While you’re busy making your list and checking it twice, don’t forget that there are some worthy non-profits making life better year-round for local LGBTQ people.
Sharing the wealth with organizations that make Atlanta a better place is also a year-end tax break, so giving back is in some ways like doing yourself a favor in the process. Not to mention all the good queer karma.
Do it for you, do it for them, but just do it. Here are a few of our favorite local charities that deserve your consideration this year.
Atlanta Pride.The largest festival in the Southeast is free to all comers thanks to donations and sponsorships, but the committee works all year to support LGBTQ causes and other non-profits working within the equality movement. atlantapride.org
Counter Narrative Project. Building power among black gay men and working in solidarity with all movements committed to racial and social justice, this group amplifies black male voices through media, advocacy and political education.thecounternarrative.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, this dedicated staff and its volunteers are busy year-round. georgiaequality.org
The Health Initiative. In addition to providing the only Affordable Care Act assistance specifically dedicated to getting LGBTQ Georgians, this group can also connect any queer person in the state to doctors, screenings and other care regardless of income. thehealthinitiative.org
HRC Atlanta.The host of HRC Atlanta Dinner & Silent Auction supports local and national LGBTQ initiatives with year-round events and fundraisers. hrcatlanta.org
Joining Hearts. 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 quarterly Bingo games at Lips. palsatlanta.org
SnAP. The Solutions Not Punishment Collaborative is a black, trans-led, Atlanta-based coalition to build a black, queer, trans, feminist movement toward practical abolition.snap4freedom.org
Thrive SS. This group led by men of color supports health equity for people living with HIV through lessening gaps of disparities. It is part of the collaborative that founded The SPOT resource center. thrivess.org
Trans Housing Atlanta Program. THAP connects transgender and gender nonconforming people in metro Atlanta directly to available safe housing and supportive services. transhousingatlanta.org
This feature originally ran in Q magazine. Read the full issue below.
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