20 LGBTQ+ Organizations to Support During Pride Month in 2020
Pride Month 2020 is here, and that means it's time to remember queer history and give back — though we should be doing that year-round, too. Pride is a month of celebration, education and uplift for LGBTQIA+ individuals, whether you're a young queer person, a community veteran or a passionate ally. There are numerous charities and organizations that serve the queer community in different ways.
It's important to acknowledge the LGBTQIA+ community from various angles to diversify your attention, awareness and, of course, your donations if you're looking to contribute. Many LGBTQIA+ organizations are doing great work, so you can find one — or a few — that ignite your passion for the cause! Here are 20 you can pick to support:
1. The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project focuses primarily on LGBTQIA+ youth and mental health, providing a hotline and other prevention efforts to help young queer people. They seek to provide a safe place for queer youth to heal and find support.
Formerly known as the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, GLSEN is an education organization primarily centered around preventing bullying in schools for LGBTQIA+ students.
3. Black Aids Institute
The Black Aids Institution works to promote awareness to prevent HIV and AIDS in African American communities.
4. Family Equality Council
The Family Equality Council is an organization that works to advance both legal and experienced equality for queer and non-traditional families. LGBTQIA+ families raise their kids, plan for the future and experience the world just like any other family. The Family Equality Council seeks to provide a safer world for them to do so.
5. Trans Women of Color Collective
An education and awareness organization, the Trans Women of Color Collective works to uplift and raise awareness for their lived experiences. They are devoted to healing and justice, tackling various issues specific to their community.
6. The Transgender Law Center
The Transgender Law Center specifically works to fight for legal rights and laws for transgender people.
CenterLink works to provide centers and spaces for LGBTQIA+ individuals that nurture healthy, safe and thriving communities.
Based in New York and dedicated to uplifting LGBTQIA+ youth of color, FIERCE is a membership-based organization focused on youth-led campaigns, leadership programs and cultural development.
9. The Trans Justice Funding Project
The Trans Justice Funding Project provides grants and funding to grassroots groups working toward trans justice and prosperity.
10. National Black Justice Coalition
As an initiative to uplift black queer people, the National Black Justice Coalition aims to influence public policy, build stronger families and strive for authentic and meaningful representation.
11. Bisexual Resource Center
The Bisexual Resource Center is an organization dedicated to providing support for bisexual, pansexual and other queer individuals, and raising public awareness about bisexual and queer rights.
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation is an organization dedicated to LGBTQIA+ representation in media. Their mission is centered around cultural change and conversations about queer identities.
13. The ACLU
While the American Civil Liberties Union fights for more than just LGBTQIA+ rights, their mission encompasses working toward justice for the LGBTQIA+ community. As an organization, they defend the rights and liberties of individuals through legal action.
14. Human Rights Campaign
The Human Rights Campaign is a legal lobbying group dedicated to LGBTQIA+ rights and laws. It is the largest lobbying group representing the queer community, and they conduct legal action for the rights and protection of LGBTQIA+ people.
15. Lambda Legal
Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund is an organization that upholds LGBTQIA+ and HIV/AIDS rights through education and public policy work.
16. Planned Parenthood
Planned Parenthood isn't a strictly LGBTQIA+ organization, but their mission to provide safe and inclusive health care to the community shows their dedication to LGBTQIA+ rights and inclusion.
17. Gender Diversity
Gender Diversity supports awareness, understanding and education about children with various gender identities. They provide family support and community building to meet the needs of kids across the gender spectrum.
18. Trans Lifeline
Trans Lifeline supports transgender individuals experiencing crises. It is a hotline for the trans community, by the trans community, to uplift individuals and offer support by providing a safe space.
19. Trans Youth Equality Foundation
The Trans Youth Equality Foundation seeks to provide support, resources and advocacy for transgender and gender non-conforming kids and their families and support systems.
The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association is a global organization that works with international policies and campaigns for LGBTQIA+ rights worldwide.
Celebrating Pride Month 2020
Pride Month is a time to remember LGBTQIA+ history, learn, educate and give back. In supporting LGBTQIA+ organizations, you're contributing directly to the rights, educational initiatives and programs that the community needs.
Especially in 2020, it's important to uplift trans people and queer people of color during Pride Month, as they contribute so much to the history, culture and life of the queer community.
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