Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)

When the group started in 1990, there were only two Gay-Straight Alliance clubs (GSAs) in schools, one state with a policy protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students, and a lack of awareness of the needs of LGBT students. Today, GLSEN has registered more than 3,500 GSAs. It also sponsors a National Day of Silence in which about a million students, teachers, and staff across the country participate. GLSEN’s newest project is National No Name Calling Week. In coalition with leading education groups including the National Education Assn. and National Middle School Assn., it is part of an event geared toward educating middle school students on the negative impact of bullying and harassment.

Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)

PFLAG is a national support, education, and advocacy group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, their families, friends, and allies. With 200,000 members and supporters and local chapters in more than 500 communities across the U.S. and abroad, it is the largest grassroots-based family organization of its kind. PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights.

Point Foundation

Point Foundation provides scholarships, mentoring, leadership training, and hope for students of merit who have been marginalized due to sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Applicants turn to Point Foundation because their families are unable or unwilling to support their goals for higher education. Student have compelling and inspiring stories of overcoming obstacles and hardships; some were rejected by their families, forced to leave home, and cut off from financial support. Point Scholars are excelling at our nation’s most prestigious universities and leading a variety of community service activities there, as well.

The Trevor Project

The Trevor Helpline is the only nationwide around-the-clock crisis and suicide prevention helpline for gay and questioning youth. It is a free and confidential service offering hope and someone to talk to, 24/7. Trained counselors listen and understand without judgment.

Ali Forney Center (AFC)

The Ali Forney Center was started in June of 2002 in response to the lack of safe shelter for LGBT youth in New York City. It is committed to providing these young people with safe, dignified, nurturing environments where their needs can be met, and where they can begin to put their lives back together. AFC is dedicated to promoting awareness of the plight of homeless LGBT youth in the United States with the goal of generating responses on local and national levels from government funders, foundations, and the LGBT community.

Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center for Homeless Youth

The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center for Homeless Youth serves the thousands of homeless gay youth in the Los Angeles area. It offers everything gay teens need to get off the streets and make a better life for themselves, from food, clothing and housing to counseling and job placement services. They serve young people ages 18 to 23 who are without a place to live but ready to commit to getting off the streets. They also work with the young people to develop the skills and resources to successfully make it on their own.

MCCNY Homeless Youth Services & Sylvia’s Place Homeless Youth Shelter

Since 2002, the Homeless Youth Services of Metropolitan Community Church of New York (MCCNY) has worked tirelessly to meet the needs of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender runaway and homeless youth of New York City. Starting with a six-bed emergency shelter called Sylvia’s Place, housed in the church itself, MCCNY’s services have expanded to include another shelter, Sylvia’s East, plus a range of social services for both shelter residents and other runaway and homeless youth.