LGBT Organizations and Community Resources

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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) defends and preserves the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States. It also works to extend rights to segments of the population that have traditionally been denied their rights, including Native Americans and other people of color; lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgendered people; women; mental health patients; prisoners; people with disabilities; and the poor.

Capital Pride is an annual D.C. street festival and parade celebrating pride in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.

D.C. Black Pride is held annually during Memorial Day Weekend and celebrates the African-American lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.

Equality Maryland works to secure and protect the rights of LGBT Marylanders by promoting legislative initiatives on the state, county and municipal levels. Its professional lobbyists and legislative team work with its allies in the General Assembly to shape and pass positive legislation in Annapolis and to beat back discriminatory legislation.

Equality Virginia is a statewide, non-partisan, lobbying, education and support network for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, and straight allied (LGBT) communities in Virginia.

Family Equality Council connects, supports, and represents the one million lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender parents in this country and the two million children they are raising.

Freedom to Marry is the gay and non-gay partnership working to win marriage equality nationwide. Freedom to Marry works to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from the responsibilities, protections, and commitment of marriage.

The Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance of Washington, D.C., is a local, all-volunteer, non-partisan, non-profit political organization, founded in 1971 to advance the equal rights of gay men and lesbians in Washington, D.C. It is the nation’s oldest continuously active gay and lesbian civil rights organization.

Gay And Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) is New England’s leading legal rights organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status and gender identity and expression.

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) lobbies Congress, provides campaign support to candidates, and works to educate the public on a wide array of topics affecting LGBT Americans, including workplace, family, discrimination and health issues. The HRC Foundation, an HRC-affiliated organization, engages in extensive research and provides education and programming.

Lambda Legal is the nation’s oldest and largest legal organization working for the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, and people with HIV/AIDS.

The LGBT Community Center provides builds and supports our community through arts and culture, wellness and recovery, HIV/AIDS services, family services and life-saving youth programs designed to foster healthy development in a safe, affirming environment.

National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) is a national legal resource center with a primary commitment to advancing the rights and safety of lesbians and their families through a program of litigation, public policy advocacy, free legal advice and counseling, and public education. Also, NCLR provides representation and resources to gay men, and bisexual and transgender individuals on key issues that also significantly advance lesbian rights.

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Inc. (NGLTF), founded in 1974, works to build the grassroots political power of the LGBT community, through direct and grassroots lobbying to defeat anti-LGBT ballot initiatives and legislation and pass pro-LGBT legislation and other measures, analyzing and reporting on the positions of candidates for public office on issues of importance to the LGBT community. (Michele and Eva serve on NCLR’s National Family Law Advisory Council.)

Rainbow Families DC is a nonprofit organization for all LGBT parents and prospective parents and their allies in the Washington Metropolitan area.