The websites listed below include information about social, political, economic, legal and other issues of interest to LGBTQ+ communities, as well as direct contacts to resources. These sites represent only a small sample of websites that are applicable to LGBTQ+ communities. YouTube, Reddit, and other community sites offer a ton of resources to learn more about LGBTQ+ identities and experiences. If you’re looking for more, go to the Google!
- The Human Rights Campain (HRC) - www.hrc.org
The Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than 1.5 million members and supporters nationwide. As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization, HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.
- The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) - www.aclu.org
For nearly 100 years, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and the laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country. Whether it’s achieving full equality for LGBT people, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age of widespread government surveillance, ending mass incarceration, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach.
ACLU National Help Line: 212-549-2500
- National LGBTQ Task Force – www.thetaskforce.org
The National LGBTQ Task Force advances full freedom, justice and equality for LGBTQ people. We’re building a future where everyone is free to be themselves in every aspect of their lives. Today, despite all the progress we’ve made to end discrimination, millions of LGBTQ people face barriers in every aspect of their lives: in housing, employment, healthcare, retirement, and basic human rights. These barriers must go. That’s why the Task Force is training and mobilizing millions of activists across our nation to deliver a world where you can be you.
National LGBT Hotline: 888-843-4564
- TransEquality - www.transequality.org
The National Center for Transgender Equality is a national social justice organization devoted to ending discrimination and violence against transgender people through education and advocacy on national issues of importance to transgender people. By empowering transgender people and our allies to educate and influence policymakers and others, NCTE facilitates a strong and clear voice for transgender equality in our nation's capital and around the country.
- The Trevor Project - http://www.thetrevorproject.org
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ+ young people ages 13-24. They offer a 24/7/365 phone support line, as well as online chat and text services.
24/7/365 Trevor Lifeline: 1-866-488-7386
- PFLAG - www.pflag.org
Founded in 1972 with the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the nation's largest family and ally organization. Uniting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) with families, friends, and allies, PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education, and advocacy. See Community Resources for local chapter.
- Campus Pride - www.campuspride.org
Campus Pride represents the leading national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create a safer college environment for LGBTQ students. The organization is a volunteer-driven network “for” and “by” student leaders. The primary objective of Campus Pride is to develop necessary resources, programs and services to support LGBTQ and ally students on college campuses across the United States.
- Lambda Legal - www.lambdalegal.org
Founded in 1973, Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.
Lambda Legal National Help Line: 866-542-8336
- EqualityOhio- www.equalityohio.org
Equality Ohio is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that advocates for full equality for the LGBTQ community. Equality Ohio envisions an Ohio where everyone feels at home and where equality, diversity and inclusiveness are universally value. Equality Ohio advocates and educates to achieve fair treatment and equal opportunity for all Ohioans regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. See Community Resources for local chapter.
- TransOhio - http://www.transohio.org
TransOhio serves the Ohio transgender and ally communities by providing services, education, support and advocacy which promotes and improves the health, safety and life experience of the Ohio transgender individual and community.
The Trans Lifeline: (877) 565-8860
- BRAVO - http://www.bravo-ohio.org
The Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization (BRAVO) provides comprehensive individual and community programs for survivor advocacy and support to LGBTQI survivors of hate and bias violence, discrimination, intimate partner violence, stalking, and/or sexual assault. BRAVO works to eliminate violence perpetrated on the basis of sexual orientation and/or gender identification, domestic violence, and sexual assault through prevention, education, advocacy, violence documentation, and survivor services, both within and on behalf of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender communities.
BRAVO Crisis Line: 216-370-7361
- Plexus (Chamber of Commerce for the LGBT Community and Allies)- www.thinkplexus.org
Plexus was founded to promote networking and business development within Northeast Ohio's LGBT business community and its allies. As a nonprofit organization, Plexus serves the LGBTA business community and advocates workplace equality issues in Northeast Ohio. Plexus is a strategic partner in the economic development of Northeast Ohio and serves as a point of connection for corporations, supporters, LGBT businesses and professionals. See Community Resources for local chapter.