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4 Fantastic LGBT Charities

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“All…people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential.” – Harvey Milk

June marks the celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) Pride, an annual month-long observance of LGBT history, culture, and progress towards gaining equal rights. In honor of LGBT Pride, here are four incredible nonprofit organizations that work hard to provide resources, care, and support for LGBT people.

PFLAGPFLAG

Parents, Families, and Friends, of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) has been serving the LGBT community and straight allies for decades. According to its mission statement, “PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender 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 to secure equal civil rights.” Its history of being especially supportive of families is something that sets PFLAG apart.

National-Gay-and-Lesbian-Task-ForceNational Gay and Lesbian Task Force

Often called simply, The Task Force, this organization is committed to building the grassroots power of the LGBT community, and does so by training activists, reaching out to local and national organizations, and running campaigns that center on equality and rights for LGBTs. A forerunner of the broader social justice movement, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is one of the best resources out there for LGBT activists and allies.

HRCHuman Rights Campaign

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is one of the leading LGBT rights organizations in the country. This nonprofit strives to end discrimination against LGBT people, and has always attracted celebrities, high profile figures, and prominent LGBT activists to stand united against social injustices. HRC focuses on advocating for the LGBT community at work, under the law, and in society at large. HRC and organizations like it have taken on a huge mission, but their work is incredibly valuable.

lambda-legalLambda Legal

Founded in 1973, Lambda Legal serves as a national civil rights organization that seeks to achieve LGBT equality through “litigation-based advocacy.” According to the organization’s mission, Lambda Legal “imagines a world without discrimination and inequality,” and “works to achieve that vision every day.” Often advising clients free of charge, the nonprofit is dedicated to earning justice, equality for the LGBT community.

There are hundreds upon hundreds of other nonprofits and charities that are committed to improving the quality of life for LGBT people in this country and abroad. What LGBT charities do you support?

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NBA to Donate Nets Jason Collins Jersey Sales to LGBT Groups

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Since signing with the Nets on earlier this year on February 23 and being added to the roster, Jason Collins’ jersey has been the top-seller at NBAStore.com, the league said.

The NBA announced last Friday that it will donate all proceeds- an amount in excess of $100,000- from the sale of Jason Collins’ Brooklyn Nets jerseys to the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and the Matthew Shepard Foundation. The league also plans to auction off Collins’ autographed, game-worn jerseys to help raise money for the same causes.

Collins wears No. 98 to honor the memory of Shepard, a college student who was killed in an anti-gay hate crime in 1998. Collins met with Shepard’s parents following Thursday’s game at Denver.

“I’m thrilled to work with the league to support two fantastic organizations, both of which work tirelessly to ensure LGBT youth get the resources and assistance they need to be successful in life,” Collins said in a statement.

Collins is supposed to sign his second 10-day contract with the Nets this Wednesday. Teams can only sign players to two 10-day deals in the same season, so the Nets will have to either sign Collins for the rest of the season or part ways with him.

The 35-year-old has played 34 minutes in four games with the Nets, totaling four points, four rebounds, three steals and 10 fouls.

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Two Major Philanthropic Foundations Team Up for Human Rights

Two Major Philanthropic Foundations Team Up for Human Rights
HRC is the largest LGBT equality-rights advocacy group in the US.
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In an excellent example of collaborative philanthropy, the Daniel S. Loeb Family Third Point Foundation and the Paul E. Singer Foundation are teaming up to award the Human Rights Campaign grants to support LGBT rights abroad. Earlier this month, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) announced how these two influential foundations were pledging to award grants to the organization over three years. This generosity is meant to support HRC’s advancement in advancing LGBT equality overseas.

According to a press release from HRC, “Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities around the world face stigmatization, harassment, violence and blatant human rights violations. To combat these horrific acts and to advance the cause of LGBT justice internationally, the Paul E. Singer Foundation is teaming up with the Daniel S. Loeb Family Foundation,” to provide funding for the education and research branch of the HRC. The HRC is the largest LGBT civil rights organization in the United States, and has been monumentally influential in the fight for LGBT rights in the U.S.

Now, the HRC is expanding its efforts to increase a more global reach, which wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of major philanthropic foundations. “I am proud to support HRC’s new initiative to protect LGBT rights globally,” remarked hedge fund manager and philanthropist Dan Loeb. Paul Singer concurs, explaining how “Every day around the world, LGBT individuals face arrest, imprisonment, torture and even execution just for being who they are…As an organization that has been at the forefront of the equality movement for over three decades, the Human Rights Campaign is uniquely positioned to work in tandem with NGOs to empower LGBT and human rights advocates abroad to help stop these abuses,” of his reasons for supporting such an important human rights initiative.

No strangers to philanthropic work, Dan Loeb and Paul Singer are aware of the great impact their grants will have in advancing global LGBT rights. Reportedly, each of them have been long-time advocates for human rights, which makes their collaboration and donation to the HRC all the more powerful.