Queer & Trans People of Color

 

Afrikan Diaspora Resources



UCLA LGBTQ Student Organizations

BlaQue:
UCLA's LGBTQ student group for those of Afrikan descent.

Coming Out Resources

Coming Out For African Americans:
HRC provides a guide to handling the challenges of coming out for African Americans.

Gender-Specific

Women

National Advocacy Organization of Black Lesbians:
Zuna Institute is a not a profit national advocacy organization for Black Lesbians. Its focus is the economic development, education public policy support, and improved health of its constituents.

ZAMI NOBLA (National Organization of Black Lesbians on Aging):
ZAMI NOBLA is an off-shoot of ZAMI: Atlanta's premiere organization for lesbians of African descent based in Atlanta, Georgia. ZAMI was in existence for over 25 years and was intentionally known for its advocacy work on behalf of Black lesbians, social justice organizing and it's Audre Lorde Scholarship Fund.

Black Lesbians United Retreat:
The BLU retreat is an opportunity for women of African Descent to celebrate, build community, and share good times with women who love women.

Education and Information

Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) LGBT lives and organizations

Communities

Pride & Promote:
Pride & Promote brings together members of the Black same-gender loving (GSL) lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, their friends, allies and supporters in celebration of being Black and gay.

RedBone Press:
RedBone Press publishes work celebrating the cultures of Black lesbians and gay men, and work that further promotes understanding between Black gays and lesbians and the Black mainstream.

Advocacy Organizations

National Black Justice Coalition:
NBJC is a civil rights organization dedicated to empowering Black lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

The Center for Black Equality:
Our mission is to promote a multinational LGBT network dedicated to improving health and wellness opportunities, economic empowerment, and equal rights while promoting individual and collective work, responsibility and self-determination.

Religious Resources

Christianity

Unity Fellowship Church Movement:
We are the UFCM, a movement of churches across the U.S. whose primary work is to proclaim the sacredness of all life, focusing on empowering those who have been oppressed and made to feel excluded and ashamed.

New Beginnings Life Center:
To connect people with God and to provide opportunities to build relationships while becoming followers of Christ.

Non-Denominational

The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry:
The African American Roundtable at CLGS (AART) seeks the full inclusion of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in communities of faith and the mobilization of Black communities of faith in support of social justice for LGBT people.

Spirituality

Operation: Rebirth:
Operation: Rebirth is the first website dedicated to ending the religious and spiritual abuse against Black gays and lesbians inflicted by Black churches. The website provides resources that assist Black gays and lesbians on reclaiming their religion and spirituality.

 

Asian and Pacific Islander Resources



UC and Campus-Specfic Resources

Pan Asian Queers (PAQ):
UCLA’s Asian Pacific Islander LGBT student group.

Coming Out

Q&A Space:
Our goal is to provide API LGBT youth who do wish to come out and are struggling with the process with linguistically appropriate and culturally confident tools and resources to come out to whomever they'd like at whatever time they're comfortable. When we see the diversity and depth of experiences of Asian Pacific Islander LGBT people, we can grow closer as a community.

Communities

Long Yang Club

A nonprofit social support group for gay Asians and their friends in the Greater Los Angeles area. Our intention is to promote friendship between Asians and non-Asians through social events.

Advocacy Organizations

API Equality

We are a statewide collaboration of API Equality – LA  and Northern California—two of the leading organizations advocating and organizing for fairness and equality in the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) communities.

Queer and Asian Conference

The annual Queer and Asian Conference has represented the establishment of a space for the intersection of queer and Asian  identities.

Region-Specific

East Asian

Chinese Rainbow Association:

A gay Chinese social support organization, is based in Los Angeles, California. Also promotes friendship and unity, provide assistance, foster social and political awareness, and enhance positive self-image among the gay Chinese.

Korean-Americans United for Equality (KUE):

An alliance of multigenerational straight and LGBTQI Korean-Americans committed to promoting sexual and gender equality.

Dari Project:

A volunteer-led, grassroots organization that develops resources to increase awareness and acceptance in Korean American communities of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people of Korean descent.

South Asian

Satrang:

A cultural, social, and support organization providing a safe space to empower and advocate for the rights of the South Asian LGBTIQQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, Intersex, Queer and Questioning) community in Southern California through education, networking, and outreach. Satrang works toward ending gender and sexuality based prejudice.

Satrang Stories - Stories from our families:
The Satrang Youth Group began a "Family Stories" project wherein they collected stories from family members about how they went through their own process with their LBGTQ son/daughter/sibling/grandchild, etc. These stories are offered here and shared as personal narratives of South Asian family members struggling / coming to terms / accepting / celebrating the LGBTQ person they love and care about. We hope they will spark conversatios that lead to greater visibility, emotional health and connection in our communities.

South East Asian

Shades of Yellow:

A Hmong LGBTQ nonprofit organization that works to provide support, education, advocacy, and leadership development to Hmong LGBTQ and allies. While based in Minnesota, we maintain a strong online presence and national network of sister queer Southeast Asian organizations in order to be able to provide support or resources to Hmong LGBTQ across the country and around the world.

Barangay Los Angeles:

A nonprofit community organization serving the LGBTQ Filipino & Filipino-American community for the past twenty-one years in Los Angeles.

Sisters of Gabriela, Awaken! (SiGAw!):

An organization serving Filipinas in the Los Angeles community. SiGAw addresses the rights and welfare of women through education, organizing, campaigns, and cultural work.

The Malaya Project:
Photographer Deney Tuazon and filmmaker Gregory Pacificar, come together to create The Malaya (Free) Project. A photography project highlighting the lives of various proud gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer Filipino/as.

Gender-Specific

Men

Gay Asian Pacific Support Network (GAPSN):

GAPSN is a brotherhood of gay and bisexual Asian Pacific Islander (API) men supporting and empowering each other.

Asian/Pacific Gays and Friends:
AP/GF is an non-profit, social and educational group established for gay Asians and friends who share an interest in Asian cultures and experiences. A/PGF's primary purpose is to provide a supportive environment where the interaction between members is enjoyable, safe and enriching.

Women

Asian American Queer Women’s Activists:

We are a network of Asian and Pacific Islander queer, lesbian and transgender individuals in the greater Los Angeles area. AQWA's mission is to promote the visibility and empowerment of Asian and Pacific Islander queer, lesbian women and transgender individuals and to build a supportive, progressive community through social, political and educational activism.

Family Resources

PFLAG—San Gabriel Valley Asian Pacific Islander Chapter:

Besides accomplishing the vision and mission of PFLAG National in promoting the health and well-being of LGBT individuals, their families, and friends, our chapter’s vision is to promote inter-generational and inter-ethnic dialogue among our Asian, Asian-American, Pacific-Islander, and South Asian parents, families, and their lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender children, family members, and friends. 

Faith Resources

Queer Asian Spirit:

A welcoming forum to share queer wisdom, knowledges, experiences, communities, religiosities, theologies and spiritualities from men, women and transpeople of Asian and Pacific Islander descent of different faiths from around the globe!

Queer Dharma:

We are a community of meditation practice for all people, founded and hosted by LGBTQ people [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer].  A broad range of Buddhist traditions are represented in our membership and visiting teachers. 

The Gay and Lesbian Vaishnava Association:

An international organization dedicated to the teachings of Lord Caitanya, the importance of all-inclusiveness within His mission, and the Vedic concept of a natural third gender.

The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Minstry:
The Asian and Pacific Islander Roundtable envisions the emergence of coalitions and networks of API-LGBTQ and API allies across the country that affirm the dignity and spiritual wholeness of API-LGBTQ people of faith.

Health Resources

Asian Pacific Aids Intervention Team (APAIT):

To positively impact the quality of life for medically underserved communities living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS and other health disparities through culturally competent and linguistically appropriate programs in Southern California.

Asian Pacific Health Care Venture, Inc.:

Offers a full spectrum of health services for patients of all ages including general diagnosis and treatment, behavioral health services, walk-in pregnancy testing, testing for HIV/AIDS and STI’s, and screenings for bone density, breast, and cervical cancer. Looking for some answers regarding your insurance plan? Having difficulty paying for your medical care? Need help completing enrollment forms? We’re here to help.

Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center:

We transform lives by advancing health, wellness, and equality for people of all races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender identities, and immigration statuses. We believe everyone deserves to be healthy and needs access to the highest quality health care. At A&PI Wellness Center, health care is grounded in social justice.

Financial Resources 

George Choy Memorial / Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (GAPA) Scholarship:

Provides financial assistance to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (l/g/b/t) Asian and Pacific Islanders (API) who are in the process of applying to, or are currently attending, a post-secondary institution. The maximum grant award is currently $1000.

Tang Scholarship:

Mr. Edward C. Tang established this award in 2007 to provide financial assistance to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Asian and Pacific Islanders (API) for post-secondary Education. This scholarship is to help LGBT youth proudly achieve educational pursuits and dreams without shame.

 

Latinx Resources

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UCLA LGBTQ Student Organizations

La Familia: 
UCLA’s Latina/o LGBT student group.

Advocacy Organizations

Unid@s [Multilingual]:
The mission of Unid@s is to create a multi-issue approach for advocacy, education, and convening of and for our communities. Guided by economic justice, feminist, environmental, and pro-peace values, UNID@S joins a global effort to transform systems and policies to create a just and equitable world.

Unity Coalition [Bilingual]:
The first & only organization for the Latino | Hispanic | LGBTQ community (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning) - advancing Equality since 2002.

HONOR Fund [Bilingual]:

A non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the rights and freedoms of the Latino LGBT community through leadership development, advocacy and public education.

Immigration Equality [Bilingual]:

A national organization fighting for equality under U.S. immigration law for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and HIV-positive individuals . Immigration Equality provides legal aid and advocacy for LGBT and HIV-positive immigrants and their families.

Famlia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement 

Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement (Familia: TQLM) is the only national organization that addresses, organizes, educates, and advocates for the issues most important to our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) and Latino communities. Familia: TQLM is inclusive and serves of all LGBTQ Latinos, Latinas, and gender nonconforming individuals. We also collaborate with non-LGBTQ families and friends who support our vision of a united LGBTQ Latino and Latina community.

Communities

The Network/La Red [Bilingual]:
A survivor-led, social justice organization that works to end partner abuse in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, BDSM, polyamorous, and queer communities. Rooted in anti-oppression principles, their work aims to create a world where all people are free from oppression. They strengthen communities through organizing, education, and the provision of support services.

Asociación Internacional de Familias por la Diversidad Sexual (FDS) [Español]:
FDS is an organization that aims to maintain family unity. They fight for the safety and well-beingof their gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender members, giving them support in dealing with a hostile society. FDS promotes information and education as tools to eradicate hatred, prejudice, homophobia, and all forms of related discrimination.

Gender-Specific

Men

The Gay Latino L.A.:

This project aims to lead the way for a media revolution of gay Latino men worldwide by building a video blog community. We want to advocate for the creation of media by gay Latino men of all ages. Our video community via YouTube will serve as a platform to share empowering dialogue about building proactive identities for ourselves.

Faith Resources

The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry:
To promote understanding, acceptance and affirmation of Latino/a LGBTQ persons and their families by transforming Latino/a faith communities and the wider Latino/a community.

Health Resources

Bienstar [Bilingual]:

A unique non-profit social service organization dedicated to positively impacting the health and well-being of the Latino community and other underserved communities in Southern California.

The Wall-Las Memorias Project [Multilingual]:

Serves low-income and hard to reach communities throughout Los Angeles—educating community members on the importance of HIV/AIDS, substance abuse prevention and community building in the LGBT community.

Family Resources

Somos Familia [Bilingual]:
Somos Familia supports Latino famillies with children who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer and conducts education to create family and community acceptance. The group was started by two mothers to support other families with similar experiences.

Native American Resources

UCLA Resources

Retention of American Indians Now! (RAIN!):

Provides comprehensive support services to all students on-campus in order to address a wide variety of needs: academic, personal, social, cultural, and spiritual.

Education and Information

Indigenous Ways of Knowing (IWOK):
IWOK released the second edition of the groundbreaking Tribal Equity Toolkit: Tribal Resolutions and Codes to Support Two Spirit and LGBT Justice in Indian Country. Many Indian tribal governing documents are patterned after the U.S. constitution, which means Indigneous traditions and cultures are not always reflected in governing resolutions. The Tribal Equity Toolkit creates ways for Tribal government to adjust their codes and policies to include and reflect the experiences of Two Spirit and LGBT tribal members.

Communities

City of Angels Two Spirit Society (CATSS):
CATSS is a local and community based organization that connects Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Native Americans to culturally relevant social events and activities. We group in a safe alcohol and drug-free environment.

GLAAD's Blog on Native American LGBT Community:

GLAAD is leading the conversation for LGBT equality, and changing the culture. As the LGBT movement's communications epicenter, GLAAD is the principal organization that works directly with news media, entertainment media, cultural institutions and social media.

Health Resources

The National Native American AIDS Prevention Center:

Addresses the impact of HIV/AIDS on American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians through culturally appropriate advocacy, research, education, and policy development in support of healthy indegenious people.

Red Circle Project (RCP):

RCP provides culturally competent HIV/AIDS resources, referrals; group level interventions for Native Gay/Two Spirit men and Native transgender individuals; and mobile HIV testing to urban Native community at outreach events such as powwows, cultural events, etc...

Middle-Eastern Resources

Education and Information

Arab LGBT Movement Speaks Out

My.Kali.Mag

A monthly magazine that concerns the LGBTQ community from all around the world and dedicated for people who live in the: Middle East, for foreigners who live in the Arab world, for those new-gay-to-be, for those who're away fom home and for those who're intereseted in entering the world of My.Kali.

Communities

Ahbab: Gay and Lesbian Arab Society (in Arabic)

Arab Cultural and Community Center of San Francisco:
A non-profit organization devoted to promoting Arab art and culture; annual Arab festival; offer referrals and services for health, immigration and ESL.

Bibi | SF:
A charity and community group (Includes South West Asian and North African identiites)

Gay and Lesbian Arabs:
A world-wide federation of national and local groups seeking equal rights for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender individals everywhere.

S.W.A.N.A.B.A.Q - Southwest Asian North African Bay Area Queers:
online group and discussion forum; occasional social, political or other events.

Advocacy Organizations

Gay and Lesbian Arabic Society:
An international organization that serves as a networking organization for Gays and Lesbians of Arab descent or those living in Arab countries.

Gender-Specific

Women

Lazeeza: Arab Lesbians Online

Men

Gay Middle Eastern Men's Group:
Website where gay men from all parts of the Middle East give their testimonials and experiences