Celebrating Pride: 10 Black-Led LGBTQ+ Organizations You Should Know
By Cherranda Smith
June 10, 2021
In the month of June, we celebrate Pride, loving and championing people in the LGBTQIA+ community in our personal circles, all over the country and world. Pride month events are meant to honor the Stonewall Rebellion that took place on June 28, 1969 in New York City. Led by Black LGTBQ people, patrons at the Stonewall Inn fought back against police officers who were executing a raid on the establishment –– something that was commonplace at the time. Now, marches and gatherings commemorate the Stonewall Rebellion, and the ongoing fight for equality, safety, and civil rights.
To recognize the continued work of LGBTQIA+ advocates and activists, we’re acknowledging ten Black-led organizations that are working to support LGBTQIA+ individuals and communities. Their work provides housing and food resources, raises mental health awareness, and pushes the fight for equality further and with wide-reaching equity.
National Black Justice Coalition
The National Black Justice Coalition has just launched the new #LavenderBook, an app that maps out safe spaces and places for Black LGBTQ/SGL people.— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) May 18, 2021
The app is based on the historic Green Book, used by Black road-trippers during the Jim Crow era.https://t.co/SH6swnl4Oy
The National Black Justice Coalition seeks to "end racism, homophobia, and LGTBQ/SGL bias and stigma." The organization was founded in 2003 and has led policy change, research, and education in support of its mission.
The Transgender District
The Transgender District was founded in 2017 by three Black transgender women. The district encompasses six blocks in the Tenderloin section of San Francisco and is the first legally recognized Cultural District for transgender people in the world. The district was created to provide "an urban environment that fosters the rich history, culture, legacy, and empowerment of transgender people."
Black AIDS Institute
Found in 1999, the Black AIDS Institute was created to "mobilize and educate Black Americans about HIV/AIDS treatment and care." The organization has worked to bring disrupt systems of oppression that prevent adequate healthcare for Black people.
META Center, Inc.
My husband is processing offline so for those who have asked: you can support him by donating to his own non-profit, META Center Inc.— Alysse Dalessandro Santiago 🌈 (@readytostare) June 5, 2020
He self-funds this organization to support transgender youth and center Black and brown experiences.
Donate here: https://t.co/0qD41v7ttv pic.twitter.com/SYZZtvJ2xm
The META Center, Inc. (Motivate, Educate, Transform, and Advocate) is an Akron, Ohio-based nonprofit organization that "creates programming for transgender and gender non-conforming youths ages 7-19."
Giovonni Santiago, a transgender Air Force veteran, partnered with his doctor to open the center after witnessing the difficulties LGTBQIA+ veterans had in obtaining appropriate healthcare and seeing the alarming rate of LGBTQIA+ youth victimized by their communities.
The Okra Project
To honor #NinaPop, #TonyMcDade, and the many Black Trans people who been murdered by state-sanctioned violence, The Okra Project is dedicating $15,000 to create the Nina Pop Mental Health Recovery Fund and the Tony McDade Mental Health Recovery Fund. [THREAD]— TheOkraProject (@TheOkraProject) May 31, 2020
The Okra Project is an initiative that seeks to address food insecurity faced by Black transgender people around the nation. The project provides home cooked, culturally-relevant meals to people in need while giving meal-prep resources.
Black Trans Travel Fund
If you would like to help pay for a Black trans woman’s ride home, you can donate through the following options 💰🚘✊🏾💕:— Black Trans Travel Fund (@BlkTransTravel) August 5, 2019
The Black Trans Travel Fund helps support access to safe transportation to transgender people in need. The Fund supports access to safe rides to those who may be going to job interviews, traveling from work, and more.
My Sistah’s House
This is two of our current tiny homes that are under construction and almost at completion🧡🧡🧡 we are taking donations to continue to fund this amazing project.— My Sistah’s House (@MySistahHouse) April 13, 2021
Cash app: mshmemphis
Also you can check out our website https://t.co/BeCCRWFIaf for more info. pic.twitter.com/X8P8RCRCjB
The LGBTQ+ Freedom Fund
This year we freed LGBTQ folks in detention in 13 states. We pay their bail because violence and stigma across America and the world leads to LGBTQ overrepresentation in U.S. jails and immigr. detention. For #freethepeopleday, please support our work here: https://t.co/ANctfvmvq3 pic.twitter.com/4MeJZppRXS— LGBTQ Freedom Fund (@LGBTQ_Freedom) December 31, 2019
The LGBTQ+ Freedom Fund seeks to address the disproportionate impact of the cash bail system on LGTBQ+ people.
National Black Trans Advocacy Coalition
The National Black Trans Advocacy Coalition was founded in 2011 and seeks to "improve the Black transgender human experience by overcoming violence and injustice in the world through the power, value, and love of all people!"
The coalition provided free protective equipment and resources to transgender people during the COVID-19 pandemic.
House of GG
.@immissmajor's new mantra: #EmbraceTheBrick. Get it on shirts, mugs, blankets, and support House of GG's retreats for trans and GNC leaders of color in the South. Thanks to @micahbazant for the beautiful image. https://t.co/SNOo5k3N2l pic.twitter.com/vlxJq9vORH— houseofgg (@houseofgg1) June 23, 2019
Founded by Miss Major Griffen-Gracy, who was at the Stonewall Rebellion, the House of GG creates "safe and transformative spaces where members of our community can heal." The organization focuses on transgender women of color who living in the South.
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