Every time the month of June comes rolling around again, we all want to show support for the LGBTQ+ community whether that’s being an ally or a part of the community. Doing our part during Pride is super important to help those in need and that's why we wanted to give a list of really cool charities and organizations you can possibly donate to during June to take your support to the next level.
In no particular order, here are some well trusted and highly rated charities to support for the LGBTQ+ community. All of these awesome charities have been seen either as 4 star ratings according to Charity Navigator, or have been seen in multiple published articles in support of them as organizations. This list is a beautiful mix of advocacy, legal aid, and support systems for the community.
The It Gets Better Project is a nonprofit organization with a mission to uplift, empower, and connect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth around the globe. It Is a Non profit that wants to lead by showing encouragement, and community to LGBTQ+ youth, and has now evolved into a major platform, reaching millions of young people each year. Their ultimate goal for It Gets Better is showing the community that although growing up isn’t easy, no one has to do it alone ever.
The Trevor Project is arguably one of the most well known LGBTQ+ organizations and charities on this list. The Trevor Project was founded by the creators of the short film TREVOR back in 1998, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning young people under 25. This is an extremely important issue in the community and the mental health of the community’s youth is vital.
NQTTCN is an organization that actively works to transform mental health for queer and trans people of color in North America. They strive to build a larger community of QTPoC (queer and trans people of color) mental health practitioners, increase access to mental health resources, provide technical assistance to social justice movement organizations all to integrate healing into their work. Our overall goal is to increase access to resources for QTPoC especially since our community is greatly diverse with Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Arab, Middle-eastern, Asian, Pacific Islander, and mixed race, lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender, two-spirit, gender non-conforming, genderqueer, and non-binary people that all need resources to heal and be cared for.
Through strategic law, public policy advocacy, and education, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) works based in New England and help on a national level to create a just society free of discrimination based on gender identity and expression, HIV status, and sexual orientation. GLAD is committed legal aid that strives to be fulfilling and to help the LGBTQ+ community with not only justice and lived equality, but also Inclusion, equity, and mutual respect and combating hate and racism.
I was asked,” what can we do to stop the murders of Black trans women?” I simply responded, stop killing us! Is a quote right on the website of the Trans Women of Color collective. Powerful and provoking in every way, their mission is to uplift and hear the voices of gender non conforming and trans people of color. They strive for aid to help those in the community affected by transphobic hate and situations put upon those who didn't deserve them.
Allies in Arts is a non-profit organization with a mission to support artists who are womxn, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+. All of whom are underrepresented individuals in creative industries as a whole. Artists from the communities face obstacles and hardship as a direct result of their race, gender, sex, and sexual orientation. The Allies in Arts organization seeks to break down those walls and barriers by awarding grants, curating exhibitions and screenings, and connecting artists with the decision-makers who can hire them. A direct quote from their website is “As long as there’s discrimination, we need Allies.
Let’s even the odds. Together.”
The Black AIDS Institute is a non-profit charitable organization founded in 1999 by Phill Wilson to promote awareness and prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS by targeting African American communities. Their values also uphold black empowerment, equity, and self-determination. They also help in the fight against HIV/AIDS stigmas in black communities and want to see a world where all Black people are free and flourishing free from HIV and AIDS, free of stigma and shame, where Black health and well-being are seen and cared for.
Family Equality Council is another national American nonprofit organization supporting legal aid specifically for the community with giving advanced legal and lived equality for LGBTQ+ families, and for those who wish to form them, through building community, changing hearts and minds, and driving policy change.
In the wake of one of the worst mass shootings in modern U.S. history at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, The LGBTQ+ community has been impacted by the loss of 49 lives and 53 tragic injuries. The loss of so many innocent lives angers many people and especially when they have been lost to preventable, senseless gun violence. From children and their teachers to church-goers mid-prayer, it is a constant plague in the US. That's why this organization believes there needs to be a stand taken and take action for everyone’s safety. The LGBTQ+ community and our allies are united in the call for action on common sense gun reforms. The Pride Fund to End Gun Violence is a Political Action Committee (PAC) that supports candidates who will act on sensible gun policy reforms while calling for LGBTQ+ safety and equality.
“Transgender Law Center changes law, policy, and attitudes so that everyone can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression.” Transgender Law Center is one of the largest national trans-led organization fighting for a world in which that all people are free to define themselves and their futures safely. This organization is grounded in legal expertise and committed to racial justice. Their beliefs are Transgender and gender nonconforming people hold the resilience, brilliance, and power to transform society at its root, No one is disposable, and Liberation for everyone is both necessary and possible
WHAT CAN YOU DO NOW?
Of course you can donate to the LGBTQ+ charity of your choice, but that's not the only option to show support this pride month. You can show love to your friends and family members who are a part of the community, go to pride events, and even just show support on social media and bring awareness to the struggles of the community as a whole.
The possibilities of supporting pride are endless and needed now more than ever! Remember that Pride isn't just supported throughout the month of June, but it should be celebrated everyday of the year.