Resources and Links
Accredited Schools Online: LGBTQ Student Resources and Support
School years can be challenging for all students, yet those who identify as LGBTQ often face additional pressures or concerns. Within this guide, LGBTQ students can find resources and information about support systems available to help them navigate both high school and college environments.
Alexandria Gay and Lesbian Community Association
Alexandria GLCA is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization based in Alexandria, Virginia, whose purpose is to work toward enhancing the quality of life for Gay men and Lesbians.
American Psychological Association – Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns
Arlington Gay and Lesbian Alliance
AGLA is a nonpartisan organization of Arlington, Virginia citizens committed to ensuring that Arlington County is a supportive and safe enviroment for its gay and lesbian citizens. AGLA activities are varied, but mostly fall in the following categories: political affairs, community service, and social events.
Asexual Visibility and Education Network (AVEN)
The Asexual Visibility and Education Network hosts the world’s largest online asexual community as well as a large archive of resources on asexuality. AVEN strives to create open, honest discussion about asexuality among sexual and asexual people alike. Unlike celibacy, which is a choice, asexuality is a sexual orientation. Asexual people have the same emotional needs as everybody else and are just as capable of forming intimate relationships
Asian Pacific Islander Queer Sisters (APIQSDC)
Asian Pacific Islander Queer Sisters (APIQSDC) is an organization for queer API sisters in the Washington DC metropolitan area, focusing on education, community, and sisterhood. Our goals are to provice outreach and support for queer API women, to educate ourselves and others about issues that are unique to queer API women, and to increase awareness and visibility of queer API women.
Asian/Pacific Islander Queers United for Action (AQUA)
API Queers United for Action. Founded in 1997, AQUA is an all-volunteer organization empowering the gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning members of the Asian and Pacific Islander community in the metro Washington, DC area. AQUA is an organization for queer API’s, by queer APIs, focusing on queer API issues and interests. We strive to project a positive image of queer API men in the community through advocacy, education, outreach, and social events
As America’s umbrella organization and voice for bisexual pansexual, fluid and all other of us “somewhere in between” people as well as their lesbian, gay, transgender, “straight but not narrow” and questioning friends and allies, BiNet USA facilitates the development of a cohesive network of independent bisexual and bi-friendly communities; promotes bisexual, pansexual and bi-inclusive visibility; and collects and distributes educational information regarding sexual orientation and gender identity with an emphasis on the bisexual and pansexual and allied communities
DC Black Pride. The mission of Black Lesbian and Gay Pride Day, Inc. (BLGPD) is to build awareness of and pride in the diversity of the Black lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community as well as to support organizations that are addressing HIV/AIDS and other health issues adversely affecting our community. Proceeds from DC Black Pride events are distrivuted to HIV/AIDS and other health service organizations serving the African American community in the Washington, DC area.
Brother Help Thyself
An all -volunteer charitable organization of the Leather/Levi Clubs of Washington and Baltimore.
Capital Pride Alliance
Organizing the annual pride parade and festival in Washington, DC.
DC Trans Coalition
A volunteer, grassroots community-based organization dedicated to fighting for human rights, dignity, and equal access for transsexual, transgender and gender-diverse people in the District of Columbia.
Maryland’s largest LGBT civil rights organization, fighting throughout the state to win equal rights.
Dedicated to the development and implementation of responsible, non-partisan public policy initiatives that advance the cause of equal justice for all citizens of the commonwealth of Virginia.
Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.
Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund
Follows LGBT community and politics in DC.
Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
The largest national organization that brings together teachers, parents, students, and concerned citizens to work together to end homophobia in our schools.
Founded in 1990, GAYLAW is an independent, non-partisan bar association serving LGBT lawyers, law students, and legal professionals in the national capital area. GAYLAW works to advance the interests of the LGBT community, to be their voice within the legal community, and to improve their professional lives.
Gertrude Stein Democratic Club (Stonewall Democrats)
The voice of the LGBT Democrats in DC. Established in 1976, Gertrude Stein is one of the oldest Democratic clubs in the District and is a founding chapter of the National Stonewall Democrats. The Gertrude Stein Democratic club maintains active members in each of the eight wards of the District of Columbia.
A guide to the most progressive LGBTQ degrees.
Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
The largest national lesbian and gay political organization, envisions an America where lesbian and gay people are ensured of their basic equal rights and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.
Immigration Equality Formerly Lesbian Gay Immigration Rights. Advancing equal immigration rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and HIV-positive community.
International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission
The IGLHRC is a leading international organization dedicated to human rights advocacy on behalf of people who experience discrimination or abuse on the basis of their actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.
Intersex Society of North America
Devoted to systematic change to end shame, secrecy, and unwanted genital surgeries for people born with an anatomy that someone decided is not standard for male or female.
Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund
The nation’s oldest and largest legal organization working for the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, and people with HIV/AIDS.
LGBTQ College Student Guide to Affordable Colleges
A list of the the most LGBTQ friendly schools.
Liberty Education Forum
The LEF is a non-partisan educational and research think-tank based in Washington, DC. LEF finds new insights and practical solutions to the challenges facing gay and lesbian Americans. We also educate people about the importance of achieving freedom and fairness for all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation.
Log Cabin Republicans-DC Chapter
The nation’s only organization for Republicans who support fairness, freedom, and equality for gay and lesbian Americans. Log Cabin has state and local chapters nationwide, full-time staff in California and Washington, DC, a federal political action committee, and state political action committees.
Metro Teen AIDS
A community health organization dedicated to supporting young people in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Through education, support, and advocacy, MTA works to prevent the spread of HIV, promote responsible decision making, and improve the quality of life for young people infected with, or affected by HIV/AIDS.
National Center for Lesbian Rights
A national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education.
National Center for Transgender Equality
A social justice organization founded by transgender activists and dedicated to advancing the equality of transgender people through advocacy, collaboration, and empowerment.
National Gay & Lesbian Task Force
The NGLTF is a leading progressive civil rights organization that has supported grassroots organizing and advocacy since 1973.
National Youth Advocacy Coalition
The leading national social justice and capacity building organization working with LGBTQ youth and LGBTQ youth-serving professionals.
Out & Equal Workplace Advocates
A nonporfit organization headquartered in San Francisco, California. We provide a variety of services to companies, human resource professionals, employee resource groups and individuals. We champion safe and equitable workplaces for LGBT people. We advocate building and strengthening successful organizations that value all employees, customers and communities.
People of Faith for Equality in Virginia
A list of Welcoming Congregations in the Northern Virginia area.
Rainbow History Project
Founded in 2000 due to frustration at trying to identify archives and sources of information on LGBT history in Washington, DC. The group’s purpose has always been to preserve our community’s memories. Our mission is to collect, preserve, and promote an active knowledge of the history, arts, and culture relevent to sexually diverse communities in Washington, DC.
Rockville Open House
A supervised safe space for LGBTQQI Jewish youth and their straight/non-Jewish friends allies, between the age ages of 13-18.
Rockville Youth Alliance
A safe place for rainbow teens to ask questions, find mutual support, and learn information pertinent to their lives. RYA is committed to safety, support, learning, and leadership.
Safe Schools Coalition
An international public-private partnership in support of LGBT youth, that is working to help school become safe places where every fajily can beling, where every educator can teach, and where every child can learn, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.
Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN)
The sole national legal aid and watchdog organization that assists servicemembers hurt by the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t Pursue policy.
Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL)
A youth service agency serving the DC metro area. Our mission is to support and enhance the self-esteem of sexual minority youth and to increase public awareness and understanding of their issues.
Suicide Prevention by Bestcolleges.com
The DC Center
The Metro DC LGBT community center, with extensive programs and events.
The Lambda Center
At the Psychiatric Institute of Washington. Provides mental health and addiction treatment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults. Our goal is to demonstrate outstanding cl8inical competence and reflect an atmosphere of diversity in a safe and comfortable environment.
Trans Youth Family Allies
TYFA empowers children and families by partnering with educators, service providers and communities, to develop supportive environments in which gender may be expressed and respected. We envision a society free of suicide and violence in which ALL children are respected and celebrated.
TransKids Purple Rainbow Foundation
Dedicated to funding research and education about transgender issues to build a brighter future for all TransKids.
Women in the Life Association
Social justice for lesbians of color. WITLA is a social justice organization advancing the rights of lesbian of color through cultural affirmation, education and advocacy.
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