AALEAD’s overreaching goal is to increase the opportunities and ability of low-income Asian American children to move out of poverty and become successful, self-sufficient adults. AALEAD fully believes that education is the key to meeting this goal. However, AALEAD understands that children need additional family, school, and personal supports, not just academic assistance to succeed. Consequently, AALEAD uses a five pronged approach to youth development, offering each child after school intervention in a safe space, mentoring, family support and education advocacy.
The American Indian College Fund provides scholarships and other support for the American Indian students. The Fund disburses approximately 5,000 scholarships annually for American Indian students seeking to better their lives through continued education. As part of its support of the tribal colleges, the Fund also provides support for other needs at the schools ranging from capital support to cultural preservation activities.
The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) is the nation's largest 501c(3) non-profit organization that provides scholarships to Asian and Pacific Islander Americans (APIAs) with financial need.
The Equal Rights Center is a non-profit civil rights organization dedicated to identifying, challenging and eliminating discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations through education, research, testing, counseling, enforcement, and advocacy.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the National Capital Area is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of children through professionally supported long-term, One-To-One® mentoring relationships with carefully screened, caring and committed adults in Washington, DC, Northern Virginia and Suburban Maryland.
Big Brothers Big Sisters has a stellar record in helping children on a daily basis make healthy choices to stay in school, stay out of trouble and on track toward healthy and productive futures.
A Big Brother or Sister is someone who has found ways to succeed in life and cares enough to pass on these lessons
The Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) is a multicultural community-based organization that supports youth and their families in their determination to live, work, and study with dignity, hope, and joy.
M.O.M.I.E’s TLC (Mentors of Minorities in Education’s Total Learning Cis-tem) is a DC-based nonprofit organization dedicated to “nurturing the genius” of our children by creating a transformative educational experience. Our model uniquely integrates creative and culturally-relevant out-of-school time programs, opportunities for parent and community engagement, and the sharing of educational tools and resources for the community.
MCS serves residents of Ward 1 in Washington, D.C. The organization provides training and skill building for volunteers who represents the diversity of the community and trains people to become interpreters. Opportunities to work in youth development, parent involvement in their children’s education, and health and civil engagement also exist.
The mission of the NAACP is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic, equality of rights of all persons and eliminate racial hatred/ discrimination.
The National Congress of American Indians is the oldest, largest, and most representative organization of American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments and individuals. NCAI’s mission is to inform the public and the federal government on tribal self-government, treaty rights, and a broad range of federal policy issues affecting tribal governments.
At a time when a college degree is what a high school diploma was to previous generations, the minimum entry-level requirement for almost every well-paying career, UNCF plays a critical role in enabling more than 65,000 students each year to attend college and get the education they want and deserve. To close the educational attainment gap between African Americans and the majority population, UNCF helps promising students attend college and graduate.
Washington is home to many different local GLBT organizations that serve different purposes and communities. Below you will find a partial listing of some of the many local organizations with whom we share the Washington GLBT community. Below is a partial listing of local organizations in alphabetical order. The DC Government's Office of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Affairs has a more complete set of local resources for the GLBT community.
Below the local organizations is a list of national LGBTQ organizations.
Asian/Pacific Islander Queers United for Action
AQUA stands for the Asian and Pacific Islander Queers United for Action. They are an all-volunteer organization serving the gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning members of the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community in the metro Washington, DC area. AQUA is an organization for queer APIs, by queer APIs, focusing on queer API issues and interests. The organization strives to promote the positive outlook and welfare of their members through advocacy, education, outreach, and social events.
DCBiWomen is a social and support group for bisexual and bi-curious women in the DC metro area including northern VA and MD. Their goal is to create an accepting, encouraging environment for bisexual women regardless of the gender of their partner or what they are looking for, meet other cool bi women, and affirm the existence of the bi-identity. This group provides a space to affirm your identity. The organization hopes to provide an atmosphere for learning and a forum for discussion about of mutual concern. Bi-curious women are welcome.
Black Lesbian Support Group
The Black Lesbian Support Group (BLSG) was established in 1990 to provide a positive medium through which black lesbians may communicate with each other. BLSG offers supportive services and interaction in the Lesbian and Gay community and strives to increase the visibility of black lesbians in that community. BLSG is a non-profit organization funded through the Lesbian Services Program of the Whitman-Walker Clinic in Washington DC.
Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance (GLAA)
The Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance of Washington, DC, is a local, all-volunteer, non-partisan, non-profit political organization, founded in 1971 to advance the equal rights of gay men and lesbians in Washington, DC. We are the nation's oldest continuously active gay and lesbian civil rights organization.
Family Pride Coalition
The Family Pride Coalition is committed to assuring the best environment for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender parents and their children through support and advocacy.
Washington DC's group on discussions and event announcements serving the South Asian Queer Community and its friends.
Parents, Families and Friends of Gays and Lesbians DC (PFlag)
Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered 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 secure equal civil rights. We are parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, sisters, brothers, children, spouses, and friends of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered persons.
Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL)
As a youth service agency serving the metropolitan area of Washington, D.C. including Maryland and Northern Virginia, our mission is to support and enhance the self-esteem of sexual minority youth - any youth (13-21) who is lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (lgbt), or who may be questioning their sexuality - and to increase public awareness and understanding of their issues.
SMYAL is always striving to increase the scope and quality of our services and to provide a safer future for youth who self-identify as lgbt, for youth questioning their sexual orientation or gender-identity, and for the friends and families of these young people. Established in 1984 following a conference on sexual minority youth issues sponsored by a coalition of public and private agencies, SMYAL has become a well-respected, community-based organization providing direct services to youth, training and education to youth service providers, and important information relating to sexuality and gender identity issues to the community at-large.
Transgender Education Association of DC
The Transgender Education Association of DC is a support, social, educational and outreach organization for transgender people and their significant others.
Us Helping Us
Founded in 1985 by African American gay men, Us Helping Us, People Into Living, Inc., is a community-based AIDS services organization dedicated to reducing HIV/AIDS in the African American community by specializing in HIV prevention and holistic support services for gay and bisexual men, a population recognized locally and nationally as under-served. We are the only organization in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area specializing in HIV/AIDS services for black gay and bisexual men.
Whitman Walker Clinic
Whitman-Walker Clinic is a non-profit, volunteer-based, lesbian and gay community health organization serving the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Our volunteers and staff are dedicated to providing or facilitating the delivery of high quality, comprehensive, and accessible health care services. Our services are directed to all gay men and lesbians.
Whitman Walker Clinic also has a group for Latino Men that is in spanish. Please contact Willie at (202)239-7831.
Youth Guardian Services
Youth Guardian Services is a youth-run, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides support services on the Internet to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, questioning, and straight supportive youth.
Youth Pride Alliance
The Youth Pride Alliance plans the annual Youth Pride Day held in Washington, DC during the spring.
LGBTQ National Organizations
As the nation's capitol, Washington is home to many of the organizations that serve the national and international LGBTQ communities. Washington is also home to many LGBTQ political interest groups. Many of these national organizations (and the local organizations listed above) have summer internships, volunteer opportunities, and more ways for you to get involved.
The Consortium of Higher Education Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Professionals
The Consortium of Higher Education Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resources Professionals was officially born at the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force's Creating Change Conference in San Diego (November, 1997) but the consortium had actually been working together on an informal basis for several years prior to that. The combined vision and mission on the Consortium is to achieve higher education environments in which lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni have equity in every respect. Our goals are to support colleagues and develop curriculum to professionally enhance this work; to seek climate improvement on campuses; and to advocate for policy change, program development, and establishment of LGBT Office/Centers.
Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate, and inclusive representation of individuals and events in all media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.
Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
GLSEN strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected, regardless of sexual orientation. We welcome as members any and all individuals, regardless of sexual orientation or occupation, who share this philosophy.
Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
The Human Rights Campaign, the largest national lesbian and gay political organization, envisions an America where lesbian and gay people are ensured of their basic equal rights -- and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community. HRC has more than 360,000 members, both gay and non-gay -- all committed to making this vision a reality.
With a national staff, volunteers and members throughout the country, HRC lobbies the federal government on gay, lesbian and AIDS issues; educates the public; participates in election campaigns; organizes volunteers; and provides expertise and training at the state and local level.
Founded in 1980, HRC maintains the largest full-time lobbying team in the nation devoted to issues of fairness for lesbian and gay Americans.
Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund (Lambda Legal)
Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, and people with HIV/AIDS through impact litigation, education, and public policy work.
Lambda carries out its legal work principally through test cases selected for the likelihood of their success in establishing positive legal precedents that will affect lesbians, gay men, and people with HIV/AIDS. From our offices in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Atlanta, Lambda's legal staff of attorneys works on a wide range of cases, with our docket averaging over 50 cases at any given time.
National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE)
NCTE is a social justice organization dedicated to advancing the equality of transgender people through advocacy, collaboration and empowerment. NCTE was founded in 2003 by transgender activists who saw the urgent need for a consistent voice in Washington DC for transgender people.
NCTE provides this presence by monitoring federal activity and communicating this activity to its members around the country, providing congressional education, and establishing a center of expertise on transgender issues. NCTE also works to strengthen the transgender movement and individual investment in this movement by highlighting opportunities for coalition building, promoting available resources, and providing technical assistance and training to transpeople and their allies. NCTE also maintains a federal transgender activists’ network. They understand that there are many individuals and organizations working to increase the civil rights of transgender people and providing needed resources and efforts. By maintaining a network of these activists they can connect people who are looking for transgender-related information with the individual or organization that can best assist them.
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (The Task Force)
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is the oldest national LGBT social justice organizationin the country. The Task Force has worked to eliminate prejudice, violence and injustice against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people at the local, state and national level since its inception in 1973. As part of a broader social justice movement for freedom, justice and equality, the Task Force is creating a world that respects and celebrates the diversity of human expression and identity where all people may fully participate in society.
The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from the ground up. The Task Force does this by training activists, organizing broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and by building the organizational capacity of our movement. The Policy Institute, the movement’s premier think tank, provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality and to counter right-wing lies. As part of a broader social justice movement, they work to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all.
National Queer Student Caucus (NQSC)
NQSC is an Affiliate of the United States Student Association which networks, organizes, and advocates for lesbian, gay, and bisexual students across the country.
National Youth Advocacy Coalition (NYAC)
The mission of National Youth Advocacy Coalition is to advocate for and with young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender in an effort to end discrimination against these youth and to ensure their physical and emotional well being.
The National Youth Advocacy Coalition takes a comprehensive approach to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth. The Coalition strongly believes that to be effective in creating change at the National level, we must work with and support local community based work as well. The Coalition stresses that the expertise required to strengthen the LGBT youth services movement can be found among both youth and adults from around the country.
Trikone is the leading group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender South Asians. Based in San Francisco, Trikone publishes a regular magazine.
Women's & Gender Equity Organizations
AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.
The DC Rape Crisis Center is dedicated to creating a world free of sexual violence. The Center works for social change through community outreach, education, and legal and public policy initiatives. It helps survivors and their families heal from the aftermath of sexual violence through crisis intervention, counseling and advocacy.
The Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) was created to develop bold, new strategies and programs to advance women's equality, non-violence, economic development, and, most importantly, empowerment of women and girls in all sectors of society. All programs of the FMF endeavor to include a global perspective and activities to promote leadership development, especially among young women.
The mission of Men Can Stop Rape is o mobilize men to use their strength for creating cultures free from violence, especially men's violence against women.
The National Organization for Women is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States. Since our founding in 1966, NOW's goal has been "to take action" to bring about equality for all women. Both the actions NOW takes and its position on the issues are principled, uncompromising and often ahead of their time.
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization and was named one of "America's 100 Best Charities" by Worth magazine. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE and online.rainn.org) in partnership with more than 1,100 local rape crisis centers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.
Vital Voices supports women's rights in many countries and has been particularly active in fighting trafficking.
Women for Women International provides women survivors of war, civil strife and other conflicts with the tools and resources to move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency, thereby promoting viable civil societies. We're changing the world one woman at a time.
The Washington Area Women's Foundation's mission is to foster a powerful wave of philanthropy to improve the lives of women and girls.