12 queer Atlanta charities to show the year-end love

While you’re making lists and checking them twice, remember worthy non-profits making life better year-round for local LGBTQ people. Give these queer causes a gift that truly keeps giving all year.

Atlanta Pride

A volunteer committee and barebones staff does the largest Pride in the Southeast, and they support other LGBT non-profits all year. atlantapride.org

 

For The Kid In All Of Us 

The gay-founded group that brings us Toy Party, Backpack in the Park and more to provide for Georgia children in need. forthekid.org

 

Georgia Equality 

If it’s happening in LGBTQ rights in Georgia, these activists have a hand in it, from lobbying in the legislature to grassroots initiatives. georgiaequality.org

 

The Health Initiative

The only Affordable Care Act assistance, plus doctor and care connections dedicated specifically to LGBTQ Georgians. thehealthinitiative.org

 

HRC Atlanta

Hosts of the annual gala, a huge Pride brunch, and more events support local and national LGBT initiatives. hrcatlanta.org

 

Jerusalem House

Housing, care and support for people living with HIV benefit from several big events, including its signature Halloween Bash. jerusalemhouse.org

 

Joining Hearts

Prolific givers for HIV housing, this group throws Atlanta’s largest gay pool party and scores of satellite events. joininghearts.org

 

Lost N Found Youth

Getting local homeless LGBT youth off the street with efforts including its two thrift stores, it’s a favorite charity of Atlanta Sisters. lnfy.org

 

Pets Are Loving Support

Founded at the dawn of the AIDS crisis, PALS helps critically ill people keep and care for their pets. palsatlanta.org

 

Ready 4 Hope

This red-shirted AIDS Walk team throws bashes for bucks all year, culminating at the annual walk in Piedmont Park. ready4hope.com

 

Southern Fried Queer Pride

In the spirit of Stonewall and ACT UP, this group of alternative-pride producers explores the political and creative side of queer identities and throws an annual festival during the last week of June. southernfriedqueerpride.com

 

Southerners On New Ground

SONG is a regional queer liberation organization made up of people of color, immigrants, undocumented people, people with disabilities, working class and rural and small town, LGBTQ people in the South. southernersonnewground.org

 

A version of this article originally appeared in Q magazine. Read the full issue below.