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PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)

International. 490 chapters worldwide. Founded 1981. Helps families understand and accept gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered family members. Offers help in strengthening families, support groups for families and friends, educational outreach, newsletter, chapter development guidelines, grassroots advocacy, information and referrals. Also has a Transgender Network (PFLAG TNET). For information about TNET call Cesar Hernandex 202-683-9306.
Write:
PFLAG
1828 L St. NW, Ste. 660
Washington, DC 20036
Voice: 202-467-8180
Fax: 202-467-8194
Website: http://www.pflag.org
E-mail: info@pflag.org
Verified: 8/2/2012

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

National. Founded 1973. Advocates and organizes for the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people. Technical assistance for state and local organizers. Publications, materials and newsletter.
Write:
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
1325 Massachusetts Ave. NW, # 600
Washington, DC 20005
Voice: 202-393-5177
Fax: 202-393-2241
Website: http://www.thetaskforce.org
E-mail: info@thetaskforce.org
Verified: 7/26/2012

Rainbow Room

Model. Founded 1979. Adult-facilitated support group for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth (ages 13-21). Provides a safe space for youth to talk about the issues that affect their daily lives.
Write:
Hartford Gay/Lesbian Health Col.
P.O. Box 2094
Hartford, CT 06145-2094
Voice: 860-278-4163
Fax: 860-278-5995
Website: http://www.hglhc.org
E-mail: info@hglhc.org
Verified: 7/26/2012

International Foundation for Gender Education

International. Founded 1978. Support and educational services for and about gender variant persons (including transsexuals, cross-dressers, intersex, androgynes, non-gendered and multi-gendered persons). Services include referrals to local support groups and to medical and psychological professionals. Speakers program, publication of 'Transgender Tapestry' magazine, Synchronicity Bookstore and national outreach.
Write:
Int'l Fdn. for Gender Education
P.O. Box 43445
Washington, DC 20010
Voice: 781-899-2212
Website: http://www.ifge.org
E-mail: info@ifge.org
Verified: 8/14/2012

Family Equality Council

National. 160+ local groups. Founded 1979. Support, education and advocacy for gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered parents, prospective parents and their families. Information and referrals, phone support, family events, literature and newsletter. Assistance in starting groups.
Write:
Family Equality Council
P.O. Box 206
Boston, MA 02133
Voice: 617-502-8700
Fax: 617-502-8701
Website: http://www.familyequality.org
E-mail: info@familyequality.org
Verified: 7/26/2012

COLAGE (Children Of Lesbians And Gays Everywhere)

International. 13 affiliated chapters. Founded 1990. Mission is to connect and empower people to make the world better for children of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parents. Information and referrals, conferences, pen pals, literature, newsletter, leadership development, education and advocacy. Various online programs.
Write:
COLAGE
1550 Bryant St., Suite 830
San Francisco, CA 94103
Voice: 415-861-5437
Fax: 415-255-8345
Website: http://www.colage.org
E-mail: colage@colage.org
Verified: 8/14/2012

Straight Spouse Network (SSN)

International network. 57 groups and 88 state/country contacts. Founded 1986. Confidential personal support network serving current or former heterosexual spouses or partners, of gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender mates and mixed-orientation couples. Empowers straight spouses or partners to cope constructively and promotes understanding between spouses, within families and with the larger community through education and collaboration. Resource information, research-based publications, referrals, newsletter, reading and media references. Guideline available for starting new groups. Numerous confidential internet lists.
Write:
Straight Spouse Network
P.O. Box 507
Mahwah, NJ 07430
Voice: 201-825-7763, support media and research information call 510-595-1005
Website: http://www.straightspouse.org
E-mail: dir@straightspouse.org or sssnnj@aol.com
Verified: 7/26/2012

Mautner Project, The National Lesbian Health Organization

Model. Several groups in Washington, DC. Founded 1990. Cancer support and survivorship groups for lesbian, bisexual and transgender women who partner with women (WPWs), their partners and caregivers. Bereavement support groups for WPWs who have lost a partner, friend or loved one. Smoking cessation groups for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Health self-empowerment groups for black WPWs. Provides phone and online support to WPWs outside the DC-Metro area. Provides LGBT cultural competency training to health care professionals and their staff members. Information and referrals, phone support, literature, newsletter and advocacy.
Write:
1300 19th St. NW
Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036
Voice: 202-332-5536 (Mon.-Fri., 9am-5:30pm EST)
Fax: 202-332-0662
Website: http://www.mautnerproject.org
E-mail: info@mautnerproject.org
Verified: 7/24/2012

Intersex Society of North America

Online. Support for individuals born with an anatomy that someone decided is not standard for male or female. Newsletter, reading materials, library, and weblinks.
Write:
Intersex Society of North America
979 Golf Course Drive #282
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
Website: http://www.isna.org/support
Verified: 6/29/2012

Princess Boy / Strength Girl Acceptance Groups

National. Founded 2010. Nonjudgemental support for parents/caregivers of children who question their gender. A place for parents/caregivers to be together in an accepting environment, explore a positive sense of self and build a supportive community for children. Write Cheyl Kilodavis c/o MyPrincessBoy, 10115 Greenwood Ave N, #273, Seattle, WA 98155.
Write:
Cheyl Kilodavis, c/o MyPrincessBoy
10115 Greenwood Ave N, #273
Seattle, WA 98155
Website: http://www.myprincessboy.com/ag.asp
E-mail: cheryl@myprincessboy.com
Verified: 7/24/2012

Asexuality Visibility and Education Network (AVEN)

(MULTILINGUAL) Online. Provides support for persons who are asexual, older asexual persons, demisexual persons, their partners, friends and family. Website has forums, chat, pen-pals, information and check for lical area meetups.
Website: http://www.asexuality.org/en/index.php?/forum/41-asexuality or http://www.asexuality.org
E-mail: info@asexuality.org
Verified: 7/2/2012

Regard Online

Online. Founded 1989. A UK-based organization of LGBT people who self-identify as disabled. Follows the social model of disability. Offers information, advice (on a non-professional basis) and social contact for members through online groups. Provides advocacy and campaigns on issues affecting disabled LBGT people. Provides online newsletters, news and notices.
Write:
BM Regard
London, UK WC1N 3XX
Website: http://www.regard.org.uk or http://facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=131451632773
E-mail: secretary@regard.org
Verified: 7/24/2012

HeartStrong Network

Online. Founded 1996. Provides support for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender students and others who were adversely affected during their attendance at any religious educational institution. Helps empower those who are still struggling to survive as well as those who have survived these institutions and who have come to love themselves in spite of their spiritual abuse and disciplinary actions taken against them. Those interested in participating in the HeartStrong Network project may register online.
Write:
HeartStrong
P.O. Box 2051
Seattle, WA 98111
Website: http://www.heartstrong.org/heartstrong/hsnetwork.html
E-mail: heartstrong@heartstrong.org
Verified: 7/12/2012

Family Fellowship

National. Provides support for Mormon families engaged in strengthening family ties with gay and lesbian members. Strives to become more understanding and appreciative on each other. Newsletter, annual conference, also offers help with starting local support groups and an online Yahoo group.
Website: http://www.ldsfamilyfellowship.org (link is under 'Get Involved'.)
E-mail: webguru@ldsfamilyfellowship.org
Verified: 8/14/2012

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