June marks Pride Month, a celebration for those in the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) community. Whether you are part of the LGBTQ community or not, there are several LGBTQ organizations that you can donate to as a show of your support.
The Trevor Project
Founded in 1994, The Trevor Project focuses on suicide prevention and crisis intervention for LGBTQ youth. In a 2022 survey, the organization found that over half of transgender and nonbinary youth seriously considered suicide, and one in five attempted to end their own life. The Trevor Project offers support 24/7, 365 days a year that teens can access via phone call, text message, or chat. It operates TrevorSpace, a social networking site specifically for LGBTQ youth. The organization also has educational resources and advocates for pro-LGBTQ legislation.
SAGE, which stands for Services and Advocacy for Gay Elders, is a non-profit organization that focuses on assistance for LGBTQ aging adult population. Besides advocating for legislation that impacts older LGBTQ individuals, SAGE also helps older LGBTQ individuals find affordable, inclusive senior housing and provides training programs for senior care services so they can provide an inclusive environment.
Human Rights Campaign
The Human Rights Campaign is perhaps one of the world's most widely recognized LGBTQ advocacy groups, with over 3 million supporters. The organization endorses LGBTQ-friendly political candidates and pushes for legislation that protects members of the community. The group also publishes “equality indexes” on the LGBTQ-friendliness of healthcare facilities, municipalities, states, employers, scholarships, and elected officials.
The Family Equality Council
Family is everything, and the Family Equality Council’s mission is to ensure that LGBTQ individuals and couples have the rights and abilities to build and grow their families without discrimination. The organization provides support for adoption, foster care, or assisted reproductive technologies. It also tracks federal and state legislation that may impact existing LGBTQ families or those who want to form families.
Out & Equal
Out & Equal is a non-profit that works for LGBTQ equality and inclusion in the workplace. The group holds an annual Workplace Summit that brings together business executives and human resources (HR) professionals to network and share strategies for inclusion. It also partners with Fortune 1000 companies to provide leadership development and diversity and inclusion training.
GLSEN, or the Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network, works to ensure that LGBTQ students are able to learn and grow in a school environment free from bullying and harassment because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Founded by a group of teachers in 1990, the organization was instrumental in getting the Student Non-Discrimination Act and the Safe Schools Improvement Act passed through Congress.
OutRight Action International
Supporting LGBTQ rights on a global level, OutRight Action International is the only group of its kind with a permanent presence in the United Nations. The group has offices in seven countries, including the U.S. According to the organization, at least 67 countries still have national laws criminalizing same-sex relationships, and 13 countries have laws against transgender people.