In honor of Pride Month, we’d like to put the spotlight on some LGBTQIA-focused organizations and outlets. From crisis prevention to advocacy efforts and educational initiatives, these organizations are devoted to helping historically marginalized communities. Supporting them is a meaningful way to celebrate Pride Month, an annual commemoration of the 1969 Stonewall rebellion that galvanized the LGBTQIA+ civil rights movement.
Read on to learn more about each organization and ways you can show your support.
Dedicated to advocacy and inclusivity, Affirmations is a community center that provides a space where LGBTQIA+ individuals living in Detroit can feel safe and find support. Its services include behavioral health programs, inclusion training, support groups, educational resources, volunteer opportunities, and more. Donations benefit Affirmations’ programming for more than 30,000 people every year. Donate here.
Founded by Miley Cyrus, the Happy Hippie Foundation offers support services, public education, and employment opportunities for LGBTQIA+ youth, homeless youth, and other vulnerable populations like those affected by crisis situations, aging out of foster care, and living with HIV/AIDS. On a mission to create collective, positive change, Happy Hippie frequently partners with other LGBTQIA+ organizations across the country. 100% of donations fund Happy Hippie’s programs and services. Donate here.
With hundreds of chapters and more than 325,000 members nationwide, PFLAG is America’s first and largest organization that provides parents, families, and allies of LGBTQIA+ individuals with support, education, and advocacy initiatives. The nonprofit also tackles social issues affecting the LGBTQIA+ community and beyond, including hate crimes, censorship, reproductive health, gun violence prevention, and more. Donations allow PFLAG to fight anti-LGBTQIA campaigns and invest in education programs with local and state partners. Donate here.
Trans Lifeline is a nonprofit peer support and crisis hotline that offers direct emotional and financial support to the trans community. Since it was founded in 2014, Trans Lifeline has trained 600-plus operators, answered about 100,000 calls, and distributed more than $1M to social projects and microgrants for trans and nonbinary people. Donations support the organization’s programs and initiatives that address trauma, racism, criminalization, medical discrimination, and more. Donate here.
Them is an award-winning, online community platform that chronicles and celebrates the stories of the LGBTQIA+ community. Covering everything from politics to pop culture, the magazine’s content features educational articles, reports on the fight for LGBTQIA+ rights, and in-depth profiles of queer cultural icons. Comments, suggestions, and questions about editorial content can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org; writers looking to contribute to the magazine can send pitches to email@example.com.
The It Gets Better Project was originally a social media campaign that started in 2010, but it has since grown into a global nonprofit that uplifts and empowers LGBTQIA+ youth with media programming, educational resources, and local service providers. With affiliates in 19 countries, the organization’s main goal is to prevent suicide among young LGBTQIA+ people. Along with a directory of over 1,100 LGBTQIA+ organizations across 40-plus countries, the It Gets Better Project hosts multi-day summits packed with workshops, social events, and discussions with activists and global leaders. 100% of donations benefit the nonprofit’s advocacy and social efforts. Donate here.
Formerly the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, GLAAD is a nonprofit organization that advocates for fair, accurate, and inclusive LGBTQIA+ representation in the media. GLAAD’s local and national initiatives promote LGBTQIA+ acceptance, working alongside the media to shape queer narratives and spark dialogue around cultural change. Donations help GLAAD ensure LGBTQIA+ stories and issues are truthfully and thoughtfully covered in film, television, and the news. Donate here.
The Trevor Project is the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization, providing crisis counseling and educational initiatives for LGBTQIA+ youth. The nonprofit also tracks LGBTQIA+ legislation across the country, helping pass 30 bills in the last 10 years. Donations are used to expand the Trevor Project’s research and advocacy efforts, maintain its free 24/7 crisis services (available via phone, text, and chat), and train its counselors. Donate here.