Since 1973, Lambda Legal has been taking LGBTQ discrimination and inequality to the courtroom to advance civil rights for the community. This group is a safe place to turn to whether you need legal help or a trustworthy source of facts and information. The site provides resources for parents and teachers, including:
Know Your Rights – This compilation of articles discusses issues like bullying, GSAs, and anti-discrimination laws affecting LGBTQ youth.
Tool Kit: Out, Safe, & Respected – This kit is designed to help educators and parents protect LGBTQ students in the classroom.
Tool Kit: Getting Down to Basics – A guide for adults on a range of LGBTQ youth issues.
The Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) is a national group focused on creating a safe learning environment for all youth, regardless of orientation and identity. Their site has information on GSAs, creating a safe space, and events such as Day of Silence and No Name-Calling Week. Click here for tools and tips specifically for educators.
Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is a national non-profit organization composed of the families, friends, and supporters of LGBTQ individuals. Based in Washington, DC, the group uses support, education and advocacy to build a more open and accepting society.
For their local DC chapter, with specific information about community events, resources, and support groups, visit http://www.pflagdc.org
Advocates for Youth began in 1980 and provides information to youth about sexual health so they can make informed decisions on topics ranging from LGBTQ issues to contraception. Visit their site to find resources for professionals, share resources with youth, or get involved.
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF), based in DC, is a fierce advocate for equality as well as an excellent center for research on issues facing the LGBTQ community.
Brother, Help Thyself Inc. is a community-based organization that provides financial to non-profit organizations serving the LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS communities in the Baltimore/Washington, DC metro area—including SMYAL!
The Washington, DC Metro Area Chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is a well-established advocacy and support group for relatives and supporters of LGBTQ individuals in the community. Their site is a great resource for discovering answers about LGBTQ issues, finding support when someone close to you comes out, and getting involved with the group’s mission.
StopBullying.gov is a federal site designed to help prevent bullying throughout the nation’s schools, including a special page focused on LGBT bullying. Parents and educators should visit the site for great tips on how to identify and stop bullying, as well as the best places to find help.
The Wanda Alston House is the only housing program in DC solely dedicated to helping homeless and at-risk LGBTQ youth obtain pre-independent living and support services, so all youth have a safe place to live and grow.
Sasha Bruce Youthwork aims to empower youth and assist their families in the Washington, DC area. The group provides safe housing, healthy activities, advocacy training, and opportunities to help local youth succeed.
The DC Center was founded in 2002 as a home for DC’s entire LGBTQ community. The Center provides a wide variety of programming, including special group support for LGBTQ youth and people within the community who are deaf, Latino, Black, Asian Pacific, and more.