June is Pride Month for the LGBTQ community, and this year is the 50th anniversary of the first Pride Parade held in New York City. Though the community earned the right to marry back in 2015, there’s still a long way to go to raise awareness for LGBTQ rights and advocate for those rights. If you’d like to donate and help advocate during Pride Month, here are a few nonprofit organizations that aim to do just that.
Human Rights Campaign Foundation: The main goal of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation is to push for an America “where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer persons are ensured of their basic equal rights” and ensure that these people can live openly, honestly, and unapologetically as themselves. The Campaign researches and educates others about the LGBTQ community to encourage unaccepting Americans to open their hearts and minds to equality for all humans.
Point Foundation: The Point Foundation, more commonly known as Point, is the largest scholarship-granting organization in America for LGBTQ students of merit. The focus of Point is to empower LGBTQ students who would otherwise be overlooked or be at an academic disadvantage due to their sexual or gender identity. Point strives to reach this goal of empowerment through education, mentorship, leadership, community service, and financial aid for those seeking higher education.
Southern Poverty Law Center: The LGBTQ community faces significant obstacles in the Deep South of America, and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) seeks to change that. The SPLC aims to achieve justice for the most vulnerable members of society by fighting hate both in the classroom and in the courtroom. Since its establishment, the SPLC has worked groundbreaking cases that include the following: challenging gay-to-straight conversion therapy as being fraudulent, obtaining equal government benefits for military veterans, protecting LGBTQ children from violence at school, advocating for the parental rights of LGBTQ people, protecting the right to proper medical treatment and safe housing for transgender prisoners, advocating for state recognition of the rights of same-sex couples, and protecting the First Amendment rights of LGBTQ students.