Parents & Friends of Lesbians & Gays (PFLAG)
1972 with the simple act of a mother publicly supporting
her gay son, PFLAG is the nation's largest family and
people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and
queer (LGBTQ) with families, friends, and allies, PFLAG
is committed to advancing equality through its mission
of support, education, and advocacy.
400 chapters and 200,000 supporters crossing multiple
generations of American families in major urban centers,
small cities, and rural areas in all 50 states, the
District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. This vast
grassroots network is cultivated, resourced, and
serviced by PFLAG National, located in Washington DC,
the National Board of Directors, and 13 volunteer
Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)
GLAAD is a
US non-governmental media monitoring organization
founded by LGBTQ people in the media. Before March 2013,
the name GLAAD had been an acronym for "Gay & Lesbian
Alliance Against Defamation", but became the primary
name due to its inclusiveness of bisexual and
mission, in part, is to amplify the voice of the LGBTQ
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.
Formed in New York City in 1985 to protest against what
it saw as the New York Post's defamatory and
sensationalized AIDS coverage, GLAAD put pressure on
media organizations to end what it saw as homophobic
On March 24, 2013, GLAAD announced that it had formally
dropped the "Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation"
from their name and would now be known only as GLAAD to
reflect their work more accurately. The name
change is a commitment to incorporate bisexual and
transgender people in their efforts to support the LGBTQ
community in its entirety.
Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
(pronounced "glisten") was founded in 1990 by a small,
but dedicated group of teachers in Massachusetts who
came together to improve an education system that too
frequently allows its lesbian, gay, bisexual,
transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) students to
be bullied, discriminated against, or fall through the
cracks. Over 25 years later, that small group has grown
into the leading national education organization focused
on ensuring safe and affirming schools for LGBTQ
We face a pervasive problem with a set of new
challenges. 8 out of 10 LGBTQ students are still
harassed at school each year because of who they are. We
are working to change that. At GLSEN, we want every
student, in every school, to be valued and treated with
respect, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender
identity or gender expression. We believe that all
students deserve a safe and affirming school environment
where they can learn and grow.
We accomplish our goals by working in hallways across
the country (from Congress and the Department of
Education to schools and district offices in your
community) to improve school climate and champion LGBTQ
issues in K-12 education.
National LGBTQ Task Force
The National LGBTQ Task Force advances full freedom,
justice and equality for LGBTQ people. We’re building a
future where everyone is free to be themselves in every
aspect of their lives. Today, despite all the progress
we’ve made to end discrimination, millions of LGBTQ
people face barriers in every aspect of their lives: in
housing, employment, healthcare, retirement, and basic
human rights. These barriers must go. That’s why the
Task Force is training and mobilizing millions of
activists across our nation to deliver a world where you
can be you.
Founded in 1973, we are the country’s oldest national
LGBTQ advocacy group. 40 years ago, most states
had anti-sodomy laws on the books (and enforced them).
That’s what the Stonewall raid was all about. Besides
having laws against it, being lesbian or gay had a
profound stigma and homosexuality was still considered a
mental illness. It was common for parents to send their
child to a mental institution after finding out the
child was gay.
The Task Force played a critical role in the campaign to
eliminate the sickness classification of homosexuality.
It worked to lift the prohibition on federal civil
service employment for gays and lesbians. It strove in
the 1970s to make the Democratic Party responsive to the
gay community. It took the lead in the 1980s in national
organizing against homophobic violence. As AIDS began to
devastate gay male communities, the Task Force shaped
the first serious efforts in Washington to address the
epidemic. It was a founding member of the Military
Freedom Project, which prepared the ground for the
gays-in-the-military debate of 1993. It has worked with
the administrations of presidents from Carter to
Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
Rights Campaign represents a force of more than 1.5
million members and supporters nationwide. As the
largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and
queer civil rights organization, HRC envisions a world
where LGBTQ people are ensured of their basic equal
rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at
work and in the community.
As the largest civil rights organization working to
achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender
and queer Americans, the Human Rights Campaign
represents a force of more than 3 million members and
supporters nationwide — all committed to making HRC's
vision a reality.
HRC envisions a world where lesbian, gay, bisexual,
transgender and queer people are embraced as full
members of society at home, at work and in every
Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)
is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking
justice for the most vulnerable members of our society.
Using litigation, education, and other forms of
advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals
of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a
SPLC was founded in 1971 by civil rights lawyers to
ensure that the promise of the civil rights movement
became a reality for all. Since then, we’ve won numerous
landmark legal victories on behalf of the exploited, the
powerless and the forgotten.
Our lawsuits have toppled institutional racism and
stamped out remnants of Jim Crow segregation; destroyed
some of the nation’s most violent white supremacist
groups; and protected the civil rights of children,
women, the disabled, immigrants and migrant workers, the
LGBTQ community, prisoners, and many others who faced
discrimination, abuse or exploitation.
Pride represents the leading national organization for
student leaders and campus groups working to create a
safer college environment for LGBTQ students. The
organization is a volunteer-driven network “for” and
“by” student leaders. The primary objective of Campus
Pride is to develop necessary resources, programs and
services to support LGBTQ and ally students on college
campuses across the United States.
It was founded in the Fall of 2001 and launched a year
later in October of 2002. our purpose is to build
future leaders and safer campus communities.
Our mission is to serve LGBTQ and ally student leaders
and campus organizations in the areas of leadership
development, support programs and services to create
safer, more inclusive LGBTQ-friendly colleges and
universities. It exists to develop, support and give
“voice and action” in building future LGBTQ and ally
Campus Pride envisions campuses and a society free of
anti-LGBTQ prejudice, bigotry and hate. It works to
develop student leaders, campus networks, and future
actions to create such positive change.
1998 by the creators of the Academy Award-winning short
film Trevor, The Trevor Project is the leading
national organization providing crisis intervention and
suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual,
transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages
Every day, The Trevor Project saves young lives through
its accredited, free and confidential phone, instant
message and text messaging crisis intervention services.
A leader and innovator in suicide prevention, The Trevor
Project offers the largest safe social networking
community for LGBTQ youth, best practice suicide
prevention educational trainings, resources for youth
and adults, and advocacy initiatives.
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