LGBTQI Issues and Resources

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex

Accord Alliance
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Promoters of comprehensive and integrated approaches to care that enhance the health and well-being of people and families affected by DSD by fostering collaboration among all stakeholders. At the local level, they foster this approach by providing consultation and support to interdisciplinary teams striving to deliver the new standard of care to persons with DSD.

Advocates for Youth: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and Issues
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They advocate to address homophobia within communities, sensitize youth-serving professionals to the needs of GLBTQ youth, and encourage GLBTQ youth to become powerful advocates for themselves and other youth by sharing culturally relevant information and access to tailored services.

American Psychological Association: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns Office
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A organization that aims to advance psychology as a means of improving the health and well-being of LGBT people, as a means of increasing understanding of gender identity and sexual orientation as aspects of human diversity, and as a means of reducing stigma, prejudice, discrimination, and violence toward LGBT people.

Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling
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They recognize both individual and social contexts representing the confluence of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, ability, age, spiritual or religious belief system, indigenous heritage in order to promote greater awareness and understanding of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) issues among members of the counseling profession and related helping occupations.

Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists
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A community for the personal and professional growth of all LGBT Psychiatrists, and to be the recognized expert on LGBT mental health issues. They also are a community of psychiatrists that educate and advocate on Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender mental health issues.

Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere
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Their goal is to strive for a world in which those of us with one or more lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer parents or families are connected to a broad community of peers and mentors, are recognized as the authority of their experiences, belong to respected and valued family structures, and have the tools and support to create and maintain a just society.

Contact USA
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A network of crisis intervention and telephone helpline centers across the nation. They value and respect all human beings and reach out in compassion to ease human suffering.

Day of Silence Project
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The National Day of Silence brings attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools. Each year the event has grown, and now hundreds of thousands of students participate to encourage schools and classmates to address the problem of anti-LGBT behavior.

Empowering Spirits Foundation
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A national non-profit organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality through community service activities. Since its inception ESF has been taking the struggle for LGBT equality into the next era by fostering non-confrontational dialogue with individuals and institutions that may have not previously supported LGBT populations.

Equality Across America
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A National organizing team that represents a diverse group of activists from many groups, cities and experiences. Our successful regional and citywide conferences across the country drew more than 1,300 LGBT activists and allies and allowed us to win more people to building a national grassroots network through EAA and to meet many of these new leaders.

Family Acceptance Project
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An organization designed to study parents, families, and caregivers reactions and adjustment to an adolescent's coming out and LGBT identity. Also to develop training and assessment materials for health, mental health, and school-based providers, child welfare, juvenile justice, family service workers and community service providers on working with LGBT youth and families.

Family Equality Council
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This council works to ensure equality for LGBT families by building community, changing hearts and minds, and advancing social justice for all families. They want to achieve a country that celebrates a diversity of family constellations and respects individuals for supporting one another and sustaining loving families.

Freedom to Marry
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They are pursuing their Roadmap to Victory by working to win the freedom to marry in more states, grow the national majority for marriage, and end federal marriage discrimination.

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders
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A legal rights organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status and gender identity and expression. Civil rights have never been easy to win. Fighting for them takes passion, skill and an absolute determination to prevail.

Gay & Lesbian Medical Association
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They ensure equality in health care for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and health care providers. Their strategy is to reach a general consensus within the medical education community regarding the essential knowledge, skills, and attitudes that graduating medical students should possess in the area of sexual orientation and gender identity, sufficient to prepare them to provide excellent, comprehensive healthcare to LGBT patients.

Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)
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A non-profit that amplifies the voice of the LGBT community by empowering real people to share their stories, holding the media accountable for the words and images they present, and helping grassroots organizations communicate effectively. By ensuring that the stories of LGBT people are heard through the media, GLAAD promotes understanding, increases acceptance, and advances equality.

Gay Men’s Health Crisis
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The world’s first and leading provider of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and advocacy. Building on decades of dedication and expertise, we understand the reality of HIV/AIDS and empower a healthy life for all. At GMHC, they believe they can end the epidemic by addressing the underlying causes, shifting cultural beliefs and promoting smart behaviors that empower a healthy life for everyone.

Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network
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This organization strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. In addition GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes in creating a more vibrant and diverse community.

Gay-Straight Alliance Network
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A youth leadership organization that connects school-based Gay-Straight Alliances to each other and community resources through peer support, leadership development, and training.

Gender Education and Advocacy
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A non-profit corporation which provides information about transsexual and transgender issues. GEA assures compassionate support and passionate advocacy on behalf of transsexual and transgendered persons in their journeys toward health of body and mind and in their pursuit of personal freedom, including the freedom to alter their bodies and change their gender roles.

GLBT National Help Center
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A non-profit organization that is dedicated to meeting the needs of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community and those questioning their sexual orientation and gender identity.

Hearts and Ears: Supporting Wellness Recovery in the LGBTQ Community
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A non-profit organization for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning individuals with mental health issues and concerns. They warmly welcome all sexual and gender minorities. People who are dually stigmatized can have a difficult time finding full acceptance from others. Hearts & Ears aims to be a community where GLBTQ persons can feel safe, supported, and welcomed. Friends, family and community members are encouraged to attend.

Human Rights Campaign
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The largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality. HRC seeks to improve the lives of LGBT Americans by advocating for equal rights and benefits in the workplace, ensuring families are treated equally under the law and increasing public support among all Americans through innovative advocacy, education and outreach programs.

Immigration Equality
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A national organization that works to end discrimination in U.S. immigration law, to reduce the negative impact of that law on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and HIV-positive people, and to help obtain asylum for those persecuted in their home country based on their sexual orientation, transgender identity or HIV-status.

Jed Foundation
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Nationally works to reduce the rate of suicide and the prevalence of emotional distress among college and university students. To achieve this end, the organization collaborates with the public and leaders in higher education, mental health, and research to produce and advance initiatives that Strengthen campus mental health services, policies, and programs.

Lambda Legal
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A national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Community Center
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This organization provides a home for the birth, nurture and celebration of our organizations, institutions and culture; cares for our individuals and groups in need; educates the public and our community; and empowers our individuals and groups to achieve their fullest potential.

LGBT Political Action Committee
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An organization that works to elect LGBT leaders to public office for one simple reason. They change America's politics. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender office holders are our clearest and most convincing champions for true equality. As leaders in government, they become the face and voice of a community. They challenge the lies of extremists and speak authentically about themselves, their families and their community.

Mautner Project
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They envision a health care system that is respectful of and accessible to all without regard for their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Our vision is a society in which all individuals are empowered with the knowledge to utilize these resources and to make appropriate choices for themselves.

Mazzoni Center
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This organization strives constantly to break down the cultural insensitivity and institutional homophobia often encountered by LGBT individuals accessing the mainstream health care system by providing sensitive, knowledgeable, and appropriate health care and preventative services.

National Alliance on Mental Illness
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They are focused on educating America about mental illness, offering resources to people in need, and insisting that mental illness become a high national priority. Mental illness is a serious medical illness that affects one in four families. No one is to blame. Treatment works, but only half of people living with mental illness receive treatment. NAMI has engaged in a variety of activities to create awareness about mental illness and promote the promise of recovery.

National Association of Lesbian and Gay Addiction Professionals
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This organization strives to confront all forms of oppression and discriminatory practices and advocate for programs and services that affirm all genders and sexual orientations. They provide information, training, networking, and advocacy about addiction and related problems, and support for those engaged in the health professions, individuals in recovery, and others concerned about the health of gender and sexual minorities.

National Center for Lesbian Rights
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A non-profit that advocates for equitable public policies affecting the LGBT community; provides free legal assistance to LGBT people and their legal advocates; and conducts community education on LGBT legal issues.

National Coalition for LGBT Health
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Their mission is to increase availability of physical, mental, and behavioral health and related services for the LGBT population. Also to eliminate disparities in health outcomes of LGBT populations and the community including differences that occur by gender, ethnicity, education or income, disability, nationality, geographic location, age, gender identity or expression.

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
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They forge power for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Their Policy Institute provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality and to counter right-wing lies. As part of a broader social justice movement, they work to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all.

National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC)
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Their goal is to develop leadership in communities of color to address the challenges of HIV/AIDS. NMAC represents a coalition of 3,000 F/CBOs and AIDS service organizations (ASOs) delivering HIV/AIDS services in communities of color nationwide. NMAC's advocacy efforts are funded through private funders and donors only.

National Youth Advocacy Coalition
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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. They are committed to representing the voices of young people - the largest living generation - within the broader LGBTQ and social justice movements. Through capacity building, advocacy and youth engagement, NYAC is building a generation of impact.

Online Nurse – A Guide to LGBT Health Resources
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Provides a list of health information issues that affect the LGBT community.

Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
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They promotes the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender 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. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.

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

POZ
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An award-winning print and online brand for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Offering unparalleled editorial excellence since 1994, POZ and poz.com are identified by their readers as their most trusted sources of information about the disease.

ReachOut USA
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An organization committed to ending the social stigmas and inequalities associated with the LGBT Community, including those with disabilities. This includes those that lead to abuse, violence and suicide. They accomplish this by promoting education, advocacy, networking, peer support, and outreach. ReachOut USA strives to provide the necessary resources in an atmosphere of compassion, understanding, tolerance, and diversity.

Safe Schools Coalition
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An international public-private partnership in support of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth, that is working to help schools - at home and all over the world - become safe places where every family can belong, where every educator can teach, and where every child can learn, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.

Service Members Legal Defense Network
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An organization that will work to ensure that evenhanded policies and regulations, providing equal treatment and opportunity for all, regardless of actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity or militarily appropriate gender expression, are established and effectively implemented in the armed forces, including active duty, National Guard, reserve and officer training programs.

Straight for Equality in Healthcare
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An outreach and education project that empowers straight people in supporting and advocating for gay, lesbian, bi, and transgender (GLBT) people. This project reaches out to straight allies who may not have realized how their own contribution can make a significant difference.

Trans Family
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They provide support, education, advocacy, and outreach for the transgendered community, families, friends, partners, and allies of all ages, through meetings, presentations, seminars, media outreach, and an emergency resource hotline: (216) 691-HELP (4357).

Trans Youth Family Allies
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They empower children and families by partnering with educators, service providers and communities, to develop supportive environments in which gender may be expressed and respected. They work to create a society free of suicide and violence in which ALL children are respected and celebrated. Specifically, TransYouth family allies will work to educate and inform schools, healthcare professionals, daycare centers, courts and legal representatives, child welfare agencies and communities about discrimination on the basis of gender identity or gender expression. Also to eliminate harassment, oppression, and violence motivated by ignorance, fear, and hatred of transgender children and youth.

Trevor Project LGBT Suicide Prevention
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A determined organization to end suicide among LGBTQ youth by providing life-saving and life-affirming resources including our nationwide, 24/7 crisis intervention lifeline, digital community and advocacy/educational programs that create a safe, supportive and positive environment for everyone. They strive to reach a future where the possibilities, opportunities and dreams are the same for all youth, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Hotline: (866) 4.U.TREVOR

True Colors
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A non-profit organization that works with other social service agencies, schools, organizations, and within communities to ensure that the needs of sexual and gender minority youth are both recognized and competently met. True Colors has been spotlighted by both national and local media for their expertise in LGBTI youth issues, including most recently CNN.

World Professional Association for Transgender Health
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They envision bringing together diverse professionals dedicated to developing best practices and supportive policies worldwide that promote health, research, education, respect, dignity, and equality for transgender, transsexual, and gender-variant people in all cultural settings.

YES Institute
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A dedicated organization to prevent suicide and ensure the healthy development of all youth through powerful communication and education on gender and orientation. YES Institute works in dynamic partnerships with individuals and organizations committed to creating a safer world for all youth. Their trained course leaders and speakers facilitate open, inclusive discussions on gender and orientation that honor all points of view. Initiating dialogue is the first step we take in creating environments that are safe and supportive for all youth and families.

Youth Resource
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A web site created by and for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (GLBTQ) young people. They take a holistic approach to sexual health and exploring issues of concern to GLBTQ youth, by providing information and offer support on sexual and reproductive health issues through education and advocacy.

Zuna Institute
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A non-profit national advocacy organization for black lesbians. Its focus is the economic development, education, public policy support, and improved health of its constituents. Through community organizing, training, and networking Zuna institute will focus on eliminating barriers that black lesbian's face within the black community based on sexual orientation and in the LGBT community based on race.

 
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