Ranked Nonprofits: Local LGBT Equality and Support 2012

“Burst down those closet doors once and for all, and stand up and start to fight.” ― Harvey Milk
“Burst down those closet doors once and for all, and stand up and start to fight.” ― Harvey Milk

The Cause: The LGBT Movement is a social justice movement in which lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) people and their straight allies work to bring about equity and well-being to LGBT individuals in various capacities all over the world. For years, nonprofit organizations have been helping to achieve those goals in various ways.

The Scope: Experts working in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) sector were asked recommend up to four nonprofits making significant contributions in LGBT equality and support on the national level and up to three nonprofit making a significant contribution at the state and local level. Experts were encourage to consider a range of nonprofits including those working in policy and advocacy, research, public education, legal support, health and human services, community centers, social organizations and more. Nonprofits recommended cover a wide range of issue areas within the case including health, marriage and family recognition, youth, elder support, transgender equality, anti-discrimination, and racial and economic justice.

110 Local LGBT Equality and Support experts recommended the following 12 outstanding nonprofits.
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Top Nonprofit Mission
1 Medal-small-2012 L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center
Since 1971 the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center has been building the health, advocating for the rights and enriching the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Our wide array of services and programs includes: free HIV/AIDS care and medications for those most in need; housing, food, clothing and support for homeless LGBT youth; low-cost counseling and addiction-recovery services; essential services for LGBT-parented families and seniors; legal services; health education and HIV prevention programs; transgender services; cultural arts and much more.
2 Medal-small-2012 Basic Rights Oregon
Basic Rights Oregon will ensure that all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Oregonians experience equality by building a broad and inclusive politically powerful movement, shifting public opinion, and achieving policy victories.
3 Medal-small-2012 Pride Foundation
Pride Foundation inspires a culture of generosity that connects and strengthens Northwest organizations, leaders, and students who are creating LGBTQ equality.
4 Medal-small-2012 BAGLY
The Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth (BAGLY, Inc.) is a youth-led, adult-supported social support organization committed to social justice, and creating, sustaining and advocating for programs, policies, and services for the GLBT youth community.
5 Medal-small-2012 MassEquality
MassEquality is the leading statewide grassroots advocacy organization working to ensure that everyone across Massachusetts can thrive from cradle to grave without discrimination and oppression based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. We do this by partnering across issues, identities and communities to build a broad, inclusive and politically powerful movement that changes hearts and minds and achieves policy and electoral victories. 
6 Medal-small-2012 Empire State Pride
The Empire State Pride Agenda's mission is to win equality and justice for LGBT New Yorkers and our families. We recognize that while significant cultural, legal and governmental advances have led to greater equality for LGBT New Yorkers, we and our families remain highly vulnerable without the vast majority of rights and protections that most New Yorkers take for granted.
7 Medal-small-2012 Equality Utah
The mission of Equality Utah Foundation is to secure equal rights and protections for LGBT Utahns and their families.
8 Medal-small-2012 Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition
Founded in 2001, the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) is dedicated to ending discrimination on the basis of gender identity and gender expression.

We envision a world where persons of all genders are treated with respect and fully participate in all areas of society, free from fear of prohibition, harassment or violence based on their gender identity and/or expression.

To that end we educate the public, advocate with state, local, and federal government, engage in activism, and encourage empowerment of community members through collective action.

8 Medal-small-2012 One Colorado
One Colorado is a statewide advocacy organization dedicated to securing and protecting equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Coloradans and their families.
9 Medal-small-2012 Equality Illinois
The Mission of Equality Illinois is to secure, protect and defend equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Illinois.
10 Medal-small-2012 EqualityMaine
Experts would like to see Equality Maine connect more with their surrounding communiy. They could do so by shareing knowlagem and best practices. The organization could also look to expand their focus in order to connect with the larger socia justice movement.
11 Medal-small-2012 San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Community Center
The mission of the San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Community Center is to connect our diverse community to opportunities, resources and each other to achieve our vision of a stronger, healthier, and more equitable world for LGBT people and our allies. The Center’s strategies inspire and strengthen our community by:

• Fostering greater opportunities for people to thrive.

• Organizing for our future.

• Celebrating our history and culture.

• Building resources to create a legacy for future generations.

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