Each June, people around the globe come together to support and celebrate members of the LGBTQ+ community. Today, Pride is a time of jubilation, inclusiveness, and love. But it wasn’t always that way. To get here, many individuals and organizations had to fight for equal rights, fair treatment, and basic dignity.
Pride Month all started with a riot on a New York City street in 1970 outside the Stonewall Inn. For more than 50 years, Pride celebrations have continued to grow. While the LGBTQ+ has come a long way towards equality, there is still a long road ahead.
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5 Organizations to Support During Pride Month
There is still a long way to go towards LGBTQ+ equality. This June, consider donating to one or more of the following organizations. Each nonprofit works tirelessly to promote social justice, equality, and a safer and more loving world for our beloved LGBTQ+ people.
1. Trevor Project
Young LGBTQ+ folks are at an extremely high risk of suicide. It’s devastating to read the statistics. The Trevor Project is a leading organization dedicated to supporting LGBTQ+ youth.
Each year, The Trevor Project answers more than 100,000 Hotline phone calls, texts, and chats from youth in crisis. While we can never know the full impacts of their work, The Trevor Project has undoubtedly saved many young lives thanks to their programs.
In addition to their 24/7 Hotline for LGBTQ+ youth, the organization also offers a variety of training programs for youth and adults. The Trevor Project advocates for youth, providing training for teachers, school staff, parents, and other community leaders.
This nonprofit is saving lives and creating a more equitable world for our precious LGBTQ+ youngsters.
PFLAG is one of the oldest LGBTQ+ organizations in the country. Founded in 1973 by a mother of a gay son, PFLAG has become an international organization dedicated to building allies and establishing supportive families through education, peer-to-peer support, and advocacy.
The organization has hundreds of local chapters, each promoting inclusion, acceptance, and pride in their communities. By educating and supporting family members, friends, and allies, PFLAG generates greater understanding and acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community. PFLAG recognizes the incredible role supportive families play in creating change and moving towards equality.
This incredible organization also conducts training, advocacy work, and community outreach on both a national and local scale. They’re creating change for the LGBTQ+ communities, one family at a time.
3. National Center for Transgender Equality
The transgender community is under attack. The National Center for Transgender Equality is fighting back.
The NCTE’s vision is a world where all transgender people not only survive, but thrive. This organization focuses mainly on influencing public policy that protects trans rights and promotes trans equality. To accomplish this goal, NCTE shares personal stories and educates the public. Establishing a personal connection helps to build allies in communities nationwide.
The NCTE also provide support for families of trans kids, helping parents and caregivers advocate for a safe and respectful world for all trans youth.
They’re a leading voice in the fight for transgender equality during a time when the community needs it the most.
4. Human Rights Campaign
The Human Rights Campaign’s main goal can be summed up in one word: EQUALITY. For more than 40 years, the HRC has been a champion for LGBTQ+ rights in America and around the world. Their iconic blue and yellow “equal” stickers are a reminder of everything the organization fights for, every day.
The HRC promotes equality through advocacy and public policy. But the organization also educates the public, empowering every citizen to speak up and speak out for the rights of all.
With every new attack on LGBTQ+ rights, the Human Rights Campaign is there, fighting injustice, demanding change, and protecting the freedoms of every American.
Educators play a key role in the lives of young people. For LGBTQ+ youth, school can either be a safe haven or a battle zone. GLSEN works to ensure students feel loved, accepted, and celebrated – no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity.
GLSEN works with educators, administrators, and school staff to increase awareness about LGBTQ+ issues facing today’s young people. The organization also advocates for age-appropriate LGBTQ+ curriculum in schools across the country, helping students learn about acceptance, equality, and kindness from an early age.
GLSEN also empowers students to create change from within their own communities, helping teens create GSA groups in secondary schools across the country. Through these student-led organizations, LGBTQ+ youth are creating change and building a future free from bullying and harassment.
Let’s all work together to make the world a better place.
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