Black Friday and Cyber Monday stimulate our economy, but Giving Tuesday stirs the soul. Philanthropy remains too rare in a nation as wealthy as ours, and even if you only have a few bucks to give, tossing it to a worthy charity (or business) will stay with you a lot longer than that coffee. And while we always encourage donating to worthy mainstream LGBTQ organizations like the Human Rights Campaign, GLAAD, the National LGBTQ Task Force, and Lambda Legal, there are smaller groups also worthy of your hard-earned money. Here are just a few:
This foundation is the largest repository of LGBTQ materials in the world and is the oldest active LGBTQ organization in the U.S., founded in 1952. Housed near the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, ONE not only preserves the history of the modern LGBTQ movement, but offers educational initiatives, public programs, and rotating exhibits at a museum in West Hollywood. Give to this worthy charity here.
This isn’t an organization or nonprofit, but rather an LGBTQ bookstore; one of only a handful left. Named after James Baldwin’s iconic work, Giovanni’s Room maintains a brick-and-mortar in Philadelphia, as well as a robust online store. Pick up something today.
This organization advocates for one of the most disadvantaged communities in the world. Fighting at the intersection of immigration, racial justice, and trans rights, the TransLatina Coalition does difficult work, especially in the age of Donald Trump. Read more about their strategic plan for the future and donate to them here.
Cuties is such an important space. Located in L.A.’s East Hollywood neighborhood, it’s one of very few queer commercial spaces that’s not a bar — and their coffee, venue, and staff are absolutely fantastic. Whether it’s for a solo study session, one of their inclusive events, or just to check out their super useful message board packed with community events and resources, show Cuties some love this Giving Tuesday by supporting their Patreon.
One of the few groups that works exclusively on bisexual and pansexual rights, the Bisexual Resource Center has been fighting against biphobia since 1985. Your donations will help them expand representation of the bi community and advocate for a place for bi folks at the LGBTQ+ table. Click here to donate.
Women are often overlooked when it comes to HIV, but the Positive Women’s Network is working to change that. Founded in 2008 by 28 diverse women leaders, the group works to expand health care, increase economic justice, and end violence and HIV criminalization. Help them reach their goals here.
When the Trump administration and many states are trying to make it OK for publicly funded adoption agencies to discriminate against LGBTQ parents, rainbow families need our support more than ever. The Family Equality Council is an advocate for them, and it also offers a variety of resources to help LGBTQ people build families. You can find out more and make a donation at FamilyEquality.org.
The South has a reputation for homophobia and transphobia, at least outside of major cities, but it shouldn’t be written off as a lost cause. The Campaign for Southern Equality, as its website states, “is working to build a South where LGBTQ people are equal in every part of life.” The group works through the courts, grassroots organizing, and other means to make this happen. Get more info and support the campaign’s efforts at SouthernEquality.org.