The LGBTQ+ community uses many acronyms in various presentations or discussions to describe the community. Recognizing that the LGBTQ community is not a homogenous group, it is imperative to use language that is inclusive to all the diverse sexual and gender identities within the community.Gender and Sexuality Terminology
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Gender Justice LA (GJLA) - GJLA is a 10-year old non-profit organization working to elevate the collective power of the Los Angeles transgender community, with the end goal of eliminating gender-based oppression. GJLA builds power and action within the transgender community through grassroots community organizing campaigns. Located at 6815 W. Willoughby, Suite #203, Los Angeles, CA 90038; (323) 960-9279.
LA Gay and Lesbian Center - The LA Gay & Lesbian Center provides a broad array of services for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, welcoming nearly a quarter-million client visits from ethnically diverse youth and adults each year. The Center also offers legal, social, cultural, and educational services, with unique programs for seniors, families and youth, including a 24-bed transitional program for homeless youth. Located at 1625 N. Schrader Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028; (323) 993-7400.
LA Gay and Lesbian Scientists (LAGLS) - LAGLS is an organization of professionals and students in the biological, mathematical, engineering, physical, and social sciences. It holds meeting periodically throughout the Los Angeles-area.
LA Gender Center - The Los Angeles Gender Center provides sensitive transsexual counseling and transgender therapy, psychotherapy, and counseling to individuals and groups.
Parents, Family, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) – Pasadena Chapter - PFLAG offers resources for parents, friends, and family members of LGBT individuals.
Transgendered Soul - Transgendered Soul is an online support group website within San Bernardino and Riverside County for transgender individuals. Its website also provides articles related to Trans issues.
National Queer Resource Websites
LGBTQIA/Identity ResourcesAsexuality Visibility and Education Network (AVEN) - AVEN strives to create open, honest discussion about asexuality among sexual and asexual people alike.
Bisexual Resource Center (BRC) - BRC focuses on resources for individuals attracted to more than one gender (bisexual, pansexual, omnisexual, queer, etc.).
Human Rights Campaign (HRC) - HRC is a LGBT civil rights organization, and publishes the annual HRC Report Card, which measures how LGBT-friendly businesses and organizations are.
Intersex Society of North America - ISNA is devoted to systemic change to end shame, secrecy, and unwanted genital surgeries for people born with an anatomy that someone decided is not standard for male or female.
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) - NGLTF is a LGBT civil rights organization focusing on grassroots activism and organizing.
National Center of Lesbian Rights - The National Center for Lesbian Rights is a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education.
National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) - NCTE focuses on the advancement for transgender equality and provides resources on transgender issues.
Trans-Academics - Trans-Academics focuses on providing education and resources to anyone with an academic or personal interest in gender identity.
Transgender Law Center - Transgender Law Center focuses on providing resources regarding transgender law.
Intersecting IdentitiesAPI Equality – Los Angeles - API Equality-Los Angeles is a coalition of organizations working to support equal rights for LGBT people in the greater Los Angeles-area Asian and in the Pacific Islander community.
The Gay Christian Network - The Gay Christian Network is a nonprofit ministry that supports LGBT Christians.
Gay and Lesbian Atheists and Humanists - Gay and Lesbian Atheists and Humanists focuses on providing space and resources for LGBT atheists and humanists. This organization has a chapter in the Los Angeles-area.
National Black Justice Coalition - The National Black Justice Coalition is a civil rights organization dedicated to empowering Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. NBJC’s mission is to eradicate racism and homophobia.
NativeOUT - NativeOUT is a national unincorporated nonprofit education and media organization, actively involved in the Two Spirit Movement.
Trikone - Trikone is a registered nonprofit organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people of South Asian descent. It is located in the San Francisco Bay-area.
World Congress of LGBT Jews - World Congress of LGBT Jews is a worldwide organization that focuses on the support and empowerment of LGBT Jews. This organization holds conferences and provides online resources.
College CampusCampus Pride - Campus Pride focuses on supporting LGBT-identified college students. This organization provides resources and articles.
Lambda 10 Project - Lambda 10 is a chapter of Campus Pride that focuses on LGBT-friendly Greek organizations.
Current Events/LegalThe Advocate - The Advocate focuses on current news and issues within the LGBTQ community.
Courage Campaign - Courage Campaign focuses on current LGBT issues as well as on liberal issues and politics in California.
Lambda Legal - Lambda Legal focuses on LGBT issues and current events.
Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) - GLAAD ensures that the stories of LGBT people are heard through the media.
HealthBienestar - Bienestar focuses primarily on the Latino gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender communities in regards to HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, and drug prevention.
Gay & Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) - GLMA's mission is to ensure equality in health care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals and health care providers.
Gay Men Health Crisis - Gay Men Health Crisis focuses on health concerns of men who sleep with men.
Trevor Project - The Trevor Project focuses on suicide prevention in LGBTQ youth. A 24-hour hotline is available.
YouthChildren of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere (COLAGE) - COLAGE focuses on resources for people with LGBTQ parents and/or family members.
Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) - GLSEN focuses on the need to address anti-LGBT behavior and bias in schools. It has a collection of research and tools for education.
Parents, Family, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) - PFLAG focuses on resources for parents, friends, and family members of LGBT individuals.
GSA Network - GSA Network is an organization working to empower youth activists to fight homophobia and transphobia in schools.
Science & EngineeringNational Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals (NOGLSTP) - NOGLSTP is a national organization of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people (and their advocates) employed or interested in scientific or high technology fields.