Stonewall Democrats, also known in some states as LGBT Democrats, is the official caucus within the Democratic Party that advocates for issues that are relevant to LGBT Americans, and is home to the National Directory of LGBT Democrats. The Directory helps locate LGBT Democratic groups across the US that work to elect pro-LGBT Democrats in federal, state, and local elections, serve as a bullhorn for LGBT governmental issues, and supply LGBT voters to ballot boxes.
Log Cabin Republicans
Log Cabin Republicans is an organization dedicated to tolerance, fairness, and inclusion in the GOP. Log Cabin has become a leading voice on the national stage working to educate other Republicans and all elected officials about the importance of gay and lesbian civil rights.
National Lesbian and Gay Task Force (NLGTF)
The Policy Institute of NGLTF is the largest think tank in the U.S. engaged in research, policy analysis, and strategic action to advance equality and understanding of LGBT people.
OutServe-SLDN is the largest association for actively serving the LGBTQ military and veteran communities. We are a non-partisan, non-profit, legal services, watchdog and policy organization dedicated to bringing about full LGBTQ equality to America’s military and ending all forms of discrimination and harassment of military personnel on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. OS-SLDN provides free and direct legal assistance to service members and veterans affected by the repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law and the prior regulatory ban on open service, as well as those currently serving who may experience harassment or discrimination. Since 1993, our in-house legal team has responded to more than 12,000 requests for assistance.
Respect for Marriage Coalition
The American Military Partner Association is a proud member of the Respect for Marriage Coalition, a partnership of more than 80 civil rights, faith, health, labor, business, legal, LGBT, student, and women’s organizations working together to end the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and grow support for the freedom to marry. The Coalition is co-chaired by Freedom to Marry and the Human Rights Campaign.
Freedom to Marry
AMPA is proud to partner with Freedom to Marry, the campaign to win marriage nationwide. Freedom to Marry partners with individuals and organizations across the country to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and the protections, responsibilities, and commitment that marriage brings.
Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA)
The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association is the world's largest and oldest association of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) health care professionals. GLMA was founded in 1981 as the American Association of Physicians for Human Rights with the mission of ensuring equality in health care for LGBT individuals and health care professionals. Visit www.glma.org/index to learn more about GLMA.
The LGBT Aging Resources Clearinghouse of the American Society on Aging opens the door to knowledge about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people ages 50-plus. Whether you're an elder, a young person, a caregiver, a student, a researcher, a policymaker, a journalist, or a helping professional, the clearinghouse offers you the keys to understanding and respect for LGBT elders. Visit www.asaging.org to learn more about LGBT Aging Resources Clearinghouse at ASA.
Lesbian and Gay Aging Issues Network (LGAIN) a constituent group of the American Society on Aging. The LGBT Aging Issues Network works to raise awareness about the concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) elders and about the unique barriers they encounter in gaining access to housing, healthcare, long-term care and other needed services. Visit www.asaging.org/lain to learn more about LGAIN.
The Task Force works on several fronts to ensure that the needs of LGBT elders are not ignored. LGBT people face a number of particular challenges as they age. They often do not have access to adequate health care, affordable housing and other social services that they need due to institutionalized heterosexism and transphobia. Mainstream senior providers have limited information or training in how to appropriately work with and serve our diverse communities. Existing regulations and proposed policy changes in programs like Social Security or Medicare, which impact millions of LGBT elders, are discussed without our views and interests as part of the debate. Visit www.thetaskforce.org/issues/aging to learn more about the Task Force.
Old Lesbians Organizing for Change is a national network of Old Lesbians over age 60 working to make life better for Old Lesbians through support networks and by confronting ageism in our communities and our country using education and public discourse as primary tools. Visit www.oloc.org to learn more about the OLOC network.
Family Caregiver Alliance seeks to improve the quality of life for caregivers through education, services, research and advocacy. The LGBT Caring Community Online Support Group offers a place for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender caregivers of adults with chronic health problems to discuss the unique issues of caring for their loved ones. Visit www.caregiver.org to learn more about the Family Caregiver Alliance or Click here for more about the FCA LGBT Caring Community Online Support Group.
The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging is the country's first and only technical assistance resource center aimed at improving the quality of services and supports offered to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Established in 2010 through a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging provides training, technical assistance and educational resources to aging providers, LGBT organizations and LGBT older adults. The center is led by Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) in partnership with 10 leading organizations from around the country. Visit www.lgbtagingcenter.org/resources/index.cfm to learn more.
GRIOT (Gay Reunion In Our Time) Circle is a grassroots organization which seeks to address the needs of older lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) citizens, particularly people of color, though we are open to all races. It is their mission to counteract conditions damaging to members of the LGBT community by maintaining a safe space for these Elders, alleviating their feelings of isolation and fear, and providing programs and support systems designed to affirm their lives and encourage self-empowerment. Visit www.griotcircle.org to learn more about GRIOT.
The LGBT Aging Project a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender elders have equal access to the life-prolonging benefits, protections, services and institutions. The LGBT Aging Project’s work is focused in Massachusetts, but they are also founding members of the National Roundtable on LGBT Aging, hosted by the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF – The Task Force) which allows them to collaborate with colleagues throughout the country and address national policy issues together. Visit www.lgbtagingproject.org to learn more about the LGBT Aging Project.
Caring and Aging with Pride is a ground-breaking project designed to better understand the aging and health needs of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) adults 50 years of age and older. Their goal is to understand the wellness and health needs of these communities so they have information and are prepared to address the aging needs of LGBT elders now and for generations to come. The project is funded through a major federal grant through the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and will generate new knowledge on health and aging across these diverse communities. Visit www.caringandaging.org to learn more about Caring and Aging with Pride.
The Transgender Aging Network (TAN) work primarily to improve the lives of current and future trans/SOFFA (significant others, friends, family and allies) elders. Visit www.forge-forward.org/aging/ to learn more about TAN and TAN projects.
Caring and Aging with Pride is a ground-breaking project designed to better understand the aging and health needs of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) adults 50 years of age and older. Their goal is to understand the wellness and health needs of these communities so they have information and are prepared to address the aging needs of LGBT elders now and for generations to come. The project is funded through a major federal grant through the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and will generate new knowledge on health and aging across these diverse communities. Visit www.grayprideparade.com to read Gray Pride Parade blog.
Resources For LGBTQ Senior Citizens
The aging LGBTQ community is a fast-growing demographic of about 3 million people over the age of 50 who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer. Across the nation, there’s a growing number of issues the community faces when it comes to housing, financial aid, health, and more.
The link has a list of organizations and research dedicated to helping the aging community and educating caregivers to ensure that the twilight years of LGBTQ older adults are given the help and care they deserve.
National LGBT Bar Association
The National LGBT Bar Association is a national association of lawyers, judges and other legal professionals, law students, activists and affiliated lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender legal organizations. In addition, The National LGBT Bar Association keeps an updated list of LGBT State, City and Specialized Affiliates at https://lgbtbar.org/what-we-do/affiliates/.
APLA Health is non-profit organization, whose mission is "to achieve health care equity and promote well-being for the LGBT and other underserved communities and people living with and affected by HIV." APLA Health is one of the largest non-profit HIV service organizations in the United States.
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
The mission of the ACLU LGBT Project is the creation of a society in which lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people enjoy the constitutional rights of equality, privacy and personal autonomy, and freedom of expression and association.
Equality California and its sister organizations, Equality California Institute and Equality California PAC, share a common mission to ensure and promote dignity, safety and equality for all of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Californians. Founded in 1998. EQCA is the state's largest LGBT civil rights organization. Equality California leads efforts for LGBT civil rights at the state level through an array of strategies including lobbying legislators, building coalitions and empowering other organizations and individuals to engage in the legislative process, and sponsoring bills and leading efforts to ensure their passage.
GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD)
Founded in 1978, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) works in New England and nationally to create a just society free of discrimination based on gender identity and expression, HIV status, and sexual orientation. Providing litigation, advocacy, and educational work in all areas of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer civil rights and the rights of people living with HIV, GLAD has a full-time legal staff and a network of cooperating attorneys across New England.
LGBTQ Victory Fund
LGBTQ Victory Fund works to change the face and voice of America’s politics and achieve equality for LGBTQ Americans by increasing the number of openly LGBTQ officials at all levels of government. Since 1991, Victory Fund has helped elect thousands of LGBTQ people to positions at all levels of government. These LGBTQ voices have made significant contributions to advancing equality for LGBTQ Americans – from passing non-discrimination laws to defeating amendments to ban marriage equality.
International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association
ILGA – the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association - is the world federation of national and local organizations dedicated to achieving equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people across the globe. Established in 1978, ILGA enjoys consultative status at the UN Ecosoc Council. It speaks and lobbies in international fora on behalf of more than 1,200 member organizations from 132 countries, who are based in six regions. We are funded by governments, private foundations and the invaluable contributions of hundreds of private donors. Together, they all chip in to help us fight for those who face discrimination on the grounds of their sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics.
LGBT Bar Association of New York
LeGaL was one of the nation’s first bar associations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender legal community and remains one of the largest and most active organizations of its kind in the country. Focused on the greater New York metropolitan area, LeGaL is dedicated to improving the administration of the law, ensuring full equality for members of the LGBT community, promoting the expertise and advancement of LGBT legal professionals, and serving the larger community.
Pride Law Fund
Pride Law Fund promotes the legal rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community, and people living with HIV and AIDS, by funding legal services and projects and by sponsoring education and outreach. Pride Law Fund has assisted innovative academic programs, supported the development and distribution of legal and educational materials, and financed independent and documentary film projects to educate the public. Each year, Pride Law Fund awards the Tom Steel Fellowship to a new lawyer to build an innovative civil rights project on behalf of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV/AIDS communities. Each summer, PLF provides grants to law students doing internships at LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS advocacy organizations across the country. The Steven Richter Fellowship specifically funds a law student doing a summer internship focusing on HIV/AIDS advocacy.
Transgender Law Center
The Transgender Law Center (TLC) is the largest national trans-led organization advocating self-determination for all people. Grounded in legal expertise and committed to racial justice, TLC employs a variety of community-driven strategies to keep transgender and gender nonconforming people alive, thriving, and fighting for liberation.
Trans Law Help
Trans Law Help is an online database of trans-positive legal resources for people living in the United States. The database is organized by state and includes a list of lawyers, notaries and additional legal services who have identified themselves as resources for the trans community.
Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund
The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund is committed to ending discrimination based on gender identity and expression and to achieving equality for transgender people through public education, test-case litigation, direct legal services, and public policy efforts.
The Williams Project
The Williams Institute is dedicated to conducting rigorous, independent research on sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy. A think tank at UCLA Law, the Williams Institute produces high-quality research with real-world relevance and disseminates it to judges, legislators, policymakers, media and the public. Experts at the Williams Institute have authored dozens of public policy studies and law review articles, filed amicus briefs in key court cases, provided expert testimony at legislative hearings, been widely cited in the national media, and trained thousands of lawyers, judges and members of the public.
If you are an LGBTQ youth in need of legal support, please see the resources below:
- For transgender, gender nonconforming and nonbinary youth, if you are looking for legal support, or guidance on common issues like name change, gender marker adjustment, or other legal information, visit the Sylvia Rivera Law Project.
- To learn more about opportunities for advocacy or to seek legal support, please visit the New York Civil Liberties Union.
- For more information about the rights and protections of LGBTQ youth in out-of-home placement, please visit Lambda Legal.
- For information on policies protecting LGBTQ people in New York State, please visit the Policies and Laws page located in the left sidebar.
- 1-866-488-7386 to speak with a trained counselor at The Trevor Project. The Trevor Project is a suicide prevention hotline devoted to LGBTQ youth.
- 1-800-273-8255 to speak with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline connects people in crisis to counselors, free of charge, across the United States.
- 1-800-273-8255 to speak with a counselor from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention provides resources and research to prevent suicide.
- Can also text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Text Line counselor via text message.
AIDS COMMUNITY RESOURCES
AIDS Community Resources is a center of support for LGBTQ youth throughout New York State. The Q Center offers a number of programs, support group meetings, and activities for youth.
627 West Genesee Street
Syracuse, NY 13204
ASIAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER COALITION ON HIV/AIDS (APICHA)
APICHA offers a Young People’s Project, as well as a weekly LGBTQ Asian and Pacific Islander youth group.
New York, NY 10013
THE AUDRE LORDE PROJECT
The Audre Lorde Project is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People of Color community organizing center, focusing on the New York City area.
85 S. Oxford Street Brooklyn, NY 11217 Phone: 718-596-0342
147 W. 24th Street, 3rd floor New York, NY 10011-1911 Phone: 212-463-0342 Email: email@example.com
LAWYERS FOR CHILDREN
LFC has published a handbook for GLBTQ youth in foster care with a list of resources in NYC and information about legal rights. They also provide legal services to GLBTQ youth in foster care.
110 Lafayette Street New Y ork, NY 10013 Phone: 212-966-6420
If you are looking for local resources, the following directories can help you identify your nearest LGBTQ Center, or LGBTQ-affirming service provider.
For a safe online space to communicate with someone about your LGBTQ identity, you can reach out to the LGBT National Help Center. They offer:
- A national LGBT youth talk line: 800-246-7743
- Weekly online chat rooms
- Online chat with peers
Look up your nearest LGBTQ Center on Center Link, a nationwide directory of LGBTQ Centers. Many LGBTQ Centers provide the following services:
- Direct access or referral to LGBTQ-affirming mental and medical health providers, legal services, nonprofit programming, housing/shelter needs, etc.
- Cultural competency training for agencies, districts, schools, etc.
- LGBTQ-affirming and informed mental health professionals on staff
- Ongoing programming for youth and adults
- Consultation services to assist in program development or incident resolution
Find your nearest LGBTQ Health and Human Services provider online from this New York State LGBT Health and Human Services Network directory, maintained by The Center in New York City.
If you are in New York City, LGBTQ-affirming providers are also listed at the NYC Comptroller’s LGBTQ Guide of Services. The directory includes different categories of service types, specific LGBTQ identities, an interactive map, and a search function.
Point Foundation (Point) is the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students of merit. Point promotes change through scholarship funding, mentorship, leadership development, and community service training. Point empowers promising lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put before them – to make a significant impact on society.
The Importance of Gender Affirming Care for Transgender and Gender Expansive Youth