As the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, the Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than 1.5 million members and supporters nationwide — all committed to making HRC’s vision a reality. Founded in 1980, HRC advocates on behalf of LGBT Americans, mobilizes grassroots actions in diverse communities, invests strategically to elect fair-minded individuals to office and educates the public about LGBT issues.
Believe Out Loud is an online network that empowers Christians to work for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality. Reaching nearly one million individuals a week, they elevate the people and places where Christianity and LGBT justice intersect. Publicly launched in 2009, Believe Out Loud has worked to support conflicted Christians and advance the decades-long movement for LGBT-inclusion within mainline Protestantism. Today, Believe Out Loud represents the breadth of Christianity – from Catholics to Evangelicals, Baptists to Presbyterians, to individuals who are Christian but have no formal faith community. They are also home to atheists, agnostics and those from other religious traditions who share a passion for LGBT equality. Members are united behind a simple pledge: to stand up for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality in our churches, our communities, our schools and our workplaces.
The Task Force creates change by building LGBT political power from the ground up. They bolster the strength of local LGBT activism in rural enclaves, small towns and cities nationwide. They build grassroots political muscle at every level by training activists, strengthening the infrastructure of local and state allies and organizing broad-based campaigns creating public support for full equality of LGBT people.
PFLAG is a national non-profit organization with over 200,000 members and supporters and over 350 affiliates in the United States. This vast grassroots network is cultivated, resourced and serviced by PFLAG National, located in Washington, D.C., the national Board of Directors and 13 Regional Directors. Founded in 1972 with the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the original ally organization. Made up of parents, families, friends, and straight allies uniting with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education and advocacy. Now in its 40th anniversary year, PFLAG has over 350 chapters and 200,000 supporters crossing multiple generations of American families in major urban centers, small cities and rural areas in all 50 states.
GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. Established in 1990, GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes to creating a more vibrant and diverse community.
Campus Pride serves LGBT and ally student leaders and campus organizations in the areas of leadership development, support programs and services to create safer, more inclusive LGBT-friendly colleges and universities. It exists to develop, support and give “voice and action” in building future LGBT and ally student leaders.
The Reformation Project is a Bible-based, Christian non-profit organization that seeks to reform church teaching on sexual orientation and gender identity. BEA author, AnaYelsi Sanchez, is a member of The Reformation Project’s 2013 inaugural conference – a leadership conference for 50 straight, gay, bisexual, and transgender Christians who are committed to reform.
The mission of the Zebra Coalition is to foster hope, dignity and self-respect in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBT+) youth and to provide them an opportunity to grow-up in a safe, healthy and supportive environment. Partners in the Zebra Coalition support youth in need of shelter, emotional or spiritual guidance, medical services, or education ~ regardless of their personal, economic or social circumstances. These fundamental services are financially supported by the Zebra Foundation for Youth.