambda Legal – Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund The nation’s oldest and largest legal organization working for the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, and people with HIV/AIDS.
Marriage Equality USA - Organization dedicated to securing the freedom and the right of same-sex couples to enter into legally-recognized civil marriage.
Matthew’s Place -A place for LGBTQ youth to get the information and resources needed to live a healthy, productive and hate-free life.
National Assc. of LGBT Community Centers – CenterLink exists to support the development of strong, sustainable LGBT community centers and to build a unified center movement.
National Black Justice Coalition – The National Black Justice Coalition is a civil rights organization dedicated to empowering Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. Our mission is to end racism and homophobia.
National Center for Lesbian Rights – The National Center for Lesbian Rights is a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education.
National Center for Transgender Equality – NCTE was founded in 2003 by transgender activists who saw the urgent need for a consistent voice in Washington DC for transgender people.
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force – The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund, founded in 1974 as the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Inc., works to build the grassroots political power of the LGBT community to win complete equality. We do this through direct and grassroots lobbying to defeat anti-LGBT ballot initiatives and legislation and pass pro-LGBT legislation and other measures.
National Minority AIDS Council – The National Minority AIDS Council develops leadership in communities of color to address the challenges of HIV/AIDS.
National Youth Advocacy Coalition – The National Youth Advocacy Coalition (NYAC) is a national social justice organization working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people to strengthen the role of young people in the LGBTQ rights movement.
NCLR’s IMMIGRATION PROJECT – NCLR is committed to helping overcome the immigration hurdles faced by same-sex binational couples, as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender immigrants.
Out & Equal Workplace Advocates – Out & Equal™ Workplace Advocates is the preeminent national organization devoted to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community in the workplace.
OUT 4 IMMIGRATION – OUT 4 IMMIGRATION provides accurate information to educate the community and the general public about the U.S. immigration system and the impact it has on Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Bisexual, and HIV+ people. By increasing awareness we hope to enable those facing the unique challenges put forth by the law to understand their rights and legally navigate through the existing system.
Outfront is part of an international network of Amnesty activists in over twenty countries that organize to protect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights.
SLDN – Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), the nation’s sole legal aid and advocacy organization assisting military members harmed by ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’