The riots went on for days and weeks and out of those riots came a change. The first change was the LGBTQ+ Community started to organize themselves so their voices can be heard. Nearly 50 years after the riots these organizations have stood the test of time and are still making a statement today.
Whether your Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Teenager, 55 and up, Military, Black, Latino, Mixed Race, Allie, etc. there is an organization for everyone and if there isn’t one, we do our best to find what works for a person. These groups are safe haven not only for those who join but, the family members as well.
I want to tell you a story that happens quiet often in social media. I belong to a lot of Facebook groups. I even run one with my wife which is a Non-Profit under the umbrella of Be the Change NJ out of Kean University for the LGBTQ+ Community. I will mention I’m gay in a group especially if I just got add to it, so they know who I am.
Every once in awhile, I’ll get a message from a mother who has a young child or teenager who is gay or wants to transition from one gender to another or any other host of things that can happen in our community. They reach out to me because 1) I live in the area and now they know someone they can reach out too, 2) if I do not know the answer I can send them to a person or organization that can and 3) it’s nice to know you’re not alone in this world.
Below is a list of organizations that are online. These are the main ones you will hear when you turn on the news or read a newspaper. Yet in this timeframe of technology, there are so many more outlets. Instagram has been a platform for so many organizations and people to show themselves. With social media, our younger generation is getting their info from these places instead of talking to family.
Family Equality Council - Family Equality Council connects, supports, and represents the three million parents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer in this country
The LGBT National Help Center - The GLBT National Help Center is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to meeting the needs of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community and those questioning their sexual orientation and gender identity. Their Gay & Lesbian National Hotline, which began in 1996 and utilizes a diverse group of LGBT volunteers, is a primary program of the GLBT National Help Center.
Human Rights Campaign (HRC) - The Human Rights Campaign, the largest national gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender advocacy organization, envisions an America where GLBT people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work, and in the community.
Parents, Family & Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) - Parents, Family & Friends of Lesbians and Gays is a national nonprofit grassroots organization which promotes the well-being of lesbian and gay people, their families, and friends through education and advocacy.
Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) - Founded in 1978, GLAD works nationally to create a just society free of discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status, and gender identity and expression.
Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund - The Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund is the largest legal organization in the United States. Since 1973, the staff has worked to secure civil rights for gays, lesbians and persons with HIV via education, public policy work, and litigation.
National Lesbian and Gay Law Association (NLGLA) - 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. The LGBT Bar promotes justice in and through the legal profession for the LGBT community in all its diversity.
Transgender Law Center (TLC) - Transgender Law Center works to change law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression. They envision a future where gender self-determination and authentic expression are seen as basic rights and matters of common human dignity.
interACT (formerly known as Advocates for Informed Choice (AIC)) - Advocates for Informed Choice (AIC) uses innovative strategies to advocate for the legal and human rights of children born with intersex traits. Their work is grounded in a sense of respect and compassion for the children, parents, doctors, and intersex adults involved
Gay, Lesbian & Straight Educators Network (GLSEN) - The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Educators Network is the largest national organization of parents, educators, students and other concerned citizens working to end homophobia in K-12 schools, and to ensure all students are valued and respected, regardless of sexual orientation.
Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) - The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association works to ensure equality in healthcare for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals and healthcare professionals. GLMA achieves its goals by using medical expertise in professional education, public policy work, patient education and referrals and the promotion of research.
National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) - The National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce 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 business and entrepreneurs.
National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals, Inc. (NOGLSTP) - The National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals is comprised of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender people and their allies employed or interested in scientific or high technology fields.
National Gay Pilots Association (NGPA) - The National Gay Pilots Association is a national organization of gay and lesbian pilots and other aviation enthusiasts from across the country.
The Association of LGBTQ Journalists (NLGJA) - Founded in 1990, NLGJA is an organization of journalists, media professionals, educators, and students working from within the news industry to foster fair and accurate coverage of LGBT issues. NLGJA opposes all forms of workplace bias and provides professional development to its members.
Lambda Literary - Lambda Literary believes Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer literature is fundamental to the preservation of our culture, and that LGBTQ lives are affirmed when their stories are written, published and read.
Pride at Work - Pride at Work is a nonprofit organization and an officially recognized constituency group of the American Federation of Labor & Congress of Industrial Organizations. The association organizes mutual support between the organized labor movement and the LGBT community for social and economic justice. In addition to national Pride at Work, more than 20 chapters organize at the state and local level around the country.
Out and Equal Workplace Advocates - Out & Equal Workplace Advocates champions safe and equitable workplaces for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. The organization advocates building and strengthening successful companies that value all employees, customers, and communities.
The Transgender Training Institute (TTI) - TTI provides national training and consulting services that are informed/provided by transgender and non-binary people, for the benefit of transgender and non-binary communities. The organization works across the United States, providing services including expert facilitation of transgender-related professional development trainings, training of trainers/facilitators (TOTs), ally skill building seminars and keynote speaking.
Modern Military Association of America (formerly known as OutServe-SLDN) - Formed through the merger of the American Military Partner Association and OutServe-SLDN, the Modern Military Association of America is the nation’s largest non-profit organization for the LGBTQ military and veteran community. They are committed to education, advocacy and support for LGBTQ service members, veterans, military spouses, family members and allies.
They currently have 75,000 plus members and supporters around the globe.
Gay & Lesbian Association of Retiring Persons (GLARP) - The purpose Gay & Lesbian Association of Retiring Persons is to develop and operate retirement communities that are openly LGB-friendly and to promote, provide and support education on aging.
Services & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Elders (SAGE) - The mission of SAGE is to lead in addressing issues related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) aging. In partnership with its constituents and allies, SAGE works to achieve a high quality of life for LGBT older adults, supports and advocates for their rights, fosters a greater understanding of aging in all communities, and promotes positive images of LGBT life in later years.
The last and final installment will be my story. Like many, my story is unique and has made me the person I am today. Remember there are virtual Pride Events happening Virtual Pride Night June 25th 6-8pm and Global Pride June 27th 12am-1159pm.