We all remember the 2016 American elections. I remember waiting up until the early hours in the morning in Sao Paulo, Brazil, realizing Donald Trump would be the next president of the United States. I didn’t want to believe it, especially given that at the time, I was watching a coup d’état unfold in Brazil and actively joining protests against President Michel Temer. Yet, being an optimist, I saw the American elections as a glimpse of hope. Maybe we could get it right. But, of course, our political system failed us. Trump was happening and nothing was changing that.
In November 2016, I was preparing for an exciting moment in my life. I had been living out my dreams as an artist performing with a popular jazz band and preparing for the release of my first ever EP. Charged up by what was happening in both countries, I wrote “Yas Queen”, a sort-of protest song that celebrated black queer freedom. But, on the morning of my video shoot, I knew I had to do more. So, on 11/11 (still an optimist) I reached out to my activist friends and decided to use my HuffPost contributor credentials to create a guide for queer and trans people of color to find support groups. I discovered that a similar guide had been created by the Funders for LGBTQ Issues Group long ago, searched for missing resources, and published, A Guide to QTPoC Organizations in the U.S. for HuffPost.
The story went far and wide and I left a call for missing organizations to contact me to update and include them in the post. Since HuffPost decided to pull invited contributor’s credentials, I decided to reclaim my post here on my website to continue expanding on this resource. Please continue to share and send a message with new organizations, resources, blogs and more to share.
- The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging – A support group for Alaska Native Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Men, including American Indians and those whose indigenous roots are from Alaska.
- Southern Arizona Gender Alliance Tucson – A non-profit organization that supports and advocates for southern Arizona’s community of trans identities: transsexual, transgender, genderqueer, masculine of center, feminine of center, non-binary, two-spirit, butch, femme, gender fluid, intersex, and ALL who are gender fabulous.
- Coalición de Derechos Humanos – A grassroots organization that promotes the human and civil rights of all migrants regardless of their immigration status.
- Mariposas Sin Fronteras – A Tucson, AZ based group that seeks to end the systemic violence and abuse of LGBTQ people held in prison and immigration detention. We envision a society that no longer finds solutions in the system of immigration detention or the prison industrial complex. As we work toward that goal, we support LGBTQ people currently detained in Eloy and Florence, AZ through visits, letters, bond support, advocacy, and housing upon freedom from detention.
- Arkansas Transgender Equality Coalition – Their mission is to advance equality, justice, and inclusiveness for transgender and gender non-conforming Arkansans through a statewide trans-led organization. Ultimately, improving the lives of all transgender & gender non-binary Arkansans. The site also includes a list of Arkansas LGBTQI organizations.
- GetEQUAL – GetEQUAL’s ‘Rural Out the South’ project supports LGBTQ leaders of color in the U.S. South through cultivating communities of care and grassroots mobilizations; foster collaboration among rural organizers through strategic direct-action campaigns; and develop a cohort of queer and trans leaders of color living in the rural South who can share best practices for organizing, specific to their rural QTPOC experiences.
- The Brown Boi Project – Brown Boi Project works to build leadership, economic self-sufficiency, and health of young masculine of center womyn, trans men, and queer/straight men of color―pipelining them into the social justice movement.
- National Queer Trans Therapists of Color Network – The National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network (NQTTCN) is a space for queer, gender non-conforming and trans therapists of color to build, resource, and support one another as clinicians and healers. NQTTCN provides a network of support for queer and trans people of color (QTPoC) seeking transformative mental health resources rooted in social justice and liberation.
- El/La Para TransLatinas – This organization works to build a world where translatinas feel they deserve to protect, love and develop themselves.
- Center for Third World Organizing (Also in New York) – A racial justice organization dedicated to building a social justice movement led by people of color.
- API Equality – API Equality is committed to working in the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community in California and nationally for equal marriage rights, fair treatment and overall acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.
- Hispanics in Philanthropy – HIP works to strengthen movement-building and leadership at the intersection of LGBT rights and racial justice in Latino communities and Latin America.
- AGUILAS, located in San Francisco, is the oldest existing Latinx LGBTQ organization in all of the Americas. Their mission statement reads, “AGUILAS is dedicated to creating a supportive, culturally sensitive environment for gay/bisexual Latinos. We strive to foster knowledge and pride of the diversity of our language, culture, history and spirituality. AGUILAS is committed to developing programs that promote health, well-being and community building that foster positive self-identities, healthy relationships and leadership skills.”
- One Colorado – As stated on their site, “Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Coloradans come in all races, and One Colorado is committed to reflecting this diversity as we work to create a fair and just Colorado for all people, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, economic class, or race.”
- QPOC Affinity – QPOC Affinity seeks to provide safe spaces for queer people of color to hang out, enjoy each other’s excellence, learn from one another, and collectively build community. It is a work in progress that aims first to bring QPOC folk together within the Yale community and the greater New Haven area.
- Lgbtq+ Youth Kickback – A youth-led, weekly inclusive space for queer, trans & gender nonconforming youth and advocates in Greater New Haven.
- CT Papers Project – A Go Fund Me account created to help many members of CT’s trans community who are frantically trying to get their papers in order(birth certificate, social security cards, passports, marriage certificates, and so on)to reflect their correct name and gender as fast as they can.
- QLatinx – QLatinx seeks to center and empower the most marginalized members of our community, establish affirming and supportive healing spaces, build a strong and united community, and work towards a society free of fear, violence, and hate. This group was created in response to the PULSE nightclub shootings in Orlando.
- SPARK! – SPARK’s mission is to build new leadership, change culture, and advance knowledge in Georgia and the South to ensure individuals and communities have resources and power to make sustainable and liberatory decisions about our bodies, gender, sexualities, and lives.
- Southerners On New Ground (SONG) – Southerners On New Ground (SONG) is a regional Queer Liberation organization made up of people of color, immigrants, undocumented people, people with disabilities, working class and rural and small town, LGBTQ people in the South.
- Civil Rights and Social Justice Advocacy for African-American Same Gender Loving Black LGBTQ People – CJR is a Chicago-based civil rights organization dedicated to the education, empowerment, freedom, and liberation of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. From the picket line to the church, CJR continues to fight for political, educational, social, and economic justice for black people.
- POCQAT – A safe space for queer POC in Iowa.
- Louisiana Trans Advocates – Their mission is to strengthen and support trans and allied communities across the state through social support, education, empowerment, and advocacy. We work to advance the core human rights of self-determination and expression for all trans, gender non-conforming, and gender variant people.
- Equality Louisiana – EL advocates for policy and legislative change to achieve full legal and lived equality for all LGBT people and to create a fairer and just Louisiana.
- Hispanic Black Gay Coalition (HBGC) is one of few non-profit organizations in Boston dedicated to the unique and complex needs of the Black, Hispanic and Latin@ LGBTQ community.
- Keshet – Keshet is a national organization that works for full LGBTQ equality and inclusion in Jewish life. Led and supported by LGBTQ Jews and straight allies, Keshet cultivates the spirit and practice of inclusion in all parts of the Jewish community.
- New England Professional Queer WoMen of Color (PQWOC) – This organization began as a social group in November 2012 for queer women of color living in New England who were interested in meeting with other sisters to share laughs, tell stories and support one another.
- Grassroots Policy Project (GPP)
- Womxn of Color Weekend – A four-day pride event in Provincetown, MA that was created to “elevate, strengthen, educate and celebrate LGBTQIA womxn of color, non-binary and gender fluid people of color and their allies.” The event is celebrating 12 years in 2018.
- Shades of Yellow (SOY) – SOY is the first and only Hmong Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) nonprofit organization in the world that works to provide support, education, advocacy, and leadership development to Hmong/Asian Pacific Islander (HAPI) LGBTQ and allies.
- Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico – TGRCNM is dedicated to serving the transgender communities in the state of New Mexico and strives to exist as a clearing house for resources which can support, assist, educate, and advocate for the transgender and gender non conforming population of this state and their families and loved ones.
- FIERCE! – FIERCE is an LGBTQ youth of color-led organization. They build the leadership, political consciousness, and organizing skills of LGBTQ youth. In New York City, they organize local grassroots campaigns to fight police harassment and violence and increased access to safe public space for LGBTQ youth.
- Gay Men of African Descent (GMAD) – In 1986, Gay Men of African Descent (GMAD) was conceptualized in New York City, a result of the vision of founder, The Reverend Charles Angel who, together with a few of his closest friends, embarked on a mission to empower black gay men.
- Princess Janae Place – A housing facility for people of Trans experience. Providing shelter, mental health, medical, legal, job placement, and general support services. As they transition from homeless to independent living.
- Trans Women of Color Collective – Their mission is to uplift the narratives, lived experiences and leadership of trans and gender non-conforming people of color, our families, and comrades as we build towards collective liberation for all oppressed people.
- African Ancestral Lesbians United for Societal Change (AALUSC) – Established in 1974, AALUSC’s mission is, “to provide a community space for and by same gender loving womyn across the African Diaspora, regardless of Language, Class or Culture; to be active participants in sustaining and growing our community; to be active in bringing awareness to, providing solutions for and shaping policy around issues that affect our community; to partner with other organizations in the community that share AALUSC mission, goals and values.”
- The Audre Lorde Project (ALP) – A Community Organizing Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two-Spirit, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming (LGBTSTGNC) People of Color Communities.
- Queer People of Color Collective – QPOCC is committed to intergenerational community building and promoting conversations across the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation and gender identity.
- Campaign for Southern Equality – The Campaign for Southern Equality (CSE) is based in Asheville, North Carolina, and works across the South to promote full LGBT equality.
- Southern Vision Alliance – SVA supports leadership development and base-building work for social, racial, and environmental justice, along with gender equity, LGBTQ rights, and education justice in the US South
- Sankofa Collective Northwest – A home for Portland’s Black LGBTQ community. Their mission is to bring together our communities so that people living at the intersections of these important identities are free to be their full selves.
- Portland Two Spirit Society – A social group for LGBTQI Indigenous and Native American/Alaska Natives and their families and allies to come together and share, connect, reclaim and restore culture, community and the traditional roles of Two Spirit people.
- Trans Masculine Advocacy Network – A grassroots organization that dedicates itself to uplift people of color along the trans-masculine spectrum.
- Elements – Their vision is to continue to build a group of empowered LGBTQ womyn of color who break the silence, become more consciously engaged in one another’s herstory and foster connections in order to become a network of resources and support.
- Allgo – Allgo works to create and sustain queer people of color activists, groups, organizations, and allies through artistic expression, promoting wellness, and grassroots organizing.
- Black Transmen – Their mission is to ensure that all transgender men and SLGBTQI individuals are acknowledged, provided equal access and protection under the law to contribute to a productive society. They accomplish this mission of equality, advocacy and empowerment for our greater social community, through education.
- Seattle Young People’s Project – Seattle Young People’s Project is a 24-year-old grassroots community-based organization creating space for anti-racist youth-led community organizing with an emphasis on youth from historically oppressed communities. We are based in the Beacon Hill neighborhood out of the Black Power EPICenter Cooperative, a collective space ran by People of Color-led community groups. SYPP fosters opportunities for youth to meet each other and adult mentors, form friendships, develop community organizing campaigns, and work in our community garden, Nurturing Roots.
- National Black Gay Men’s Advocacy Coalition (NBGMAC) – The National Black Gay Men’s Advocacy Coalition (NBGMAC) is committed to improving the health and well-being of black gay men through advocacy that is focused on research, policy, education and training.
- National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) – The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) is a federation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations.
- Progressive Exchange
- Banyan Tree
- DESI LGBTQ Hotline for South Asians
- Stay Proud Project – A video series that includes interviews with nearly 80 members of the LGBTQ+ community ranging from 10 to 93 years old – on topics such as pride, coming out, activism, and intersectionality.
- Rest for Resistance – An online resource by QTPoC about emotional wellness and survival.
If you are a QTPoC organization or group that is missing from this list, please contact me and I will work to create an updated list.
Cover image credit: Deviant Art