Entertainment and Travel
Buffalo United Artists (BUA)
is a self-supporting collective of professional theater artists working to present provocative and relevant work that examines the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer experience. They aspire to present theater that entertains, enlightens, and captures the imagination.
Dreams of Hope (DOH)
has established itself as Pittsburgh's only arts-focused, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and allied (LGBTA) youth (13-21) organization. The organization was founded in 2003 by Susan Haugh, current Artistic Director, with a $2,500 grant from the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts Program of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and with assistance from three collaborating artists
The mission of the Erie Art Museum
is to maintain an institution of excellence dedicated to the promotion and advancement of the visual arts by developing and maintaining a quality art collection, encouraging art in all its forms, fostering lifelong art learning, and building community among artists, art students and the public.
connects the LGBTQA community with gay friendly destinations, hotels, cruises, tours, events, entertainment, attractions, clubs and restaurants throughout the world. Their mission is to provide the community with safe, welcoming and unique recommendations to ensure that every vacation is both pleasurable and memorable. For additional information, visit www.GayTravel.com
or call (800) GAY-TRAVEL.
is a powerful film about the struggle to maintain Pacific Islander culture and values within the Westernized society of modern day Hawaiʻi. It is told through the lens of an extraordinary Native Hawaiian who is both a proud and confident māhū, or transgender woman, and an honored and respected kumu, or teacher, cultural practitioner, and community leader.
The LGBT world has a place all its own with Logo
, the lesbian & gay network from MTV Networks. Whether it's on TV, online, or on your mobile, Logo brings you the stories, shows and news you won't see anywhere else. From original series and films to groundbreaking documentaries to LGBT news and more.
RuPaul's Drag Race, the fiercest competition on primetime. Each supersized, 90-minute episode of RuPaul's Drag Race will give fans more fashion, lip-syncs and drag than ever before. The new season premieres on VH1 on Thursday, March 22nd, followed by the popular, Emmy Award-nominated after-show RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked.
has great things to do and see around Erie PA!
In 2017, thousands of participants, spectators and thought leaders from around the globe will converge on Miami for World OutGames
IV. This 10-day event will bring to life more than 450 events across three areas: Sport, Culture and Human Rights. World OutGames Miami will challenge you physically, stimulate you intellectually and enliven you emotionally. Be part of it all, and leave transformed for the better – in your mind, your body and your heart. World OutGames Miami is licensed by GLISA – the Gay and Lesbian International Sport Association
Local and Regional News
AVCG also known as Erie aces is a community group with the purpose of educating the curious and providing visibility to those in the ace (asexual) community. We hope to provide a welcoming environment where people can get together and socialize as well as provide a resource for those who may be questioning or simply wanting to learn more.
Crawford Area LGBT+
envisions a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued, and affirmed inclusive of their sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. We meet the third Tuesday of each month at 7 PM at Unitarian Church of Meadville, 346 Chestnut St, Meadville PA.
The Crime Victim Center of Erie County, Inc., was established in 1973 as the Erie County Rape Crisis Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting sexual assault victims and their families and friends. In 1986, Victim Witness Services was established for victims of other violent crimes, their familes and friends, and also to serve the witnesses to violent crimes.
The goal of the agency's programs and services is to lessen the impact of crime through counseling, education and advocacy. In 2002, we changed our name to Crime Victim Center of Erie County, which we feel better reflects our mission and services.
Funding for our agency comes from the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, Department of Human Services' Mental Health/Mental Retardation Unit, United Way of Erie, United Fund of Corry Area, Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) and through donations and fundraising events.
Additionally, court advocacy programming is funding through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency from the Rights and Services Act (RASA), Victims of Juvenile Offenders (VOJO) and the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA).
Drenched Fur is Erie's annual Bear Run since 2005. Check it out at the web site
Incorporated in 2006 as Erie Gay Pride, Inc., the Greater Erie Alliance for Equality, Inc. (GEAE)
is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the region's LGBT community and its straight allies through education, open dialogue and public visibility.
The NW PA Pride Alliance, Inc
. works to improve visibility of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersexed and Ally/Asexual (LGBTQIA) community. It also facilitates communication and collaboration between groups and individuals within the region's LGBTQIA community and the greater region's community, while respecting individual and group identity.
Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents has been Pittsburgh's LGBTQ blog since 2005. You can follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pghlesbian
or Twitter @pghlesbian24
. It is a project of SueCat Social Media.
Pride Center of Western New York, Inc. (PCWNY)
is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. The mission of the Pride Center is to work with the community to make Western New York a safe, healthy, and satisfying place for LGBTQ people to live, work, and establish their families
Conceived in 2012, Proud Haven
's vision is to be a leading resource for shelter and support services that improve the quality of life for homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) youth, as well as an advocate for the LGBTQ+ population as a whole. Proud Haven is committed to advancing equality through its mission of providing a safe shelter for homeless LGBTQ+ youth in Pittsburgh.
TransFamily of NWPA
is a support group created to serve the transgender community of Northwestern PA and the surrounding region.
Local Faces and Photos
LBT Women of Erie
is a social and support group for lesbian, bisexual and transgender women. Our group has been together in its current form since October, 2008. We hold monthly meetings at Brew Ha Ha at the Colony
, in Erie. With a few exceptions, all meetings are held on the second Sunday of each month at noon. Members and first-timers are encouraged to bring ideas and information on events that they would like to participate in with the group. Our events are as varied as the women in our group, and any given month you should be able to find an event to attend that will interest you.
Political, Activism and Legal
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
is our nation's guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country. The ACLU also works to extend rights to segments of our population that have traditionally been denied their rights, including people of color; women; lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people; prisoners; and people with disabilities.
In 75 countries, it is a crime to be gay; in 10 it can cost you your life. All Out
is mobilizing millions of people and their social networks to build a powerful global movement for love and equality. Our mission is to build a world where no person will have to sacrifice their family or freedom, safety or dignity, because of who they are or who they love. www.allout.org
The American Bar Association
is one of the world’s largest voluntary professional organizations, with nearly 400,000 members and more than 3,500 entities. It is committed to doing what only a national association of attorneys can do: serving our members, improving the legal profession, eliminating bias and enhancing diversity, and advancing the rule of law throughout the United States and around the world.
The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS)
, founded in 2001 and one of the nation's leading progressive legal organizations, is a rapidly growing network of lawyers, law students, scholars, judges, policymakers and other concerned individuals dedicated to making the law a force to improve lives of all people. For more information about the organization or to locate one of the more than 200 lawyer and law student chapters in 48 states, please visit www.acslaw.org
The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)
is the largest federal employee union representing 650,000 federal and D.C. government workers nationwide and overseas. Workers in virtually all functions of government at every federal agency depend upon AFGE for legal representation, legislative advocacy, technical expertise and informational services.
The American Federation of Teachers
is a union of professionals that champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for our students, their families and our communities. We are committed to advancing these principles through community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining and political activism, and especially through the work our members do.
Founded in 1942, the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) is a nationwide, not-for-profit society of geriatrics healthcare professionals dedicated to improving the health, independence, and quality of life of older people. Its more than 6,200 members include geriatricians, geriatric nurses, social workers, family practitioners, physician assistants, consulting pharmacists, and internists. The Society provides leadership to healthcare professionals, policymakers, and the public by implementing and advocating for programs in patient care, research, professional and public education, and public policy. For more information, visit americangeriatrics.org.
Inspired by the Jewish commitment to justice, American Jewish World Service
works to realize human rights and end poverty in the developing world.
The American Military Partner Association
is the nation's largest resource and support network for the partners, spouses, families, and allies of America’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) service members and veterans. Founded by the partners of active duty service members, AMPA has grown to the strength of over 32,000 members and supporters and is proud to be leading the nation in education, advocacy, and support for our modern military families. Through our unprecedented work, we're building strong resource and support networks like no other.
The mission of American Unity Fund
, a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization, is freedom. We are dedicated to advancing the cause of freedom for LGBT Americans by making the conservative case that freedom truly means freedom for everyone. Republicans believe strongly in the American Dream. Too often government serves as an obstacle to prosperity for millions of Americans – confiscating their wealth with escalating taxes, strangling their businesses with burdensome regulations and undermining our economy with unsustainable spending and increasing uncertainty. For Americans who happen to be LGBT, it goes one step farther, denying them the same rights and responsibilities extended to every other taxpaying family. We believe the American Dream belongs to all of us, regardless of our sexual orientation or gender identity.
Bend the Arc
engages people and communities throughout the United States in creating economic opportunity and promoting social justice. We are building a national movement that pursues justice as a core expression of Jewish tradition. We invest to revitalize neighborhoods, organize in communities across lines of race and faith, and train Jewish and interfaith social justice leaders.
As America's oldest advocacy organization for bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer-identified and unlabeled people, BiNet USA
facilitates the development of a cohesive network of independent bisexual and bi-friendly communities; promotes bisexual and bi-inclusive visibility; and collects and distributes educational information regarding sexual orientation and gender identity with an emphasis on bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer (bi+) communities.
The Bisexual Resource Center
was founded in 1985 by a group of bi activists after a regional conference. First named the East Coast Bisexual Network, it became a 501(c)3 in 1989 and was renamed in the mid-90s. The BRC is the oldest national bi organization in the U.S. that advocates for bisexual visibility and raises awareness about bisexuality throughout the LGBT and straight communities.
Campaign for Accountability
is a 501(c)(3) project that uses research, litigation and aggressive communications to expose misconduct and malfeasance in public life. Millions of Americans’ lives are negatively impacted by decisions made behind the doors of corporate boardrooms, government offices, and shadowy nonprofit groups. Advocacy groups do not always have the capacity or will to take on the opposition directly. We will hold those who act at the expense of the public good accountable for their actions.
represents the leading national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create a safer college environment for LGBTQ students. The organization is a volunteer-driven network “for” and “by” student leaders. The primary objective of Campus Pride is to develop necessary resources, programs and services to support LGBTQ and ally students on college campuses across the United States.
is a nonpartisan grassroots organization dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy. We work to create open, honest, and accountable government that serves the public interest; promote equal rights, opportunity, and representation for all; and empower all people to make their voices heard in the political process.
The Eliminate Hate Campaign
is a broad-based nationwide coalition of organizations, faith leaders, and local community members who are united in our commitment to increase media accountability and public awareness of the growing influence and extremism of anti-LGBTQ hate groups; provide resources to empower grassroots actions to combat hate and extremism; and mitigate the harm caused by discrimination and bigotry.
Empire State Pride Agenda
is New York's statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) civil rights and advocacy group. Our mission is to win equality and justice for LGBTQ New Yorkers and our families. Thanks to supporters like you, our state continues to light the way.
is California’s premier statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization focused on creating a fair and just society. Our mission is to achieve and maintain full and lasting equality, acceptance, and social justice for all people in our diverse LGBT communities, inside and outside of California. Our mission includes advancing the health and well-being of LGBT Californians through direct healthcare service advocacy and education. Through electoral, advocacy, education and mobilization programs, we strive to create a broad and diverse alliance of LGBT people, educators, government officials, communities of color and faith, labor, business, and social justice communities to achieve our goals.
is the movement builder and strategic partner to state-based organizations advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. We're winning equality in the communities we call home.
consists of two organizations - Equality Florida Institute, Inc., our 501(c)(3) educational charity and Equality Florida Action, Inc., our 501(c)(4) advocacy organization. Together, these organizations form the largest civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Through education, grassroots organizing, coalition building, and lobbying, we are changing Florida so that no one suffers harassment or discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
coordinates LGBT History Month
, produces documentary films
, undertakes high-impact initiatives
and presents the largest annual national and international LGBT civil rights summit
. Equality Forum produces these innovative events in collaboration with learning institutions, professional associations, research centers, for profit companies and nonprofit organizations.
advocates and educates to achieve fair treatment and equal opportunity for all Ohioans regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity or expression
is the commonwealth’s leading organization advancing equality and opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Pennsylvanians. As the only equality organization based in Harrisburg — we advocate for policy change at the municipal, state, and federal level; we organize grassroots supporters to engage in the political process; we educate the public about the experiences, values, and needs of LGBT people; and we endorse candidates who are committed to being champions for equality.
The Fairness Campaign
seeks to dismantle oppression and build an inclusive community where all individuals are valued and empowered to reach their full potential.
Freedom to Work
is a national organization committed to banning workplace harassment and career discrimination against lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender Americans through public education, policy analysis, and legal work.
The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund
works to elect LGBT leaders to public office for one simple reason. They change America's politics. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender office holders are our clearest and most convincing champions for true equality. As leaders in government, they become the face and voice of a community. They challenge the lies of extremists and speak authentically about themselves, their families and their community.
Our mission is to empower the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community and our allies to take bold action to demand full legal and social equality, and to hold accountable those who stand in the way. Vision:
We envision a society in which LGBTQ people experience equal protection under the law, and are free from cultural and social transphobia/homophobia, without caveat or compromise. To that end, GetEQUAL will inspire and equip the LGBTQ community and allies to fight back against discrimination in a way that builds power and personal agency, encourage LGBTQ people to take our place to push forward progressive change as equals, and to build bridges with all who struggle for justice and dignity in their lives.
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)
the voice of the LGBT community by empowering real people to share
their stories, holding the media accountable for the words and images
they present, and helping grassroots organizations communicate
effectively. By ensuring that the stories of LGBT people are heard
through the media, GLAAD promotes understanding, increases acceptance,
and advances equality.
Since 1978, GLAD
has achieved scores of legal victories to end discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status, and gender identity and expression.
Established in 1990, GLSEN
envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes to creating a more vibrant and diverse community.
The Human Rights Campaign
is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.
Human Rights Campaign (HRC) seeks to improve the lives of LGBT Americans by advocating for equal rights and benefits in the workplace, ensuring families are treated equally under the law and increasing public support among all Americans through innovative advocacy, education and outreach programs. HRC works to secure equal rights for LGBT individuals and families at the federal and state levels by lobbying elected officials, mobilizing grassroots supporters, educating Americans, investing strategically to elect fair-minded officials and partnering with other LGBT organizations.
Since 1994, Immigration Equality
has been proud to support and represent lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT), and HIV-positive immigrants seeking safety, fair treatment, and freedom. As the only LGBT organization with a staff of immigration attorneys, Immigration Equality impacts both the individuals we serve and the immigration system as a whole.
Justice at Stake is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to keep America's courts fair and impartial. Justice at Stake and its 50-plus state and national partners educate the public, and work for reforms to keep politics and special interests out of the courtroom - so judges can protect our Constitution, our rights and the rule of law. For more about Justice at Stake, go to www.justiceatstake.org
Founded in 1973, Lambda Legal
is the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV; through impact litigation, education and public policy work. As a nonprofit organization, we do not charge our clients for legal representation or advocacy, and we receive no government funding. We depend on contributions from supporters around the country.
The principal mission of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
is to secure equal justice for all through the rule of law, targeting in particular the inequities confronting African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities. The Lawyers’ Committee is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to enlist the private bar’s leadership and resources in combating racial discrimination and the resulting inequality of opportunity – work that continues to be vital today.
Founded in 2006, the Movement Advancement Project is an independent think tank that provides rigorous research, insight and analysis that help speed equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. MAP’s work is focused on three primary areas:
The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)
has been advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, legislation, policy, and public education since it was founded in 1977.
The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs
works to prevent, respond to, and end all forms of violence against and within LGBTQ communities. NCAVP is a national coalition of local member programs, affiliate organizations and individual affiliates who create systemic and social change. We strive to increase power, safety and resources through data analysis, policy advocacy, education and technical assistance.
The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce is the business voice of the LGBT community and is the largest global not-for-profit advocacy organization specifically dedicated to expanding economic opportunities and advancements for LGBT people. NGLCC is the exclusive certification body for LGBT-owned businesses. www.nglcc.org
News from the National LGBTQ Task Force
. The National LGBTQ Task Force advances full freedom, justice and equality for LGBTQ people. We're building a future where everyone is free to be themselves in every aspect of their lives. Today, despite all the progress we’ve made to end discrimination, millions of LGBTQ people face barriers in every aspect of their lives: in housing, employment, healthcare, retirement, and basic human rights. These barriers must go. That’s why the Task Force is training and mobilizing millions of activists across our nation to deliver a world where you can be you.
National Marriage Challenge
, formerly Michigan Marriage Challenge, is a non-profit organization run by local Michigan residents committed to marriage equality in Michigan and across the country. National Marriage Challenge is an accredited 501(c)(3) formed for the purpose of supporting the DeBoer-Rowse Family in their legal effort. 100% of contributions to National Marriage Challenge go towards litigation and education expenses for DeBoer v Snyder
. For more information about the case, or to contribute, please visit www.NationalMarriageChallenge.com
The National Women’s Law Center is a non-profit organization that has been working since 1972 to advance and protect women's equality and opportunity. The Center focuses on major policy areas of importance to women and their families including economic security, education, employment and health, with special attention given to the concerns of low-income women. For more information on the Center, visit: www.nwlc.org
The National Education Association (NEA)
, the nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.
The National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest multi-issue organization of feminist activists in the United States. NOW has 500,000 contributing members and 550 chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. We are a local chapter of dedicated feminists. We meet the 3rd Sunday of every month at 3pm in the Erie area. Meeting locations may vary. NOW's priority issues include:Achieving Constitutional Equality; Advancing Reproductive Freedom; Eliminating Racism; Winning Lesbian/Gay rights; Stopping Violence Against Women, and Ensuring Economic Justice.
ORAM - Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration
is an international non-profit organization devoted to capacity-building and advocacy on behalf of the world's most vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers, including those fleeing persecution based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Out & Equal Workplace Advocates
is the world’s premiere nonprofit organization dedicated to achieving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workplace equality. Out & Equal collaborates with Fortune 1000 companies and government agencies to provide a safe, welcoming and supportive environment for LGBT employees.
Every day around the world, LGBTIQ people's human rights and dignity are abused in ways that shock the conscience. The stories of their struggles and their resilience are astounding, yet remain unknown-or willfully ignored-by those with the power to make change. OutRight Action International
, founded in 1990 as the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, works alongside LGBTIQ people in the Global South, with offices in six countries, to help identify community-focused solutions to promote policy for lasting change. We vigilantly monitor and document human rights abuses to spur action when they occur. We train partners to expose abuses and advocate for themselves. Headquartered in New York City, OutRight is the only global LGBTIQ-specific organization with a permanent presence at the United Nations in New York that advocates for human rights progress for LGBTIQ people.
Since 1993 , OutServe-Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN)
has represented the United States Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community worldwide. OutServe-SLDN is a non-partisan, non-profit (501-c-3), legal services, watchdog and policy organization that provides free and direct legal assistance to service members and veterans affected by the repealed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law, the current ban on open authentic transgender service and those currently serving who may experience harassment or discrimination. OutServe-SLDN is the heir to the legacy of providing legal services to service members and veterans. From representing over 12,000 service members during the era of DADT to leading the fight to repeal DADT, OutServe-SLDN has been on the frontlines for over 20 years and currently has over 75,000 followers worldwide and over 7,000 active members serving and leading more than 80 chapters around the globe.
The Palm Center
, a research initiative of the Department of Political Science at San Francisco State University, is committed to sponsoring state-of-the-art scholarship to enhance the quality of public dialogue about critical and controversial issues of the day. For the past decade, the Palm Center's research on sexual minorities in the military has been published in leading social scientific journals. The Palm Center seeks to be a resource for university-affiliated as well as independent scholars, students, journalists, opinion leaders, and members of the public. For more information, see www.palmcenter.org
Founded in 1975, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape advocates for the rights and needs of sexual assault victims and works to end sexual violence. PCAR partners with a network of rape crisis programs to bring help, hope and healing around issues of sexual violence to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. To learn more, go to pcar.org.
is a 501c4 that is dedicated to growing the Keystone State's economy by ensuring that all Pennsylvanians are able to fully participate and have equal protections in the workplace, housing, and business and government services. Pennsylvania businesses and citizens are joining together to support passage of the "Pennsylvania Fairness Act," which will update the state's Human Relations Act – originally written in 1955 – to ensure that all citizens regardless of race, color, religion, ancestry, age, sex, national origin, disability, and now sexual orientation, gender identity and expression – can participate in the state's economy.
The Pennsylvania Equality Project (formerly Marriage Equality for PA) is dedicated to ending discrimination and bullying in Pennsylvania.
The Pennsylvania Student Equality Coalition (PSEC)
represents our statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youth organization. PSEC is an entirely youth-led and youth-run organization dedicated to advocacy toward safe schools and communities for all.
Founded in April 2011 by Pennsylvania students, the Pennsylvania Youth Congress
is Pennsylvania’s first and only statewide LGBTQ youth advocacy organization. As young Pennsylvania leaders, we work to empower ourselves through meaningful community engagement and effective advocacy. The Pennsylvania Youth Congress was initially established as The Pennsylvania Student Equality Coalition. Our name was changed in May 2015 to better reflect our work on state-level public policy. Our framework and values come directly from the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the leading youth arm of the civil rights movement of the 1960s. PYC explicitly works to support an inclusive and affirming youth community for all young leaders to efficiently communicate and collaborate.
People For the American Way
and its affiliate, People For the American Way Foundation, are progressive advocacy organizations founded to fight right-wing extremism and defend constitutional values under attack, including free expression, religious liberty, equal justice under the law, and the right to meaningfully participate in our democracy.
Pride At Work
is a nonprofit organization and an officially recognized constituency group
of the AFL-CIO
(American Federation of Labor & Congress of Industrial Organizations.) We organize mutual support between the organized Labor Movement and the LGBT Community for social and economic justice. In addition to national Pride at Work, more than 20 Chapters
organize at the state and local level around the country
is a regional community foundation serving the Northwest region of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.Pride Foundation is a regional community foundation serving the Northwest region of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.
comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.
was founded by Trevor Burgess, one of the first openly gay CEOs of a NYSE-listed company, and his husband, Gary Hess. Trevor and Gary, along with Jim Steiner and Jonathan Carlon have provided the initial funding for #QTHEVOTE in hopes of making a difference in 2018.
Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE)
is the country's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in New York City, SAGE is a national organization that offers supportive services and consumer resources for LGBT older adults and their caregivers, advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBT older people, and provides training for aging providers and LGBT organizations, largely through its National Resource Center on LGBT Aging. With offices in New York City, Washington, DC and Chicago, SAGE coordinates a growing network of 30 local SAGE affiliates in 20 states and the District of Columbia.
The Southern Poverty Law Center
is a nonprofit civil rights organization dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of society. Founded by civil rights lawyers Morris Dees and Joseph Levin Jr. in 1971, the SPLC is internationally known for tracking and exposing the activities of hate groups. Our innovative Teaching Tolerance program produces and distributes - free of charge - documentary films, books, lesson plans and other materials that promote tolerance and respect in our nation's schools.
The Tennessee Equality Project (TEP)
is a statewide organization dedicated to advancing the civil rights of Tennessee's gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community. For more information, go to TNEP.org
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States. Through advocacy and outreach to targeted constituencies, The Leadership Conference works toward the goal of a more open and just society – an America as good as its ideals.
The LGBT Network
is an association of non-profit organizations working to serve the LGBT community of Long Island and Queens throughout the lifespan: Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY), The Long Island LGBT Community Center (The Center), Services and Advocacy for LGBT Elders – Long Island (SAGE-LI), and the Queens LGBT Community Center (Q Center).
is a digital community and storytelling forum dedicated to remembering parents lost to AIDS and supporting the children they left behind.
Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project
is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.
Trans United Fund
is committed to building the political power of trans and gender expansive communities and our allies to advocate for trans equality.
is committed to providing advocacy and caring support for transgender individuals, their significant others, families, friends and allies. TransCentralPA also provides gender education and information to businesses, organizations, educational institutions and governmental agencies.
Transgender Law Center
works to change law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression. We envision a future where gender self-determination and authentic expression are seen as basic rights and matters of common human dignity.
Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund
is committed to ending discrimination based upon gender identity and expression and to achieving equality for transgender people through public education, test-case litigation, direct legal services, community organizing and public policy efforts.
is a powerful and rapidly growing community of people from all walks of life mobilized to fight sexism and expand women’s rights, from politics and government to media and pop culture. UltraViolet works on a range of issues including health care, economic security, violence, reproductive rights, racial justice, and immigration by putting the voices of all women, especially women of color and LGBTQ women, front and center.
is a non-governmental organization based in Geneva whose mandate is to monitor the performance of the United Nations by the yardstick of its own Charter. UN Watch was established in 1993 by the legendary civil rights activist Morris B. Abram, the former U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva. UN Watch participates actively at the UN as an accredited NGO in Special Consultative Status to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and as an Associate NGO to the UN Department of Public Information (DPI). It reports regularly to both.
United We Dream
is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation. Our powerful nonpartisan network is made up of over 100,000 immigrant youth and allies and 55 affiliate organizations in 26 states. We organize and advocate for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status.
The Williams Institute
is dedicated to conducting rigorous, independent research on sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy. A national think tank at UCLA Law, the Williams Institute produces high-quality research with real-world relevance and disseminates its work through a variety of education programs and media to judges, legislators, lawyers, other policymakers, and the public. For more information go to: http://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/
Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF),a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, is a global organization providing cutting-edge medicine and advocacy to over 350,000 patients in 36 countries. We are the largest provider of HIV/AIDS medical care in the U.S. A truly independent voice in our mission to rid the world of AIDS, AHF’s operating capital comes from our own self-created social enterprises. AHF Pharmacies, thrift stores, healthcare contracts and other strategic partnerships generate funding that helps AHF provide medical and advocacy services across the globe. Generating and defining new, innovative ways of treatment, prevention and advocacy is the hallmark of our success. We are currently leading a mass testing initiative to identify and treat the 25 million people who don’t know they are infected. By advocating big goals – aiming to see an unprecedented 1 billion people tested each year – AHF hopes to eliminate older, more time-consuming methods. Since 1987, AHF has cared for thousands of people living with HIV and AIDS worldwide. As we create and implement unparalleled programs in new communities in the U.S. and abroad, we expand delivery of healthcare and influence over policy with the sole aim of saving more lives.
In order to improve health and wellbeing, Allies for Health + Wellbeing (formerly Pittsburgh Aids Task Force) provides integrated medical care, supportive human services and community-based education for individuals living with, or at risk of HIV, viral hepatitis or sexually transmitted infections. Building on three decades of experience, Allies provides the region’s most comprehensive treatment and support for HIV-positive individuals, as well as primary and specialty medical care for the community regardless of HIV status. For information, please contact Allies for Health + Wellbeing at 412-345-0593, firstname.lastname@example.org,
or visit www.alliespgh.org
The American Cancer Society
is a global grassroots force of 2.5 million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society's efforts have contributed to a 22 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks in part to our progress,14.5 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. We're determined to finish the fight against cancer. We're finding cures as the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org
As the world's largest association representing professional counselors in various practice settings, the American Counseling Association
stands ready to serve more than 56,000 members with the resources they need to make a difference. From webinars, publications, and journals to Conference education sessions and legislative action alerts, ACA is where counseling professionals turn for powerful, credible content and support.
GREATER THAN AIDS
is a leading public information response to the U.S. domestic HIV/AIDS epidemic with a focus on areas and people most affected.
Founded in May of 1999, the Black AIDS Institute
is the only national HIV/AIDS think tank focused exclusively on Black people. The Institute's Mission is to stop the AIDS pandemic in Black communities by engaging and mobilizing Black institutions and individuals in efforts to confront HIV. The Institute interprets public and private sector HIV policies, conducts trainings, offers technical assistance, disseminates information and provides advocacy mobilization from a uniquely and unapologetically Black point of view. Our motto describes a commitment to self-preservation: "Our People, Our Problem, Our Solution."
Educating our erotic bodies is one of life’s great adventures. At Body Electric
we celebrate the body’s capacity to serve as a valuable and authentic guide for wisdom and insight. Founded in 1984, The Body Electric School has been an innovative leader in the fields of personal growth, eroticism and consciousness, offering programs for people of all genders and sexual orientations in the United States, Canada and Australia.Our work is focused on the integration of spirituality and sexuality. It is respectful and “safe” in the sense that we provide strict guidelines and procedures to insure a fulfilling, comfortable experience for everyone involved. People who come to us are of all colors, genders, sexes, shapes and sizes. Who we are with respect to societal status and position are left behind. We learn in our workshops to look beyond the physical and the superficial to the internal, the spiritual and the esoteric.
CDC works 24/7
to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.
conducts research to identify and promote strategies that prevent the spread of HIV and improve the lives of people living with HIV. We have been advocating for and working with the LGBT community since 1996.
Cleveland Rape Crisis Center
's mission is to support survivors of rape and sexual abuse, promote healing and prevention, and advocate for social change. Our vision is the elimination of sexual violence.
The Erie County HIV Task Force
is a collaboration of local organizations and individuals dedicated to educating, supporting, and advocating for people living with HIV/AIDS and preventing the spread of infection.
For more than 60 years, The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society
has proudly served as the 501(c)(3) philanthropic affiliate of the Pennsylvania Medical Society. Foundation contributors can fulfill their charitable interests in the medical community by contributing to three core programs.
San Diego psychologist Michael Kimmel shares perspectives and advice on psychological health for the LGBT community. He can be reached through his website (lifebeyondtherapy.com
has worked since 2006 to encourage targeted, tailored, better resourced, and rights- based sexual health services for gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) worldwide through its advocacy and technical support work. As a global network, MSMGF has successfully influenced HIV responses at the local level through shifts in global-level policies and has effectively utilized public health as an entry point for advancing the human rights of LGBT people. MSMGF currently supports programs in 15 countries.
Launched in September 2013, Out2Enroll is a national initiative focused on connecting LGBTQ consumers with insurance coverage options available under the Affordable Care Act. For more information, visit www.out2enroll.org
is the nation's second oldest licensed counseling center specifically created to serve gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) community.
Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force is dedicated to supporting and empowering all individuals living with HIV/AIDS and preventing the spread of infection.
Building on three decades of caring and experience in Southwestern Pennsylvania, we accomplish our mission by:
- Integrating the voice of consumers into all we do,
- Serving as a primary resource for HIV/AIDS support, information, prevention, and testing,
- Collaborating with and educating other organizations, providers, and the community,
- Operating with the highest ethical standards, and maximizing limited resources,
- Providing a safe and confidential environment for those in need in our community, and,
- Working to eliminate the devastating impact of stigma.
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The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
mobilizes and invests nearly US$4 billion a year to support programs run by local experts in countries and communities most in need. As a partnership between governments, civil society, the private sector and people affected by the diseases, the Global Fund is accelerating the end of AIDS, TB and malaria as epidemics.
Tobacco Free Allegheny (TFA)
serves as a resource to the community, providing education about all aspects of tobacco use and the harmful effects of secondhand smoke exposure. It maintains a library of information and visual aids for loan to schools, students, and community organizations. TFA is a nonprofit corporation and a part of the statewide tobacco control program supported by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. In 2008, TFA published Pennsylvania's 100% Tobacco Free Schools Toolkit
, which provides the most recent research about teens and tobacco designed for use by parents, schools, and other adults who work with adolescents.
Spirituality and Religion
is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting the message of justice and the common good found at the heart of the Catholic Social Tradition. We accomplish this mission through online advocacy and educational activities.
The Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR)
, founded in 1889, is the oldest and largest rabbinic organization in North America. It projects a powerful voice in the religious life of the American and international Jewish communities. The CCAR’s unique contribution to a continued vibrant Jewish community and Reform Movement lies in its work fostering excellence in Reform Rabbis; enhancing unity and connectedness among Reform Jews; applying Jewish values to a contemporary life; and, creating a compelling and accessible Judaism for today and the future.
Community United Church
is located at 1011 W 38th St, Erie PA. We are a warm, welcoming, open and affirming congregation in the heart of midtown Erie. Jesus never rejected anyone, and neither will we. We are a group of people from many backgrounds and faiths, who gather to worship in unity and grace. One of the best things is that we stay after the service and talk, and really get to know each other. It is like an extended family. We welcome you to join us!
Established in 2006, Faith In America
is a non-profit organization whose ultimate goal is to end decades and centuries of using religious teachings to justify marginalizing and discriminating against others. We are dedicated to influencing media and faith community narratives on religion and sexuality. Our goal is to move the needle forward on LGBTQ equality in the pews and in our legislation. Our Mission is to educate the public about the ongoing harm caused to LGBTQ persons, especially youth, by religious-based prejudice. Our dream is to change the hearts and minds of religious communities on the "sinful" nature of homosexuality. To remove it permanently from "the sin list"
Founded in 2001, Gay Christian Network (GCN)
is an international network of Christians working for fully inclusive Christian community and a world where all people are treated as the beloved children of God. It is our mission
to transform attitudes toward LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) people and bring about a day when the church is the biggest ally and defender of LGBT people rather than a chief opponent.
is an online advocacy organization dedicated to promoting social justice and the common good. We will empower lay Catholics by giving them a platform to be heard.
Founded in 1968, Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC)
has been at the vanguard of civil and human rights movements by addressing issues of race, gender, sexual orientation, economics, climate change, aging, and global human rights. MCC was the first to perform same-gender marriages and has been on the forefront of the struggle towards marriage equality in the U.S. and other countries worldwide.
Following the risen Christ, and seeking to make the Church a true community of hospitality, the mission of More Light Presbyterians
is to work for the full participation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people in the life, ministry and witness of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and in society.
For more than 50 years, the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (or "the RAC")
has been the hub of Jewish social justice and legislative activity in Washington, D.C. As the DC office of the Union for Reform Judaism, the RAC educates and mobilizes the Reform Jewish community on legislative and social concerns, advocating on more than 70 different issues, including economic justice, civil rights, religious liberty, Israel and more. As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, the RAC's advocacy work is completely non-partisan and pursues public policies that reflect the Jewish values of social justice that form the core of our mandate.
is a group of people who long for a community where we can belong, love and care for each other and the community around us, try to follow Jesus and grow spiritually without being caught in the politics and hurtful behaviors of the institutionalized church. We are not perfect. We still make mistakes and hurt each other. However, we are committed to working through our differences in love and gentleness, allowing the grace and mercy of a loving God to heal and reconcile us when we do make those mistakes. We hope that, by doing so, we can BE the church rather than attend or support a church. We welcome people of every age, race, gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, ability, educational level, socio-economic status and faith background. While we are unapologetically attempting to follow God in the way of Jesus, we are open to learning from and providing community for people of other faiths and for those who are questioning and exploring faith.
Letters, Columnists and Opinion
"The Amazon Trail," a column about gay life in the U.S., has been appearing in gay publications since 1986.
Erie Gay News
Co-Editor Michael Mahler with some random observations, news and etc.
31 days. 31 icons. Modeled after Black and Women's History Month, LGBT History Month
highlights annually the achievements of 31 gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender Icons-one each day in the month of October.
Center for Global Development
works to change the policies and practices of rich countries and powerful institutions to reduce global poverty and inequality. We are a policy crucible, where world class scholars use independent, rigorous research to develop new knowledge and practical solutions. Through creative communications and outreach we engage with policymakers, practitioners, thought leaders, media and engaged citizens to turn ideas into action.
We are committed to connecting members of the LGBT community to agents we know personally and have interviewed extensively regarding their approach to working with LGBT individuals. Thousands of LGBT couples and individuals have bought and sold homes with our trusted partners. I sincerely hope you choose to take advantage of our FREE database to enjoy the same success.
's members produce Pride events around the world for people identifying as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex (LGBTI) and/or other emerging sexual identities. Our shared vision is a world where there is full cultural, social and legal equality for all. Our mission is "empowering Pride organizations worldwide".
gives pre-teens and teens who are living in orphanages, temporary foster homes and group homes – loving parents and lifelong mentors through family visit and super-mentoring programs. All of the children we serve have experienced the trauma of losing their parents. Many have been abused and neglected and have begged on the streets. Some have helped their siblings survive. Others have lost trust in adults and in life. But most all of them still hope for a life as it is supposed to be - with parents.
The LEAGUE Foundation
provides financial resources for America’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Queer high school seniors entering their first year of institutions of higher learning. The scholarship application opens annually in January and closes in April with awards distributed in the summer of each year.
The Orlando Ribbon Project
was started after the Orlando Pulse Tragedy on June 12th, 2016. When the events of the night and the next day unfolded, Ben Johansen, founder of the Orlando Ribbon Project, woke up startled by his husband Tim Vargas who was the President of the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida’s Board of Directors at the time. They rushed immediately to the Center, as many did that day, and Tim immediately sprang into action leaving Ben to handle the incoming community and media.
empowers promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put before them – to make a significant impact on society.
Trans Student Educational Resources
is a youth-led organization dedicated to transforming the educational environment for trans and gender nonconforming students through advocacy and empowerment. In addition to our focus on creating a more trans-friendly education system, our mission is to educate the public and teach trans activists how to be effective organizers. We believe that justice for trans and gender nonconforming youth is contingent on an intersectional framework of activism. Ending oppression is a long-term process that can only be achieved through collaborative action.