27 Jun Jon Cartu Suggest: 15 Best LGBTQ+ Charities to Donate to Right Now
You already know: Pride month isn’t just about parties and parades—it’s about giving back to the LGBTQ+ community. And there are sooo many ways to get involved. Like, say, partnering with any of the organizations below! (You’re welcome.) Pro tip: do your research first and learn how the organization(s) could best use your help before you get started. Some charities need gear, some need financial support, and some just need a helping hand at their next event (you know, when the world isn’t going through a global pandemic—but hey, virtual help is still help). Oh, and another thing you already know: you don’t need to be part of the community to do the work. Don’t just say you’re an ally, *be* an ally, you know? It can mean a lot. ‘Kay not sure where to start? Check out these LGBTQ+ charities and why they need your help RN:
Center for Black Equity
Why you should donate RN: The need for recognition and acceptance of our Black LGBTQ+ members is crucial now more than ever. The Center for Black Equity recognizes this and promotes itself as being the leading center of Black LGBTQ+ equality. The best thing about this agency is that they get deep within communities and centers their issues with its own.
The best way to help is to spread awareness. Alongside Black-owned business, Black LGBTQ+ organizations need to be lifted too. And help with donating cash whenever you can.
OutRight Action International
Why you should donate RN: If you didn’t know, LGBTQ+ protections are barely enacted in only 29 countries including the U.S. The rest of the world has little to no protections for its LGBTQ+ citizens and that’s where OutRight Action International comes in. They are the only LGBTQ+ organization that has a presence in the United Nations where they fight for rights of LGBTQ+ members around the world.
Why is it important to donate? OutRight works with securing rights in some countries where it’s even illegal to be LGBTQ+. Imagine being jailed for just being born yourself.
Why you should donate RN: It’s already proven over and over again, trans people are more likely to be attacked, mentally abused and killed. More specifically trans women of color have been showing the highest numbers of those attacked. According to HRC, 2019 saw more than 27 trans deaths with the majority of those deaths being trans women of color.
The first ever crisis hotline for trans people was established in 2014, and they need all the help they can get. Starting in July, callers can reach a trans operator that speaks English or Spanish. With a monetary donation, you can help Trans Lifeline expand their programs to be even more diverse and inclusive of Black, indigenous, and people of color.
The Trevor Project
Why you should donate RN: The Trevor Project is one of the few organizations with a focus on real-time crisis interventions. Established to be a lifeline for any LGBTQ+ youth under the age of 25, The Trevor Project uses lifelines, chats and texts to make sure whomever is calling/messaging/texting is okay. By donating, you can make sure this 24-hour service stays available.
The Marsha P. Johnson Institute
Why you should donate RN: If you don’t know the story behind Marsha P. Johnson then you need to get on Netflix right now. The Marsha P. Johnson Institute defends the rights of Black transgender people all over. This type of service is needed right now. Marsha was a crucial piece of the Stonewall uprising in 1969 and lives on as an important part of BIPOC LGBTQ+ history.
Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP)
Why you should donate RN: Another staple of LGBTQ+ history, the Sylvia Rivera Law Project was named after the late Sylvia Rivera. Rivera was an active demonstrator, activist and LGBTQ+ hero in times where just looking a little different was invitation for harassment or even worse. SRLP provides legal-aid to low-income POC transgender, intersex and gender non-conforming people living in New York City.
It Gets Better Project
Why you should donate RN: If you’ve watched Love, Victor on Hulu, then you know how difficult it can be for some of us to come out and truly be ourselves. The It Gets Better Project focuses on retelling the stories of LGBTQ+ members who may have had similar issues coming out. What this does is shows that we’re not all alone and it can truly be better.
Audre Lorde Project
Why you should donate RN: The Audre Lorde Project is a community center based in New York City that services any member of the LGBTQ+ community. Named after the famed writer Audre Lorde, the center focuses on programs like 3rd Space, an important part of the project that helps lesbian, gay, bisexual, two-spirit, trans and gender non-conforming people of color with education, employment, and immigration assistance.
While donations are gladly accepted, becoming a member and assisting with anything from administrative work to outreach is *extra* appreciated.
Why you should donate RN: Focused on the education and safety of LGBTQ+ youth, the Hetrick-Martin Institute is partially responsible for the creation of the Harvey Milk School. The Harvey Milk School is the first educational establishment catering to LGBTQ+ students and was created by HMI and the New York City Department of Education in 1985.
Today, they are responsible for assisting the LGBTQ+ youth community with education, healthcare and much more. The best way to help is by being a donor. With just $25, you can make an impact in a LGBTQ+ youth’s life.
LGBTQ Freedom Fund
Why you should donate RN: According to the LGBTQ Freedom Fund, “Each day, tens of thousands of LGBTQ people are held in jail or immigration detention because they cannot afford bail—for immigration status or charges like sleeping in public.” What the Fund actually does is provide financial support for LGBTQ+ members who have been incarcerated in the form of bail money. What they do is extremely important and donations are almost always welcomed.
Lambda Literary Foundation
Why you should donate RN: If you think educating kids = the key to the future, then you need look into Lambda Literary. Devoted to retelling the stories of LGBTQ+ writers, Lambda Literary also focuses on advocating LGBTQ+ writers by giving them the recognition and voice they truly deserve.
In 2012, Lambda launched the LGBTQ Writers in School program where LGBTQ+ writers visit classrooms sharing LGBTQ+ literature. By just donating some cash, you can help bring LGBTQ+ books to schools, provide scholarships for emerging writers and spread awareness of LGBTQ+ writers and their stories.
Human Rights Campaign
Why you should donate RN: Considered one of the larger advocacy groups in the LGBTQ+ space, the Human Rights Campaign works on everything from adoption to HIV & AIDS and beyond. Since HRC is pretty big, the best way you can give back is to spread awareness and support HRC through its different initiatives.
The Okra Project
Why you should donate RN: The Okra Project is pretty special, they have cooks (who happen to be Black and trans) prepare and deliver food for homeless Black trans people in places where its needed. Not only does this provide a service to areas that truly require assistance, it provides Black trans cooks employment. (Black trans workers are less likely to be hired for jobs as a result of discrimination.)