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10 Black-Led LGBTQIA+  Organizations to Follow

10 Black-Led LGBTQIA+ Organizations to Follow

Libia RM
Libia RM

Background of the heritage month

October is LGBTQIA+ History Month in the United States. Identity is never singular and that’s where intersectionality comes from. The term “intersectionality” was coined by civil-rights activist Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw in 1989 to describe the experience of folks who are oppressed on multiple, “intersecting” fronts. Black queer people have always been at the center of the LGBTQIA+ liberation movement, from Stormé DeLarverie and Marsha P. Johnson (a biracial butch lesbian and a Black trans woman, respectively, who were the sparks that ignited the uprising and prompted the crowd to action at the Stonewall movement of 1969), to modern-day LGBTQIA+ Black queer icons like Laverne Cox and Janelle Monaé.

Nowadays, Black queer people are regularly denied the benefits of the revolution they set in motion. While the actions of the mainstream queer community focus on marriage, access to state institutions (and “acceptance” into a neoliberal, heteronormative, colorblind society in general) Black LGBTQIA+ people are still severely affected by systemic racism, the global pandemic, as well as by homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia. On top of that, white gay men are often considered the “norm” of the LGBTQIA+ community in mainstream media, which erases the stories, experiences, and representation of Black and indigenous queer people of color.

10 Black-led LGBTQIA+ organizations

Now more than ever, we need allies to step up and take action. What can you do to support Black queer people during LGBTQIA+ History Month, and beyond? Here are 10 Black-led LGBTQIA+ groups and organizations you can support right now:

1. LGBTQ+ Freedom Fund

The LGBTQ+ Freedom Fund helps LGBTQ+ people of color post their bond to secure release. They're also raising awareness about LGBTQ over-incarceration in the United States.

LGBTQ Freedom Fund posted bond for people awaiting case disposition in states highlighted magenta.
"Where we've freed people" - Photo credit: LGBTQ+ Freedom Fund website

2. SNap Co. (Solutions, Not Punishment Collaborative)

SNap Co. was created in response to an attack from the Atlanta City Council and former Mayor Kasim Reed on Black Trans women who were engaging in sex work. Their mission is to eliminate the targeting, harassing, and sexual assaults of trans people of color, decriminalize sex work and provide employment and social service opportunities for trans people.

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Photo credit: Solutions Not Punishment Collaborative About page

3. The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC)

The NBJC is a civil rights organization dedicated to empowering Black LGBTQ+ people, including people living with HIV/AIDS.

Image may contain: text that says 'National Black ONBJC justice NBJ Coalition corg POWER WER OWN YOUR Speak Truth to Power. Take a Stand. We will fight together for Justice in all our communities.'
Photo credit: National Black Justice Coalition Facebook

4. The Black AIDS Institute (BAI)

The BAI has worked for over two decades to end the Black HIV epidemic by providing high-quality direct HIV services and linkage to care to Black people.

5. The Okra Project

The Okra Project is a collective that seeks to address the global crisis faced by Black Trans people by bringing home-cooked, healthy, and culturally specific meals and resources to Black Trans People.

The Okra Project
Photo credit: The Okra Project website

6. Black Trans Travel Fund

Black Trans Women are being murdered and assaulted while traveling at an alarming rate. The Black Trans Travel Fund is a grassroots, mutual aid based organization developed to provide Black transgender women with the financial resources necessary to self-determine and access their safest travel options.

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7. The Audre Lorde Project

The Audre Lorde Project is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two-Spirit, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People of Color community organizing center, focusing on the New York City area. The donations they receive go towards sustaining the movement and prioritizing their resources for the people most impacted by their work.

Audre Lorde Project on Twitter: ""Class solidarity has restrictions, folks  that do not have background on slavery, imperialism asians being  embarrassed or triggered around right-wing asians. Now is not the time to
Photo credit: The Audre Lorde Project website

8. House of GG

Founded and led by Trans and gender-nonconforming people, House of GG aims to create safe and transformative spaces where members of the U.S. South LGBTQ+ community can heal—physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually—from the trauma arising from generations of transphobia, racism, sexism, poverty, ableism, and violence, and nurture them into tomorrow’s leaders.

House of GG – Griffin-Gracy Educational Retreat and Historical Center

9. Marsha P. Johnson Institute (MPJI)

Created in honor of Marsha P. Johnson, the MPJI protects and defends Black transgender people’s human rights by organizing, advocating, creating an intentional community to heal, developing transformative leadership, and promoting collective power. By donating, you are helping them employ Black trans people, build more strategic campaigns, and launch winning initiatives.

Marsha P. Johnson Institute – Marsha P. Johnson Institute
Photo credit: Marsha P. Johnson Institute (MPJI) website

10. Voix Noire

Voix Noire is a safe space for Black women, marginalized genders, and children to seek and receive assistance via reparations from non-Black individuals.

Image may contain: one or more people, sunglasses and closeup, text that says 'REPARA REPARATIONS 3'
Photo credit: Voix Noire Facebook

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