The Stonewall rebellion in New York on June 28, 1969, sparked a revolution and had a profound impact on the LGBTQ+ community. This incident and the movement that followed had a ripple effect that led to the formation of a number of organizations that celebrate inclusion and people of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities.
The Scientific-Humanitarian Committee or Wissenschaftlich-humanitäres Komitee, which was founded in 1897 by German physician Magnus Hirschfeld is regarded as the first LGBTQ+ rights organization. This committee stood for ‘Justice through science’.
Continuing with our pride features, we have compiled a list of LGBTQ+ organizations that provide financial support for education, networking opportunities in business, HIV/AIDS awareness, mental health wellness, and other services.
Pride Foundation Australia
Originally formed in the year 2004 as The Gay and Lesbian Foundation of Australia (GALFA), the now revamped The Pride Foundation Australia funds projects that confront the systemic limitation of Australia’s LGBTQIA+ groups and people. Fully operational since 2007, the foundation has authorized initiatives to better comprehend the needs of Australia’s LGBTQIA+ communities and people.
The foundation takes an evidence-based approach to address the root causes of disadvantage and inequality. Currently, the foundation is working on grants to support LGBTQIA+ visual, literary, and performing arts and LGBTQIA+ asylum seekers and refugees living in Australia. Released in their 2021 report, Pride Foundation Australia had raised funds over USD 43,500 in support of LGBTQA+ asylum seekers and refugees living in Australia.
French Connection Australia released a Pride collection in March 2022, with 20% of the proceeds benefiting Pride Foundation Australia. The brand asked Pride Foundation Australia members to help them create a campaign that highlighted the work they do to uplift LGBTQIA+ communities.
RainbowYOUTH had its roots at a Gay and Lesbian Conference held in Auckland on March 24, 1989. Then known as The Auckland Lesbian and Gay Youth Group (ALGY), it was formed to provide a safe space for young lesbians and gay men to meet and interact. It also hosted social events such as peer-support gatherings, camps, and other outdoor activities. ALGY changed its name to RainbowYOUTH in 1995.
RainbowYOUTH today provides LGBTQIA+ youth throughout New Zealand support, information, advocacy, and education. Their ‘Naming New Zealand’ initiative assists gender-diverse and intersex young people in updating their identity documents so that they accurately reflect their identities. RainbowYOUTH is also a strong advocate for mental health and wellness and continues to provide a wide range of educational resources, professional development workshops, counseling services, drop-in centers, and peer-support groups.
Their website is a blend of English and the Māori-language native to New Zealand.
Naz Foundation (India) Trust
The Naz Foundation (India) Trust was founded in 1994 to address HIV/AIDS and sexuality issues. Since then, Naz has worked to improve care and support services for people living with HIV/AIDS and the LGBTQIA+ community. As mentioned on the website, the foundation’s mission states, “Naz’s vision is to create a just and equitable society by transforming individuals from socially and economically excluded communities into agents of change.”
Naz assists the LGBTQIA+ community in gaining access to their rights, such as medical services, in-person and telephone counseling, and referral services. Individuals can call their helpline to get help understanding their sexuality, coming out with one‘s identity, relationship concerns, safe sex practices, HIV testing, and more. Naz has won several awards including ‘Business Standard Social Enterprise of the Year Award’ in 2019.
Nashville LGBT Chamber
By providing educational, networking, and community-building opportunities, the Nashville LGBT Chamber promotes common business interests, economic growth, and equality in the workplace. The organization was formed in 1998 as a professional networking group. Currently, individuals who would like to network with other professionals are encouraged to join.
The mission of the LGBT Nashville Chamber Board is to educate, inspire, and empower LGBTQ+ business professionals. Its aim is to provide financial assistance, resources, and advocacy to small businesses, start-ups, and other business professionals. Their website also includes an online library with resources from previous webinars as well as upcoming opportunities.
MindOut, based in Brighton, England, is an LGBTQ+ community mental health service. Founded in 1999, they offer advice and information, suicide prevention, a peer mentoring service, a peer support group program, health and wellness activities and events. The mental health service is run by and for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people, and queer people who have experienced mental health issues.
MindOut’s website also includes an LGBTQ+ glossary with terms related to sexual and gender identities and their definitions.
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