Links to organizations you may find helpful
The Matthew Shepard Foundation
After their son was killed, Judy and Dennis Shepard set out to try to ensure people recognize the role hate plays in society, and to ask people to do all they can to erase that hate. They founded the Matthew Shepard Foundation on that principle, and the Foundation continues to open dialogues with a diverse range of people in order to erase hate.
The Trevor Project
Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.
“For years I have taught the unconditional love and lavish grace – in books, retreats, and direct discipling. I especially love the LGBTQ community and their families, and I help them heal from the wounds of religion and disempowerment, and to know how much God loves them exactly as they are. Period. My heart also remains with defeated and discouraged parents, helping them to experience and apply the truth of Jesus, and to come against the ‘religion’ of Christianity – in their lives, marriages and parenting.” – Susan Cottrell
The Tyler Clementi Foundation
The Tyler Clementi Foundation (TCF), guided by the life and story of Tyler Clementi, promotes safe, inclusive and respectful social environments in homes, schools, campuses, churches and the digital world for vulnerable youth, LGBT youth and their allies.
The Task Force
We bolster the strength of local LGBT activism in rural enclaves, small towns and cities nationwide. We 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. Learn more about our organizing & training and movement building efforts.
The Bilerico Project
Bilerico is best known for longer political commentaries, essays, and cultural examinations. While short quips and soundbites have risen in popularity as a way of getting news, Bilerico has maintained that LGBTQ culture, politics, and community are worth examining in depth as well.
Everyday GLSEN, its programs, its chapters and its people touch the lives of a student someplace in this country. The teenager in the cafeteria having the courage to walk past an army of tormentors. The transgender student agonizing about using the restroom. The ally that stands up and says “Enough!” They all rely on GLSEN to provide the support, knowledge or resource to get through the day. They look for the Safe Space sticker and know there is an adult they can count on. Without GLSEN their lives would be very different. In reality, each of these students count on you.
The DiverseStory Project
The DiverseStory Project is an online campaign to make the world more inclusive by encouraging everyone to tell their “DiverseStories” – tales of how your life has been, and continues to be, shaped by diversity. The project is founded on the concept that diversity and inclusion are advanced by appreciating different life stories. Your DiverseStory is probably easy to find if you’re a woman, racial minority, or LGBT. Yet straight white men can also have a DiverseStory; while their story may need to be told more delicately, it can be just as profound. So think about how diversity shaped your life and share it with us.
Soldier of Change
Stephen Snyder-Hill joined the military in 1988 and served nearly three years on active duty in Germany and fought in the first Gulf War in Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Kuwait before his honorable discharge in 1996. He reenlisted in 2001 and was deployed to Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn in 2010. Throughout his military career Snyder-Hill received numerous awards and decorations, including the Meritorious Service Medal. “Soldier of Change” captures not only the media frenzy that followed that moment, placing Snyder-Hill at the forefront of this modern civil rights movement, but also his twenty-year journey as a gay man in the army: from self-loathing to self-acceptance to the most important battle of his life–protecting the disenfranchised. Since that time, Snyder-Hill has traveled the country with his husband, giving interviews on major news networks and speaking at universities, community centers, and pride parades, a champion of LGBT equality.
The Equality House is a project of the non-profit Planting Peace. The Equality House serves as a symbol of peace and positive change for the LGBTQ community. Our goal is to bring the struggle for equality to all corners of the world. Our resource center, based in Topeka, Kansas across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church, is painted the colors of the pride flag to stand as a visual reminder of our commitment, as global citizens, to this mission. Please explore this site to understand the key issues facing the LGBTQ community and beyond. Planting Peace invites you to get involved. Please become a member of the Planting Peace Equality House today.
Resources for Questioning Youth: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual
One of our followers sent us this link that offers some additional resources for LGBTQ youth. Thank you, Macey – these are great and will hopefully help others as they have helped you!