Updated: May 25
Because of the lack of representation in the media, isolation due to religious beliefs, and many other reasons, it is incredibly common for LGBTQ people to feel as though they are the only person going through their struggle. It is so important to know that you are so incredibly Not alone. Not only are we here for you, but there is organization after organization out there fighting for you. Here are just a few that we're celebrating this Pride.
Servicing LGBTQ+ youth (under the age of 25), The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to our young community.
Providing resources and advocacy for all LGBTQ people, the Human Rights Campaign produces powerful campaigns for equality.
Public perception is everything, and GLAAD helps to write the narrative of LGBTQ acceptance with its powerful media force.
Founded in 1973 after the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the nation’s largest organization for families and allies of the LGBTQ+ community.
The ACLU works in the courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution but often infringed upon for marginalized groups.
This organization specializes in the safety, support, and inclusion of LGBTQ+ students in K-12 education by supporting educators, advocating for curriculum, and presenting policy changes.
Bisexuality, especially male bisexuality, is an often overlooked or reduced part of the LGBTQ community. The Bisexual Resource Center provides resources, support, and services specifically for the bisexual community.
The Transgender Law Center is th largest national trans-led organization advocating for the rights, liberties, and futures of trans people. The organization not only provides legal services and advocacy work for the trans community, but also provides support services and specialized resources.
The leading advocacy group in Virginia seeking equality for LGBTQ+ people, Equality Virginia seeks to advance legal protections, empower the community, and make equality a reality. This is a truly remarkable group of people, but if you are not a resident of Virginia, be sure to research a similar organization in your state… and if it doesn’t exist, be that voice!
In line with the previous statement of "be that voice," we wanted to point out that resources can be available at an even more local level. Diversity Richmond, for example, operates a thrift store, a retail store, and does specialized fund raisers to donate money to LGBTQ charities in the Richmond area. This is a great way to get involved in your community, or if this type of organization does not exist where you live, to create a local gathering place to share community, build awareness, and amplify the voice of LGBTQ people.
Each of these organizations depend upon donations, so if you feel compelled by their mission, click through to find out how you can make a contribution.
Know of more worthy organizations? Feel free to let us know about them in the comments!