While you’re busy making a list and checking it twice, don’t forget that there are worthy non-profits making life better year-round for local LGBTQ people.
Non-profits always need benefactors. In 2021, multiply reasons to give by 1,000.
Sharing with organizations that make Atlanta a better place is also a year-end tax break, so giving back in some ways is like doing yourself a favor, too. Not to mention juicy, delicious queer karma.
Do it for them, do it for you, but just do it. Here are a few of our favorite local non-profits for your consideration this year.
Come on. Give a little if you can. Or a lot.
Known for its AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run, AID Atlanta started providing HIV/AIDS-related services and education at the beginning of the crisis in 1982. Since then, it evolved to serve a broader range of clients. In 2014, it became an affiliate of AIDS Healthcare Foundation. aidatlanta.org
The largest festival in the Southeast is free to all comers thanks to donations and sponsorships. The committee officially donates to other LGBTQ causes and other non-profits in the equality movement. atlantapride.org
Counter Narrative Project
Under the watchful eye of director Charles Stephens, CNP (photo) builds power among black gay men, working in solidarity with all movements committed to racial and social justice to amplify black gay male voices through media, advocacy and political education. (Photo by Johnnie Ray Kornegay III). thecounternarrative.org
If it’s happening in LGBTQ rights in Georgia, these activists have a hand in it. From lobbying in the legislature to grassroots initiatives, these dedicated staff and volunteers are busy year-round. georgiaequality.org
The host of HRC Atlanta Dinner & Silent Auction supports local and national LGBTQ initiatives with year-round fundraising. hrcatlanta.org
Prolific in giving against HIV for more than three decades, this group throws Atlanta’s largest queer pool party and scores of satellite events. joininghearts.org
Pets Are Loving Support
PALS was founded at the dawn of the AIDS crisis. It helps critically ill and elderly people keep and care for their pets. Fundraisers include Drag Bingo games at Lips. palsatlanta.org
Positive Impact Health Centers
Client-centered care to give the HIV community a life worth loving on a sliding scale of fees. Services include HIV specialty medical care, dental referrals, testing, risk reduction, mental health counseling, psychiatry and substance abuse treatment. In 2020, they added a pharmacy. positiveimpacthealthcenters.org
The Solutions Not Punishment Collaborative is a black, trans-led, Atlanta-based coalition to build a black, queer, trans, feminist movement toward practical abolition. (Photo courtesy Toni-Michelle Williams) snap4freedom.org
Southern Fried Queer Pride
A springtime event series and year-round party crew is just the beginning. Few other, if any, organizations in town reach directly into the day-to-day lives of young and disenfranchised LGBTQ people of color. southernfriedqueerpride.com
Someone Cares, Inc.
Since 1996, Someone Cares offers a holistic approach to fighting HIV/AIDS to LGBTQ, marginalized, indigent, homeless and high at-risk populations. Services include primary care, addiction counseling and treatment, mental health counseling and treatment, and drug screening collection. someonecaresatl.org
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. (Photo by Jon Dean) southernersonnewground.org
This group led by black men supports health equity for people living with HIV through lessening gaps of disparities. thrivess.org
Trans Housing Atlanta Program
THAP connects transgender and gender nonconforming people in metro Atlanta directly to available safe housing and supportive services. (Photo by Patrick Saunders for Project Q). transhousingatlanta.org
Voices of Note
Through the combined efforts of Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus and Atlanta Women’s Chorus, performances promote equality to diverse audiences, serve as a catalyst for social change, inspire hearts and minds to change and embrace each other. (Photo via AGMC). voicesofnote.org
But wait. There’s more. You can give to queer arts organizations Out On Film, Out Front Theatre, Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra , OurSong, and Atlanta Freedom Bands. Plus, non-profit sports leagues that give back to the community include Atlanta Bucks Rugby and Hotlanta Softball League.
You can also support local LGBTQ journalism with a recurring donation to Project Q Atlanta.
All photos unless otherwise noted by Russ Bowen-Youngblood for Project Q.