The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against
Defamation is dedicated to promoting and ensuring 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.
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
The Human Rights Campaign is an organization of people – a grassroots force of almost 600,000 individuals of
every description, joined together in common purpose. Their strength is a direct reflection of the willingness of
these Americans to become personally involved in the fight for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality.
Parents, Friends, and Families of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, 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.
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF)
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Inc., founded in 1974, works to build the grassroots political power of the LGBTQ community to win complete equality. The Task Force does this through direct and grassroots lobbying to defeat anti-LGBTQ ballot initiatives
and legislation and pass pro-LGBTQ legislation and other measures. The Task Force also analyzes and reports on the positions of candidates for
public office on issues of importance to the LGBTQ community.
The Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual
orientation or gender identity/expression.
Day of Silence
The Day of Silence, a project of the GLSEN in collaboration with the United States Student Association (USSA),
is a student-led day of action where those who support making anti-LGBTQ bias
unacceptable in schools take a day-long vow of silence to recognize and protest
the discrimination and harassment -- in effect, the silencing -- experienced by
LGBTQ students and their allies.
LGBTQ History Month
The LGBTQ History Month website is a great resource for famous figures that have been honored as having a
significant contribution to fight for LGBTQ rights. LGBTQ History Month was endorsed by GLAAD, HRC, the National
Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and other national organizations. Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber declared October
1995 to be Lesbian and Gay History Month; and in July 1995, the National Education Association voted to support
the concept. In 1996, the governors of Massachusetts and Connecticut and the mayors of Boston and Chicago also
proclaimed October LGBTQ History Month. As of now, these are the few states that recognize the existence of LGBTQ History Month. The goals of LGBTQ History Month are to teach LGBTQ history, to provide inspiring role models,
and to highlight the LGBTQ community’s important worldwide contributions.
The Coaliton of LGBT Concerns
The Coalition provides support and sanctuary to all our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender sisters and brothers, their
families and friends; advocates for their full inclusion in church and society; and brings Christ's affirming message of love
and justice for all people. The United Church of Christ Coalition for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns is
officially recognized by the United Church of Christ as a related, self-created organization.
Matthew Sheppard Foundation
The Matthew Sheppard Foundation website is meant to provide all who visit information about the work of the Matthew Shepard Foundation and provide opportunities
for you to help us in our work to replace hate with understanding, compassion and acceptance.
Gay? Fine By Me
The mission of this organization is to give voice to the friends and supporters of LGBTQ Americans. Currently,
their largest campaign is
the Fine By Me T-shirt Project. They manufacture T-shirts that read “gay? fine by me.” and work with communities to create Fine By Me Drives in which dozens, hundreds, sometimes thousands of shirts are distributed and worn.
Albert Kennedy Trust
The Albert Kennedy Trust tries to ensure that all lesbian, gay & bisexual young people are able to live in accepting, supportive
and caring homes, by providing a range of services to meet the individual needs of those who would otherwise be homeless or living
in a hostile environment.
Twelve organizations from around the country have joined forces to create a comprehensive, web-based toolkit for LGBTQ
and ally campus groups. The Toolkit provides streamlined access to hundreds of
resources that can be used to strengthen, develop, support, and expand college
and university organizations.