This June is the 51st anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, a series of protests that followed a police raid at the Stonewall Inn, a gay club in Greenwich Village in New York City. The following six days served as a catalyst for the gay rights movement and galvanized LGBTQIA+ activism, resulting in the formation of multiple gay rights groups that fought for legislation that would protect their rights.
The Trevor Project is one of the most recognized names and leading organizations for providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQIA+ members under the age of 25. It has in-person and online resources and a 24-hour mental health hotline. Donate here.
GLSEN works to transform K-12 schools into safe and welcoming environments for LGBTQIA+ students. GLSEN works to put an end to bullying and harassment by providing educators with resources to use in classrooms and communities. You can donate here.
The National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network (NQTTCN) is an awesome organization that aims to better mental health for queer and trans people of color. It shares resources, makes connections and teaches queer and trans people of color how to work on and improve their mental health — no matter what their socioeconomic background or financial status is. Donate here.
Pride Fund to End Gun Violence is a political action committee that was founded in the wake of the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting. The fund supports political candidates who advocate for gun policy reforms and want to protect LGBTQIA+ safety and equality. You can donate to the group here.
The Gill Foundation offers grant funding to nonprofits that work to advance equality for LGBTQIA+ people. It focuses on making changes in administrative policies and have invested more than $335 million in programs and nonprofits throughout the country to help with its cause. Read up on the Gill Foundation’s work and progress here.
National Center for Transgender Equality works at the local, state and federal levels to protect and advance transgender equality. It provides resources for trans people, particularly in regards to legal issues, and offers information for family members and allies to learn how to support transgender people in their lives. The donation page can be found here.
The It Gets Better Project is a nonprofit aiming to empower and connect LGBTQIA+ youth across the world. It started out as a social media campaign and has now become a platform that reaches millions of young people per year. Its ultimate goal is to inspire LGBTQIA+ youth to continue working through growing pains and know that they’re not alone. Donate here.
The LGBTQ Victory Fund is a national organization dedicated to getting openly LGBTQIA+ people elected to all levels of government. It offers campaign, fundraising and communications support to candidates in order to increase representation and advocate for the passing of more pro-equality legislation. Help support its cause by donating here.
The Equality Federation collaborates on issues like workplace equality and anti-transgender bathroom bans to ensure that any member of the LGBTQIA+ community has fair and equal opportunity. It also works on intersectional issues like reproductive justice and immigration. Read more about its work here and donate here.
The Transgender Law Center is the largest trans-led organization in the nation. It works towards creating services that can meet the needs of the transgender community, including the Detention Project, which aims to end abuse towards transgender people in prisons and at the hands of law enforcement. Donate to the Transgender Law Center here.
Want to keep helping out? Here are 15 Black-led LGBTQ+ organizations to donate to as well.
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