The District of Columbia is one of the greatest and most accepting places for LGBTQ people to live and work, but the reality is that for a huge portion of our community, this isn’t the case. LGBTQ youth, seniors, and members of the trans community in our own neighborhoods face daily violence, homelessness, lack access to adequate healthcare: services the vast majority of us take for granted.
At 9% of the population, DC has the largest percentage of residents who openly identify as LGBTQ in the country. However, a blind eye has been turned to some of the most at risk. In an effort to raise awareness and address some of these unmet needs, a coalition of LGBTQ-serving organizations have come together to represent a united voice.
On January 31st, Coalition members delivered a $20+ million funding request to the Mayor’s office which would increase funds for resources including increased support for LGBTQ youth, hate crimes reporting, housing for LGBTQ+ seniors, and support for the social needs of the community, to name just a few. As DC strives to be the most LGBTQ inclusive community in the country, we must address the ongoing needs of the most marginalized members of the DC LGBTQ community.
Meet the Coalition
ANC Rainbow Caucus
The Rainbow Caucus formed in 2019 to create a forum for Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners to discuss issues affecting LGBTQ residents in D.C. and to further the goal of equality and justice for all. We are 27 members strong and advocate for diversity and inclusion of all LGBTQ people while fiercely opposing ableism, ageism, classism, racism, and sexism.
For membership and contact information, please reach out to Japer Bowles; ANCRainbowcaucus@gmail.com
Capital Pride Alliance
The Capital Pride Alliance, located in Washington, DC, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the needs of the LGBTQ+ community and its partners through educational events, entertainment, community outreach, and celebrations of diversity. Capital Pride produces each year Trans Pride and the Pride Celebration in the nation’s capital, one of the largest Pride events in the country, plus a variety of educational and community events throughout the year.
For more information, please visit https://www.capitalpride.org/
Our mission is to create success life stories among transgender, genderqueer, gender non-conforming, gay, lesbian and bisexual individuals.
The idea behind the formation of a organization run and led by transgender women of color came almost 30 years ago, when Ruby Corado first arrived to Washington, D.C. There, she found that there were no services to support her needs as a young transgender Latina immigrant. Today, Casa Ruby is the only LGBTQ bilingual and multicultural organization in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area providing social services and programs catering to the most vulnerable in the city and surrounding areas. We offer a wide variety of programs and services, ranging from emergency housing to non-medical case management.
For more information, please visit casaruby.org
The DC Center
The DC LGBT Center educates, empowers, celebrates, and connects the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. To fulfill our mission, we focus on four core areas: health and wellness, arts & culture, social & peer support, and advocacy and community building.
For more information, please visit https://thedccenter.org/
Gay and Lesbian Activist Alliance
GLAA was founded in 1971 as the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance, and updated in 2017 to be more inclusive of the LGBTQ community. GLAA is an all-volunteer, non-partisan, non-profit political organization that defends the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the Nation’s Capital. GLAA lobbies the D.C. Council; monitors government agencies; educates and rates local candidates; and works in coalitions to defend the safety, health and equal rights of LGBTQ families. GLAA remains the nation’s oldest continuously active gay and lesbian civil rights organization.
For more information, please visit http://glaa.org/
Greater Washington Community Foundation
Since 1973, the Greater Washington Community Foundation has been a champion of thriving communities and a catalyst for change through local philanthropic engagement, effective community investment, and civic leadership. We work with donors and partners to enhance the quality of life in the District of Columbia, Montgomery County, Northern Virginia, and Prince George’s County by aligning resources and leveraging shared interests to amplify impact. As the region’s largest local funder, The Community Foundation has invested more than $1.2 billion to build more equitable, just, and enriching communities where all residents can live, work, and thrive.
For more information, please visit https://www.thecommunityfoundation.org/
Rainbow Families supports, educates and connects lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) families, parents and prospective parents by providing educational programs, advocacy, social events, and discussion forums. Rainbow Families is a volunteer led non-profit organization, supported by members, community sponsors, and private and public grants.
For more information, please visit http://www.rainbowfamiliesdc.org/
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.
For more information, please visit smyal.org
Wanda Alston Foundation
The Wanda Alston Foundation opened its doors in 2008 as the only housing program in Washington, D.C,. solely dedicated to offering pre-independent transitional living and support services to homeless or at-risk LGBTQ youth ages 16 to 24 in all eight wards. Over forty youths have passed through our doors before going on to find permanent housing and success in life. The Wanda Alston Foundation is dedicated to ensuring that LGBTQ youth have access to services that improve their overall quality of life. This is achieved through advocacy and programming. The Wanda Alston Foundation advocates for increased resources for youth while providing programs including: housing, life skills training, linkages to other social services, and capacity building assistance for other community allies.
For more information, please visit wandaalstonfoundation.org
Our mission is to offer affirming community-based health and wellness services to all with a special expertise in LGBTQ and HIV care. We empower all persons to live healthy, love openly, and achieve equality and inclusion. Through multiple locations throughout DC, we provide stigma-free care to anyone who walks through our doors. We are proud and honored to be a place where the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer communities, as well to those living with or affected by HIV feel supported, welcomed and respected.We strive to be a place where we see the person first; a healthcare home where you will be treated with the dignity, respect and love.
For more information, please visit www.whitman-walker.org