The LGBTQ+ community, especially communities of color, has been on the frontlines of change for generations. While we’ve witnessed historic strides, we know that threats to freedom, safety, and dignity remain. This year has seen unprecedented attacks especially on trans and gender non-conforming (TGNC) people’s rights. Most states in the country had at least one anti-TGNC bill introduced in 2021, correlating with an uptick in violence and murder of TGNC community members across the country.
As of 2019, 1 in 5 LGBTQ+ adults, more than 21%, are not registered to vote, compared to 17% of non-LGBTQ+ adults. LGBTQ+ voters average about 10% of the population, often more than enough to win or lose elections, and they made up 6% of all voters in 2018. However, they are frequently disenfranchised and LGBTQ+ voters of color especially face an uphill battle due to rampant voter suppression.
Our partners have the strategies to win. The LGBTQ+ Voter Fund provides groups organizing in LGBTQ+ communities with the resources to launch and expand civic engagement programs that will give people the political power needed to elect leaders who will pass laws that improve everyone’s lives.
All donations are re-granted to the groups below.
Our mission is to build the political power of the Arizona LGBTQ community for our full inclusion in the social, economic, and civil mechanisms of our society.
The origins of The Marsha P. Johnson Institute (MPJI) began both as a response to the murders of Black trans women and women of color and their exclusion from social justice issues, namely racial, gender, and reproductive justice, as well as gun violence. Today, MPJI’s organizing includes: advocating, creating an intentional community to heal, developing transformative leadership, and promoting collective power. MPJI is reclaiming Marsha P. Johnson and their relationship as Black trans people to her life and legacy.
One Colorado is the state’s leading advocacy organization dedicated to advancing equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Coloradans and their families. They effectively advocate for LGBTQ Coloradans and their families by lobbying the General Assembly, the executive branch, and local governments on issues like safe schools, transgender equality, relationship recognition, and LGBTQ health and human services.
Equality Florida is the largest civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community. Through education, grassroots organizing, coalition building, and lobbying, Equality Florida is committed to changing Florida so that no one suffers harassment or discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Their field team uses cutting edge technologies, state of the art voter contact techniques and data driven best practices to communicate with their growing voter file. Thirteen years of elections has built voter education and turnout programs that have been recognized by some of the best strategists in Florida – and have a record of success.
QLatinx was founded in the wake of the Pulse nightclub shooting to bring together the LGBTQ+ Latinx community directly impacted by the tragedy to build a supportive infrastructure, address inequity, and promote inclusionary practices for local leadership and agencies. They work primarily in Orange County and are looking to build upon past work to foster relationships between the LGBTQ+ Latinx communities, promote healing, and build coalitions.
Georgia Equality’s mission is to advance fairness, safety and opportunity for LGBTQ+ communities throughout the state. They work year-round to pass pro-equality legislation and elect fair-minded elected officials. Equality Foundation of Georgia conducts voter registration and educational activities, provides information to decision makers, and organizes and mobilizes LGBTQ communities to advance equality across the state.
WOMEN ENGAGED is a social justice nonprofit that takes an innovative, hands-on learning approach to advancing women’s human rights, youth empowerment and civic engagement efforts in Georgia. Using a human rights framework, Women Engaged develops policy recommendations, conducts research and organizing initiatives paired with, leadership development, savvy communications outreach strategies and civic engagement opportunities for women and youth of color.
EqualityMaine is the oldest and largest statewide organization dedicated to creating a fair and just society for LGBTQ+ Mainers. Their mission is to secure full equality through political action, community organizing, education, and collaboration. The organization envisions the day when LGBTQ+ persons and their families have full equality in the hearts and minds of Maine people and in all areas of the law.
Established in 1991 as the Triangle Foundation, Equality Michigan (EQMI) has been working for nearly 30 years to achieve full equality and respect for all Michigan residents regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Michigan’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people are working to achieve basic fairness and equality in our state. We want to live in safe communities, take care of our families, and contribute to our social, cultural, political, and economic lives and wellbeing. EQMI serves as Michigan’s premiere statewide advocacy organization working toward the achievement of these goals.
LGBT Detroit has served the African American LGBT population of Detroit and nearby communities for 25 years. With local, regional, statewide, national partnerships and affiliations LGBT Detroit continues to work towards making Detroit a safer place for all to work, play and live, without fear and malice. They have expanded to offering 15 programs, serving approximately 800 community members annually. They have done voter registration and voter education forums. They have also collaborated with other organizations to pass local non-discrimination ordinances. Additionally, they host “Hotter Than July” or black gay pride, a gathering of nearly 20,000 people in Detroit each summer, and attendees are from all over the world.
Working with constituents, public institutions, and elected officials – including members of Minnesota’s Legislature – Outfront Minnesota promotes human rights of LGBTQ Minnesotans. They work to shape public policy and elect officials who share their values of equity and belief in the the need for LGBTQ people and allies to vote.
PROMO envisions a Missouri where everyone has full equality in the hearts and minds of all people, in all areas of the law, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. PROMO advocates for LGBTQ equality through legislative action, electoral politics, grassroots organizing, and community education.
A grassroots organization with over 1400 members working to fight for human dignity and push back on bigotry and intolerance across the state. They engage in research, advocacy and organizing to advance human rights for historically oppressed communities and have worked to engage those same communities in the civic process.
OutNebraska empowers community building through culture, relieving the stress that comes from living in the margins. They provide the space to relax, laugh, enjoy each other and live one’s best life. They believe in pride of identity and welcome every new member with open arms.
Our mission is to secure equal rights and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ) North Carolinians. To accomplish our mission we tirelessly lobby the North Carolina General Assembly, executive branch, and local governments, broadcast LGBTQ news, stories and content, and mobilize our communities on issues that we understand matter most to North Carolinians, including parental rights, inclusive anti-bullying policies, employment discrimination, hate violence, privacy rights, sexuality education, adoption, youth homelessness, criminalization and HIV/AIDS.
An independent expenditure Super PAC that has retained the Leadership LAB, a project of the Los Angeles LGBT Center, to provide partisan training and coaching in 2020 to progressive organizations around the country. Its expertise in deep canvassing was developed in the fights for marriage equality and reducing prejudice against transgender people. The focus in 2020 is currently getting deep canvass phonebank operations up and running in states with persistently low voter turnout and highly competitive elections, currently including Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan; and, to the greatest extent possible, and as soon as possible, returning as well to in-person, door-to-door campaigning with safe, appropriate social distancing practices.
A new but vibrant and growing youth and campus-oriented network, Southern Vision Alliance is an umbrella which supports five different youth and student efforts: Ignite NC, Community Alliance for Public Education, Education Justice Alliance, NC Vote Defenders, and Youth Organizing Institute. SVA helps them build capacity to take on social, economic, and environmental justice campaigns as well as to get out and protect the youth vote in more than a dozen counties.
Equality Federation is the movement builder and strategic partner to state-based organizations advocating for LGBTQ people. From Equality Florida to Freedom Oklahoma to Basic Rights Oregon, we amplify the power of the state-based LGBTQ movement. Equality Federation is an advocacy accelerator rooted in social justice, building power in their network of state-based lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) advocacy organizations.
The statewide branch of New Voices for Reproductive Justice, based in Pittsburgh with recent expansions into Philadelphia (and Ohio). They engage in leadership development and organizing to advance the health and well-being of Black women and girls, and the Human Rights of LGBTQ and marginalized communities, with services provided to over 50,000 people. Their Voice Your Vote! Project will reach a universe of 125,000 in and beyond Pittsburgh.
Texas Freedom Network runs a major statewide campus vote, advocacy programs as part of an issue strategy around reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, freedom and sex education. Texas Rising, the youth project of Texas Freedom Network, organizes young people under 30 across 20 campuses focused on voter registration, leadership development, and issue advocacy.
TENT is an organization dedicated to furthering gender diverse equality in Texas. We work to accomplish this through education and networking in both public and private forums. Through our efforts we strive to halt discrimination through social, legislative, and corporate education.
Fairness West Virginia is the statewide civil rights advocacy organization dedicated to fair treatment and civil rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender West Virginians. Their mission is to ensure LGBTQ+ people can be open, honest and safe at home, at work, and in the community. They represent the diversity of Appalachia with an open membership to everyone who believes in fundamental fairness.
Fair Wisconsin Inc. works to build a fair, safe, and inclusive Wisconsin for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people by advancing, achieving, and protecting LGBT civil rights through lobbying, legislative advocacy, grassroots organizing, coalition building and electoral involvement.
SONG is a regional organizing hub for southern LGBTQ people led by people of color. With an appreciation for how racism, homophobia, transphobia, and geography are interrelated, they have been a driving force in building an organization, community, and world that bends towards full liberation. They created the first southern, LGBTQ-led, traveling Organizing School for small towns and rural places in the south and likewise have organized and lobbied for progressive legislation.
Trans United is a nonprofit that partners with visionary transgender leaders and organizations to build capacity and improve the lives of transgender people, our families, and our allies.