5 Impactful LGBTQIA+ Organizations You Can Support Right Now
The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning young people under 25. It provides a national 24-hour, toll-free confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQIA+ youth and volunteers are trained to answer online messages or texts from young people who are struggling with issues such as coming out, LGBTQIA+ identity, depression, and suicide. For more info, click here.
Los Angeles LGBT Center
Since 1969 the Los Angeles LGBT Center has cared for, championed, and celebrated LGBT individuals and families in Los Angeles and beyond. Today the Center’s nearly 800 employees provide services for more than half a million LGBT people each year, offering free or low cost programs, services, and global advocacy that span four broad categories: Health, Social Services and Housing, Culture and Education, Leadership and Advocacy. Center South on Martin Luther King Jr Blvd in Leimert Park opened in January and its services include HIV testing; access to PrEP and PEP services; housing case management; mental health services; a computer lab; drop-in safe space; and more. Find out more about volunteering here.
Somos Familia Valle
Founded nearly 6 years ago in Los Angeles by low income, first generation, LGBTQ people of color, Somos Familia Valle is a San Fernando Valley-based organization dedicated to educating and supporting the LGBTQ community and their families. With a focus on the immigrant community and people of color, SFV offers visibility, support, and encouragement through curated events and workshops that highlight the stories, rights, and achievements of QPOC in addition to being an active presence in the fight for equality and visibility. Donate here.
GLSEN – Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network
Founded by a group of teachers in 1990, GLSEN works to ensure that LGBTQIA+ students are able to learn and grow in a school environment free from bullying and harassment. Together, they transform our nation’s K–12 schools into the safe and affirming environment all youth deserve. The LA Chapter supports students and educators locally, organizes around LGBTQ-affirming public policy, plans teacher trainings, and hosts events for students, educators, parents, and allies.
Equality Federation is the movement builder and strategic partner to state-based organizations advocating for LGBTQIA+ people. They work collaboratively on critical issues — from advancing workplace fairness and family recognition to defeating anti-transgender bathroom bans and HIV criminalization laws—that affect how LGBTQIA+ people experience the world. To find out more about the specific work going on in California, check out Equality California.