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LGBTQA Non-Profits

Goals

To obtain a list of charitable organizations and non-profits which support the LGBTQA community in the United States.

Early Findings

National Center for Transgender Equality

  • The National Center for Transgender Equality "is the nation’s leading social justice advocacy organization winning life-saving change for transgender people".
  • The organization is based in the United States, and has initiatives operating locally, state-by-state, and federally.
  • "Their services also include resources for trans people on navigating legal issues such as changing the name and gender on their identification documents and an About Transgender People resource hub, where family members and other allies can go to find information to learn about and support the transgender people in their lives."
  • More specifically, the organization defines their mission as "to change policies and society to increase understanding and acceptance of transgender people. In the nation’s capital and throughout the country, NCTE works to replace disrespect, discrimination, and violence with empathy, opportunity, and justice".
  • They were founded in 2003 and currently operate with a staff of more than 20 people. Their projects include the Racial and Economic Justice Initiative, the Trans Legal Services Network, Voices for Trans Equality, and Families for Trans Equality.
  • Individuals or groups can donate via the organization's website.

The Trevor Project

  • Founded in 1988, the Trevor Project is an organization aimed at providing mental health and suicide prevention services "to LGBTQ young people under 25".
  • The organization is based in the United States, and offers a variety of services and programs throughout the country, including a crisis intervention and suicide prevention phone line (Trevor Lifeline); an instant messaging service as well as a text service for LGBTQ youth "that provides live help from trained volunteer counselors, open daily" (TrevorChat and TrevorText); various workshops and training initiatives; and a number of local and online-based social networks for LGBTQ youth.
  • The organization's website also provides a number of resources, such as a "Coming Out Handbook" geared towards helping young people who are questioning or exploring their identity or who need help coming out to friends and family.
  • The Trevor Project offers a number of ways to volunteer, work with the organization, or donate on their website, including city-based volunteer opportunities in Washington DC, New York City, San Diego, and San Francisco.

It Gets Better Project

  • "The It Gets Better Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to uplifting, empowering, and connecting LGBTQ youth across the globe."
  • The It Gets Better Project was founded by Dan Savage and Terry Miller in 2010, and it is a global organization.
  • "It began as a widespread social media campaign to provide hope, encouragement, and community to LGBTQ youth, and has now evolved into a major platform, reaching millions of young people each year. Their ultimate goal remains the same: showing LGBTQ youth that although growing up isn’t easy, no one has to do it alone."
  • Today, the organization describes their missing as being "to uplift, empower, and connect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth around the globe. Growing up isn’t easy, especially when you are trying to affirm and assert your sexual orientation and/or gender identity. It can be a challenging and isolating process – but, the good news is, no one has to do it alone".
  • People who are interested can donate or volunteer on the organization's website and in a number of ways, including through education, sharing their own stories, and more.

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