Launched as counter to the hyper-consumerist madness that is Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday encourages holiday shoppers to do just that: give back to their favorite charities and advocacy organizations.
Below, we’ve compiled a list of five advocacy groups making major change for LGBTQ people in the United States and abroad so you can give your coin (or your time!) in good conscience.
Founded in 1994, Immigration Equality works directly with LGBTQ and HIV-positive migrants, asylum seekers, and undocumented immigrants seeking refuge in the U.S. The group also lobbies on the federal level for immigration reform. Donate here.
With a keen focus on sexual health and wellness, the Planned Parenthood Action Fund advocates in favor of inclusive policies that advance comprehensive sex education and health care and defend reproductive justice for all. Donate here.
This group helps support gay-straight alliances across the country, providing tangible materials, resource guides, and individual or group leadership training for LGBTQ youth and allies who want to bring GSAs to their schools or local communities. Donate here.
The Sylvia Rivera Law Project, which borrows its name from the iconic Stonewall rioter and Gay Liberation Front activist, fights to ensure legal protections for transgender and gender non-conforming people around the country, with a focus on those who are low-income, people of color, or undocumented immigrants. Donate here.
Founded in 1991, Victory Fund catalogs and endorses select openly LGBTQ candidates running for elected positions on the local, state, and federal levels, helping to ensure queer representation in government. (During the 2018 midterm elections, 160 queer candidates backed by Victory Fund won their races.) Donate here.
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