The following is a growing general overview of organizations, individuals and groups who are organizing and educating on issues pertaining to queer people of color. This is not a full and complete listing and is to serve as a starting point for identifying potential speakers, frameworks or resources.
API Equality- LA
Founded in 2005, API Equality-LA has been a tireless advocate in the Greater Los Angeles Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities for fair treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and marriage equality for same-sex couples.
Asian Pacific Islander Pride Council
The Asian Pacific Islander Pride Council is a network of Asian and Pacific Islander Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer organizations and alliances whose mission is to provide and cultivate support, resources and advocacy to the Asian Pacific Islander, LGBTQ, and mainstream communities of Southern California.
Audre Lorde Project
The Audre Lorde Project is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non Conforming People of Color center for community organizing, focusing on the New York City area. Through mobilization, education and capacity-building, they work for community wellness and progressive social and economic justice.
The Banyan Tree Project is a national community mobilization and social marketing campaign to end the silence and shame surrounding HIV/AIDS in Asian and Pacific Islander (A&PI) communities.
Black Transman Inc
Black Transmen Inc. is the first national non-profit Organization of African American transmen solely focused on acknowledgment, social advocacy and empowering transmen with resources to aid in a healthy female to male transition.
Brooklyn Boihood is a collective that champions healthy masculinity, intersectionality of identities and antimisogyny for bois* of color all over the world.
Brown Boi Project
The Brown Boi Project is a community of masculine of center womyn, men, two-spirit people, transmen, and our allies committed to transforming our privilege of masculinity, gender, and race into tools for achieving racial and gender justice.
DeQH (Desi lgbtQ Helpline for Queer South Asians
DeQH is a coalition based in the U.S. DeQH offers free, confidential, culturally sensitive peer support, information and resources by telephone for LGBTQ South Asian individuals, families and friends around the globe.
Elements (Queer Womyn of Color)
The mission of Elements (Queer Womyn of Color) is to create and to sustain a safe space for LGBTQ womyn to connect and dialogue while increasing visibility, promoting holistic healing, and addressing key issues within our communities that will move us towards a more just society.
FIERCE is a membership-based organization building the leadership and power of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth of color in New York City.
hotpot! Philly is a Philadelphia-based gathering working to build community for Queer Asian + Pacific Islander lesbian, bisexual women, trans*, gender variant/queer/nonconforming identified folks through social gatherings, political action and good food.
Since 1994, Immigration Equality has been proud to support and represent lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT), and HIV-positive immigrants seeking safety, fair treatment, and freedom.
As the only LGBT organization with a staff of immigration attorneys, Immigration Equality impacts both the individuals they serve and the immigration system as a whole.
INCITE! Women, Gender Non- Conforming, and Trans* people of Color Against Violence is a national activist organization of radical feminists of color advancing a movement to end violence against women of color and our communities through direct action, critical dialogue and grassroots organizing.
KICK – The Agency for LGBT African Americans, a Michigan non-profit business, was founded in 2003 with the help of Detroit LGBT residents. Together, their aim is to continue to implement LGBT affirming programs, services, projects and special events; and to partner with other social justice organizations and allies with similar beliefs.
Korean-Americans United for Equality (KUE) is an alliance of multigenerational straight and LGBTQI Korean-Americans committed to promoting sexual and gender equality.
Muslims for Progressive Values (LGBTQ Rights Division)
Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV) is an inclusive community rooted in the traditional Qur’anic ideals of human dignity and social justice.
National Black Justice Coalition
The National Black Justice Coalition is a civil rights organization dedicated to empowering Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.
National Center for Black Equity
The mission of the National Center for Black Equity is to promote a multinational LGBT network dedicated to improving health and wellness opportunities, economic empowerment, and equal rights while promoting individual and collective work, responsibility, and self-determination.
(NGLTF)National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the grassroots power of the LGBT community. They do this by training activists, equipping state and local organizations with the skills needed to organize broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and building the organizational capacity of our movement.
NQAPIA (National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance)
The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance is a federation of LGBTQ Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander organizations. NQAPIA seeks to build the capacity of local LGBT AAPI organizations, invigorate grassroots organizing, develop leadership, and challenge homophobia, racism, and anti-immigrant bias.
The Pipeline Project is a recruitment, retention, and leadership advancement initiative. The initiative’s goals are to produce programs and engage in activities that together represent a long-term effort to increase the number of people of color working within the nation’s LGBT rights, service and advocacy sector, and ultimately increase the level of diversity in the leadership of our movement.
QWOCMAP (Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project)
Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project (QWOCMAP) promotes the creation, exhibition and distribution of new films/videos that address the vital social justice issues that concern queer women of color and our communities, authentically reflect our life stories, and build community through art and activism.
The South Asian Lesbian & Gay Association of New York City (SALGA) serves to promote awareness, tolerance, acceptance, empowerment and safe spaces for sexual minorities and people of all gender identities, who trace their heritage to South Asia or who identify as South Asian.
Satrang is a cultural, social, and support organization providing a safe space to empower and advocate for the rights of the South Asian LGBTIQQ community in Southern California through education, networking, and outreach. Satrang works toward ending gender and sexuality based prejudice.
(SOY) Shades of Yellow
Shades of Yellow, also known as SOY, is the first and only Hmong LGBTQ nonprofit organization in the world that works to provide support, education, advocacy, and leadership development to Hmong LGBTQ and allies. SOY is made up of a diverse group of community members, constituents, and allies.
(TPOCC) Trans People of Color Coalition
The intersections of race, gender, sexuality and class impact the lives of transpeople of color in complex and unique ways. Our voices have often been ignored, appropriated, marginalized, or silenced. TPOCC seeks to break that cycle and empower our community by building a pipeline of activists and advocates engaging and connecting with one another to create a holistic movement of support, resources, and education by and for trans people of color.
TransWomen of Color Collective
TWOCC is a grass-roots funded global initiative created to offer opportunities for trans people of color, their families and their comrades to engage in healing, foster kinship, and build community. They strive to educate and empower each other through sharing skills, knowledge and resources as we build towards the liberation of all oppressed people.
Founded in 1986 in the San Francisco Bay Area, Trikone is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) people of South Asian descent, who trace their ethnicities to one of the following places: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Tibet.
Two Spirit Collective
First Nations Two Spirit Collective
The First Nations Collective came together out of a shared commitment to social justice work with an intersectional approach that honors their full selves through education, bearing witness to each others’ lives, and personal and spiritual sustainability in the larger social justice and LGBTQ movement.
The mission of Unid@s, the National Latina/o Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) Human Rights Organization is to create a multi-issue approach for advocacy, education and convening of and for our communities.
The Unity Coalition is an advocacy organization that was created in 2002. Unity provides opportunities to contact your lawmakers, policy work, community building, and trainings for Latin@s who identify as LGBTQ.
Websites & Blogs
The following is a growing general overview of websites & blogs pertaining to queer people of color. This is not a full and complete listing.
A Texas statewide organization for queer people of color that advocates social change and preserving queer Latina/o culture and art.
Critical essays by Black Transgender PhD Dr. Kortney Ryan Ziegler.
Black Girl Dangerous
Black Girl Dangerous is a place where queer women and trans* people of color can make our voices heard on the issues that interest us and affect us, where we can showcase our literary and artistic talents, where we can cry it out, and where we can explore and express our “dangerous” sides: our biggest, boldest, craziest, weirdest, wildest selves.
Cherrie L. Moraga is a playwright, poet and essayist whose plays and publications have received national recognition. In 2007, she was awarded the United States Artist Rockefeller Fellowship for Literature.
Colorlines is a daily news site where race matters, featuring award-winning investigative reporting and news analysis.
This blog has essentially come out of the need in the diaspora for a one stop destination for information and resources pertaining to queer issues.
Ignacio C. Rivera is a Two-Spirit, Black-Boricua Taíno queer performance artist, activist, filmmaker, lecturer and sex educator.
Imam Daayiee Abdullah
Daayiee Abdullah is a gay Muslim who has been fighting against discrimination and hatred towards homosexuals and muslims alike.
Isis King, an artist hailing from Prince George County, Maryland, is a graduate of the Arts Institute of Philadelphia. She became the first woman of transgender experience to compete on America’s Next Top Model.
Janet Mock Blog
After publicly proclaiming her identity as a trans woman, Janet focused her efforts on speaking about the struggles, triumphs and portrayals of girls and women like herself.
Jose Antonio Vargas
Jose Antonio Vargas is a journalist, filmmaker, and the founder of Define American, a campaign that seeks to elevate the immigration conversation.
Kenyon Farrow has been working as an organizer, communications strategist, and writer on issues at the intersection of HIV/AIDS, prisons, and homophobia.
KOKUMOMEDIA is a multimedia production company that uses music, film, literature, and philanthropy to illuminate the experiences of TGI (Trans*, Gender Non-Conforming, Intersex) people of color.
La Bordena Nube Brillante
The Tumblr of Sam Andazola, a Trans Chicana from El Paso (La Chuca/Chucotown), Texas.
Laverne Cox is an American actress, reality television star, television producer, and transgender advocate.
Malika’s Indian Transgender Blog
News, Views and Articles of interest for the Transgender Woman.
Mia Mingus is a queer disabled transnational adoptee writer, community educator and organizer working for disability justice and transformative justice responses to child sexual abuse.
Paulina is also a founding member of the national First Nations/Two Spirit Collective, a queer & trans indigenous movement-building cadre. She currently sits on the Vision and Strategies Council of Kindred Southern Healing Justice Collective.
Pauline Park is a Korean American transgender activist. She is the chair of the New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA) a statewide transgender advocacy organization that she co-founded in 1998.
This is the online journal of Naomi Fontanos, a transgender (TG for short) Filipina (Pinay for short) human rights defender.
Queer and Present Danger
A Queer and Present Danger a place to sort out challenges and write about them and how we construct our relationship to include and accommodate our needs.
Queer Asian Pacific – Islander Alliance
QAPA is committed to providing a supportive social, political, and educational environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, and questioning people of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage in the Boston and New England area.
Queer People of Color Tumblr
The Tumblr tags of anything and everything ‘queer people of color.’
Social Justice Sexuality Project
The Social Justice Sexuality Project (SJS) is one of the largest national surveys of Black, Latina/o, Asian and Pacific Islander, and multiracial lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.
Sonya Renee is a National and International poetry slam champion, author and educator and founder of the intersectional international movement, “The Body is Not An Apology.”
This is a collaboration channel of trans and gender non-conforming (gnc) Asians and Pacific Islanders (API). This channel is for trans/gnc API individuals to share their narratives and experiences of how they navigate and negotiate their identities.
News, opinions, commentary, history and a little creative writing from a proud African-American transwoman about the world around her.
Urvashi Vaid is a lawyer, community organizer, writer and attorney who is a leader in the LGBT and social justice. She is currently Director of the Engaging Tradition Project at the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School.
A national portrait + video project dedicated to the Queer Asian American Women, Trans, and Gender non-conforming communities. The Visibility Project breaks barriers through powerful imagery and storytelling.
WU TSANG is a Los Angeles based filmmaker, artist, and performer.
Through a national effort, Zuna advocates for Black lesbian position on national issues and brings a collective Black lesbian community into a national presence. Through community organizing, training, and networking, Zuna will focus on eliminating barriers to a better quality of life for Black lesbians. These barriers may be based on, but not limited to, sexual orientation within Black communities, race within the LGBT communities, and the impact of being Black, lesbian, and female within the larger society.
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