Forget The Stocking Stuffers And Donate To One Of These LGBTQ Charities Instead

The true meaning of Christmas.

It’s Christmas Eve, but a lot of us could use some assistance feeling the holiday spirit. A great way to help is to give back. Isn’t that what Christmas is really all about?

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In these trying times, LGBTQ charities are already stretched thin—and the coming years could be even worse. When we say “love wins,” it’s a call to action—Love cannot win without all of us doing our part.

Below, we’ve selected several grassroots groups that depend on donations, even small ones, to keep doing their important work. So, take a break from the presents, carols and candy canes and help these worthy causes.

The Dru Project

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Christopher ‘Drew’ Leinonen and his partner,Juan Ramon Guerrero, were among the victims of the Pulse massacre. Founded in their honor, The Dru Project is dedicated to promoting gay-straight alliances all over the country.

Donate to the Dru Project here.

Free2Be

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In late November, the offices of this Alabama LGBTQ advocacy group were nearly leveled by a tornado. Through the generosity of the local community, they’ve been able to move into a new location, but they still need a lot of help getting things up and running.

Donate to Free2Be here.

SPART*A

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Comprised of LGBT military and their friends and family, Service Members, Partners & Allies For Respect And Tolerance For All is committed to ensuring equal opportunity for all those in the U.S. military, regardless of race, national origin, religion, sex, orientation or gender identity.

Donate to SPART*A here.

TransKids Purple Rainbow Foundation

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Founded by Jazz Jennings and her family, TKPRF is dedicated to making the future better for trans youth by educating families, schools, the government and the media.

Their work includes anti-bullying campaigns, providing health care and resources for homeless youth and educating the public about gender dysphoria and the difference between sex and gender.

Donate to the TransKids Purple Rainbow Foundation here.

Equality House

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Devoted to LGBTQ advocacy, safe spaces, child welfare and ecological conservation, Planting Peace is located right across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas.

Their headquarters, Equality House, is painted in the colors of the LGBT rainbow, which makes them a frequent target of vandalism, graffiti and even threats of violence.

Donate to Planting Peace here.

Seacoast Outright

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For more than 20 years, this New Hampshire organization has given an open forum for LGBTQA youth to discuss and explore issues related to sexual identity, with experienced educators serving as moderators.

Donate to Seacoast Outright here.

SAGE

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Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) is the country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT seniors. Founded in 1978, this New York-based group provides supportive services, advocates for public policy changes and provides training for caregivers and others.

Donate to SAGE here.

Camp Aranu’tiq

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With locations in New Hampshire and California, this camp is geared towards children who feel like they might not fit in at other camps because of their gender identity. Programs are available for youth ages 8-15 and for older teens as well.

There are also programs for trans/gender-variant youth of all ages to attend with their families.

Donate to Camp Aranu’tiq here.

National LGBT Cancer Network

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LGBT people face unique challenges in health care, and the network is dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT cancer patients and those at risk, via education, advocacy and support groups.

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Their current campaign, Closed Drawers, is shedding light on the conversations surrounding anal cancer.

Donate to the National LGBT Cancer Network here.

Ian Carlos Crawford is a writer and podcaster from New Jersey. His work has appeared on sites like Geeks Out, BuzzFeed, NewNowNext, and he co-hosts a podcast about "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" called Slayerfest 98.
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