Professional Legal Organizations
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. In addition, The National LGBT Bar Association keeps an updated list of LGBT State, City and Specialized Affiliates at http://www.lgbtbar.org/affiliates/.
The Minority Corporate Counsel Association was founded to advocate for the expanded hiring, retention, and promotion of minority attorneys in corporate law departments and the law firms that serve them. There are resources listed on their website specifically targeting gay and lesbian lawyers.
Student Affinity Groups
The Law School Admission Council conducts a biennial survey on student LGBT affinity groups at law schools. The information is available at www.lsac.org/jd/diversity/lgbt-chart.asp, and contact information for each student affinity group is available by clicking on the link for each law school in the chart.
LGBT Rights Organizations
AIDS Project LA (APLA)
AIDS Project Los Angeles, one of the nation's largest AIDS service organizations, provides direct services to more than 10,000 men, women and children living with HIV and AIDS in Los Angeles County. APLA is a leader in the provision of bilingual HIV treatment information, in print and on the Internet, and advocates for effective AIDS-related policies and legislation on the local, state and federal level.
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
The mission of the ACLU LGBT Project is the creation of a society in which lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people enjoy the constitutional rights of equality, privacy and personal autonomy, and freedom of expression and association.
Equality California and its sister organizations, Equality California Institute and Equality California PAC, share a common mission to ensure and promote dignity, safety and equality for all of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Californians. Equality California, formerly known as California Alliance for Pride and Equality (CAPE), was founded in 1998. EQCA is the state's largest LGBT civil rights organization. Equality California leads efforts for LGBT civil rights at the state level through an array of strategies including lobbying legislators, building coalitions and empowering other organizations and individuals to engage in the legislative process, and sponsoring bills and leading efforts to ensure their passage.
Equity Foundation has existed since 1989 to eradicate prejudice against sexual and gender minority communities as well as other diverse communities around Oregon and Southwest Washington. Equity Foundation promotes philanthropy and positive interaction by providing college scholarships and granting funds to organizations that work to eradicate prejudice against gender and sexual minorities and people from other diverse communities.
Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)
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 Advocates & Defenders (GLAD)
Founded in 1978, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) is New England's leading legal rights organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status and gender identity and expression. Providing litigation, advocacy, and educational work in all areas of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender civil rights and the rights of people living with HIV, GLAD has a full-time legal staff and a network of cooperating attorneys across New England.
Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund
The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund provides strategic, technical and financial support to openly LGBT candidates and officials. A related organization, the Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute, at www.victoryinstitute.org, to ensure that LGBT Americans are not excluded from the electoral process and does this work by offering through its Leadership Institute Candidate & Campaign Training program nonpartisan trainings on the ins and outs of campaigns. In addition, it works to help openly gay and lesbian officeholders develop professionally through its collaboration with the International Network of Lesbian and Gay Officials and co-sponsorship of the annual Gay & Lesbian Leadership Conference.
Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
Founded in 1980, HRC lobbies Congress, provides campaign support to candidates for federal office, and works to educate the public on a wide array of topics affecting LBGT Americans, including workplace, family and discrimination issues.
Immigration Equality (formerly Lesbian and Gay Immigration Rights Task Force) is a coalition of immigrants, attorneys and other activists who address the widespread impact of discriminatory immigration laws on the lives of those in the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community and immigrants who are living with HIV/AIDS. Incorporated in 1994, LGIRTF is a non-profit organization that seeks to help those affected by these discriminatory practices through education, outreach, advocacy and the maintenance of a nationwide resource network. LGIRTF offers free legal clinics and support group meetings, publishes an informative newsletter and a heavily trafficked website. LGIRTF responds to hundreds of individual requests for information and assistance each year. There are local chapters nationwide.
International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association
The International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) is a world-wide federation of national and local groups dedicated to achieving equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) people everywhere. Founded in 1978, it now has more than 400 member organizations. Every continent and around 90 countries are represented. ILGA member groups range from small collectives to national groups and entire cities. ILGA is to this day the only international non-profit and non-governmental community-based federation focused on presenting discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation as a global issue.
Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund
Lambda Legal is a non-profit, national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, the transgendered, and people with HIV/AIDS through impact litigation, education, and public policy work.
Lesbian and Gay Law Association of Greater New York (LeGaL)
LeGaL was one of the nation's first bar associations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) legal community and remains one of the largest and most active organizations of its kind in the country. LeGaL offers the Dr. M.L. "Hank" Henry, Jr. Fund for Judicial Internships. A $3,500 stipend is awarded to a law student to support a 10-week summer judicial internship in New York City under the auspices of the Lesbian and Gay Law Association Foundation of Greater New York ("LeGaL Foundation"). (Deadline is typically early January; check website for details.)
Log Cabin Republicans
Log Cabin Republicans is an organization dedicated to tolerance, fairness, and inclusion in the GOP. Log Cabin has become a leading voice on the national stage working to educate other Republicans and all elected officials about the importance of gay and lesbian civil rights.
National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)
Located in San Francisco, NCLR is a national legal resource center with a primary commitment to advancing the rights and safety of lesbians and their families through a program of litigation, public policy advocacy, free legal advice and counseling, and public education.
National Lesbian and Gay Task Force (NLGTF)
The Policy Institute of NGLTF is the largest think tank in the U.S. engaged in research, policy analysis, and strategic action to advance equality and understanding of LGBT people.
OutServe-SLDN is the association of actively serving LGBT military personnel and is a non-partisan, non-profit, legal services, watchdog and policy organization dedicated to bringing about full LGBT equality to America's military and ending all forms of discrimination and harassment of military personnel on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. OS-SLDN provides free and direct legal assistance to service members and veterans affected by the repealed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law and the prior regulatory ban on open service, as well as those currently serving who may experience harassment or discrimination. Since 1993, our in-house legal team has responded to more than 12,000 requests for assistance.
The Point Foundation is the first and only nationwide LGBT scholarship organization that focuses exclusively on granting assistance to undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students of distinction.
Pride Law Fund
Pride Law Fund strives to support work that promotes the legal rights of the LGBT community, and people living with HIV and AIDS, by funding legal services and projects and by sponsoring education and outreach. The Roberta Achtenberg, Steven Block and Mary Morgan Summer Fellowship Programs are open to law students working under the supervision of an attorney at a 501(c)(3) tax exempt non-profit organization anywhere in the country. The Tom Steel Post-Graduate Fellowship is to fund a new lawyer each year to work in the United States on an innovative, public interest law project that serves the LGBT community. Please check the website for deadline information.
Project Inform is a non-profit, San Francisco-based national HIV/AIDS treatment information organization. Serving individuals and organizations with up-to-the minute treatment information and advocacy.
Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SLRP, a satellite of Urban Justice Center)
The Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine their gender identity and expression, regardless of income, and without facing harassment, discrimination or violence. The Urban Justice Center serves low-income New Yorkers through a unique combination of direct legal services, systemic advocacy, community education and political organizing.
The Williams Project
The Charles R. Williams Project on Sexual Orientation Law at UCLA is the nation's first think tank dedicated to the field of sexual orientation law and public policy. The Project supports legal scholarship, legal research, policy analysis, and education regarding sexual orientation discrimination and other legal issues that affect lesbian and gay people. This website offers information on upcoming events, conferences and opportunities for student involvement as well as local resources for LGBT law students.