LGBT

Statewide & Local LGBT Resources

Breaking Barriers: Breaking Barriers is a volunteer driven non-profit organization that works within our local communities and in conjunction with other local service organizations to provide supportive and educational services to those in need. By coordinating with other providers, we have the ability to fill the gaps in service that they don’t have the resources to provide. Our Staff and volunteers provide education services for people at risk for HIV infection, low- and moderate-income people through HIV testing services, outreach, and workshops. We also offer transportation services for clients to and from medical appointments, resource referrals, in home support services and housing referrals.

Center for AIDS Research, Education & Services (CARES): As the largest HIV/AIDS nonprofit clinic in the Sacramento region, CARES is a place of hope for thousands of people from all over the Central Valley who need testing, clinic services and counseling. Since CARES began in 1989, we’ve made incredible strides in our treatment options for people living with HIV/AIDS, our long-term financial stability, and our role as a leader in the Sacramento community.

COLAGE:COLAGE is the only national youth-driven network of people with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer parents. Living in a world that treats our families different can be isolating or challenging. By connecting us with peers who share our experience, COLAGE helps us become strong advocates for ourselves and our families.

Courage Campaign: The Courage Campaign is an online organizing network that empowers more than 700,000 grassroots and netroots activists to push for progressive change and equality in California and across the country.

DOD Federal Globe: DOD affiliate of Federal Globe in support of the rights of the LGBT Armed Forces and Civil Service, those who wish to serve, and friends and family.

Equality California (EQCA): Since it was founded in 1998, Equality California has strategically moved California from a state with extremely limited legal protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals to a state with some of the most comprehensive civil rights protections in the nation.

Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) Network: Gay-Straight Alliance Network is a youth leadership organization that connects school-based Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) to each other and community resources through peer support, leadership development, and training. The following counties have GSA’s:

  • Butte County
  • Nevada County
  • Placer County
  • Sacramento County
  • Yolo County
  • Yuba County

Lavender Library, Archives & Cultural Exchange (LLACE): The Lavender Library serves the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities as a lending library and archives and as a site for cultural activities. Unique in the greater Sacramento area, it is an all-volunteer-run, donation-supported community organization with certified nonprofit status. They encourage users to join LLACE and to become Pride Preserver members.

Log Cabin Republicans: Log Cabin Republicans is the nation’s only organization of Republicans who support fairness, freedom, and equality for gay and lesbian Americans. Log Cabin has state and local chapters nationwide, full-time staff in California and Washington, DC, a federal political action committee, and state political action committees.

  • Sacramento

Marriage Equality USA (MEUSA)Marriage Equality USA, is an all-volunteer, national non-profit organization whose mission is to secure legally recognized civil marriage equality for all, at the federal and state level, without regard to gender identity or sexual orientation. The following Sacramento Valley counties have MEUSA chapters:

  • Butte County
  • Nevada County
  • Placer County
  • Sacramento County
  • San Joaquin
  • Yolo County

Parents & Friends of Lesbians & Gays (PFLAG):Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is a national non-profit organization with over 200,000 members and supporters and over 500 affiliates in the United States. This vast grassroots network is cultivated, resourced and serviced by the PFLAG National Office, located in Washington, D.C., the national Board of Directors and 13 Regional Directors. The following Sacramento Valley areas have PFLAG chapters:

  • Chico
  • Grass Valley/Nevada City
  • Greater Placer County
  • Marysville/Yuba City
  • Modesto/Oakdale
  • Placerville/El Dorado County
  • Sacramento
  • San Joaquin/Stockton
  • Vacaville/North Solano County

Sacramento LGBT Community Center: The Sacramento LGBT Community Center is dedicated to serving the lesbian, gay, transgender, and bisexual community of the Greater Sacramento area and surrounding counties and its allies by providing space, diverse programming, advocacy, and cultural competency awareness in an affirming, compassionate and safe environment.

Stonewall Democrats:The National Stonewall Democrats is a grassroots network connecting LGBT Democratic activists from Seattle, Washington to Austin, Texas to Little Rock, Arkansas to Atlanta, Georgia. With more than 90 chapters across the country, Stonewall is a grassroots force for social change within our movement and within our party. Our members do the hard work of calling voters, putting together campaign mailings, going door-to-door for our fair-minded candidates and having tough conversations with Democratic party officials about why our families need and deserve more support from our party and its elected officials.

  • Central Valley Stonewall Democrats
  • Stonewall Democratic Club of Greater Sacramento

Strength In Numbers (SIN) Sacramento: SIN stands for Strength In Numbers and is a not-for-profit online social network for HIV+ gay men, with chapters forming around the world. Strength In Numbers Sacramento (SIN Sacramento) allows HIV+ men an easy way to communicate with each other directly, share information and plan group activities with other like minded men in the area.

Local Media

Outword Magazine: Outword Magazine is the long-time, proven leader in quality lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender advertising and news for Central and Northern California. With an average press run of 10,000, Outword Magazine is the area’s largest, most respected and dependable LGBT publication for Sacramento and Northern California. We are now in our 15th year.

Sacramento News & Review: Sacramento’s independent news and entertainment resource.

National LGBT Resources

COLAGE: COLAGE is the only national youth-driven network of people with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer parents. Living in a world that treats our families different can be isolating or challenging. By connecting us with peers who share our experience, COLAGE helps us become strong advocates for ourselves and our families.

Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD): 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 & Straight Education Network (GLSEN): GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. Established in 1990, GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes to creating a more vibrant and diverse community.

Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) Network: Gay-Straight Alliance Network is a youth leadership organization that connects school-based Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) to each other and community resources through peer support, leadership development, and training.

Get EQUAL: The mission of Get EQUAL is to empower the LGBTQ community and our allies to take action to demand full legal and social equality, and to hold accountable those who stand in the way.

Human Rights Campaign (HRC): The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

Immigration Equality: Immigration Equality is a national organization fighting for equality under U.S. immigration law for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and HIV-positive individuals. Founded in 1994 as the Lesbian and Gay Immigration Rights Task Force, we have grown to a membership of 10,000 people in cities all over the country. We are run by a Board of Directors and have full-time staff in our National Headquarters in New York. Immigration Equality is funded by donations from our members as well as generous support from private foundations.

Join The Impact (JTI): JTI is a grassroots and netroots organization geared at gaining full equality for the LGBTQI community through outreach, education, and demonstration. It began on November 7th, 2008 with two friends emailing back and forth about the California passage of Proposition 8. What grew out of this was a spirit of netroots activism that led to the 300 city international protests of Proposition 8 on November 15th, 2008. Since then, JTI has evolved into an organization that has called for specific actions every month from city leaders and organizers around the globe.

Lambda Legal: 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.

Log Cabin Republicans: Log Cabin Republicans is the nation’s only organization of Republicans who support fairness, freedom, and equality for gay and lesbian Americans. Log Cabin has state and local chapters nationwide, full-time staff in California and Washington, DC, a federal political action committee, and state political action committees.

Marriage Equality USA (MEUSA): Marriage Equality USA, is an all-volunteer, national non-profit organization whose mission is to secure legally recognized civil marriage equality for all, at the federal and state level, without regard to gender identity or sexual orientation.

National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR): The National Center for Lesbian Rights is a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education.

National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE): The National Center for Transgender Equality is a national social justice organization devoted to ending discrimination and violence against transgender people through education and advocacy on national issues of importance to transgender people.

National Gay & Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF): The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from the ground up. We do this by training activists, organizing broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and by building the organizational capacity of our movement. Our Policy Institute, the movement’s premier think tank, provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality and to counter right-wing lies. As part of a broader social justice movement, we work to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all.

The National LGBT Bar Association: The National LGBT Bar Association is a national association of lawyers, judges and other legal professionals, law students, activists and affiliated lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender legal organizations. The LGBT Bar promotes justice in and through the legal profession for the LGBT community in all its diversity.

One Struggle, One Fight: One Struggle, One Fight believes that our struggle for LGBT equality and civil rights is part of a larger struggle for peace and for social justice. That’s why we’ve reached out to other movements – Labor, Anti-War, Racial Justice, Youth Empowerment, Violence Prevention, and Anti-Poverty, to name a few. This is a Movement of Movements, because we have incredible power when we stand up for and with each other.

Parents & Friends of Lesbians & Gays (PFLAG): Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is a national non-profit organization with over 200,000 members and supporters and over 500 affiliates in the United States. This vast grassroots network is cultivated, resourced and serviced by the PFLAG National Office, located in Washington, D.C., the national Board of Directors and 13 Regional Directors.

Pride At Work: Pride At Work is a nonprofit organization and an officially recognized constituency group of the AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor & Congress of Industrial Organizations.) We organize mutual support between the organized Labor Movement and the LGBT Community for social and economic justice. In addition to national Pride at Work, more than 20 Chapters organize at the state and local level around the country

Services & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Transgender Elders (SAGE): SAGE is the world’s oldest and largest non-profit agency dedicated to serving and advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender seniors. Since its inception, SAGE has pioneered programs and services for seniors in the LGBT community, provided technical assistance and training to expand opportunities for LGBT older people across the country, and provided a national voice on LGBT aging issues.

Service members, Partners, Allies for Respect and Tolerance for All (SPARTA): SPART*A is a group of LGBT people who currently serve or have served in the military and our families as well as veteran and uniformed allies. We are a membership organization, built by, for and with members from all parts of the LGBT military community.

Stonewall Democrats: The National Stonewall Democrats is a grassroots network connecting LGBT Democratic activists from Seattle, Washington to Austin, Texas to Little Rock, Arkansas to Atlanta, Georgia. With more than 90 chapters across the country, Stonewall is a grassroots force for social change within our movement and within our party. Our members do the hard work of calling voters, putting together campaign mailings, going door-to-door for our fair-minded candidates and having tough conversations with Democratic party officials about why our families need and deserve more support from our party and its elected officials.

Trans Lifeline: Trans Lifeline is a non-profit dedicated to the well being of transgender people. They run a hotline staffed by transgender people for transgender people. Trans Lifeline volunteers are ready to respond to whatever support needs members of the community might have. This is a FREE helpline run by volunteers and supported by the community. This line is primarily for transgender people experiencing a crisis. This includes people who may be struggling with their gender identity and are not sure that they are transgender. While its their goal is to prevent self harm, the Trans Lifeline welcomes the call of any transgender person in need. They will do our very best to connect them with services that can help them meet that need. If you are not sure whether you should call or not, then please call the Lifeline us at 1-877-565-8860.

Transgender Law Center (TLC): The Transgender Law Center (TLC) is a civil rights organization advocating for transgender communities. Every day we connect transgender people and their families to technically sound and culturally competent legal services, increase acceptance and enforcement of laws and policies that support California’s transgender communities, and work to change laws and systems that fail to incorporate the needs and experiences of transgender people.

True Colors: True Colors is a non-profit organization that works with other social service agencies, schools, organizations, and within communities to ensure that the needs of sexual and gender minority youth are both recognized and competently met. The organization trains more than 2400 people annually, organizes the largest LGBT youth conference in the country with more than 2000 attendees and manages the state’s only LGBT mentoring program.