The LGBTQ+ community has faced discrimination and inequality for years, especially LGBTQ+ youth. For trans youth especially, the fight to get access to the support and care they need has been challenging due to discriminatory policies and exclusionary healthcare.
This lack of care and support has a direct impact on the well-being of trans youth. According to The Trevor Project, trans children have reported having significantly high rates of depression and victimization, which makes them scared to go to school or to simply be a part of society — a reality for generations in the trans community. This is why it’s so important to support organizations that are taking action for trans youth and the community. There is still a lot of work that needs to get done for the equality of trans children, and you can support these 10 organizations that are fighting for the protection of trans youth.
- The Trevor project
With a focus on mental health, The Trevor Project is the world’s largest organization that provides a safe place for LGBTQ+ youth and hones in on suicide and crisis prevention. Through 24/7 accessible crisis counseling, advocacy projects like their Protecting With Pride campaign, research, and education on the problems the LGBTQ+ community face, they are making waves when it comes to the protection of LGBTQ+ youth, especially trans children. They provide the support and care that is often lacking for trans youth: With your donation, The Trevor Project can train and hire more crisis counselors, create more accessibility to crisis resources, and expand their research and advocacy efforts.
- The national center for transgender equality (ncte)
The National Center for Transgender Equality works to create change in the government and society to increase the acceptance of transgender individuals, giving them an opportunity to thrive in everyday life. They hope to replace disrespect, discrimination, and violence with their projects that focus on equity, empathy, opportunity, and justice. For trans children in particular, their Families for Trans Equality project focuses on connecting families of trans youth with groups of individuals that support them, and together will fight to change policies and improve the lives of trans youth. By making a donation, you’re helping the NCTE fund the Families for Trans Equality project and other endeavors that fight for the rights of trans youth and individuals all over the world.
- Trans youth equality foundation (tyef)
The Trans Youth Equality Foundation provides support for trans and gender non-conforming children and their families through education and advocacy. Their projects focus on spreading awareness in their communities about the needs of trans children while partnering with service providers to create a safe environment for trans children to grow up in, whether that be through camps where children can connect or providing learning programs for healthcare professionals. Your donation helps fund advocacy projects, outreach programs, and support groups.
- Transgender law center
The Transgender Law Center is an organization committed to the liberation of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals. TLC has a Legal Services Project that connects trans individuals to resources that can help them protect the rights they deserve. They also have a Legal Help Desk that supports trans people in battling instances of injustice. By making a donation, you are helping TLC provide resources for legal care of the trans community.
PFLAG’s mission is to create an environment for the LGBTQ+ community that is safe, caring, affirming, loving, and inclusive. With over 400 chapters around the U.S., PFLAG makes an impact through publications like their Our Trans Loved Ones site, online learning programs, advocacy support, and media training that reinforces the fight for LGBTQ+ voices to be heard in the media, society, and government. They have many blog articles that share the stories of transgender youth and their families. By donating to this great cause, you are aiding in the visibility of the LGBTQ+ community.
- Trans lifeline
Trans Lifeline connects trans individuals with peers that will offer them both financial and emotional support in hopes of creating a world where trans people have access to economic security, care, and connection. Their hotline, (877) 565-8860, has answered over 100,000 calls and their organization has dispersed over $1 million to aid the trans community, such as providing them funds to change their IDs. Your donation can help Trans Lifeline keep the hotline alive and provide funds to less fortunate members of the trans community.
- Trans student educational resources (TSER)
The only national organization led by trans youth themselves, TSER is dedicated to providing a safe and accepting educational environment for trans and gender non-conforming students through speaking at conferences, collaborating with advocacy organizations, and hosting scholarships for trans students. If you donate to this organization, your funds will go directly to their advocacy services, educational programs, and scholarships for trans youth.
- True colors united
True Colors United fights to end homelessness among LGBTQ+ youth. According to a 2022 study done by The Trevor Project, 28% of LGBTQ+ youth reported experiencing homelessness or housing instability at some point in their lives, and there were higher rates of homelessness among transgender youth. True Colors United combats these numbers through advocacy for funding, training and education programs, youth collaboration, and assistance programs. Your donation could help curb LGBTQ+ youth homelessness, and in the month of June, for each donation that True Colors United receives, Citi will match up to $100,000.
- it gets better
The It Gets Better project strives to uplift and empower LGBTQ+ youth. They offer educators and student leaders with resources to help educate about the LGBTQ+ community, they host global summits each year where LGBTQ+ youth and volunteers come together to grow and learn from each other, and they share personal stories on their social media platforms so LGBTQ+ youth know they aren’t alone. Donations help the It Gets Better movement create a brighter future for LGBTQ+ youth.
Founded by a group of teachers in 1990, GLSEN works to provide a better educational environment for LGBTQ+ youth by working with educators directly. Trans students typically face bullying and harassment at school, and some schools have even prohibited trans students from wearing clothes or using a bathroom that resonated with the gender they identify with. Through research for solutions for K-12 education, advocacy for protection of LGBTQ+ youth, and providing educators with resources to effectively teach their students, GLSEN is creating a school environment for LGBTQ+ youth that is safe and affirming. GLSEN’s donations help to ensure that no child has to choose between their well-being and their education — school should be a safe place for all.