The following pages have information relating to LGBTQ issues. (Note: These are NOT Elon University websites, and we are not responsible for their content.) Have a website we should add? Let us know!
COLAGE is a national movement of children, youth, and adults with one or more lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer parent/s. We build community and work toward social justice through youth empowerment, leadership development, education, and advocacy.
The Coming Out Course http://comingoutcourse.com/
The Coming Out Course is a free, online course aimed at giving support, guidance and a peer community to fall back for LGBTQ youth during their first coming out experiences. Members can either sign up to be supports or just browse the website for information and encouragement. From the course, to other resources, message boards, and an online blog, The Coming Out Course is an easier way from LGBTQ youth who aren't sure how to approach coming out to learn about it in a safe and discrete way.
The Empowering Spirits Foundation http://www.empoweringspirits.org/
The Empowering Spirits Foundation, Inc. (ESF) is a national nonprofit civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality through community service activities. Instead of attempting to change laws ESF strives to change the hearts and minds of individuals and institutions that may have not previously favored gay rights or supported LGBT populations, through events designed to allow both sides to work together in a positive environment to foster non-confrontational dialogue and dispel negative stereotypes.
Family Equality Council http://www.familyequality.org/
Family Equality Council connects, supports, and represents the one million parents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender in this country and their two million children. We are changing attitudes and policies to ensure that all families are respected, loved, and celebrated—including families with parents who are LGBT. We are a community of parents and children, grandparents and grandchildren that reaches across this country. For 30 years we have raised our children and raised our voices toward fairness for all families.
Freedom to Marry http://www.freedomtomarry.org/
Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage nationwide. We are pursuing our Roadmap to Victory by working to win the freedom to marry in more states, grow the national majority for marriage, and end federal marriage discrimination. We partner 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.
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) amplifies the voice of the LGBT 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. By ensuring that the stories of LGBT people are heard through the media, GLAAD promotes understanding, increases acceptance, and advances equality.
GLSEN http://www.glsen.org/ GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. Established in 1990, GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes to creating a more vibrant and diverse community.
glbtq.com is the largest Web site devoted to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer education and culture and houses the largest, most comprehensive encyclopedia of LGBTQ culture in the world. The encyclopedia's Literature, Arts, and Social Sciences Departments feature more than 2.2 million words in nearly 2000 signed entries. Hundreds of complementary illustrations help showcase the lives and contributions of thousands of LGBTQ people who have influenced society through literature, the arts, law, politics and more.
GLBT Historical Society http://www.glbthistory.org/
The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Transgender Historical Society collects, preserves, and interprets the history of GLBT people and the communities that support them. Founded in 1985, the society is recognized internationally as a leader in the field of GLBT public history.
The Human Rights Campaign http://www.hrc.org/
As the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, the Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than one million members and supporters nationwide — all committed to making HRC's vision a reality. Founded in 1980, HRC advocates on behalf of LGBT Americans, mobilizes grassroots actions in diverse communities, invests strategically to elect fair-minded individuals to office and educates the public about LGBT issues.
International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association http://ilga.org/
ILGA’s aim is to work for the equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people and their liberation from all forms of discrimination. We seek to achieve this aim through the world-wide cooperation and mutual support of our members.
The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) is a leading international organization dedicated to human rights advocacy on behalf of people who experience discrimination or abuse on the basis of their actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.
IGLYO is the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Youth and Student Organisation. IGLYO is a network gathering LGBTQ youth and student organisations in Europe and beyond. It is run for and by young people.
Immigration Equality http://www.immigrationequality.org/
Immigration Equality is a national organization fighting for equality under U.S. immigration law for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and HIV-positive individuals. Founded in 1994 as the Lesbian and Gay Immigration Rights Task Force, Immigration Equality provides legal aid and advocacy for LGBT and HIV-positive immigrants and their families.
Marriage Equality USA http://www.marriageequality.org/
Officially founded in 2001, Marriage Equality USA is a volunteer-driven national grassroots organization whose mission is: "To secure legally recognized civil marriage equality for all, without regard to sexual orientation or gender identity, at the state and federal level through grassroots organizing, education, action and partnerships".
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund http://www.thetaskforce.org/
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund, founded in 1973 and incorporated in 1974, works to build the grassroots political power of the LGBT community to win complete equality. We do this through direct and grassroots lobbying to defeat anti-LGBT ballot initiatives and legislation and pass pro-LGBT legislation and other measures. We also analyze and report on the positions of candidates for public office on issues of importance to the LGBT community.
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives http://www.onearchives.org/
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives is the oldest active Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning organization in the United States and the largest repository of LGBTQ materials in the world. Founded in 1952, ONE Archives currently houses over two million archival items including periodicals, books, film, video and audio recordings, photographs, artworks, organizational records and personal papers.
The Palm Center http://www.palmcenter.org/
The Palm Center is a research institute committed to sponsoring state-of-the-art scholarship to enhance the quality of public dialogue about critical and controversial issues of the day. For the past decade, the Palm Center's research on sexual minorities in the military has been published in leading social scientific journals. The Palm Center seeks to be a resource for university-affiliated as well as independent scholars, students, journalists, opinion leaders, and members of the public.
Soulforce is committed to relentless nonviolent resistance to bring freedom to lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender, and queer people from religious & political oppression.
Consortium of Higher Education: LGBT Resource Professionals http://www.lgbtcampus.org/
To critically transform higher education environments so that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students, faculty, administrators, staff, and alumni/ae have equity in every respect.
Achievement of this vision is advanced through three major goals:
The LGBTQArchitect is a grass-roots, open-content project designed to provide immediately useable information and resources for creating and improving programs which support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and ally (LGBTQA) people on college and university campuses.
The Advocate http://www.advocate.com/
The Advocate is an American LGBT-interest magazine, printed monthly and available by subscription. The Advocate brand also includes a web site. Both magazine and web site have an editorial focus on news, politics, opinion, and arts and entertainment of interest to lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgendered people.
Amplify Your Voice: Youth Resources http://amplifyyourvoice.org/youthresource
Youth Resource is website aimed at educationg and promoting LGBTQ youth on sexual health and reproduction issues by way of public forums, message boards, and monthly features.
Leewind LGBTQ News Blog http://www.leewind.org/
Leewind is an online blog including articles and tags revolving around LGBTQ issues. Updated everyday, this blog brings the most recent and relevant LGBTQ issues to the forefront while addressing them in a first person and personal way.
qnotes is the LGBT arts, entertainment and news publication based in Charlotte, N.C. With a strong and robust presence online at goqnotes.com, and a free print circulation of approximately 10,000 distributed every other week, we are the largest and most trusted source of news, politics, opinion, entertainment, art, lifestyle, community events and more for LGBT North Carolinians and South Carolinians.
GLBTQDVP- Gay, Lesbian, Trans, Queer, Domestic Violence Project is an organization dedicated to supporting victims of domestic violence, focusing on the GLBT community. GLBTQDVP offers support services including counseling, emergency housing, legal support, and volunteer oppurtunities.
Half of Us http://www.halfofus.com/
Through Half of Us, mtvU and The Jed Foundation want to initiate a public dialogue to raise awareness about the prevalence of mental health issues and connect students to the appropriate resources to get help.
The Trevor Project http://www.thetrevorproject.org/
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth.
Trans What? http://transwhat.org/
Trans What is an independent website with guides and helpful advice for people wanting to learn about being trans ally. The website includes common misconceptions, terms, and first steps for allies.
Trans Youth Family Allies http://www.imatyfa.org/
TYFA was founded in 2006 and has helped thousands of families and their children since then through education, outreach, and support. TYFA empowers children and families by partnering with educators, service providers and communities, to develop supportive environments in which gender may be expressed and respected
BiNet USA http://www.binetusa.org/
BiNet USA, a 501C3 nonprofit organization, is the oldest national bisexual entity in the United States. It is a network of groups, projects and individuals, encouraging dialogue and participation as a way of creating and maintaining a cohesive bisexual community and empowering individuals to feel proud of their bisexuality.
Bisexual Resource Center http://www.biresource.net/
The Bisexual Resource Center was founded in 1985 by a group of bi activists after a regional conference. First named the East Coast Bisexual Network, it became a 501(c)3 in 1989 and was renamed in the mid-90s. The BRC is the oldest national bi organization in the U.S. that advocates for bisexual visibility and raises awareness about bisexuality throughout the LGBT and straight communities.
The Lesbian Avengers http://www.lesbianavengers.com/
Founded in 1992, the Lesbian Avengers were a direct action group focused on lesbian visibility and survival. Too impatient for lobbying or letter-writing, these fire-eating secretaries, students, cab drivers, journalists, artists and teachers joined together to create fabulous street actions that inserted lesbians into public life, forced political change, and redefined dykes as the coolest, most ferocious, girls on the block.
The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) is a social justice organization dedicated to advancing the equality of transgender people through advocacy, collaboration and empowerment.
Intersex Society of North America http://www.isna.org/
The Intersex Society of North America (ISNA) is devoted to systemic change to end shame, secrecy, and unwanted genital surgeries for people born with an anatomy that someone decided is not standard for male or female.
The International Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, and Intersex Law Association (ILGLaw) unites people around the world who are dedicated to the principle of equality under the law for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and intersex persons.
The NGLCC is the business advocate and direct link between lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender business owners, corporations, and government, representing the interests of more than 1.4 million LGBT businesses and entrepreneurs. The NGLCC is committed to forming a broad-based coalition of LGBT owned and friendly businesses, professionals, and major corporations for the purpose of promoting economic growth and the prosperity of our members.
The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) is the world's largest and oldest association of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender 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.
The Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund http://www.victoryfund.org/home
The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund works to elect LGBT leaders to public office for one simple reason. They change America's politics. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender office holders are our clearest and most convincing champions for true equality. As leaders in government, they become the face and voice of a community. They challenge the lies of extremists and speak authentically about themselves, their families and their community. Since 1991, the Victory Fund has helped thousands of openly LGBT candidates win election to local, state and federal offices.
GLIFAA was formed in 1992 in order to challenge a security clearance process that at the time discriminated against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) employees. We have since grown to include hundreds of members and associates and become the officially recognized voice of LGBT personnel in U.S. foreign affairs agencies.
Lambda Legal http://www.lambdalegal.org/
Founded in 1973, Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to safeguard and advance the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and policy work. We pursue impact litigation. Our legal experts select the cases that will change or interpret laws in order to have the greatest impact in protecting and advancing the rights of LGBT people and those with HIV.
“Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics” (oSTEM) is a national society dedicated to educating and fostering leadership for LGBTQA communities in the STEM fields. We started as a single chapter in 2005, and the national society has been built by students, for students.
Out & Equal http://www.outandequal.org/
Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, is the world’s largest nonprofit organization specifically dedicated to creating safe and equitable workplaces for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
OutServe is the association of actively-serving LGBT military personnel. With over 5,000 members and 50+ chapters worldwide, it is one of the largest LGBT employee resource groups in the world. OutServe works to support a professional network of LGBT military personnel and create an environment of respect in the military with regard to sexual orientation and gender identity.
Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) is a non-partisan, non-profit, legal services, watchdog and policy organization dedicated to bringing about full LGBT 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.
American Veterans for Equal Rights http://aver.us/aver/
AVER is a non-profit, chapter-based association of active, reserve and veteran servicemembers dedicated to full and equal rights and equitable treatment for all present and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces.
NC Pride http://www.ncpride.org/pride/
The Pride Committee of North Carolina's mission statement reflects the fact that despite many social, political and economic gains that have been made by individuals and institutions in various LGBT communities throughout North Carolina, much work still needs to be done. At the same time, however, we understand the need to celebrate our victories and accomplishments. Our mission is to promote unity and visibility among lesbians, gay men, bisexual and transgendered people, to promote a positive image through programs and public activities that foster an awareness of our past struggles, to be recognized as an important and talented sector of our diverse state, and to support and encourage HIV/AIDS education, breast cancer awareness and basic health education.
Triad Equality Alliance http://www.triadequality.org/index.htm
The Triad Equality Alliance (TEA) was founded in March 2004 as part of EqualityNC Project, a 501(c)(3) organization. TEA's mission is to eliminate prejudice and to secure social justice and civil rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people by educating and enlightening the general public about LGBT members of the community and the special issues affecting them.
LGBT Center of Raleigh http://www.lgbtcenterofraleigh.com/site/
Our mission is to strengthen individual and community development through social and educational activities; to facilitate the incubation of supportive services and groups; and to identify needs and advocate for resources benefiting the diverse population of lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual people, their friends and supporters within and beyond central North Carolina.
LGBT Community Center of Charlotte http://www.gaycharlotte.com/
The LGBT Community Center of Charlotte seeks to promote diversity, acceptance and visibility of the LGBT community through original and collaborative programming and events, and by providing an inclusive, welcoming, and affordable environment for all.
Equality NC http://equalitync.org/
Equality NC is dedicated to securing equal rights and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender North Carolinians. To accomplish these goals we tirelessly lobby the North Carolina General Assembly, executive branch, and local governments, broadcast LGBT news, stories and content, and mobilize our communities on issues that matter most to you, including marriage equality, parental rights, inclusive anti-bullying policies, employment discrimination, hate violence, privacy rights, sexuality education, adoption, domestic partnerships, and HIV/AIDS.
Our membership consists of individuals at different places in the coming-out process, as well as families, friends and allies. Our mission is to provide a safe space where LGBT individuals, as well as those questioning their orientation, can associate with like individuals, ask questions, and know that they are not alone. We help LGBTQ people reconcile with their spirituality within the context of a common Mormon background.
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. To be such an organization, we accept our responsibilities to the Church, to our Catholic heritage, to society, and to individual gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Catholics.
Integrity is a nonprofit organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Episcopalians and our straight friends. Since our founding by Dr. Louie Crew in rural Georgia in 1974, Integrity has been the leading grassroots voice for the full inclusion of LGBT persons in the Episcopal Church and our equal access to its rites.
Keshet is a national grassroots organization that works for the full equality and inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Jews in Jewish life. Led and supported by LGBT Jews and straight allies, Keshet strives to cultivate the spirit and practice of inclusion in all parts of the Jewish community.
GOProud is a national organization of gay and straight Americans who seek to promote freedom by supporting free markets, limited government, and a respect for individual rights. We work on the federal level to build strong coalitions of conservative and libertarian activists, organizations and policy makers to advance our shared values and beliefs.
Log Cabin Republicans http://www.logcabin.org/
Log Cabin Republicans is the nation's only organization of Republicans who support fairness, freedom, and equality for gay and lesbian Americans. Log Cabin has state and local chapters nationwide, full-time staff in Washington, DC, a federal political action committee, and state political action committees.
National Stonewall Democrats http://www.stonewalldemocrats.org/
Stonewall is America's only grassroots Democratic LGBT organization. We focus on creating change in three ways: educating the LGBT community about the differences between the political parties; mobilizing the LGBT community to get out to vote on Election Day for fair-minded Democrats; and standing up when Republicans attack our families and our civil rights while we lead the Democratic party to continue improving its record on issues important to our community