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Secular LGBT Organizations

American Veterans for Equal Rights
Dedicated to the fair and equal treatment of all veterans and service members, and to honoring the sacrifices of all who served past and present.
Asian Equality
A national ad hoc coalition of API leaders and organizations determined to fight marriage discrimination against our communities.
Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
Working for social, racial and economic justice in the US and internationally through grant-making and philanthropy.
Bisexual Resource Center
Providing education about and support for bisexual and progressive issues.
The Bisexual Foundation
Dedicated to the support of the bisexual community and the education of the public at large about the bisexual community.
Children As They Are
A network of parents, teachers, and caregivers who are committed to making their homes, day care centers and schools safe for children to express themselves authentically and explore all of their interests without steering or shaming based on gender stereotypes.
Children Of Lesbians And Gays Everywhere (COLAGE)
To engage, connect, and empower people to make the world a better place for children of LGBT parents and families.
Equality Federation/Federation of Statewide LGBT Advocacy Organizations
A network of state/territory organizations committed to working with each other and with national and local groups to strengthen statewide LGBT advocacy organizing and secure full civil rights in every U.S. state and territory.
Family Pride Coalition
Equality for LGBT parents and their families.
Freedom to Marry
The Gay and non-gay partnership working to end discrimination in marriage nationwide.
Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)
Dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.
Gay and Lesbian Medical Association
Working to ensure equality in health care for LGBT individuals and health care professionals.
Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund
Helping LGBT Americans win at the ballot box and have a powerful voice in our government to achieve true equality.
Gay Asian Pacific Support Network
To provide supportive environments for gay and bisexual Asian Pacific Islander men.
Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network
Envisioning a future in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.
Gender Education and Advocacy
Envisioning a future in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.
GenderPAC
The national organization working to end discrimination and violence caused by gender stereotypes.
Human Rights Campaign
Working for Lesbian and Gay Equal Rights
Institute for Gay and Lesbian Strategic Studies (IGLSS)
An independent think tank answering questions that affect the LGBT communities.
Lambda Legal
A national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of LGBT people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work. See also Proyecto Igualdad: Luchando Para Ti/Project Equality: Fighting for You - Lambda Legal's Spanish-language Web Site
Lift the Ban
Working to end discrimination in the armed forces.
LLEGÓ - The National Latina/o Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Organization
Representing the Latina/o LGBT communities and addressing their growing needs regarding an array of social issues ranging from civil rights and social justice to health and human services.
Log Cabin Republicans
Standing on the front lines of today's most important battleground for gay and lesbian civil rights.
Marriage Equality Matters Campaign
A national campaign that reaches out to African American, Asian Pacific Islander and Latino communities.
Matthew's Place
From the Matthew Shepard Foundation
National Association of Black & White Men Together
Committed to fostering supportive environments wherein racial and cultural barriers can be overcome.
National Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Centers
Supporting LGBT community centers.
National Black Justice Coalition
Dedicated to fostering equality by fighting racism and homophobia.
National Center for Lesbian Rights
The NCLR uses the courtroom, political arena, media, and public education to win legal rights and protections for the LGBT community.
National Center for Transgender Equality
The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) is a social justice organization dedicated to advancing the equality of transgender people through advocacy, collaboration and empowerment.
National Latino/a Coalition for Justice
Fighting to end discrimination in marriage.
National Gay and Lesbian Taskforce (The Task Force)
The first national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights and advocacy organization and remains the movement's leading voice for freedom, justice and equality.
National Transgender Advocacy Coalition
Working for the advancement of understanding and the attainment of full civil rights for all transgendered, intersexed and gender variant people in every aspect of society.
National Youth Advocacy Coalition
A social justice organization that advocates for and with young people who are LGBT or questioning in an effort to end discrimination against these youth and to ensure their physical and emotional well being.
Out & Equal™ Workplace Advocates
The pre-eminent national organization devoted to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in the workplace.
PFLAG - Parents and Friends of Lesbians And Gays
PFLAG’s Families of Color Network
Policy Institute
The Policy Institute is a think tank that conducts research, policy analysis and strategy development to advance greater understanding and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
Proyecto Igualdad: Luchando Para Ti/Project Equality: Fighting for You
El Proyecto Igualdad de Lambda Legal informa a los LGBT latinos sobre sus derechos legales y cómo lograr que sean respetados, trabajando además para extender sus protecciones legales. Promovemos y ofrecemos asistencia legal a través de nuestros servicios de ayuda en todo el país.
Lambda Legal's Proyecto Igualdad aims to inform LGBT Latinos about their legal rights and how to enforce them, and to work with LGBT Latinos to expand their legal protections. We provide bilingual educational materials, host community events and trainings, and offer legal assistance through our Help Desks around the country.
Queers for Economic Justice
A progressive non-profit organization committed to promoting economic justice in a context of sexual and gender liberation.
Queer to the Left
To promote economic, gender, racial and sexual justice.
Service Members Legal Defense Network
A national non-profit legal services, watchdog and policy organization dedicated to ending discrimination against and harassment of military personnel affected by "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and related forms of intolerance.
Stonewall Democrats United
A grassroots network connecting LGBT Democratic activists.
Sylvia Rivera Law Project
Working to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine their gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination, or violence.
TGI Justice Project
Challenging human rights abuses committed against transgender, gender variant/genderqueer and intersex (TGI) people in California prisons and beyond.
Transgender Civil Rights Project
The Transgender Civil Rights Project provides legislative and strategy assistance, including evaluation of legislative language, to activists and organizations working to pass trans-inclusive anti-discrimination bills or to add transgender protections to existing laws. Although the primary work of the Project centers on nondiscrimination laws, the Project can provide assistance to policymakers and activists working to develop other policies or laws relating to transgender equality.
Trans/Gender-Variant in Prison Committee (TIP)
TIP's mission is to end the discrimination, medical neglect, abuse and violence experienced by transgender and gender variant people, and people with intersex conditions in California prisons.
The Zuna Institute
Addressing the needs of black lesbians in the areas of health, public policy, economic development, and education.

LGBT Groups in Predominantly Muslim Countries

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Indonesia

Lebanon

Malaysia

Palestine

Syria

Turkey

Secular Allied Organizations

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Our nation's guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.
American Friends Service Committee
Founded by Quakers in 1917, the AFSC carries out service, development, social justice, and peace programs throughout the world.
Americans United for the Separation of Church and State
Protecting separation of church and state by working on a wide range of pressing political and social issues.
Amnesty International
Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 3 million supporters, members and activists in more than 150 countries and territories who campaign to end grave abuses of human rights. Our vision is for every person to enjoy all the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards.
Amnesty International USA
Official Website of Amnesty International in the United States. Protect Human Rights worldwide. Stop Torture, Defend Women's Rights, Abolish Death Penalty and defend the rights of individuals everywhere.
Council for Global Equality
The Council for Global Equality brings together international human rights activists, foreign policy experts, LGBT leaders, philanthropists and corporate officials to encourage a clearer and stronger American voice on human rights concerns impacting LGBT communities around the world.
Global Rights
Founded in 1978, Global Rights is a human rights capacity-building organization working in partnership with local activists in Africa, Asia, and Latin America to promote and protect the rights of marginalized populations.
Immigration Equality
Immigration Equality is a national organization fighting for equality under U.S. immigration law for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and HIV-positive individuals. Founded in 1994 as the Lesbian and Gay Immigration Rights Task Force, Immigration Equality provides legal aid and advocacy for LGBT and HIV-positive immigrants and their families.
International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission
The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) is a leading international organization dedicated to human rights advocacy on behalf of people who experience discrimination or abuse on the basis of their actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.
National Organization for Women (NOW)
The largest organization of feminist activists in the US.
People for the American Way
An energetic advocate for the values and institutions that sustain a diverse democratic society.

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Organizational Partners

Affirm United/S'affirmer Ensemble The Association of Welcoming & Affirming Baptists Brethren-Mennonite Council for LGBT Concerns Open and Affirming Ministries of the Gay, Lesbian & Affirming Disciples (GLAD) Integrity Reconciling Works
More Light Presbyterians Open and Affirming Program of the United Church of Christ Coalition for LGBT Concerns (ONA) Reconciling Ministries Network Room for All - Reformed Church in America Welcoming Community Network - Community of Christ