Search below to find community organizations doing work at the local level to support your family.
The Ali Forney Center (AFC) Host Home Program (HHP) is creating housing options as an alternative to the shelter system for LGBTQ homeless youth. This program connects youth with community members who volunteer to host the youth in their home for a minimum of 6 months. The Host Home Program strives to assist young adults along the path towards independent living while supporting them as they continue pursuing educational and vocational opportunities.
All Families Matter is a public education campaign with the goal of raising visibility of same-sex couples in New Mexico. This campaign is about having conversations and sharing stories about how same-sex couples and their families should be welcomed and treated fairly in New Mexico. It is about opening hearts and minds throughout our state.
Baby loves disco is a community event that brings kids together with kids and parents together with parents. Started by professional dancer (and professional mom) Heather Murphy, the idea was to create an alternative to the pre-packaged world of entertainment for young kids. For the past 8 years, Baby Loves Disco has been transforming the hippest night clubs across the world into child proof discos as toddlers, pre-schoolers and parents looking for a break from the routine playground circuit let loose for some post naptime, pre-dinner fun. Baby loves disco is a weekend afternoon dance party featuring real music spun and mixed by real djs blending classic disco tunes From the 70s, & 80s with today’s hottest dance tunes.
Badge Society is an online community for the LGBT and their supporters. We have many ways for people to express themselves through our forums and blogs. Badge Society is also dedicated to providing the latest news that impacts the LGBT community with our news section. Our overall mission is to raise awareness about the concepts and attitudes toward gender and sexual identity.
Big Tent Judaism/Jewish Outreach Institute (JOI) is a national Jewish organization dedicated to serving the needs of unaffiliated Jews, Jews who have intermarried and Jews-by-Choice. JOI is the primary organization in the North American Jewish community urging the inclusion of intermarried families and unaffiliated Jews and helping them to make Jewish choices.
Working together with the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Los Angeles and other local Jewish institutions, Big Tent Judaism/Jewish Outreach Institute has created the LGBT Interfaith Parents Circle, a series of programs for members of the LGBT community who are considering raising Jewish children—or who have already made the decision to do so—in the context of committed interfaith relationships in the Los Angeles area. The LGBT Interfaith Parents Circle is a suite of free educational programs designed to examine gender fluidity, non-traditional families, etc. as they relate to raising Jewish children when only one parent is Jewish.
JOI’s mission and experience in strengthening and growing the North American Jewish community by promoting a more welcoming and inclusive Jewish community as well as encouraging increased participation in Jewish life, prepares us to work effectively with a traditionally-marginalized and under-engaged population. Our proven outreach methods have served intermarried families raising Jewish children (including LGBT parents occasionally) and complement our overall understanding of those on the periphery of Jewish life.
The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus is one of New England’s largest and most successful community-based choruses. Founded in 1982, the 175-voice ensemble is celebrated for its outstanding musicianship, creative programming, and groundbreaking community outreach. Under the dynamic leadership of Music Director Reuben M. Reynolds III, the BGMC sings a wide spectrum of classical and popular music and builds bridges to all people by providing a positive, affirming image of the gay and lesbian community. The Chorus is heard live by more than 10,000 people each season and thousands more through recordings and television broadcasts. The Boston Business Journal consistently ranks the BGMC in its list of the top 25 performing arts organizations in greater Boston.
Boston Pride creates change and progress in society by embracing our community’s diverse history, culture, and identities, promoting community engagement and inclusivity, and striving for visibility and respect in unity. Boston Pride produces events and activities to achieve inclusivity, equality, respect, and awareness in Greater Boston and beyond. Fostering diversity, unity, visibility, and dignity; we educate, communicate, and advocate by building and strengthening community connections.
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in New York is the largest LGBT multi-service organization on the East Coast and the second largest LGBT community center in the world. The Center provides groundbreaking social service, public policy, educational, cultural and recreational programs. Center Families is the Center's program for LGBT parents and their children, for those considering parenthood, and for all LGBT people in the context of their families - of origin or affinity.
The Center For Excellence in School Counseling and Leadership (CESCaL) presents the Annual National Educator Conference Focused on LGBTQIA Youth: Supporting Students ~ Saving Lives. For the past three and a half years, CESCaL has brought together national leaders in education and LGBTQ experts to empower and teach educators the attitudes, knowledge and skills necessary to create needed change in schools.
Choose To Be Nice is a social movement dedicated to encouraging and inspiring kindness wherever and whenever possible. We're improving the way people interact with one another by reminding them that they have a choice about how to "be" in the world. Join the movement by visiting our website today and making the Choose To Be Nice promise, purchasing a super soft American Apparel Choose To Be Nice t-shirt or tank top and sharing your stories of kindness with our community.
Circus Rainbow is a unique entertainment experience created for the LGBT customer along with their families, friends, and loved ones. When our skilled arealists, contortionists, and conjurors hit the stage, nothing is impossible! Our talented acts combine grace, skill, and nearly supernatural weightlessness. Experience the thrill of family entertainment with magic and mystery.The LGBT communities across America now have their own traveling circus with acts created by award winning Broadway producers. You and your family will be enchanted by the wonder, joy, and astonishment of the circus.
DADsquared is a global community designed by and for gay fathers. Our mission is to provide resources, guidance and direction to gay dads raising children and to those still searching for the possibility. Dadsquared is the biggest online community for Gay Parenting. We help bring families together and make dreams come true.
FamilyByDesign is the online community for parenting partnerships (sometimes called "co-parenting"). We help people to find their ideal parenting partner or partners online, with whom they can build a personal relationship that leads to having and raising a child together. We also educate people on parenting partnerships and how to co-parent successfully, and connect aspiring parents with resources and experts who can provide them information and guidance on the co-parenting process.
The mission of Fenway Health is to enhance the wellbeing of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and all people in our neighborhoods and beyond through access to the highest quality health care, education, research and advocacy.
Fertility Planit is for helping people explore all options for having children and creating a family, and for all services that support them. Family Equality Council recently sponsored an event, ‘Celebrity Conversation: Adoption and Creating an Adoptive Family’. The featured three fantastic speakers: actor and writer, Dan Bucatinsky; celebrity activist and TV personality, Dan Savage; and award-winning screenwriter, director, & producer, Shonda Rhimes. Click here to stream Family Equality Council's session for free.
Fortunate Families serves as a resource and networking ministry with Catholic parents of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender children. We promote and facilitate personal, meaningful, and respectful conversation, especially within our parishes and with our pastors and bishops. We stress the significance of our personal stories as a source of grace within our families and as a witness for justice in our civic and faith communities.
The Friends & Family Plan provides the best research, strategies, messages, and resources to help people prepare for conversations with friends and family who are conflicted about supporting LGBT equality because of their Christian convictions.
The Gentlemen’s Foundation, Inc. (TGF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening the quality of life, leadership ability, and mental & physical well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) individuals, particularly males in the African American and other minority communities. We offer support, primarily in the form of increased public awareness and monetary grants, to other charitable and non-profit organizations that share the same mission or whose programs have similar goals, interests and objectives.
GLSEN, or the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, is a national education organization working to ensure safe schools for ALL students, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. The N.Y. Hudson Valley Chapter, founded in 1997 is one of 38 chapters in the U.S. It provides trainings and support to local K-12 school staff and students. It also supports school Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) with funding and resources.
The Handsome Father fosters a community of support to connect, equip and inspire gay fathers and fathers-to-be, regardless of their path to fatherhood: foster care, adoption, surrogacy, or biological children from a heterosexual relationship. We can help fathers-to-be understand their own unique options for becoming a dad and how to be a great one! We are also building a community of gay fathers to support one another as dads. We connect gay men to resources, tools, information and one another so that their fatherhood journey to is accessible and understandable.
Through our shared personal experiences, the purpose of Hayden’s List is to better the lives of the LGBT community and its supporters. We pride ourselves on giving everyone an opportunity to help serve the LGBT community by rating and reviewing businesses and service providers accordingly.
Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion educates men and women for service as rabbis, cantors, educators, and communal service professionals. The art museum at HUC is open to the public, and fosters contemporary creativity and interfaith and multi-ethnic understanding.
Helpusadopt.org reduces the financial burden of adoption for families by awarding large, life-changing, problem-solving grants up to $15,000. Families must include a valid home study and a copy of their most recent tax return with their completed application and personal statement. If a grant is awarded, funds are released to adoption professionals (adoption lawyers and adoption agencies) when an invoice is due. We raise funds primarily through private donations and fundraising events in New York, Philadelphia and Los Angeles. Donors to Helpusadopt.org are caring people who simply want to help build happy families for every child. We accept donations at every level, and 85 cents of every dollar donated goes towards our adoption grant program. In a nutshell, we help hardworking families overcome the financial obstacles of adoption so children can join loving and permanent homes to give them all that they deserve.
HBGC is one of few non-profit organizations in Boston dedicated to the unique and complex needs of the Black, Hispanic and Latino LGBT community. Founded in 2009 to unite and give a voice to LGBT individuals of color, we work to inspire and empower Latino, Hispanic and Black LGBT individuals to improve their livelihood through activism, education, community outreach, and counseling.
Keshet's mission is to ensure that GLBT Jews are fully included in all parts of the Jewish community. In the Greater Boston area, Keshet offers social and cultural events for GLBT Jews ranging from Jewish text study to an annual GLBT Jewish speed-dating gala, Keshet Quick Dates. Nationally, Keshet offers support, training, and resources to create a Jewish community that welcomes and affirms GLBT Jews.
Kinsights is an easier, smarter way for parents to get and share great advice. Kinsights facilitates high-quality interactions between parents that share common interests, concerns, and questions. The community evolves and grows as your family does, from birth to the teenage years.
Ask anything – they will find the perfect audience for your question. You can also create an online health record for your child – they will keep it organized, private, and secure. Then, Kinsights pulls everything together to surface a personalized community and tailored resources made just for you, and it's free for any parent!
Sign up (it’s free) and use invitation code: familyequality (Kinsights will donate $1 for every parent that signs up with our invitation code)!
Love Comes First is a non-profit, multimedia project featuring the inspirational stories of LGBT parents on the forefront of societal change and reproductive possibility. The project also includes subject expert interviews in family-related fields, such as fertility law, psychology and surrogacy. And finally, Love Comes First offers an inside look at new technologies in reproductive medicine from an inclusive family-building perspective.
The Lesbian and Gay Family Building Project/Pride and Joy is dedicated to helping lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) people in Upstate New York achieve their goals of building and sustaining healthy families. The Project, founded in 2000 with a grant from the New York State Health Department, offers provider trainings, educational programs, information and referral services, a directory of welcoming health and human service providers, and support groups for LGBTQ parents and prospective parents. Our network of Pride and Joy Families provides social and educational opportunities and a much-needed sense of community to LGBTQ parents and their children.
MARE exists to find a permanent place to call home for children in foster care, including sibling groups and children who are traditionally harder to place. We do this by recruiting, educating, supporting and advocating for families throughout the adoption process.
With over 1500 couples and singles worldwide, Men Having Babies (MHB) is the only international nonprofit organization dedicated to providing current and future gay surrogacy parents with educational and financial support. It offers seminars, exhibits, and workshops in NY, and teams up with LGBT family associations throughout the world to develop similar programs. The organization’s Gay Parenting Assistance Program (GPAP) annually awards dozens of couples cash grants, discounts and free services from over thirty leading service providers. MHB also offers extensive online resources, a directory with ratings and reviews of surrogacy agencies and IVF clinics, a speakers bureau, and a vibrant online community forum.
NetworQ’s mission is to support, educate, and serve the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered community, their friends, families, and allies. NetworQ will raise awareness for social, economic, cultural, health, educational and political issues affecting the people of Lawrence and Douglas County.
The Next Family is a diverse community where modern families meet. It is the start of an on-going, open-minded and sincere dialog between urbanite families, adoptive families, in vitro parents, interracial families, same sex parents, single parents and so on. It is a way to remind people that the Next Generation of families already exists in larger numbers than the old model of a “family unit”.
The North County LGBTQ Resource Center serves the lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual, and questioning (LGBTQ) community of North County San Diego. We will bring together to collaborate ideas, share resources, and extend our profile in our community. Services include support groups for the youth, seniors, military service members, HIV/AIDS testing and prevention, counseling, civil rights advocacy, classes and workgroups.
The company was created as a fun alternative to meet people and make meaningful connections outside of the bar or club scene. Out-Fit is designed by and for members and friends of the LGBT community who aspire to compete, make new connections and celebrate community via outdoor endurance sports. Out-Fit is the first ever mass obstacle or mud run focused primarily on the LGBT community. In addition, the company provides some of the proceeds to a national and local LGBT charity organization that is striving to make a positive difference in the lives of LGBT individuals.
And Baby Makes Seven follows the story of Anna and Ruth, a lesbian couple, who enlist their gay friend Peter to help them create a family. But are any of them ready for parenthood? The OBIE Award-winning New Ohio Theatre in association with Purpleman Theater proudly present And Baby Makes Seven, an uproarious comedy by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel that explores what it really means to be a family. And Baby Makes Seven has not been seen professionally in New York for over 20 years, and the New Ohio is excited to reintroduce this timely story back into the New York community with the hope of continuing to challenge and define the perceptions of the modern American family. Performances run March 11-April 12 2014 @ New Ohio in the West Village.
*Please note that on Wednesday evenings we will present post-show conversations to discuss issues of family equality, gay parenting rights, and extraordinary families. Stay tuned for program details.
PrideWorks is a conference for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and/or questioning youth and their allies. PrideWorks’ mission is to inform our communities about the realities of growing up gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and/or questioning and to inspire them to respect and support LGBTQ people and to advocate for positive change.
QAPA is committed to providing a supportive social, political, and educational environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning people of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage in the Boston and New England area.
Rainbow Rumpus creates and shares stories about kids & teens from LGBT-headed homes to create a world where they are safe, welcomed & empowered.
RaiseAChild.US believes that all children deserve a safe, loving and permanent home. We educate and encourage the LGBT community to build families through fostering and adoption to answer the needs of the 400,000 children in our nation's foster care system.
Spence-Chapin is a full-service adoption agency bringing over 100 years of experience to a new mission: creating permanent, loving families for children most in need–older children, siblings and children with special needs.
We are growing the pool of willing adoptive parents by lowering the financial, emotional, and bureaucratic barriers to adoption. We also advocate to open up criteria for those currently prevented from becoming parents both domestically and internationally. We believe adoption is a life-changing and lifelong process. That’s why we educate prospective families as they consider adoption, and we reduce the fears that can overwhelm the adoption process as we continue to support them through every step of the journey. Our Modern Family Center provides ongoing support and resources to help each family member–from adoptive parents to birth mothers to adoptees–navigate their individual adoption stories with clarity and confidence. We are steadfastly committed to the success of all our families, and we continue to provide ongoing support to our families whenever they need us. Our mission is driven by the simple belief that Every Child Deserves a Family.
Strong Families is a 10-year national initiative to change the way people think, feel and act in support of families. As one of the few multi-sector alliances in the country, we rely on our leaders to help us move forward a progressive agenda centered around families. Strong Families is designed to leverage and build on the work organizations and sector leaders are currently doing around families.
The Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance is the only national organization working full-time on the affirmation of sexual freedom as a fundamental human right. One of their key programs is the Family Matters Project, dedicated to advancing, respecting and protecting the fundamental human right to family by eliminating discrimination based on family structure and relationship choices. This project raises public awareness of family diversity through the sharing of stories and research using social media, provides education about human rights at conferences and public events, and facilitates collaboration with other organizations to draft and promote model policies and legislation preventing discrimination based on family form.