The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a nonprofit legal organization that works to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people can live openly without discrimination and enjoy equal rights, personal autonomy, and freedom of expression and association. The host a Know Your Rights page that outlines some of the most popular questions about legal rights for the queer community.
Campus Pride is a national nonprofit organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create a safer college environment for LGBTQ students. The primary objective of Campus Pride is to develop necessary resources, programs and services to support LGBTQ and ally students on college campuses across the United States. Their Campus Pride Index is a free online tool where you can search a national database of LGBTQ-friendly (and not so friendly) campuses to see how they rank in institutional commitment to LGBTQ-inclusive policy, program and practice. As of Fall 2019, ETSU is not listed.
Human Rights Campaign
Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights advocacy group and political lobbying organization. HRC envisions a world 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.
Lambda Legal is a national nonprofit organization committed to achieving 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. They have a clear, easy to use Know Your Rights page, as well as a page exclusively about Tennessee, for readers to learn about legal rights and protections for queer people.
National Center for Transgender Equality
The National Center for Transgender Equality advocates to change 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. Their ID Documents Center is a great aid to help readers find out how to update their name and gender on state and federal IDs and records. Also, they have a Health Coverage Guide to help readers navigate the coverage process for transition-related care.
The National LGBTQ Task Force
The National LGBTQ Task Force is an advocacy non-profit organizing the grassroots power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community. They are the country’s oldest national LGBTQ advocacy group, and they are dedicated to advancing full freedom, justice and equality for LGBTQ people.
Transgender Law Center
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. They have a great resources page covering a wide range of topics including employment, family law, identity documents, healthcare, housing, and more.
Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund
The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund is committed to ending discrimination based upon gender identity and expression and to achieving equality for transgender people through public education, test-case litigation, direct legal services, and public policy efforts. In very select cities, their Name Change Project provides pro bono legal name change services to low-income transgender, gender non-conforming, non-binary people. One of the cities included is Atlanta, GA.
The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning young people under 25. They offer services on the phone, online, and through text:
- Trevor Lifeline is a national 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention lifeline for LGBTQ young people under 25, available at 1-866-488-7386.
- TrevorChat is a free, confidential, secure instant messaging service for LGBTQ youth that provides live help from trained volunteer counselors, open daily.
- TrevorText is a free, confidential, secure service in which LGBTQ young people can text a trained Trevor counselor for support and crisis intervention, available daily by texting START to 678678.