National Resources

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
904 West 2nd St., Little Rock, AR 72201
The ACLU is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization and the leading defender of civil liberties guaranteed by our nation’s Bill of Rights. Their organization uses legal, legislative and public education methods to protect constitutional issues including, free speech, racial justice, and LGBTQ rights. Since 1920, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States.
501-374-2660
acluarkansas.org
CenterLink
P.O. Box 24490, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33307
CenterLink is an American member-based coalition of community centers serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. The organization, founded in 1994 as the National Association of LGBT Community Centers, provides services which support the development of LGBT community centers.
954-765-6024
lgbtcenters.org
Crisis Text Line
The Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7, confidential crisis support. Text HOME to 741741 to chat with a compassionate, trained crisis counselor. The Crisis Text Line is free on AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, or Verizon networks, standard messaging rates may apply for other carriers.
741741
crisistextline.org
Equality Forum
1420 Locust St., Ste. 300, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Equality Forum coordinates LGBT History Month, produces documentary films, undertakes high-impact initiatives and presents the largest annual national and international LGBT civil rights summit.
215-732-3378
equalityforum.com
Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)
104 W. 29th St., New York, NY 10001
GLAAD rewrites the script for LGBTQ acceptance. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change. GLAAD protects all that has been accomplished and creates a world where everyone can live the life they love.
212-629-3322
glaad.org
GayChurch.Org
Operated by the GALIP Foundation, GayChurch.Org provides a listing of LGBTQ affirming Christian churches. All listings are required to be Chrisitan, but are not required to follow any specific creed, and must define “affirming” as churches do not view homosexuality in and of itself as a sin, welcoming of LGBTQ people in leadership roles, and embrace same-gender marriage. The site administrators work hard to update listings and ensure these principles are met.
gaychurch.org
Human Rights Campaign
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) represents a grassroots force of more than 1.5 million members and supporters nationwide. As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, HRC envisions an America where LGBTQ people are ensured of their basic equal rights and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work, and in the community. HRC Arkansas is the local presence of the Human Rights Campaign in the Natural State they work to promote education and political initiatives on behalf of LGBTQ Arkansans.
hrc.org/arkansas
Lambda Legal
120 Wall Street, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10005
Founded in 1973, Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest national legal organization. Their mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.
866-542-8336
lambdalegal.org
LGBT History Month
1420 Locust St, Ste. 300, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Since 2006, Equality Forum has spearheaded LGBT History Month. The October LGBT History Month activities honor 31 LGBT icons with videos, bios, bibliographies, downloadable images, and other downloadable educational resources including special features for students.
215-732-3378
lgbthistorymonth.com
Mr & Miss Gay America & The Excellence Foundation
7360 Guilford Dr., Ste. 202, Frederick, MD 21704
Established in Nashville, Tennessee in 1973, with the crowing of Norma Kristie, representative from Arkansas, the Miss Gay America pageant is the world’s first, longest running, and most prestigious female impersonation competition. Prohibited from partaking in female hormones or any feminizing plastic surgery. and qualifying through city, state, and regional pageants, to date, over 10,000 men across the country have competed for the coveted title of Miss Gay America. Titleholders are often seen as the best in the industry and are frequently hired to entertain in a variety shows, Las Vegas productions, cruise ships, and LGBT events.

The Mr. Gay All-American Contest was founded in 1983 by the operators of Miss Gay America, The MGAA Contest provided a venue for gay men to showcase their intellect, community service, and talent; MGAA was the first contest of its kind and launched careers in professional entertainment for many young gay men. In 1995, Norma Kristie, Inc. sold the contest; Mr. Gay All-American continued to operate until 2009. In 2017, new Miss Gay America pageant organizers announced the return of Mr. Gay All-American as the Mr. Gay America pageant.

The Excellence Foundation, founded in 2017, engages the resources of the Gay America Pageant’s family of entertainers, community partners, and sponsors to raise awareness and funds in support of LGBTQ youth and their allies to promote their social development, community involvement, and professional futures.
240-812-1220
missgayamerica.com
National Black Justice Coalition
PO Box 71395, Washington, D.C. 20024
The National Black Justice Coalition is an American civil rights organization serving primarily lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.
202-319-1552
nbjc.org
National Center for Transgender Equality
1133 19th St. NW, Washington D.C. 20036
The National Center for Transgender Equality advocates changing policies and society to increase understanding and acceptance of transgender people. In the nation’s capital and throughout the country, NCTE works to replace disrespect, discrimination, and violence with empathy, opportunity, and justice.
202-642-4542
transequality.org
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
1325 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Ste. 600, Washinton D.C. 20005
The National LGBTQ Task Force is the oldest national LGBTQ advocacy group. They work to build a future where everyone is free to be themselves in every aspect of their lives. The Task Force has been an uncompromising voice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer freedom, justice and equality for over 40 years. The National LGBTQ Task Force presents the country’s foremost organizing and training conference, and it’s more important now than ever. As the current administration continues its assault on our beloved LGBTQ communities. The Creating Change Conference is the space for us to learn, connect, and persist in our fight for full freedom, justice, and equality for LGBTQ people.
202-393-5177
thetaskforce.org
PFLAG
2898 S. 48th St., Springdale, AR 72762
Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is the largest organization uniting families and allies with people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ). PFLAG National provides support to the PFLAG network of 400 chapters across the United States, with more than 200,000 members and supporters. PFLAG-NWA promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer 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. PFLAG provides the opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity. PFLAG’s Northwest Arkansas chapter meets at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Springdale, Arkansas.
479-310-5205
pflag.org
Southern Poverty Law Center
400 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36104
The Southern Poverty Law Center is an American nonprofit legal advocacy organization specializing in civil rights and public interest litigation.
334-956-8200
splcenter.org
The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
110 Williamson St., 30th Floor, New York, NY 10038
GLSEN is a national education organization working to ensure safe and inclusive schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.
212-727-0135
glsen.org
Trans Lifeline
101 Broadway, Ste. 311, Oakland, CA 94607
Trans Lifeline is a national trans-led organization, operated by trans people and advocates who are dedicated to improving the quality of trans lives by responding to the critical needs of our community with direct service, material support, advocacy, and education.
877-565-8860
translifeline.org
Transgender Law Center
P.O. Box 70976, Oakland, CA 94612
The Transgender Law Center (TLC) is the largest national trans-led organization advocating self-determination for all people. Grounded in legal expertise and committed to racial justice, TLC employs a variety of community-driven strategies to keep transgender and gender nonconforming people alive, thriving, and fighting for liberation. TLC works to change laws, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression.
510-587-9696
transgenderlawcenter.org