Online, you'll find tools to help you explore the myriad social and political aspects of being gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. Whether you want to know more about the coming-out experience, are looking for local community resources, want some GLBT activism opportunities, want to stay current on GLBT news and popular culture, are looking for fun things to do, or are looking for a date, the Web can provide access to whatever information or resources you need.
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There are more GLBT activist groups out there than you can shake a stick at. It's possible to get involved with a myriad of groups to fight for all aspects of gay rights. Some groups are primarily looking for financial donations while others are looking for volunteers to work on particular campaigns—or even to help run the organization.
- Joining an advocacy group is not only rewarding due to the work that you do: it can also be a great social and community-building opportunity, and a chance to meet like-minded individuals.
- There are more ways to get involved than there is time to volunteer. Before jumping in, think about what issues are most important to you, how much time you have, and whether you'd prefer a national or local group.
For some general groups that deal with GLBT issues ...
The Human Rights Campaign
occasionally takes some criticism for not having "gay" in their name. However, they're the largest and arguably best organized GLBT rights group, easily recognizable by their signature yellow equal sign on a blue background. Their mission is to work for equal rights for GLBT people. They monitor and "grade" politicians on both sides of the aisle and sponsor numerous community initiatives, including a National Coming Out Day program, and a Gay Marriage Project. Their Web site contains a state-by-state list of local steering committees and volunteer committees.
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
is theoretically grassroots, but does not have as ubiquitous a presence as The Human Rights Campaign. They do, however, engage in a fair amount of local activism. They sponsor regional conferences and invest in training activists. Check out their local resources
is the oldest LGBT nonprofit law center in the United States. The main way to get involved with them is to donate money and/or become a member. They also send out online calls to action: send letters and faxes to show your support for a particular issue.
For groups that deal with specific GLBT issues ...
The Service Members Legal Defense Network
is dedicated to repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and to allowing GLBT soldiers to serve openly. There are online volunteer opportunities, and they're looking for volunteers at their DC office.
The National Center for Lesbian Rights
is a lesbian-focused nonprofit law center. The ways to get involved via their Web site are limited to donating money. But it's a great place to stay abreast of legal issues pertinent to lesbians.
The Gender Public Advocacy Coalition
is dedicated to fighting gender-stereotyping and gender, sex, and sexual orientation discrimination. They have a Gender Youth Network that provides opportunities for grassroots activism in local communities.
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation
is a media watch group that promotes fair and accurate portrayals of GLBT people. There are ways to get involved via their Web site; for example, report instances of accurate and inaccurate GLBT representation in the media. And they also regularly look for volunteers to help produce their Media Awards Events.
is a nonviolent civil disobedience group whose mission is to fight political and religious oppression. Their most high-profile ongoing action is an "Equality Ride" to Christian colleges modeled on the Freedom Rides during the Civil Rights Movement.
For gay-specific partisan political groups ...
The Log Cabin Republicans
consider themselves loyal Republicans who believe in equality for all Americans. Although some consider "Gay Republican" a contradiction in terms, they believe that anti-gay discrimination runs counter to true Republican ideals.
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