Pride Month is here, and it is a great time to support the vital organizations that serve, advocate for, and celebrate LGTBQ New Yorkers. These nonprofits keep New York City and State a more welcoming place for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and non-binary people. This is in stark contrast to other places across the country that are attempting to rescind or restrict rights for their LGBTQ residents.
This year, at least 20 states have introduced “Don’t Say Gay” bills, which seek to prohibit schools from discussing topics of gender identity and sexual orientation. Other states have introduced anti-transgender legislation aimed at parents of transgender youth and the health services these families seek to support their children. This year, we’ve updated our Pride Giving Guide to help donors address these regressive policies nationwide, and to continue supporting the work of local nonprofits—many of which have recently received competitive grants from The Trust—that provide vital safety net and advocacy services for the city’s diverse LGBTQ communities.
Equality Federation builds power in a network of state-based advocacy organizations working together on critical nonpartisan issues, including advancing workplace fairness, family recognition, and defeating anti-transgender bills and HIV criminalization laws. The group is working with nonprofits across the country to fight “Don’t Say Gay” bills and anti-trans legislation.
Through education, community building, and policy change, Family Equality works to advance equality for LGBTQ families, and for those who wish to form them. Recently, the group has partnered with other nonprofits to challenge Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” law in federal court.
Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization with a mission to achieve fairness and equality for the LGBTQ community and to end discrimination against LGBTQ people. It is working to defeat similar “Don’t Say Gay” education censorship bills in several states, including Ohio and Wisconsin.
Transgender Law Center’s work in employment, education, and immigration law has redefined transgender and gender non-binary people’s experience of rights and justice in the U.S. It provides legal services and organizes trans communities nationwide.
A community-based organization in Brooklyn, GRIOT Circle supports LGBTQ elders of color through health and wellness programs, social activities to reduce isolation, and hot lunch programs.
A national organization headquartered in New York, and serving our local communities, Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) supports LGBTQ elders by providing them with affordable housing, conducting advocacy on their behalf, and providing many social, health, and financial services.
A large percentage of the city’s young homeless population is LGBTQ. Ali Forney Center was founded in 2002 in honor of Ali Forney, a transgender teen who was murdered on the street. The Center helps homeless LGBTQ young people by providing a drop-in center and food pantry, job training and placement, transitional housing, HIV prevention, and referrals to healthcare providers.
Trinity Community Connection provides homeless LGBTQ youth with safe spaces, giving them shelter along with health services, recreational activities, and employment opportunities.
From helping young people to supporting older adults, Brooklyn Community Pride Center in Bedford-Stuyvesant offers health, immigration, and employment services to LGBTQ people. It also helps them with housing issues and avoiding homelessness, advocating for racial justice, and reducing social isolation.
The Center is the largest LGBTQ multi-service agency on the East Coast. It fosters a welcoming environment where everyone is celebrated for who they are. It offers the LGBTQ communities of NYC advocacy and health and wellness programs; arts, entertainment, and cultural events; and recovery, parenthood, and family support services.
Immigration Equality helps LGBTQ immigrants apply for asylum in the United States. It is the nation’s only organization that focuses exclusively on the rights of LGBTQ immigrants.
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