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- The Pink - Armenia's Gay and Lesbian Webzine
- HOSI Wien
Provides links to LGBT resources in Austria.
- Rechtskommittee Lambda
Rechtskommittee Lambda advocates for the implementation of human rights in Austria's domestic legislative sphere. Though their website has a small English section, most of it the site is in German.
- Casa Rosa
Holebifederatie is an umbrella organisation of about 100 groups for lesbian, gay and bisexual teens and adults, and their parents and partners, throughout the Flemish-speaking areas of Belgium. They provide information relating to legal and personal matters, as well as plan parties and events for the LGBT community. Though most of their website is in Flemish, they have a small section for English visitors.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
SETA strives to change the Finnish society and legislation in such a manner that all members of the society would be treated equally irrespective of sexual orientation, form of family, gender identity or gender expression.
- Center for Assistant, Research and Information on Transsexuality and Gender Identity
- Centre Gai & Lesbien
- The Lesbian and Gay Federation in Germany (LSVD)
LSVD supports the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in issues of legal and social discrimination, marginalization and violence, while also aiming to improve the situation of LGBT rights in German society by promoting personal emancipation, greater political and social participation and opportunities for full integration into society. Website in English and German.
- Homosexuelle und Kirche
The Ecumenical Group "Homosexuals and Church" - Homosexuelle und Kirche (HuK) - is a free alliance of men and women that are interested in a critical and constructive examination of the links between homosexuality and church. We consider homosexual and heterosexual feelings and behavior to be equally valuable expressions of a songle human sexuality. Therefore, we work towards and elimination of discriminations and request full participation of lesbians and gays in church communities and in social life. (Most web pages in German, some in English)
- Gib Gay Rights (GCR)
GCR works for equality for LGBT people in the workplace, in the home, and in society, striving to ensure for LGBT the full rights afforded to all citizens in Gibraltar.
Hatter [meaning support] coordinates political and social advocacy around LGBT rights issues in Hungary. The website is in Hungarian.
- Labrisz Lesbian Association
Labrisz Lesbian Association was founded in 1999 by a group of lesbian activists. They organize monthly discussion groups for lesbians every first Friday of the month at 7 pm. They publish Labrisz-books series and a monthly newsletter in Hungarian.
- Association of Nordic LGBT Student Associations
In October 1998 a steadily growing group of gay and bisexual students at Háskóli Íslands arranged a series of meetings to discuss their position and matters relating to gay rights within the university. Over 20 students showed up every time even though these meetings hadn't been advertised at all, and a growing need was felt to establish an organized gay rights group within the academic community. FSS was officially born on the 19th of January the following year, and members counted well over 150 right from the start.
L.Inc is a community and resource centre for primarily lesbian, bi-sexual, and transgendered women in Cork, Ireland. The Centre holds regular events and community meetings around issues of diversity and tolerance that appeal to the various political and cultural attitudes held by L.Inc members.
- Gay and Lesbian Equality Network
GLEN works for change in legislation and social policy in Ireland to advance equality for lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people. Since 1988 GLEN has played a pivotal role in work done to dismantle legal discrimination, to promote equality and safeguard human rights.
Arcigay is a non-profit organization which operates on a voluntary basis. Its aim is to combat homophobia, heterosexism, prejudice and anti-gay discrimination. It is committed to achieving equal status and equal opportunities among all individuals regardless of sexual orientation, and aims to reinforce a full, free and happy life for gay people.
We believe that a healthy and strong democracy can evolve only in a nation, where each person feels equal and free to develop his/her professional and personal life according to his/her own persuasions and to be secure that the state protects his/her rights. Unfortunately people with different from the majority sexual orientation do not feel that way in Latvia - majority of them hide their true identity, fear the reactions of their families, colleagues and friends. Neither they believe that the state will protect them when their rights are being violated. As a result most of LGBT people cannot live a fully valued and happy life. For these reasons it has been decided to establish a new organisation with a mission to promote society's awareness and understanding of different sexual orientations and to promote LGBT peoples' social and legal integration in Latvia.
- Lithuanian Gay League
Lithuanian Gay League works to combat discrimination against lesbians and gay men and to promote their civil rights. The tasks are: 1) to develop means of communication between lesbians and gay men in order to end their isolation and oppression; 2) to promote acceptance of lesbian/gay lifestyles in all sectors of society and to reduce discrimination; 3) to organize information and further training events on the subject of homosexuality for various occupational groups; 4) to develop anti-discrimination and registered partnership legislation; 5) to gain equal rights for gays and lesbians by discussing with politicians; and 6) to organize social and cultural events for gays and lesbians.
- Centre d'Information Gay et Lesbien
CIGALE offers information and support for the LGBT community, and is open to all people.
- Macedonian Organization for Free Sexual Orientation
The Macedonian Association for Free Sexual Orientation (MASSO) was established in September 2004 and is the first NGO in Macedonia dedicated to the promotion and development of the rights and culture of the LGBTQ population. MASSO's mission is to achieve social and legal changes for the gay population, to develop and protect gay culture and to work on raising awareness of the general public about gay issues, working mostly through media and cultural projects.
- Malta Gay Rights Movement
The Malta Gay Rights Movement (MGRM) is a socio-political non-governmental organisation which has as its central focus the challenges and rights of the Maltese lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
- Dutch National Bisexual Network
The Dutch National Bisexual Network, in short LNBi, is the only Dutch association for bisexuals. As one of the six largest rural GLBT organisations in the Netherlands (thus the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport) we look after the interests of bisexuals in the Netherlands by means of international cooperations. As a member of the I.L.G.A we provide information in several manners. The LNBi publishes the trimester magazine Bi-Nieuws, organises parties, has its own Internet site with, among other things, a free contact advertisement site, and links to regional actvities of and groups for bisexuals, a Dutch bi-mailinglist and a bi support phone (all volunteerwork).
- Women's Initiative for Gender Justice
The Women's Initiatives for Gender Justice works globally to ensure justice for women and an independent and effective International Criminal Court.
- Landsforeningen for lesbisk og homofil frigoring
LLH focus public and government attention on cases of discrimination against LGB people by asserting political/diplomatic pressure, providing information and working with other organizations and national media.
- Campaign Against Homophobia
Campaign Against Homophobia is a non-governmental organization founded in 2001 in Warsaw. Our aims within the LGBT community are concentrated around several aspects. Firstly, we seek to integrate the local community. Secondly, we would like to increase their awareness of the rights they have (we also offer legal counseling). Thirdly we aim to provide help, whenever a person is discriminated against: in workplace, in school, in public administration, as a consumer etc. And lastly, we would like to activate the community's potential and encourage them to demand more inclusive and tolerant society, and more accurate representation in governments.
- Equity Foundation
Equality Foundation came into being in response to dicsernible need of appointing an institution which would organise, promote and obtain funds for, among others, Equality Parade, which like in many other cities throughout the world, takes place regularly in Warsaw and for other significant events of cultural and political character. The goal of the Foundation is to strive to change Polish attitudes, create acceptance and tolerance towards people discriminated and excluded from the public sphere by means of various educational, social and media actions.
- ILGCN Poland
- Lambda Warszawa Association in Poland
Our mission is building a positive identity among lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender individuals and creating social acceptance for them. Our Association was established in 1997. We are a national organisation, but most of our activities are based in the Warsaw area.
Our members are volunteers and professionals, who spend their time as volunteers, working in our projects.
- Lesbian Coalition
Lesbian Coalition (LBT) - Porozumienie Lesbijek (LBT) - was founded at the end of the year 2004. It unites organisations, informal groups and individuals working for the sake of the LGBT community. The abbreviation LBT stands for: lesbians, bisexual women, transsexual and transgender people. The main aims of Lesbian Coalition (LBT) are to: reinforce the presence, visibility and equal rights of the LBT community in social and political life (Violet Revolution of polish LBT); fight stereotypes and create social acceptance towards the LBT community; strive for legal and actual equality regardless of gender, sexual identity/orientation, age, disability, ethnic origin, religion, social and economical status; counter all forms of aggression because of gender and sexual identity/orientation; help the LGBT community to develop feminist awareness; encourage integration and co-operation between the LBT movement and feminist activists; accentuate the presence of the LBT community in the feminist and the LGBT movement.
- Associacao Ilga Portugal
Associação ILGA Portugal is the largest Portuguese organization committed to fighting homophobia and defending the rights of LGBT people. Founded in 1995, it is based in the Lisbon Gay and Lesbian Community Center. Associação ILGA Portugal strives, at both the social and political levels, towards the integration of LGBT people, and against discrimination.
Accept advocates for legal recognition of LGBT rights in Romania as well as social acceptance and coordinates an LGBT Rights center in Bucharest.
Project GayRussia is a full member of the "International Gay & Lesbian Association" (ILGA) and its Brussels based European unit "ILGA-Europe". As a full member of ILGA, Project GayRussia takes part in the regional and world conferences of the organization. On this occasion, we take part to the various seminars and workshops, exchange views and make new contacts with other local organizations. We also elect the board and the representatives of both organizations.
- Russian LGBT Network
- Together - Russian National GLBT center
GLBT Center "Together" is a non-profit public organization whose aim is to fight for equal rights for Russian gays, lesbians & transsexuals, to secure the right to privacy, to help create long-term relationships, and to promote involvement in gay community life. We are the only GLBT community-based organization, working exclusively with GLBT in Russia at the national level. Our Initiative group has been working on GLBT issues for 10 years and consists of 15 employees and 30 volunteers with expertise in different areas including art, psychology, literature, sex life, project management etc.
- Center for Social Emancipation
Our vision is to make people aware that homosexuals exist in Kosovo, like in every other society and country of the world. The CSE`s main goals will be promotion of LGBT rights, offering a comfortable environment, and cooperation with other groups.
Labris is the organization that believes the right to different sexual orientation is one of the basic human rights and works on the elimination of all forms of violence and discrimination against lesbians and women of different sexual orientation than heterosexual. We organize educational programs and creative workshops, provide information about LGBT issues, lobby non-governmental human rights organizations, and work with other organizations.
Nongovernmental organization Društvo kulturno informacijsko in svetovalno središče LEGEBITRA evolved from a project "Volunteer youth and student group: LEGEBITRA" initiated by SOU Ljubljana (Student Organization of University of Ljubljana) in 1998. Its primary aims are: To offer psycho-social support to LGBT youth and other persons encountering difficulties due to their sexual orientation or gender identity; To provide counseling and awareness raising on the topic of sexual orientation, the position of LGBT people in the society and daily realities of LGBT individuals; To improve social inclusion of LGBT individuals and groups and influence the level of tolerance and acceptance in the society; To eliminate the discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity of LGBT individuals and in various spheres and levels of life.
- Slovenian Queer Resources Directory
- Colectivo de GLBT de Madrid
Reliable source for LGBT Human Rights issues.
- Federacion Estatal de Lesianas, Gays, Transexuales, y Bisexuales
FELGTB (Lesbian, Gay, Transgender and Bisexual State Federation) is the main reference point for the associative movement of the LGBT community in Spain . We can affirm it, considering the history, the development, the structure of our Federation, the number of associations involved and the innovations we have introduced.
- Fundacion Triangulo
Our organization's goal is to reach the equality of political and social rights for gays and lesbians. We consider that this aim can only be reached by modifying laws, working against social differences and emphasizing the education for equality.
- Homo - the Ombudsmen
The Ombudsman against Discrimination on grounds of Sexual Orientation (in Swedish with the acronym HomO) is a governmental public body set up by Swedish Parliament in 1999. Although publicly funded, The Office of the Ombudsman is an independent body, able to comment freely on government policy. Its general assignment is to counteract homophobia and address discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation in all areas of Swedish society.
- Riksforbundet For Sexuellt Likaberattigande (RFSL)
RFSL - Riksförbundet för homosexuellas, bisexuellas och transpersoners rättigheter (RFSL-The Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights) is a non-profit organization that works with and for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (LGBT). It is non-partisan and not affiliated with any religious organization.
- Riksforbundet For Sexuell Upplysning
RFSU (the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education) is the leading organization in Sweden in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). RFSU has been spearheading the holistic approach towards sexual and reproductive health and rights ever since the organisation was founded in 1933.
- Organisation Suisse des Lesbinnes
Works towards making the lesbian lifestyle more visible, changing laws that negatively affect lesbians.
- Pink Cross
Pink Cross consists of 52 local organizations and represenents gays and lesbians regarding political and administrative issues. It strives to secure rights for same-sex couples and protection under the law.
- KAOS GL
KAOS GL is a group founded in September 1994 with the purpose of bringing Turkey's homosexuals together to struggle against discrimination. The group's underlying philosophy is that liberation of homosexuals will also free heterosexuals. KAOS GL has been publishing the journal KAOS GL (now a quarterly) since it was founded. (Page in Turkish and English).
- Lambda Istanbul
Lambda Istanbul was formed by a group of gays and lesbians after the Istanbul city government banned the Christopher Street Day Sexual Liberation Activities scheduled to be held in July 1993. Lambda Istanbul is a collective that works for the liberation of LGBT people in Turkey. Lambda is a pluralist group, open to all people who commit to work in the group actively and regularly. (Page in Turkish, English, and German)
- Institute of Development Studies: Sexuality and Development Programme
Our aim is to use this to help promote a rethinking of the relationship between sexuality, rights and development and to build stronger links between people in different contexts working to realize their sexual rights.
- The Rainbow Project
The Rainbow Project provides support to gay or bisexual men living in or visiting Northern Ireland. We advocate for gay or bisexual men dealing with Homophobic Hatred and abuse.
Through policy development, lobbying, information, community support and capacity building, Stonewall aims to achieve legal equality and social justice for lesbians, gay men and bisexual people.
- Press for Change
Press for Change is a political lobbying and educational organization, which campaigns to achieve equal civil rights and liberties for all transgender people in the United Kingdom, through legislation and social change.
- The South and Southeast Asia Resource Centre on Sexuality
The South and Southeast Asia Resource Centre on Sexuality website hosts information on a comprehensive range of issues related to sexuality. It is a rich resource for activists, academics, researchers, students and policymakers working on sexuality and related issues of sexual and reproductive rights and health, HIV/AIDS, violence against women, sex work, LGBT issues, and so on. The website provides information about education and training courses, electronic databases, journals, online documents, news articles, and announcements related to issues of sexuality in the region. The website also hosts an online library search engine that provides a listing for all materials in the Resource Centre library. Details of the Resource Centre programmes are also provided.
- Transgender Asia Research Centre
The Centre seeks to bring together psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists, as well as medical and legal experts who share a desire to better understand the phenomenon of transgender, as well as the circumstances in which transgenders live, in Asia. This website aims to promote and disseminate research and understanding of, as well as contributing towards efforts to effect social change in regard to, transgender in Asia.
- Gay Afghanistan
Site offers links to LGBT organizations in Afghanistan, travel advice, news, and articles.
- Gay and Lesbian Immigration Task Force
The primary aim of GLITF is to assist the foreign partners of Australian lesbians and gay men to migrate to Australia. We do that by providing information and advice relating to Partner Migration for gay and lesbian couples; working with politicians and public servants to build understanding of the partner migration laws and how they affect gay and lesbian couples; and lobbying to improve the migrations laws to assist more gay and lesbian couples to stay together.
- Rights Australia
Rights Australia campaigns for more effective protection of human rights in Australia, and aims to bring the community's attention to situations where: - human rights are being neglected and abused; - lives could be improved if human rights were protected; - support can be given for better and lasting protection of human rights.
Since it was established, HORIZONS has been providing hotline counseling service not only to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people but also other members of the general public who are affected by sexual orientation and gender identity issues. A wide range of issues are covered by the calls we receive, including coming out, relationships, legal and health issues, places to go to meet others facing similar issues in sexual orientation and gender identity, activities organized by HORIZONS and other sexual minority organizations and general sharing of difficulties or problems arisen from sexuality and relationships with partners, family members or colleagues.
- Queer Sisters
CREA is a women's human rights organization. CREA empowers women to articulate, demand and access their human rights by enhancing women's leadership and focuses on issues of sexuality, sexual and reproductive rights, violence against women, human rights and social justice.
- The Humsafar Trust
The Humsafar Trust is a male sexual health agency in Mumbai metro, which started as a support system for gay men and MSM in the city as the HIV/AIDS crisis started gathering momentum in the early 90's. The Trust now is multi-faceted organization serving various needs of the MSM community with several activities that would help the community in battling the epidemic.
- Indian GLBT Health & Research Information Center
The website provides information on various issues of sexual minorities/GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Transgender/Transsexual) communities in India to advance their physical and psychological health; to advance research conducted among them; and to promote community-academic partnerships.
- Naz Foundation International
With a primary focus on males who have sex with males (MSM), NFI's mission is to empower socially excluded and disadvantaged males to secure for themselves, social justice, equity, health and well-being through technical, institutional and financial support.
Sangama is a sexuality minorities' rights organization. We aim to assist sexuality minorities (lesbians, bisexuals, homosexuals, gays, kothis, hijras, transgender people and others who are discriminated against due to their sexual orientation/gender identity) to live their lives with self acceptance, self respect and dignity; to bring sexuality, sexual orientation/identity and gender identity into the realm of public discourse and link it to gender, human rights and development issues/movements in India. We lobby for the changes in the existing laws, which discriminate against sexuality minorities and for changing public opinion. We also work with family members, friends, co-workers and partners of sexuality minorities. We focus on working with lesbian/bisexual/homosexual women, who are doubly disadvantaged as sexuality minorities and as women. We also work with kothis, hijras and transgender people, who face oppression due to their gender non-conformity. We actively advocate for the rights of sex-workers and people living with HIV/AIDS.
- Sangini (India) Trust
Sangini is running the oldest Counseling and Community Support Program for women attracted to women and transgender men attracted to women in India since 1997. Among other activities, we provide counseling services, community services, unedrtake emergency actions, have published and distributed a legal handbook "A Guide to Your Rights", and build alliances with civil society organsiations. In Sangini we believe that every individual has a rightto live in dignity and without any form of violence and discrimination.
- SAPPHO - The Emotional Support Group for Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Women
Women who love women are under tremendous pressure in India. Sappho is a group in Kolkata, Eastern India which aims at creating supportive environment for women with same sex preference.
Solidarity and Action Against the HIV Infection in India is a non-profit organization that works to strengthen and expand HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment services in India. Headquartered in Chennai, SAATHII has offices in southern and eastern India. Since early 2004, the Calcutta office of SAATHII has been running a resource centre for voluntary agencies working with - or planning to work with - lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in eastern India. Currently voluntary agencies in West Bengal, Orissa and Manipur are being supported. It is a useful site for individuals or organisations working for LGBT people and their issues, in and outside India.
- Voices Against 377
Voices Against 377' is a coalition of Non Governmental Organisations (NGO) and progressive groups based in Delhi. It is a point of intersection and dialogue between various social movements that these groups represent, where a united voice is being articulated against Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code which criminalizes private consensual sexual acts deemed to be against the order of nature.
- GAYa NUSANTARA
- Koalisi Perempuan Indonesia
KPI works systematically to create justice and democracy with attention paid to regions and groups within Indonesia that experience significant discrimination. KPI advocates to change the existing social paradigm and policy on LBT women.
Chingusai ("Between Friends") is the only gay men's rights organization in Korea. A successor of Chodong-hoe, the first homosexual activist group ever to be organized in the country (1993), Chingusai has served as a shelter for Korean gay men, who up to then were without an official or public voice of their own, and as an arena for struggle against all prejudice and oppression directed at homosexuals.
- Korean Sexual-Minority Culture and Rights Centre
Korean Sexual-Minority Culture and Rights Center (KSCRC) is the first center for sexual minorities (e.g. lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, iban, tongsungyaeja, and "?"), people living with HIV/AIDS, and those who support the rights of sexual minorities in Korea. KSCRC aims to provide safe/creative place for culturing their own sexualities and genders as well as empowering their sexual and gender identities by its activities of cultural events, research, education, policy advocacy, counseling, and publication. KSCRC, throughout working in/outside of the sexual-minority communities of Korean and the world, serves as a national center to protect and promote the well being of Korean sexual minorities as well as to celebrate our diversity.
- Sisters in Islam
Sisters in Islam (SIS) is a group of Muslim professional women committed to promoting the rights of women within the framework of Islam. Our efforts to promote the rights of Muslim women are based on the principles of equality, justice and freedom enjoined by the Qur'an as made evident during our study of the holy text.
- Blue Diamond Society
The Blue Diamond Society is an advocacy and support group working with gay men, men who have sex with men, lesbians, women who have sex with women, transvestites, and other vulnerable populations on issues of sexual health and sexual rights.
News, features, what's on guide, personals and more for the New Zealand LGBT community.
- Can't Live in the Closet
CLIC is a non-stock, non-profit duly registered corporation conceived in October 1993. CLIC, Inc. is a lesbian institution working for the empowerment of lesbians and societal recognition of their human rights. To achieve this, CLIC adopts a two-pronged approach: first, it provides education, information, psychological and emotional support, safe spaces and venues for self-expression to lesbians; and second, it provides education and information to mainstream society in order to facilitate recognition and understanding of lesbian issues.
- ISIS Women
We are a feminist NGO dedicated to women's information and communication needs. Documenting ideas and visions. Creating channels to communicate. Collecting and moving information. Networking and building links. We focus on those advancing women's rights, leadership and empowerment in Asia and the Pacific. With connections in over 150 countries, we also keep up with changing trends and analyses concerning women worldwide.
- Lesbian and Gay Legislative Advocacy Network Philippines
- Progressive Organization of Gays in the Philippines
Through this site, ProGay Homepage hopes to provide vital and updated information on the plight and concerns of the Filipino gay men as well as the whole homosexual community & Filipino people.
- People Like Us
People Like Us is a Singapore gay and lesbian group focused on advocacy and public education. We believe that everyone in Singapore should have a full and equal place in our society regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, and to this end, we shall work for more informed understanding, the removal of barriers and a fuller integration of sexual minorities with the larger community.
- Equal Ground
The only organization in Sri Lanka serving the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Questioning (LGBTIQ) community as a whole, EQUAL GROUND accepts all persons, irrespective of sexuality and gender identity, as members of the organization. EQUAL GROUND strives to identify, address and transform the intellectual and cultural context that perpetuates a divisive Sri Lankan culture. While issues related to gender identity and sexuality directly affect the LGBTIQ community, they also affect individuals who are comfortable in their gender and/or identify as heterosexual. EQUAL GROUND strives to lessen and eliminate the physical, emotional, spiritual and psychological abuse stemming from strict interpretations of gender and sexuality while encouraging a more accepting and embracive attitude toward diversity in Sri Lanka.
- Gay/Sexuality Rights Association Taiwan
We are a group of people who have long been concerned with and worked for gender issues and sexual rights. "We" includes lesbians and gays, transgendered persons, multi-sexuals, sexual dissidents, gender/sexual rights activists, AIDS activists, human rights activists, students, lawyers, teachers. Among our core workforce are several experienced social movement activists whose trajectories began in liberal women's groups and later moved on to more focused work with gender and sexual minority rights issues.
Anjaree provides community building, visibility and public education for lesbian and LGBT rights.
- ACLU Lesbian and Gay Rights Project
ACLU's Lesbian and Gay Rights Project focuses on five areas: discrimination; family and relationships, including marriage; lesbian and gay teens and young adults; laws which criminalize sexual intimacy; and expression and association. The project provides tactical advice and campaign materials, has negotiated policies relating to domestic partnerships, helps LGBT student groups to be recognized, and challenges laws that criminalize private sexual intimacy.
- Advocates for Youth
Established in 1980 as the Center for Population Options, Advocates for Youth champions efforts to help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. Advocates believes it can best serve the field by boldly advocating for a more positive and realistic approach to adolescent sexual health. Advocates for Youth has developed a program to help decrease the isolation felt by many GLBTQ youth. Using the Internet as an intervention strategy, Advocates has established several Web sites targeting young people with information, support, and referrals regarding adolescent sexual and reproductive health.
- American College Personnel Association's Standing Committee for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Awareness
The goals of SCLGBTA are: To educate the general membership of ACPA in order to increase their personal and environmental awareness of the social, psychological, health-related, political, economic, professional, legal and spiritual realities of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender persons; To work actively to eliminate the overt and covert oppression of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender persons within ACPA and on college and university campuses; To protect and advocate for the basic human rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender students and colleagues; and To provide support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender members as well as allies of ACPA by reducing professional isolation.
- Amnesty International's OUTfront Program
OUTfront works within the Amnesty International structure to protect the dignity and rights of LGBT people everywhere. Amnesty uses its network of international activists to confront violations and protect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Through letter writing campaigns and direct advocacy, OUTfront draws attention to cases and patterns of abuse.
- Association of Welcoming & Affirming Baptists
Members of the Association of Welcoming & Affirming Baptists (AWAB) are churches, organizations, and individuals who are willing to go on record as welcoming and affirming all persons without regard to sexual orientation or gender identity, and who have joined together to advocate for the full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons within Baptist communities of faith.
Astraea is the largest lesbian organization in the world. We raise funds and issue grants based on the belief that all women can participate in the philanthropic process-from giving to grantmaking.
- Bisexual Resource Center
The Bisexual Resource Center is an international organization providing education about and support for bisexual and progressive issues. The BRC's goals and objectives are to educate organizations, communities, and the general public about bisexual and progressive issues, to support individuals working on these issues, and to act exclusively for educational and charitable purposes.
- Brethren/Mennonite Council for Lesbian & Gay Concerns
Brethren Mennonite Council for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Interests (www.bmclgbt.org) works primarily in the US and Canada to cultivate an inclusive church and society, and to care for the Church of the Brethren and Mennonite lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and allied community. BMC advocates for positive change within these denominations through a program for welcoming congregations (the Supportive Communities Network). BMC's youth and young adults program (Kaleidoscope) focuses on education, outreach, support and advocacy for Mennonite and Brethren youth and young adults.
- Catholics for a Free Choice
Catholics for Free Choice (CFFC) shapes and advances sexual and reproductive ethics that are based on justice, reflect a commitment to women's well being, and respect and affirm the moral capacity of women and men to make sound decisions about their lives. Through discourse, education, and advocacy, CFFC works in the US and internationally to infuse these values into public policy, community life, feminist analysis, and Catholic social thinking and teaching.
- Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere
COLAGE engages, connects, and empowers people to make the world a better place for children of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender parents and families.
DIGNITY is organized to unite gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Catholics, as well as our families, friends and loved ones in order to develop leadership, and be an instrument through which we may be heard by and promote reform in the Church.
- Equal Partners in Faith
A multi-racial LGBT friendly national network of religious leaders and people of faith committed to equality and diversity. As people of faith, we actively oppose the manipulation of religion to promote inequality and exclusion.
- Family Pride Coalition
Family Pride is committed to achieving family equality in our lifetime! Family Pride works with other progressive national and state-based organizations, local parents groups and families, friends and allies to make change, share information, and build community. Maintaining the focus of LGBTQ parents and their families, in 2005, Family Pride expanded our mission and embraced the fight for full family equality of all loving families. We recognize and believe that the laws, provisions, and ordinances that hurt LGBTQ-headed families also hurt so many others - single parents, blended families, families of color, etc. To that end, Family Pride is standing strong to defeat anti-family legislation and promote pro-family legislation.
- Funders for Lesbian and Gay Issues
Funders for Lesbian and Gay Issues was formed in 1982 as the Working Group on Funding Lesbian and Gay Issues in response to the lack of visibility and funding for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues in the philanthropic community. We are the only national organization whose mission is to advocate for increased support of LGBT issues within organized philanthropy.
- Gay, Lesbian & Affirming Disciples
The Gay, Lesbian and Affirming Disciples Alliance, Inc., is a presence working for the full dignity and integrity of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and affirming people within the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). GLAD Alliance welcomes all who make common cause with us and conducts its activities through the congregations, regions and general church and other manifestations of the Disciples of Christ.
- The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)
GLAAD 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.
- Gay and Lesbian Arabic Society (GLAS)
We are the Gay and Lesbian Arabic Society (GLAS), an international organization established in 1988 in the USA with worldwide chapters. We serve as a networking organization for Gays and Lesbians of Arab descent or those living in Arab countries. We aim to promote positive images of Gays and Lesbians in Arab communities worldwide, in addition to combating negative portrayals of Arabs within the Gay and Lesbian community. We also provide a support network for our members while fighting for our human rights wherever they are oppressed. We are part of the global Gay and Lesbian movement seeking an end to injustice and discrimination based on sexual orientation.
- The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
GLSEN's goal is to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. Through local organizing, advocacy, and the support of student and educator groups across the country, GLSEN envisions a future in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.
- Gender Public Advocacy Coalition
The Gender Public Advocacy Coalition (GenderPAC) works to ensure that children can reach their potential without barriers imposed by stereotypes, every person has an equal chance to pursue their career and succeed in the workplace without discrimination, and schools and communities are safe places to learn, grow, and succeed. GenderPAC also promotes the understanding of the connection between discrimination based on gender stereotypes and sex, sexual orientation, age, race, and class.
GRACE is a diverse, growing, member-led faith sharing group. We create safe and confidential spaces for gay and questioning Asian and Pacific Islander Christians, allies, and supporters so that we can come together for community, social support, worship, prayer and spiritual sharing.
- Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
The Human Rights Campaign aims to provide a national voice on gay and lesbian issues to Congress, the press, and other national actors in politics, policy, and society. HRC aims to ensure that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans can be open, honest, and safe at home, at work and in the community.
Integrity USA is a nonprofit organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender [LGBT] Episcopalians and their straight friends. Since 1974, Integrity USA has been the leading grassroots voice for the full inclusion of LGBT persons in the Episcopal Church and our equal access to its rites.
- Lambda Legal
Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people, and people with HIV or AIDS, through impact litigation, education, and public policy work.
- Latino Commission on AIDS - Mujeres en Fe
The Latino Commission on AIDS is a national and regional nonprofit membership organization dedicated to improving and expanding health promotion, research, treatment and other services to the Latino community through organizing, education, model program development, capacity building and training.
- Lesbian and Gay Immigration Rights Task Force (LGIRTF)
LGIRTF is made up immigrants, attorneys and other activists who address the widespread impact of discriminatory immigration laws on the lives of those in the gay, lesbian, bisexual & transgender community and immigrants who are living with HIV/AIDS. LGIRTIF provides free legal clinics and support meetings to LGBT immigrants and refugees, as well as coordinating a nationwide resource network.
- Love Sees No Borders
Love Sees No Borders was established by Marta Donayre and Leslie Bulbuk in August 2001 to advocate on behalf of binational same-sex couples in trying to live in the Unites States.
- Lutherans Concerned of North America
We believe that God values and embraces each person as a beloved child, that the Spirit gives a diversity of gifts for the common good, and that Jesus Christ calls us to work for justice. The ministries of Lutherans Concerned / North America (LC/NA) embody, inspire, and support the acceptance and full participation of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, their families, friends and allies, within the Lutheran communion and its ecumenical and global partners.
- Metropolitan Community Churches
Founded in the interest of offering a church home to all who confess and believe, Metropolitan Community Churches moves in the mainstream of Christianity.
- National Association of Lesbian & Gay Community Centers
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center provides a home for the birth, nurture and celebration of our organizations, institutions and culture; cares for our individuals and groups in need; educates the public and our community; and empowers our individuals and groups to achieve their fullest potential.
- National Center for Lesbian Rights
The National Center for Lesbian Rights is a national legal resource center committed to advancing the rights and safety of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education. NCLR litigates precedent-setting cases at the trial and appellate court levels, advocates for equitable public policies affecting the LGBT community, provides free legal information to clients and their legal advocates, and conducts community education on LGBT legal issues. Each year, we serve more than 5,000 lesbians, gay men, and bisexual, and transgender individuals in all fifty states.
- National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
Founded in 1973, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Foundation (the Task Force) was the first national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights and advocacy organization and remains the movement's leading voice for freedom, justice and equality. We work to build the grassroots political strength of our community by training state and local activists and leaders, working to strengthen the infrastructure of state and local allies, and organizing broad-based campaigns to build public support for complete equality for LGBT people. Our Policy Institute, the community's premier think tank, provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality. As part of a broader social justice movement, we work to create a world that respects and makes visible the diversity of human expression and identity where all people may fully participate in society. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., we also have offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Cambridge, Mass., and Miami.
- National Latina/o Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Organization
The National Latina/o Lesbian Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Organization, often known as LLEGÓ, is devoted to representing Latina/o lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities and addressing their growing needs regarding an array of social issues ranging from civil rights and social justice to health and human services.LLEGÓ is not yet on on-line.
- Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
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.
- Queer Asian Spirit
Queer Asian Spirit is an organization dedicated to affirming and supporting the spiritual lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people of Asian descent everywhere.
- Reconciling Ministries Network
Reconciling Ministries Network is a national grassroots organization that exists to enable full participation of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities in the life of the United Methodist Church, but in policy and practice.
Soulforce is an interfaith movement with the goal of freedom for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people from religious and political oppression through the practice of relentless nonviolent resistance. We offer free resources, with our most popular booklet being Mel White's What the Bible Says - And Doesn't Say - About Homosexuality.
- Transgender Law Center
The Transgender Law Center (TLC) is a civil rights organization advocating for transgender communities. Every day we connect transgender people and their families to technically sound and culturally competent legal services, increase acceptance and enforcement of laws and policies that support California's transgender communities, and work to change laws and systems that fail to incorporate the needs and experiences of transgender people.
- UCC Coalition for LGBT Concerns
The UCC Coalition for LGBT Concerns 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 work of The Coalition is focused on three primary areas: creating and supporting Open and Affirming (ONA) settings within the United Church of Christ; supporting youth and young adults and those who work with them; and local organizing and outreach.
- Transgender, Gender Variant, & Intersex Justice Project
The TGI Justice Project's (TGIJP) mission is to challenge and end the human rights abuses committed against transgender, gender variant/genderqueer and intersex (TGI) people in California prisons and beyond.
- Youth Trans & Intersex Education Services
Youth Trans & Intersex Education Services (Youth TIES) is a youth-led organization advocating for trans, gender-variant, intersex and questioning (TGIQ) youth. We address the challenges facing TGIQ youth in the San Francisco Bay Area by educating the service providers who work with us, and providing TGIQ youth with information and referrals.
With members in each and every province and territory, Egale Canada is the country's leading advocacy and information group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-identified people and their families. Since 1986, Egale has worked to advance equality and justice in Canada through political action, lobbying and intervening in legal cases while increasing public education and awareness.
- The Fence
Calling bisexuals 'fencesitters' has been a way of marginalizing us, of placing us outside gay/lesbian and straight cultures by saying that we haven't made a decision about our sexuality. "The Fence" is all about bisexual women reclaiming this position and speaking from our unique viewpoints that traverse straight and gay/lesbian cultures, but also allow us to have spaces of our own. "The Fence" can be a positive and powerful place, and this zine is for the women who have decided to stay there!
- Gay and Lesbian Advocates (GLAD)
GLAD provides legal, advocacy, and educational services geared to end discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, HIV status and gender identity and expression. Through GLAD's network of cooperating attorneys located throughout New England, GLAD provides a wide range of legal service to help clients achieve equal justice under the law for all. GLAD was the lead litigator in Goodridge et. al. v Massachusetts, the historic case which affirmed equality in civil marriage for same-sex couples.
- The Audre Lorde Project
The Audre Lorde Project is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit and Transgender People of Color center for community organizing, focusing on the New York City area. Through mobilization, education and capacity-building, we work for community wellness and progressive social and economic justice. Committed to struggling across differences, we seek to responsibly reflect, represent and serve our various communities.
- Gay Men's Health Crisis
Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) is a not-for-profit, volunteer-supported and community-based organization committed to national leadership in the fight against AIDS. Our mission is to reduce the spread of HIV disease, help people with HIV maintain and improve their health and independence, and keep the prevention, treatment and cure of HIV an urgent national and local priority. In fulfilling this mission, we will remain true to our heritage by fighting homophobia and affirming the individual dignity of all gay men and lesbians.
- New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy
The New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA) is the first statewide transgender advocacy organization in New York, founded in June 1998. NYAGRA led the campaign for the transgender rights law enacted by the New York City Council (Int. No. 24, enacted as Local Law 3 of 2002) and participated in the working group that helped to draft guidelines -- adopted by the Commission on Human Rights in December 2004 -- for implementation of the new statute.
- Presbyterian Welcome
Presbyterian Welcome, a validated ministry, is a community of congregations and individuals in the New York area. Our mission is to build up and repair the Body of Christ by working for the full inclusion of all disciples, without regard to sexual orientation and gender identity.
- Asociacion Travestis Transexuales Transgenero Argentinas
- Comunidad Homosexual Argentina
- Barbados Gays & Lesbians Against Discrimination (BGLAD)
Barbados Gays & Lesbians Against Discrimination (BGLAD) is dedicated to the promotion of human rights for all persons within the Barbadian society and in particular lesbians, gays and bi-sexuals. BGLAD, through education on issues of human sexuality and individual differences, will promote the acceptance of all persons and develop a positive agenda for change within Barbados and the Caribbean region.
- Mujeres Creando
Mujeres Creando is a feminist cultural center organizing around issues of sexuality and gender.
- Associacao da Parada do Orgulho GLBT de Sao Paulo
Organization for LBGT Pride & Festivities for Sao Paulo.
- General Secretary ABGLT
- Grupo Arco-Iris
- Grupo Dignidade
- Grupo Gay de Bahia
Grupo Gay da Bahia, also known as GGB, is the oldest-existing and most active gay rights organization in Brazil. GGB dissemenates information about Brazilian gays, lesbians, transsexuals, transgender persons, bisexuals, general queer issues, and queer studies, in addition to related subjects such as racism and discrimination.
- Grupo Homossexual de Brasilia
- SOMOS Comunicacao, Saude e Sexualidade
- Movimiento de Integracion y Liberaction Homosexual
- Corporacion el otro
- Proyecto Colombia Diversa
Colombia Diversa's mission is to promote the complete inclusion and respect for rights, recognition and mobilization of the LGBT community in the economic, social, political and cultural spheres, in order to help build a democratic, modern and fair Colombia.
J-FLAG's mission is to work towards a Jamaican society in which the Human Rights and Equality of Lesbians, All-Sexuals, and Gays are guaranteed. To foster the acceptance and enrichment of the lives of same-gender-loving persons who have been, and continue to be, an integral part of society. J-FLAG holds the vision to move forward in a spirit of oneness, love, dignity and respect towards the establishment of a Jamaica, and world, devoid of prejudice, injustice, discrimination and oppression. And, furthermore, to ensure the human rights of Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays, as set out in the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
- Puntos de encuentro
Puntos de Encuentro (Meeting Points) is a Nicaraguan Feminist NGO that combines cutting edge media (television, radio, web and print), leadership training, community education, and alliance building as tools for strengthening the social movements of women and young people.
- Centro Latinoamericano de sexualidad y derechos humanos
(Last updated on July 27, 2007 )