ACLU Lesbian and Gay Rights Project

The LGBT Project fights discrimination and moves public opinion on LGBT rights through the courts, legislatures and public education.


Empire Justice Center

Empire Justice is a statewide, multi-issue, multi-strategy public interest law firm focused on changing the “systems” within which poor and low income families live. With a focus on poverty law, Empire Justice undertakes research and training, acts as an informational clearinghouse, and provides litigation backup to local legal services programs and community based organizations. 


Family Equality Council

Family Equality Council seeks to promote and defend the well-being of LGBTQ families through advocacy, support and educational activities, advances the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parents and their families. Family Equality Council promotes positive public policy for families of LGBTQ people. Also, FEC provides a resources including a written guide to starting local LGBTQ parenting groups.


Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD)

New England's leading legal rights organization is dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status, gender identity and expression. GLAD uses impact litigation and education to achieve its goals.


Human Rights Campaign (HRC)

HRC is the largest national lesbian and gay political organization with members throughout the country. It effectively lobbies Congress, provides campaign support and educates the public to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.
Also visit for a comprehensive guide for administrators, educators, parents and guardians who want to strengthen their schools' approach to family diversity, gender stereotyping and bullying. Welcoming Schools is specifically designed for use in K-5 learning environments and is inclusive of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender families and individuals in the broader context of diversity.

Immigration Equality, Inc.

Immigration Equality, Inc. seeks the equal application of U.S immigration law toward LGBT couples and serves as a resource/support network for bi-national relationships. Immigration Equality, Inc. also advocates for persons facing HIV/AIDS discrimination and those seeking asylum based on sexual orientation.


Marriage Equality USA
Founded in 1996, Marriage Equality USA (MEUSA) is the nation's oldest organization dedicated to building equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community through civil marriage equality in every state and at the federal level. It is the largest volunteer-driven, grassroots organization of its kind engaged in education, training, organizing, action, and coalition building to win equal marriage rights and protections for LGBTQ couples and their families.


Movement Advancement Project
Founded in 2006, the Movement Advancement Project is an independent think tank that provides rigorous research, insight and analysis that help speed equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. MAP's work is focused on three primary areas: policy & issue analysis, LGBT movement overviews, effective messaging. 


National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)

Founded in 1977, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) is this country's only lesbian, feminist, multicultural, national legal resource and advocacy organization with a primary focus on advancing the legal rights of lesbians and their families. Through precedent setting litigation, public policy advocacy, free legal advice and counseling, and community education NCLR helps create a world in which all lesbians can live fully, free from discrimination. NCLR's family law, youth, immigration, and elder law projects benefit lesbians and gay men, and bisexual and transgendered individuals throughout the United States.


National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF)

Founded in 1973, NGLTF was the first LGBT civil rights and advocacy organization and remains the movement's leading voice for freedom, justice and equality.


New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence

The NYSCADV is a non-profit membership organization whose mission is to eradicate domestic violence and to ensure the provision of effective and appropriate services to victims of domestic violence through community outreach, education, training, technical assistance and policy development. NYSCADV also provides a 24-hour, toll-free, statewide Domestic & Sexual Violence Hotline.


New York State Citizens' Coalition for Children Inc.

NYSCCC is an advocacy organization comprised of adoptive and foster parent groups throughout the state, agencies, and concerned citizens who believe in the right of EVERY child to a permanent, loving family. Services include information, referrals, and support and guidance for prospective adoptive and foster parents.


NY Pride Network

The New York Pride Network is a guide to events for and by the LGBTQ community and our allies in the Capital Region, Central New York and the North Country, Genesee Valley/Finger Lakes, Greater New York, Hudson Valley, the Southern Tier and Western New York, as well as statewide events. It also provides a directory of LGBTQ community centers and LGBTQ and ally organizations. 





Last Updated: 6/27/16