Pride Month is a time to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and continue pushing progress forward.
Though June stands as the specific time of year meant to honor and bring awareness to gay, lesbians, and all others under this umbrella, several wonderful organizations devoted to this exact cause operate year-round.
If you're looking for something more to do during Pride than just attending a local community event, you may be interested in learning that you can donate to some of these great causes and charities that put proceeds toward work for those who identify as LGBTQ+.
Below, you'll find information on a few of these vital organizations, and how you can do your part by donating.
1. Orlando Youth Alliance
Orlando stands as the city where the horrific Pulse Nightclub shooting happened just last year.
In the past months, the city and its people have stayed strong, focused on helping to provide a safe space for the victims of the shooting, along with other members of the LGBTQ+ community.
The Orlando Youth Alliance (OYA) is a non-profit committed to providing those safe spaces. OYA is primarily for young members of the LGBTQ+ community, meant to gather those unable to support themselves and help one another through their developments in life.
You can donate to OYA here.
2. National Center For Transgender Equality
As idiotic debates about bathroom usage have been heating up in the last year, more and more attention has been placed on assisting the transgender community and ending discrimination.
In that vein, the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) is the leading advocacy group for progressive change for transgender people.
NCTE has existed since 2003, continuing to undertake multiple projects year after year. Currently, NCTE has a Racial and Economic Justice Initiative (REJI) for transgender people of color and a Trans Legal Services Network (TLSN) to assist in the legal needs of the transgender community.
Its mission is to end discrimination and violence against transgender people.
You can donate to NCTE here.
3. The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is a non-profit organization that focuses on preventing suicide among LGBTQ+ youth.
The Trevor Project was founded in 1998 by writer/performer James Lecesne, and film producers Peggy Rajski and Randy Stone. It has continued to lend a hand ever since.
The group operates what is known as the "Trevor Lifeline," a completely confidential service where LGBTQ+ teens can reach trained counselors to discuss any crisis they may be facing.
It's an opportunity for LGBTQ+ people to have the ability to vent, speak their minds, and share what they're feeling during difficult times.
You can donate to The Trevor Project here.
PFLAG stands for "Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays."
It stands as the nation's leading organization designed to broaden the scope of support for the LGBTQ+ community by providing a place for loved ones to gather and show their commitment to advocacy.
PFLAG has been around for a long time, founded back in 1972, and has grown each year with its national branch located in Washington, D.C.
Donate to PFLAG here.
5. The Sylvia Rivera Law Project
Many popular community non-profit organizations are geared towards advocacy efforts for those who identify as LGBTQ+.
The Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP), on the other hand, is designed specifically to provide free legal services to those in the community... which, in today's political climate, is much-needed.
Though SRLP is able to assist many, its services are always in demand and they could use help, especially during Pride Month, when issues facing the LGBTQ+ community are in the spotlight.
You can donate to SRLP right here.
Pride Month is a perfect time to send a donation to any of these organizations doing great things for the LGBTQ+ community.
That being said, Pride Month isn't the only time you can lend a hand. If you feel like you'd like to make a contribution at any point in the year, pick an organization on this list (or any other you may find), and send your support their way.
They'll be glad you did.