LGBTQ+

Resources found here provide information on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ+) communities. Information includes the science behind gender identity and sexual orientation, real-life stories of LGBTQ+ people and their families, and links to training material for schools and businesses. It also includes a comprehensive list of nonprofit organizations that provide shelter, safe spaces, support groups, counseling, and access to medical and mental healthcare professionals.

Human Rights Campaign

The Human Rights Campaign is the largest LGBT civil rights advocacy group and political lobbying organization in the United States.

Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network

Organization for students, parents, and teachers that tries to affect positive change in schools. Offers information on what you can do and local chapters in each state.

The National Center For Lesbian Rights

The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) is a non-profit, public interest law firm in the United States that advocates for equitable public policies affecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, provides free legal assistance to LGBT clients and their legal advocates, and conducts community education on LGBT legal issues.

Freedom for All Americans is the bipartisan campaign to secure full nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people nationwide.

Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere

COLAGE unites people with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer parents into a network of peers and supports them as they nurture and empower each other to be skilled, self-confident, and just leaders in our collective communities.

Los Angeles LGBT Center

The Los Angeles LGBT Center is the world’s largest provider of programs and services for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

It Gets Better Project

It Gets Better is an Internet-based 501(c)3 nonprofit founded in the United States by gay activist, author, media pundit, and journalist Dan Savage and his husband Terry Miller on September 21, 2010, in response to the suicides of teenagers who were bullied because they were gay or because their peers suspected that they were gay. Its goal is to prevent suicide among LGBT youth by having gay adults convey the message that these teens’ lives will improve.

Equality Michigan

Michigan’s anti-violence and advocacy organization proudly serving the LGBTQ and HIV affected communities for over 20 years.

GLBT National Help Center

Phone, chat, email support, resources, and help for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

National LGBTQ Task Force

The National LGBTQ Task Force advances full freedom, justice and equality for LGBTQ people.

Gay & Lesbian Medical Association

GLMA’s mission is to ensure equality in healthcare for LGBT individuals and healthcare professionals. GLMA achieves its goals by using the health and medical expertise of its members in professional education, public policy work, patient education and referrals, and the promotion of research.

The Movement Advancement Program

MAP’s mission is to provide independent and rigorous research, insight, and analysis that help speed full equality for LGBT people.

Neutral Zone Ann Arbor

The Neutral Zone is a diverse, youth-driven teen center dedicated to promoting personal growth through artistic expression, community leadership and the exchange of ideas.

Neutral Zone aims to support all youth to reach their highest potential by offering 20 arts and community programs that support mattering, skill building and leadership development.

Neutral Zone hosts the Riot Youth program, an after school weekly program that brings together about 30-40 teens to provide a safe, supportive space for peer and social support  and  to engage in social activism.

Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders

SMYAL (Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders) supports and empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in the Washington, DC, metropolitan region. Through youth leadership, SMYAL creates opportunities for LGBTQ youth to build self-confidence, develop critical life skills, and engage their peers and community through service and advocacy. Committed to social change, SMYAL builds, sustains, and advocates for programs, policies, and services that LGBTQ youth need as they grow into adulthood.

True Colors

A non-profit organization providing support, education and advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth, adults and families.

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, serving NYC’s LGBT community with health, wellness and community connection.

Affirmations

Resources for lesbian gay community, list of events, and help line available.

Jim Toy Community Center

The Jim Toy Community Center is a resource center that exists to provide information, education, social events, and advocacy by and for the Queer and Ally community in the Washtenaw County area of Michigan.

Gay Business Network

The purpose of the Gay Business Network is to unite LGBT business owners and professionals, support one another by doing business together and referring friends to members of the networking group.

GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders

GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders is a non-profit legal rights organization in the United States. The organization works to end discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status, and gender identity and expression.

The Williams Institute

The Williams Institute is dedicated to conducting rigorous, independent research on sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy.  A think tank at UCLA Law, the Williams Institute produces high-quality research with real-world relevance and disseminates it to judges, legislators, policymakers, media and the public.

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays

Founded in 1972 with the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the nation’s largest family and ally organization.

National Organization for Women

Information on women’s issues for women’s activists. Fights for LGBTQ+ rights.

PrideSource

Serving Michigan’s GLBT community. Includes news, events calendar, travel and editorials.

Choosing the right college can be a difficult task for anyone. For a student who identifies as LGBTQ, this task becomes downright daunting, as they must also try and find a place of acceptance, inclusion, and support. AffordableColleges.com created the LGBTQ college guide to make this process much easier and much less stressful. The guide covers topics including scholarships and financial aid for the LGBTQ community, assessing a school’s LGBTQ community and campus initiatives, and academics, to name a few. AffordableColleges.com is committed to helping all students succeed in college and make informed choices.

Substance use disorders have a greater effect on LGBTQ+ people than on the heterosexual population. The LGBTQ+ community must overcome several obstacles, including being denied substance abuse treatment because of their sexual identity. However, through the proper understanding and accommodation of LGBTQ+ care principles, substance abuse treatment can be successful.

The Price of Exclusion: A Research Guide

This research guide includes bibliographic references to research about the impact of discrimination against LGBT people, including poverty, lost productivity, homelessness, depression and suicide.  The guide accompanies the United Nations video titled “The Price of Exclusion,” narrated by Zachery Quinto. The UN released the video to commemorate the anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights.  This guide provides references and summaries of the research underlying the data cited in the video, and also includes other selected research findings.

Misleading, Non-Peer-Reviewed McHugh/Mayer Report Opposed by 600 Researchers and Clinicians

Researchers with expertise in gender and sexuality, and/or as clinicians who serve LGBTQ people come together in this letter to correct the record.

Scholars, Clinicians Release Statement Rejecting Misleading Anti-LGBTQ “Report”

Nearly 600 researchers and healthcare providers have signed a statement rejecting a 2016 article that reinforced dangerous, unsupported anti-LGBTQ myths.

The Lies and Dangers of Reparative (Conversion) Therapy

So-called “conversion therapy,” sometimes known as “reparative therapy,” is a range of dangerous and discredited practices that falsely claim to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. Such practices have been rejected by every mainstream medical and mental health organization for decades, but due to continuing discrimination and societal bias against LGBTQ people, some practitioners continue to conduct conversion therapy. Minors are especially vulnerable, and conversion therapy can lead to depression, anxiety, drug use, homelessness, and suicide.

Journal of Pediatrics: The Effect of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender-Related Legislation on Children

Recently, state legislatures have passed or considered a range of laws with the stated purpose of protecting religious freedom. Whatever their intent, these laws have the foreseeable effect of codifying discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people into law.

Title IX: An Imperfect but Vital Tool To Stop Bullying of LGBT Students

This Feature from the Yale Law Journal discusses the emerging importance of Title IX litigation and enforcement as a tool to stop peer-on-peer harassment of LGBT students in elementary and secondary schools.