Jun 12, 2023

Pride: Week 3

Standing up for love and equality

This week, we're highlighting organizations and groups who are doing incredible work for our LGBTQIA+ community. With the recent attempts to undermine the rights of our transgender and gender non-conforming siblings, it's crucial that we unite in support and action. We’re not just against discrimination — we’re actively fighting it.

Across the U.S, organizations like Human Rights Campaign, PFLAG, Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), and Lambda Legal fight every day for equality and acceptance at a national level.

In our own communities, places like Gay City in Seattle, The Los Angeles LGBT Center, The LGBT Community Center in NYC, and Q Center in Portland work tirelessly to create safe, accepting spaces and provide essential services.

It's not enough to be non-discriminatory; we must be actively anti-discriminatory. Join us in supporting these organizations, lifting the voices of the transgender and gender non-conforming community, and advocating for change. Every act of resistance, every voice raised, brings us closer to a world where everyone can live openly, authentically, and safely.

Today, we're highlighting these groups and more who are doing incredible work for our LGBTQIA+ community. Let's stand together, affirming that hate and discrimination have no place in our society. Read more below 👇

☞ National:

  • Human Rights Campaign (HRC): This organization works to achieve equality for LGBTQ+ individuals in the United States. They lobby Congress, mobilize grassroots actions in diverse communities, invest strategically to elect fair-minded individuals to office, and educate the public about LGBTQ+ issues.
  • PFLAG: Founded in 1973 after the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the nation's largest family and ally organization. It is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education, and advocacy.
  • GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network): GLSEN strives to ensure that every student in every school is valued and treated with respect, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
  • National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE): The NCTE advocates for policy change at all levels of government to advance transgender equality. They work to change laws, policies and society to increase understanding and acceptance of transgender people.
  • Lambda Legal: This organization works for the civil rights of LGBTQ+ people and everyone living with HIV. They do so through impact litigation, education, and public policy work.

☞ Seattle:

  • Gay City: Seattle's LGBTQ Center: Gay City promotes wellness in LGBTQ communities by providing health services, connecting people to resources, fostering arts, and building community.
  • Ingersoll Gender Center: Ingersoll is one of the nation's oldest organizations by and for transgender and gender nonconforming communities, providing support, advocacy, and a wide range of resources.
  • Lambert House: Lambert House empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth through the development of leadership, social, and life skills.
  • Seattle Counseling Service: A community-based organization that has been dedicated to promoting health and wellness within the LGBTQ community for 45 years.
  • Entre Hermanos: The mission of Entre Hermanos is to promote the health and well-being of the Latino Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and questioning community in a culturally appropriate environment through disease prevention, education, support services, advocacy and community building.

☞ Los Angeles:

  • The Los Angeles LGBT Center: This center provides services and programs in five buildings that span a range of needs, including health, social services, housing, culture and education, leadership and advocacy.
  • TransLatin@ Coalition: An organization formed by Trans Latin@ leaders who have come together in 2009 to organize and advocate for the needs of Trans Latin@s in the US.
  • Gender Justice LA: This is a grassroots organization that builds the power of the transgender community in LA through community organizing and advocacy.
  • The Trevor Project (West Coast Office): This branch of the Trevor Project provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ young people under 25.
  • Equality California: The largest statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights organization in the US, working to achieve and maintain full and lasting equality and acceptance of LGBTQ+ people.

☞ New York City:

  • The LGBT Community Center: Provides a home for the birth, nurture and celebration of LGBTQ+ organizations, institutions and culture.
  • Ali Forney Center: Their mission is to protect LGBTQ+ youths from the harms of homelessness and empower them with the tools needed to live independently.
  • SAGE NYC: A branch of the national advocacy and services organization, focusing on improving the lives of LGBT older adults in New York City.
  • New York Transgender Advocacy Group: A Trans-led organization that advocates for trans rights and educates the public and policymakers about trans issues.
  • Hetrick-Martin Institute: This organization believes all young people, regardless of sexual

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