The following resources provide a wealth of information to assist staff, volunteers and board members with building more sustainable and effective LGBT community centers. These organizations and links cover LGBT organizations and resources, as well as all aspects of nonprofit management, advocacy, volunteerism, board development, philanthropy and fundraising, evaluation, legal issues and technology.  Much of this information is free or available for a modest fee.  We encourage you to peruse these sites and let us know how we might add to this list.

ACLU LGBT Project - The LGBT Project brings impact lawsuits in state and federal courts throughout the country — cases designed to have a significant effect on the lives of LGBT people.        

AIDS ACTION -AIDS Action’s mission is to advocate on a national level for people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS and the organizations that serve them.

B Stigma-Free B Stigma-Free™ is a non-profit organization working to reduce stigma. We aim to foster understanding and respect of people perceived as having a difference, such as an attribute, trait or disability. Through education, advocacy and community engagement, we partner with others who share our commitment to eradicate bias and prejudice.

Children of Lesbians & Gays Everywhere  COLAGE is a national movement of children, youth, and adults with one or more lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer (LGBTQ) parents.

Gay & Lesbian Medical Association  GLMA's mission is to ensure equality in health care for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and health care providers.

GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders  GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders is New England’s leading legal rights organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status and gender identity and expression.

GLSEN  The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.

GLAAD  The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is 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.

LGBTQ Friendly Colleges & Student Resources More and more schools are working to make their campuses, traditional and online, more inclusive. This guide takes a look at those colleges and universities leading the way in providing curricula and resources to support LGBTQ students throughout their college experience. Information on resources, curricula, and student organizations is provided, as well as candid interviews with LGBTQ community leaders to help alleviate some of the worries that LGBTQ students may have when it comes to postsecondary education.

National Center for Transgender Equality  The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) is a 501(c)3 social justice organization dedicated to advancing the equality of transgender people through advocacy, collaboration and empowerment.

HRSA's 2014 Annual Report on LGBT Accomplishments and Activities

Programs & Campaigns » Behavioral Health Equity » Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender 

Transgender Health: A Core Course for Healthcare Providers

It’s an unfortunate reality that people within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning (LGBTQ) community have a harder time accepting and loving themselves. Society’s message toward anyone who is not straight or cisgender (a person whose sex matches their gender) is often negative and harshly critical. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people are seen as outcasts and freaks. I am pansexual and I have, in my history, felt like one of those freaks.


Negative Stereotypes About the LGBTQ Community

Whether we like it or not, negative portrayals of  LGBTQ people in the media affect the community. They reinforce stereotypes that are damaging and false. I have experienced this firsthand with hurtful beliefs about bisexuality. The consensus is that bisexuals are cheaters and we can’t stay in a committed, monogamous relationship. I know that this is false because I have been in a happy, fulfilling relationship with my husband for four years now. We married in April of this year. I can’t imagine myself with anyone else.

Ignoring Negative Criticism of Being LGBTQ
These negative stereotypes are damaging to our self-esteem because they make us doubt ourselves. Unrealistic and false assumptions of bisexuals often makes me insecure and weary. Am I still part of the LGBTQ community if I’m married to a partner of the opposite sex? Many people would quickly say no. The assumption that I want to be in a threeway is another awful stereotype that really bothers me. I prefer intimacy with just one person. I see nothing wrong with group sex if the person likes it, but I’m not a fan. Also, I don’t secretly desire a woman just because I’m with a guy. I don’t want “the best of both worlds,” as a lot of people say.

Accepting and Loving Your LGBTQ Identity and Keeping Your Self-Esteem
Accepting myself hasn’t been easy. Loving myself is still something that I’m working on. I can lie and say that I’m straight just because I’m with my husband, but it just doesn’t feel right. Deep down inside, I know that I’m being untrue to myself. When I have to hide the fact that I’m part of the LGBTQ community, I notice that my self-esteem is affected in a negative way. I am leaving a part of my identity that means a lot to me. I think this a huge struggle for a lot of LGBTQ people because many of us aren’t capable of living out our lives the way we truly want. While many people are privileged and are able to come out as LGBTQ, there are others who must hide in silence out of safety. No wonder so many people who are LGBTQ suffer from mental illnesses like depression and anxiety.

Self-Esteem: No One Can Label You but You
Even though I am still relatively young, I have found truth in these simple words: no one can label you but you. It sounds pretty straightforward, but I really do believe in it. There is a lot of power in claiming your identity, and I think it affects our emotional health in a positive way. Accepting and loving your identity isn’t easy, but it’s definitely worth it.

Self-Esteem and Being LGBTQ