LGBT Resources

Resources

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  • Protect Your Family

Georgia Advance Directive for Healthcare Form: www.georgiabenefitscounsel.org/services
Legal document establishing hospital visitation rights, medical care decision making, etc.

Georgia Benefits Councilwww.georgiabenefitscounsel.org
Provides legal services to same-sex couples in Georgia at little to no cost (wills, power of attorney, etc.).


Talking About LGBT Issues

GLAAD’s Talking About Serieswww.glaad.org/publications/talkingabout
Helpful guides on how to talk about LGBT issues – in the media, in your community, at work, in your place of worship, around the dining room table – help people better understand several key issues of importance to our community.


Legal Resources

Stonewall Bar Association of Georgiawww.stonewallbar.org
The Stonewall Bar Association (“SBA”) is a professional association of attorneys, judges, law students, paralegals and other legal professionals who support the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and who oppose discrimination based upon sexual orientation or gender identity. Their website offers a directory of attorneys.

Lambda Legal Southern Regional Officewww.lambdalegal.org/sro
Our civil rights work from the SRO, which opened in 1997, is shifting the legal landscape throughout the South, where anti-gay and HIV-related discrimination is especially entrenched.

ACLU Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Projectwww.aclu.org/lgbt-rights
The LGBT Project fights discrimination and moves public opinion on LGBT rights through the courts, legislatures and public education.

Gay Couples Law Blogwww.gaycoupleslawblog.com
A local blog by an Emory law student that helps same sex couples protect their families and relationships by providing information and discussion on topics including adoption, custody, dissolution and divorce, domestic partnerships, employment, estate planning, insurance, marriage, taxes, wills and more.


Local Resources

Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce www.atlantagaychamber.org

Leading the way for development, advocacy and growth of the LGBT community and its allies. We accomplish this through building our small businesses, working with professionals in Corporations, supporting our non-profits and encouraging the general community to support those that support their rights.

The Health Initiative  www.thehealthinitiative.org

The Atlanta Lesbian Health Initiative is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of lesbians and other members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer community through education, advocacy, support and access to care.

Feminist Women’s Health Center www.feministcenter.org

The Feminist Health Center has offered sensitive, friendly, and affordable health care to gender variant and intersex individuals since 2000. The center is committed to providing a safe space and trans-affirmative environment for individuals interested in holistic wellness services. They also provide a comprehensive fertility program that facilitates a progressive and inclusive environment.

First City Network (Savannah) www.firstcitynetwork.net/

Georgia’s oldest LGBT organization, First City Network serves as a forum to share strengths and ideas, stimulate personal growth and provide social activities. We provide national, state and local information and referral services for health care, counseling, education, advocacy and mutual support.

Georgia Safe Schools Coalition www.georgiasafeschoolscoalition.org/

A partnership of educators, community organizations, and safe school activists dedicated to raising awareness about issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQQ) youth and families. GSSC works with educators and community organizations to help Georgia’s schools become safe and affirming environments for all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/ expression.

In The Life Atlanta www.facebook.com/inthelifeatl

The official organizer of Atlanta Black Gay Pride, now the world largest pride celebration for African American lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Our mission is to promote unity, pride, and self-empowerment.

JustUsAtlanta justusatl.org

A 100% youth-run (ages 13-28) group that provides a safe space for the Greater Atlanta area’s LGBTQQA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, and Asexual) youth. We offer weekly discussion groups, a peer-led mental health group, HIV/STI testing, and social events. In the near future, we will begin to offer educational and vocational workshops, tutoring, counseling, and other services as need arises.

Speak Out Georgia www.speakoutgeorgia.org

The Speak Out Georgia Anti-Violence Project (SPEAKOUT) is committed to ending violence in all its forms against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and HIV-affected communities.  Services include but are not limited to support groups, counseling, incident reporting, and victim advocate services.

Housing & Mortgages for Gay & Lesbian Couples www.totalmortgage.com/total-guide/home-buying-same-sex-couples.asp

This guide will help to explain the different approaches that same-sex couples can take to getting a mortgage, establishing ownership of a home, and creating legal documents that anticipate any legal or property-ownership issues that might occur if the couple breaks up or one partner dies.

PFLAG Albany  http://www.capwiz.com/pflag/officials/locality/?entity_id=907&state=Ga

PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights.

PFLAG Atlanta www.pflagatl.org

A group of parents, families, friends, lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgendered people who are committed to giving support to each other as we discover and understand more about being human. Our purpose is to help change attitudes and to create an environment of understanding so that our gay family members and friends can live with dignity and respect.

PFLAG Macon – Serving all of Middle Georgia www.pflagmacon.org

We are here to offer education, support, resources and advocacy to the families and friends of lesbians and gays AND for GLBT people themselves.

PFLAG Marietta http://community.pflag.org/Page.aspx?&pid=224&srcid=229&chid=107

PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights.

National Resources

Equally Wed  http://equallywed.com/get-legally-married-in

If you are planning on getting married in a marriage equality state, Equally Wed provides a list of states and their requirements.  They also provides several wedding planning tools to same-sex couples.

Equality Federation www.equalityfederation.org

Equality Federation is the national alliance of state-based lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy organizations.  The Federation works to achieve equality for lgbt people in every state and territory by building strong and sustainable statewide organizations in a state-based movement.

GLAAD www.glaad.org

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (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 and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) www.glsen.org/cgi-bin/iowa/all/home/index.html

GLSEN works with educators, policy makers, community leaders and students on the urgent need to address anti-LGBT behavior and bias in schools. GLSEN strives to protect students from bullying and harassment, to advance comprehensive safe schools laws and policies, to empower principals to make their schools safer, and to build the skills of educators to teach respect for all people.

Human Rights Campaign www.hrc.org

“The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality.”

Lambda Legal www.lambdalegal.org

Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

National Black Justice Coalition www.nbjcoalition.org

The National Black Justice Coalition is a civil rights organization dedicated to empowering Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. Our mission is to end racism and homophobia.

National Center for Transgender Equality transequality.org

The National Center for Transgender Equality is a social justice organization dedicated to advancing the equality of transgender people through advocacy, collaboration and empowerment.

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force www.thetaskforce.org/

The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the grassroots power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. We do this by training activists, equipping state and local organizations with the skills needed to organize broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and building the organizational capacity of our movement.

Out and Equal Workplace Advocates www.outandequal.org

Out & Equal™ Workplace Advocates is the pre-eminent national organization devoted to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in the workplace.

Servicemembers Legal Defense Network www.sldn.org

A non-partisan, non-profit, legal services, watchdog and policy organization dedicated to ending discrimination against and harassment of military personnel affected by “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT).

Straight for Equality straightforequality.org

Straight for Equality is an outreach and education project that empowers straight people in supportingand advocating for gay, lesbian, bi, and transgender (GLBT) people.

The Williams Institute: williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu

The Williams Institute advances sexual orientation law and public policy through rigorous, independent research and scholarship, and disseminates it to judges, legislators, policymakers, media and the public. A national think tank at UCLA Law, the Williams Institute produces high quality research with real-world relevance.


HIV/AIDS Advocacy Resources

CAEAR Coalition (Communities Advocating Emergency AIDS Relief) www.caear.org
Information on how to advocate for increased federal funding for Ryan White Programs

NASTAD (National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors) www.nastad.org

Information on policy related to HIV programs for state public health staff

HIV Prevention Justice www.preventionjustice.org

Information on the national and international movement to bridge HIV prevention and social justice

The Social Security and Disability Resource Center www.ssdrc.com

informational website that provides answers to questions about how to apply for disability, how to appeal a claim in the event of a denial, how to navigate the federal system, and how to avoid certain mistakes that are commonly made by applicants. The site’s author is a former disability examiner for the social security administration. This page has information specific to HIV/AIDS: http://www.ssdrc.com/hiv.html

 

Political Resources

Georgia State Legislaturewww.legis.state.ga.us
Locate information on legislators, bills and committee hearings.  Live webcasts while in session.  The Georgia General Assembly is in session January – April.

Georgia Budget and Policy Institute:  www.gbpi.org
The Georgia Budget and Policy Institute is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that strives to raise the level of public policy debate in the state of Georgia.  GBPI uses research, analysis and education to advance policies and practices that improve the quality of life for all Georgians.

Georgia League of Women Voterswww.lwvga.org
The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Lavender Green Caucuswww.lavendergreens.us
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer Greens organized as a Caucus with the purpose of promoting LGBTIQ issues within the Green Party.

Log Cabin Republicanswww.georgialogcabin.org
Log Cabin Republicans is the nation’s largest organization of Republicans who support fairness, freedom, and equality for gay and lesbian Americans.

Outright Libertarianswww.outrightusa.org
Outright Libertarians is an association of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and other self-identified “queer” (LGBTQ) Libertarian Party activists and supporters.

Stonewall Democrats: georgiastonewall.org
The National Stonewall Democrats is a grassroots network connecting LGBT Democratic activists.