While you’re busy making a list and checking it twice, remember queer causes making life better year-round for local LGBTQs and need your gift that actually keeps giving.
Sharing the wealth 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 that flowing, juicy, delicious queer karma you could use as well.
Do it for them, do it for you, but just do it.
Here are just 16 of our favorite local LGBTQ non-profits for your consideration this year. They are listed in alphabetical order.
Known for its AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run, AID Atlanta has been providing HIV/AIDS-related services and education since the beginning of the crisis in 1982. Since then, it has evolved to serve a broader range of clients and services. 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, and 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 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, 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
The host of HRC Atlanta Dinner & Silent Auction supports local and national LGBTQ initiatives with year-round events and fundraisers. 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 quarterly 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, HIV and STI testing, risk reduction individual and group counseling, mental health counseling for individuals groups and couples), psychiatry and substance abuse treatment. In 2020, add pharmacy to the list. 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. snap4freedom.org
Southern Fried Queer Pride
If you think it’s all about a springtime event series or a year-round party crew, think again. 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.
Founded and directed by Ronnie Bass 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 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 located at the Rush 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 (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
All photos unless otherwise noted by Russ Youngblood for Project Q Atlanta and Q Magazine.
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