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LGBTQ Resources

Local Resources

  • Columbus GA Mayor’s Commission on Unity, Diversity and Prosperity columbusga.gov/mayor/Commission-on-Diversity
    • the purpose of the Mayor’s Commission on Unity, Diversity and Prosperity is to create a community where every person is valued and presented with equal access to opportunities. The Commission will pursue its mission by gathering information, data and public input in order to provide and/or recommend policies, strategies, education efforts and programs to the Mayor, and, upon the Mayor’s invitation, to City Council.

Legal Resources

  • Stonewall Bar Association of Georgiawww.stonewallbar.org
    • The Stonewall Bar Association (“SBA”) is a professional association of attorneys, judges, law students, paralegals and other legal professionals who support the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and who oppose discrimination based upon sexual orientation or gender identity. Their website offers a directory of attorneys.
  • Lambda Legal Southern Regional Officewww.lambdalegal.org/sro
    • Our civil rights work from the SRO, which opened in 1997, is shifting the legal landscape throughout the South, where anti-gay and HIV-related discrimination is especially entrenched.
  • ACLU Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Projectwww.aclu.org/lgbt-rights
    • The LGBT Project fights discrimination and moves public opinion on LGBT rights through the courts, legislatures and public education.
  • National Center for Lesbian Rights nclrights.org/
    • includes legal issues, transgender issues

Statewide and Regional Resources

  • Georgia Equality georgiaequality.org
    • Advocacy group working to advance fairness, safety and opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities and allies throughout the state.
  • HRC Atlanta hrcatlanta.com
  • Southerners on New Ground southernersonnewground.org
    • 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.
  • GLSEN Atlanta glsen.org/chapters/atlanta
    • GLSEN Atlanta is a chapter of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network and is dedicated to making K-12 schools a safe place for students regardless of their gender identity of sexual orientation.
  • OUT Georgia Business Alliance https://outgeorgia.org
    • Leading the way for development, advocacy and growth of the LGBT community and its allies. We accomplish this through building our small businesses, working with professionals in Corporations, supporting our non-profits and encouraging the general community to support those that support their rights.
  • Georgia Safe Schools Coalition www.georgiasafeschoolscoalition.org/
    • A partnership of educators, community organizations, and safe school activists dedicated to raising awareness about issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQQ) youth and families. GSSC works with educators and community organizations to help Georgia’s schools become safe and affirming environments for all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/ expression.
  • Spark Reproductive Justice sparkrj.org
    • A nonprofit ensuring the voices of black women and LGBTQQ youth of color living in the south are included in the reproductive rights and justice movements. Spark is comprised of two different programs – a political advocacy group called Speak Justice Take Action (SJTA) and queer/trans POC civic leadership group called Fierce Youth Reclaiming & Empowering (FYRE.)

National Resources

  • U.S. Equality Employment and Opportunity Commission (EEOC) LGBT Page eeoc.gov/sexual-orientation-and-gender-identity-sogi-discrimination
    • Federal resource on LGBT employment discrimination protections under federal law
  • Equality Federation www.equalityfederation.org
    • Equality Federation is the national alliance of state-based lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy organizations.  The Federation works to achieve equality for LGBT people in every state and territory by building strong and sustainable statewide organizations in a state-based movement.
  • GLAAD www.glaad.org
    • The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.”
  • Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) www.glsen.org
    • GLSEN works with educators, policy makers, community leaders and students on the urgent need to address anti-LGBT behavior and bias in schools. GLSEN strives to protect students from bullying and harassment, to advance comprehensive safe schools laws and policies, to empower principals to make their schools safer, and to build the skills of educators to teach respect for all people.
  • Human Rights Campaign www.hrc.org
    • The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality.”
  • Lambda Legal www.lambdalegal.org
    • Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.
  • National Black Justice Coalition http://www.nbjc.org
    • The National Black Justice Coalition is a civil rights organization dedicated to empowering Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. Our mission is to end racism and homophobia.
  • National Center for Transgender Equality transequality.org
    • The National Center for Transgender Equality is a social justice organization dedicated to advancing the equality of transgender people through advocacy, collaboration and empowerment.
  • National LGBT Task Force www.thetaskforce.org/
    • The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the grassroots power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. We do this by training activists, equipping state and local organizations with the skills needed to organize broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and building the organizational capacity of our movement.
  • Out and Equal Workplace Advocates www.outandequal.org
    • Out & Equal™ Workplace Advocates is the pre-eminent national organization devoted to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in the workplace.
  • Modern Military Association of America modernmilitary.org/
    • A non-partisan, non-profit, legal services, watchdog and policy organization dedicated to ending discrimination against and harassment of military personnel affected by “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT).
  • Straight for Equality straightforequality.org
    • Straight for Equality is an outreach and education project that empowers straight people in supporting and advocating for gay, lesbian, bi, and transgender (GLBT) people.
  • The Williams Institute: williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu
    • The Williams Institute advances sexual orientation law and public policy through rigorous, independent research and scholarship, and disseminates it to judges, legislators, policymakers, media and the public. A national think tank at UCLA Law, the Williams Institute produces high quality research with real-world relevance.
  • SAGE – Advocacy & Services for LGBT Elders www.sageusa.org
  • ZAMI NOBLA – National Organization of Black Lesbians on Aging: https://www.zaminobla.org/
  • PFLAG http://pflag.org/
    • Formerly known as Parents, Friends and Family of Lesbians and Gays. Advocacy and education organization
  • Asexual Visibility and Education Network http://www.asexuality.org/
  • Intersex Society of North America http://www.isna.org/

Health and Wellness Resources

  • Pride by My Obama Care: myobamacare.org
    • Everyone needs access to affordable, accessible healthcare. We make it easy to get the coverage you need as soon as possible.
    • Email [email protected]
    • Telephone: (770) 740-7900
    • Services Offered:
      • Live Enrollment Agents: Licensed enrollment agents available to answer any questions you have about the enrollment process. Get covered today!
      • Affordable Health Plans: The Affordable Care Act finally makes health insurance available for everyone. Guaranteed approval!  
      • Fast Results: Plans could start within 48 hours. Annual physicals include mammograms, prostate screenings, Dr. Visits, Rx Drugs.
      • Peace of Mind : All pre-existing conditions covered. Mental health and drug abuse counseling include in all plans. 5 minute enrollment.
      • Youtube Introduction Video: Pride Organization Interest Video – YouTube
  • STD Testing in Columbus, Georgia: STD Testing in Columbus, Georgia – Testing.com
    • You can get free or low-cost STD testing at many locations around Columbus, Georgia. Clinics accept a variety of insurance plans or may see uninsured patients on a sliding scale fee structure. Georgia has more reported cases of gonorrhea and primary and secondary syphilis per capita than the national average. The state also has many reported congenital syphilis and chlamydia cases, making it important to safeguard your sexual health through regular STD testing. The American Family Care clinic on Gateway Road is open seven days a week and provides STD testing on a walk-in basis. The Columbus Health Department’s Sexually Transmitted Infection Clinic also provides HIV counseling, testing, and discreet partner notification. MedCare accepts most major insurance policies, including Aetna, Humana, BlueCross BlueShield of Georgia, and Medicare. You can even get low-cost STD testing at a Walmart Care clinic, which accepts walk-ins and appointments.
    • What Will Be Tested in an STD Panel? You can request specific STD tests or a full panel. An STD clinic can recommend tests based on your sexual health and symptoms. A routine STD panel may include:
      • Chlamydia
      • Gonorrhea
      • HIV 1 and 2
      • Syphilis
    • A full-panel STD test adds:
      • Herpes
      • Hepatitis (A, B, C)
  • Feminist Women’s Health Center feministcenter.org/en/
    • A center committed to providing a safe space and trans-affirmative environment for individuals of all sexualities and gender identities interested in holistic wellness services. Services offered:
      • Hormone Replacement Therapy for Trans Men
      • T-Panels
      • Annual exams
      • Lower Exams
      • Pre or Post-Surgical Chest Exam
      • Surgical Clearance Lab Work and Letter
      • Gender Marker Letter
      • STI Testing and Treatment
      • Rapid HIV Testing
  • Love Counseling lovepositivecounseling.com/counseling.html
    • Sex-positive counselor specializing with LGBTQ, kinky, polyamorous (non-monogamous) individuals, couples, and family units.
    • Services offered:
      • Individual counseling for adults or teens
      • Couples counseling, Marriage counseling, Relationship counseling
      • Suicide Assessment
      • Family counseling
      • Conflict resolution/mediation
      • Open group for people in or considering polyamorous relationships
      • Open group for transgender or gender non-conforming youth (23 or younger)
      • Consultation for professionals on non-traditional relationships and sexuality
      • Consultation for professionals on gender identity and transition
  • Pride Counseling pridecounseling.com
    • Online counseling for LGBTQ People
  • The Recovery Village therecoveryvillage.com/resources/lgbtq/
    • Substance Abuse Recovery Resources for LGBTQ People
  • Alcohol Rehab Guide https://www.alcoholrehabguide.org/resources/lgbtq-alcoholism/
    • Online resource for LGBTQ people suffering from alcohol abuse and related issues
  • AddictionResource.net https://www.addictionresource.net/best-drug-rehab-centers/lgbt/
    • Including “9 Best LGBTQ+-Friendly Drug Rehabs”
  • AIS-DSD Support Group aisdsd.org
    • Online support group and resources for people with Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome (AIS) and Differences of Sex Development (DSD)
  • Georgia CAPUS www.gacapus.com
    • One-stop information source for all things HIV/AIDS within the state of Georgia.
  • CAEAR Coalition (Communities Advocating Emergency AIDS Relief) www.caear.org
    • Information on how to advocate for increased federal funding for Ryan White Programs
  • NASTAD (National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors) www.nastad.org
    • Information on policy related to HIV programs for state public health staff
  • HIV Prevention Justice www.preventionjustice.org
    • Information on the national and international movement to bridge HIV prevention and social justice
  • The Social Security and Disability Resource Center www.ssdrc.com
    • informational website that provides answers to questions about how to apply for disability, how to appeal a claim in the event of a denial, how to navigate the federal system, and how to avoid certain mistakes that are commonly made by applicants. The site’s author is a former disability examiner for the social security administration. This page has information specific to HIV/AIDS: http://www.ssdrc.com/hiv.html
  • THRIVESS thrivess.org/
    • THRIVE Support Services is a 501c3 agency that provides support and linkage to culturally affirming and compassionate care for Black same-gender-loving men with HIV.
  • ColGACare with Dr. Meghan Galler www.colgacare.com
    • small, insurance-free, membership-based, Direct Primary Care practice in Columbus. Offers PrEP and gender affirming care.
  • Live Another Day – Extensive information on mental health and substance use resources for People of Color. Their mission is equal access to life-saving resources. 
  • Detox Local – An excellent resource that features abundant information including mental health and substance use resources specifically for the AAPI (American Asian and Pacific Islander) community.

Financial Support

LGBTQ+ HOUSING FINDER

Crisis Hotlines

  • ACLU National Help Line: 212-549-2500
  • Crisis Text Line: Text ‘GO’ to 741-741
  • Lambda Legal National Help Line: 866-542-8336
  • National GLBT Hotline: 888-843-4564
  • SAGE LGBT Elder Hotline: 888-234-SAGE
  • Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860
  • Trevor Lifeline: 866-488-7386
  • Call Blackline: 1 (800) 604-5841 callblackline.com/
    • BlackLine provides a space for peer support, counseling, witnessing and affirming the lived experiences to folxs who are most impacted by systematic oppression with an LGBTQ+ Black Femme Lens.

Educational Resources

  • Perlego: What is Intersectionality? Intersectional Feminist Theory Explained | Perlego
    • What is Intersectionality? Intersectional Feminist Theory Explained:
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    • Improving the lives of learners globally: We believe education has the power to transform lives. By empowering people with all the resources they need to learn, we can give everyone a fair chance at a brighter future.
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    • Building a more sustainable future: We’ve built sustainability into our core by cutting out resource-heavy print and distribution services. As we grow we’re working hard to make a positive impact on our planet.
    • PERLEGO PACT: Here is what we promise.
    • To be open: We are honest and open about our business, what drives us and what keeps us up at night. We’re young and have a lot of growing to do, but we can’t do that alone. By sharing our journey with you, we can build a product that people love.
    • To be inclusive: We ensure inclusivity, both in the way we run our business and the way we build Perlego. This means accessibility is close to our hearts, ensuring people with learning disabilities and visual impairments can enjoy Perlego too.
    • To have integrity: We mean what we say and say what we mean. So, we will always work tirelessly to deliver a product that improves the lives of learners around the world and we will continue to build a business that we are proud of.
  • Queer School queerschool.co/collections
    • Master classes for the global LGBTQ community
  • College Experience Guide for LGBTQ Students LGBTQ+ College Student Guide | Study.com
  • LGBTQ Scholarships for College Students Scholarships for LGBTQ+ College Students | Study.com
    • Our guide offers in-depth information in several areas, including:
      • • Information on finding and applying for scholarships
      • • A list of scholarships for LGBTQ students at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels
      • • An extensive FAQ for LGBTQ students looking for financial aid
      • • A guide to choosing an LQBTQ-friendly school
  • University of Georgia (UGA) College of Veterinary Medicine Broad Spectrum facebook.com/groups/1634380433512654/
    • Broad Spectrum is a student chapter of the Pride Veterinary Medical Community. Broad Spectrum is part of a professional organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered veterinarians, veterinary students, technicians, and their supporters. Our mission is to provide support for individuals, education for the community, and a forum for information exchange and social interaction in order to foster a professional climate in which its members can achieve their full potential.
  • UGA LGBT Resource Center lgbtcenter.uga.edu
  • Out for Undergrad www.outforundergrad.org/
    • Our mission is to help high-achieving LGBTQ+ undergraduates reach their full potential.
  • Intelligent.com LGBT Online College Student Guide https://www.intelligent.com/lgbtq-online-college-student-guide/

LGBT News and Publications

Other Pride Festivals and Events in Georgia and Alabama

Cultural organizations