It’s Pride Month which means there’s no better time to support local organizations dedicated to LGBTQ+ communities. Even though Atlanta Pride won’t be here until fall, Pride Month honors the Stonewall Uprising in NYC which happened in June of 1969. We may have come such a long way since Stonewall, but there’s still such so much that needs to be done, and there’s so much that we can do. Here are 7 ATL-based LGBTQ+ organizations to support Pride Month, and beyond!
1. The Atlanta Pride Committee
In charge of our beloved Pride Festival & Parade, The Atlanta Pride Committee is Georgia’s oldest non-profit serving the LGBTQ+ community. As well as the annual celebration and parade, they also work on 60 other educational, social, and historical programs that advance unity, visibility, and wellness among persons with widely diverse gender and sexual identities. Click here for more information.
2. Lost-n-Found Youth
More than 40% of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ+. The mission of this Atlanta-based non-profit is to end homelessness for LGBTQ+ people in the city, providing them with the support, skills, and resources to live independently. As well as direct donations, there are several volunteering opportunities available at Lost-n-Found Youth and a charitable thrift store. Click here to visit their website.
3. Jerusalem House
Jerusalem House helps homeless and low-income families who are affected by HIV/AIDS. As the city’s oldest and largest provider of permanent housing for those affected, they currently provide over 70% of these margins with housing and support. Click here for more information.
4. Georgia Equality
As the largest LGBTQ+ rights advocacy group in Georgia, Georgia Equality strides for fairness, safety, and opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and allied communities. Two organizations in one, this non-profit is a collaborative effort between Georgia Equality Inc. and Equality Foundation of Georgia. For more information, to take action and find out about opportunities, click here.
5. Southern Fried Queer Pride
Southern Fried Queer Pride (SFQP) is an Atlanta-based (on Muscogee & Cherokee land) organization empowering Black queer and QTPOC centered communities in the South through the arts. Hosting several unmissable event elevating these voices on an epic scale throughout the year. You do not want to miss their stellar Pride Month line-up. For more information, visit their website.
6. Southerners On New Ground
SONG is a home for LGBTQ liberation across all lines of race, class, abilities, age, culture, gender, and sexuality in the South. The non-profit’s mission is to transform the region through strategic projects and campaigns developed in response to the current conditions that LGBTQ+ communities face in the South. Click here for more information.
PFLAG Atlanta promotes the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, their families, and friends through support, education, and advocacy. From monthly support groups to educational programs, PGLAG is in partnership with national and local organizations to secure equal rights the LGBTQ community. Click here to visit their website.