June is Pride Month: 30 days dedicated to celebrating the LGBTQ+ community, honoring the progress made by LGBTQ leaders throughout history while also acknowledging the necessary cultural change we have yet to make as a country. There are plenty of ways to celebrate Pride Month, from advocacy to allyship to participating in Pride parades across the country. One way to celebrate Pride is through actionable means like supporting organizations dedicated to the LGBTQ+ community.
Figuring out where to donate can be overwhelming. It’s admittedly a good problem to have: there are countless charities and organizations supporting LGBT-specific needs. However, it’s also easy to let overwhelming feelings lead to disheartening ones, especially when it come to supporting real, actionable change.
Though this year marks the third anniversary of when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled gay marriage bans illegal, there is plenty of work to be done. Showing up for trans rights is still necessary. There are still politicians working to discriminate against people who are LGBTQ+. Just last month, the governor of Kansas signed an adoption bill making it harder for LGBTQ+ individuals to adopt a child. Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme court ruled in favor of an anti-LGBT baker, saying business owners have the right to refuse service to same-sex couples on the grounds of “free speech” and religious freedom.
Progress happens gradually and require consistent, constant attention and work. Pride Month is as good a reminder as any that there is still plenty of work to do. Here are eleven organizations well worth your support during Pride Month and beyond.
Organizations for Youth Runaways
Youth homelessness disproportionately affects the LGBTQ+ community. According to Youth.gov, teens and young adults who identify as LGBTQ+ experiences statistically higher rates of homelessness and are more likely to runaway from home due to problems like family rejection and abuse. The National Runaway Safeline is a 24/7 hotline young people can call or text when they are in crisis. If you want to help establish safe spaces for LGBTQ+ youth, you can donate to the National Runaway Safeline here.
Immigration Equality advocates for and represents “lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ), and HIV-positive immigrants seeking safety, fair treatment, and freedom.” For the past 24 years, Immigration Equality has worked to ensure the immigration system is just and doesn’t disproportionately harm LGBTQ+ immigrants. If you believe immigrant rights are human rights, you can support Immigration Equality here.
The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project knows LGBTQ+ youth are disproportionately at risk for mental health conditions. That’s why the organization is working to make crisis intervention and suicide prevention accessible to all LGBTQ+ youth. If you want to help make sure all kids feel supported, accepted, and loved, you can donate to The Trevor Project here.
Trans Lifeline is a non-profit organization “dedicated to the well-being of transgender people.” Their 24/7 hotline provides support to trans people by trans people who are trained in crisis intervention and suicide prevention. If you want to work to combat the alarmingly high suicide rates among transgender people, you can donate to Trans Lifeline here.
Native Youth Sexual Health Network
Do you feel passionately about the rights of Indigenous Peoples? Do you want to support inclusive sex education and healthcare for youth? The Native Youth Sexual Health Network is doing just that by working with “Indigenous peoples across the United States and Canada to advocate for and build strong, comprehensive, and culturally safe sexuality and reproductive health, rights, and justice initiatives in their own communities.” You can donate to Native Youth Sexual Health Network here.
Transgender Law Center
The Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund or TLDEF is also dedicated to change on a legal level. Their mission is “to end discrimination and achieve equality for transgender people, particularly those in our most vulnerable communities.” If you want to support projects like the Name Change Project, which helps cover the financial burden associated with legal name change for trans people, you can donate to TLDEF here.
Pride Fund to End Gun Violence
This year marks the two-year anniversary of the Pulse shooting in Orlando. The Pride Fund to End Gun Violence is the only LGBTQ+ organization in the U.S. dedicated specifically to gun policy reform. If you want to support an end to gun violence for all, you can donate to Pride Fund here.
You can also learn more about how to continue to support the victims and families affected by the Pulse shooting here.
National Queer & Trans Therapists of Color Network
Finding mental health help is often easier said than done, especially for people in the LGBTQ+ community. The National Queer & Trans Therapists of Color Network (NQTTCN) is helping make safe mental health care more accessible to for queer and trans people of color. If you feel passionately about affordable, accessible mental health care, you can support NQTTCN here.
Find Local LGBTQ+ Organizations To Support
In addition to supporting national programs, try to final local initiatives working to support LGBTQ+ people in your community. Help combat LGBTQ+ youth homelessness in your area through local organizations. In Wisconsin, for example, there’s Pathfinders Milwaukee. Support local resources that make your community safe, accessible, and accepting of all its citizens, like the LGBT Center of Los Angeles. Make a change overall by making a change in the place you call home.