The empowerment of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) community is driven by accurate information. Below you will find the most helpful resources on the web, all in one place. From existing organizations to media outlets, legal services, GLBT-friendly politicians and colleges, you can find everything you need to become an empowered and active member of the GLBT community.
The Numbers Game
- 42-percent of GLBT people have reported that they live in an environment that is either unwelcoming or dangers
- Youth who identify at GLBT are more than TWICE as likely to be abused by classmates than their peers.
- FOURTEEN states in the U.S. have granted marriage equality, while 35 states currently define any marriage outside that of a man and woman as illegal.
- NINE million Americans define themselves at GBLT, which is almost FOUR-PERCENT of the adult population.
- The GLBT community is a racially and ethnically diverse cross-section of the American population, with 25 PERCENT of all GLBT’s identifying as being non-white.
- 20-Percent of same-sex couples and SIX-PERCENT of kids in foster care are being raised by members of the GLBT community.
- 71,000 LGB are currently serving in the military with more than 1 MILLION veterans
- 90,000 same-sex couples have been married in the U.S. and another 120,000 have formed civil unions or domestic partnerships.
- The annual divorce rate for same-sex couples and different-sex married couples is similar — about 2%.
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For more information and resources on the GLBT community in your neighborhood, check out the series of links below!
Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation: No other organization has been at the forefront of the fight for equal rights in the GLBT community more than GLAAD whose main role it is to ensure the fair and accurate depiction of the GLBT community in the media and on the news.
International Gay and Lesbian Association: Worldwide network of national and local organizations devoted to promoting gay rights around the globe. Also an excellent resource
The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association: The GLHT wants lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people to enjoy equal rights to everyone else. They teach according to humanist values with no special privileges for other worldviews.
National Youth Advocacy Coalition: Younger people often face the toughest obstacles in connecting with their identity. This site is an excellent resource in helping those in the young GLBT community find their voice.
Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists: You can never know too much. This professional organization helps those in the GLBT community by working to influence policies relevant to the lesbian and gay community. The association also collaborates with other organizations of gay and lesbian physicians and mental health professionals. Members also work to provide referral services for lesbian and gay patients.
It Gets Better – Joel Davis
American Civil Liberties Union Lesbian & Gay Rights: The LGBT Project works for an America free of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. This means an America where LGBT people can live openly, where our identities, relationships and families are respected, and where there is fair treatment on the job, in schools, housing, public places, health care, and government programs.
International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission: The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) is a leading international organization dedicated to human rights advocacy on behalf of people who experience discrimination or abuse on the basis of their actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. Learn more about our work by clicking on the links below.
Lamda Legal Defense and Education Fund: Through a network of participating legal professionals and law students, this site provides legal resources and educational material to advance the cause of full equality in civil rights in the United States.
Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders: GLAD is the legal rights organization focusing on ending gender identity, sexual orientation and AIDS status discrimination. Through strategic litigation, public policy advocacy, and education, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders works to create a just society free of discrimination based on gender identity and expression, HIV status, and sexual orientation.
GLBT Legal Status Around the World: From Amnesty International, an interaction country-by-country breakdown of the legal status of GLBT people around the world, offering detailed information.
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The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund: The leading database for information on which politicians are most friendly to the GLBT community, including scorecards on voting action.
Gay and Lesbian Leadership Institute: In order to make change the GLBT deserves to have a voice in public office, and the Institute provides readers with a list of all officials running. The Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute works to achieve full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people by building, supporting, and advancing a diverse network of LGBT public leaders.
LGBT Equality Caucus: The mission of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus is to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality. The bi-partisan LGBT Equality Caucus will be comprised of Members of Congress who are strongly committed to achieving the full enjoyment of human rights for LGBT people in the U.S. and around the world.
Senator Tammy Baldwin: The first lesbian senator on Capitol Hill.
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GLBT-Friendly Campus Climate Index: The national standard for colleges and universities that gives an accurate and helpful score of the climate towards the GLBT community. Tool for assisting campuses in learning ways to improve their LGBT campus life and ultimately shape the educational experience to be more inclusive, welcoming and respectful of LGBT and Ally people
Consortium of Higher Education GLBT Resource Professionals: The combined vision and mission of the Consortium is to achieve higher education environments in which lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni have equity in every respect
GLBT Campus Group Directory: Interactive map for finding GLBT student organizations around the country.
Queer Arts Resource: The artistic expression of the creative minds within the GLBT community. Art work and shows are all here.
GLBT Historical Society: Collects, preserves and interprets the history of GLBT people and the communities that support them. Founded in 1985, the society is recognized internationally as a leader in the field of GLBT public history.
News & Media
Gay Republic Daily: International gay issues news site including articles on gay rights, gay culture, politics, and other topics with a worldwide focus. Includes links to gay news blogs and other sites.
Backlot: Huge news website with daily articles on gay living, breaking news, lifestyle, culture, politics and more.
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