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LGBT Organizations | HIV/AIDS Organizations

Got questions about coming out, same-sex marriage rights, employment discrimination, HIV/AIDS law, or some other LGBT topic? Check out this ever-growing list of places to go for help online and around the country. (If you know of other organizations that you’d like to recommend, with a few sentences about why. )

LGBT Organizations (in alphabetical order)

Supports children of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender parents by empowering youth, developing leadership, and advocating on social justice issues.

Equality California
Works to achieve equality and secure legal protections for LGBT by sponsoring legislation, lobbying legislators and other policy makers, building coalitions, and empowering individuals and organizations to engage in the political process.

Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)
Works to ensure 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.

GLBT National Help Center
Offers free, confidential telephone and Internet counseling and resources for gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender people through the GLBT National Hotline at 888-THE-GLNH and for young people through the GLBT National Youth Hotline at 888-246-PRIDE.

Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
Works with educators, policy makers, community leaders, and students to address anti-LGBT behavior and bias in schools by protecting students from bullying and harassment, advancing comprehensive safe-schools laws and policies, and empowering educators to make their schools safer.

Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
Represents a grassroots force of over 750,000 members and supporters nationwide as the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for LGBT Americans.

Lambda Legal
Fights for full recognition of the civil rights of LGBT people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education, and public policy work.

Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center
Serves nearly a quarter-million clients from ethnically diverse youth and adult communities in Los Angeles County each year by offering free and low-cost health, mental health, and HIV/AIDS medical care as well as HIV/STD testing and prevention.

National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)
Litigates precedent-setting LGBT cases; advocates for equitable public policies; provides free legal assistance to LGBT people and their legal advocates; and conducts community education on such issues.

National Center for Transgender Equality
Works to end discrimination and violence against transgender people through education and advocacy in our nation's capital and around the country, empowering transgender people and their allies to directly influence policymakers.

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
Trains activists and equips state and local organizations to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation in order to build a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity.

National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA)
Works from within the news industry to foster fair and accurate coverage of LGBT issues and fight all forms of workplace bias, and provides professional development to its members.

Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians & Gays (PFLAG)
Supports gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people, their families and friends in their struggles to cope with an adverse society; educates to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocates to end discrimination and secure equal civil rights.

The Point Foundation
Provides financial support, mentoring, leadership training, and hope to meritorious students who are marginalized due to sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

The Straight Spouse Network
Provides personal, confidential support and information to heterosexual spouses/partners (current or former) of gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender mates and mixed-orientation couples for constructively resolving coming-out problems.

The Trevor Project
Provides nationwide crisis and suicide prevention services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.

HIV/AIDS Organizations
(in alphabetical order)

AIDS Action
Advocates on a national level for people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS and the organizations that serve them, helping pass legislation such as the Ryan White CARE Act and key needle-exchange and prison policies.

AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth & Families
Gives voice to the needs of women, children, youth, and families living with and affected by HIV and AIDS by advocating on public policy concerns, supporting care providers, and collaborating with other national organizations.

The Body
Highlights HIV/AIDS news and research in an effort to lower barriers between patients and clinicians; demystify the virus and its treatment; help improve patients’ quality of life; and foster an online HIV community.

The Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR)
Invests in cutting-edge science to accelerate the pace of HIV/AIDS research, prevention, and treatment education, while advocating sound AIDS-related public policy.

Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC)
Provides prevention and care services to more than 15,000 New York City men, women, and families living with or affected by HIV/AIDS, and advocates for scientific, evidence-based public health solutions for hundreds of thousands worldwide.

National Association of People With AIDS
Fights HIV stigma by collecting and telling the stories of positive people and bringing local issues to the national level.

National Minority AIDS Council
Develops leadership in communities of color to address the challenges of HIV/AIDS through public-policy education programs, national conferences, and treatment and research programs and training.

Project Inform

Represents HIV-positive people in the development of HIV treatments and a cure, advocates for quality health care to respond to HIV and related conditions, and promotes medical strategies that prevent new infections.

San Francisco AIDS Foundation

Offers financial benefits counseling, client advocacy, housing assistance, a state hotline (in both English and Spanish), HIV education, and a needle-exchange program.

Whitman-Walker Clinic
Delivers health care and other services to greater Washington, D.C.’s diverse urban community, including individuals who face barriers to accessing care, with a special expertise in LGBT and HIV care.

World Vision’s Hope Initiative
Arranges HopeChild sponsorships, whereby anyone can pay $1 a day to help one of the 15 million children around the world who have lost one or both parents to HIV or AIDS.

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