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There are an incredible amount of organizations doing important work right now, and it can feel overwhelming to figure out where to direct your immediate attention. In the spirit of helping you gradually digest your options, and in hopes of potentially introducing you to some causes you might not have heard about yet, we’re briefing you on 5 initiatives to consider each week; while donating is not (and should not be) the only way to affect positive change, it is a 100% helpful practice if you have the means, and is a great habit to get into year-round.

Here are 5 places we suggested last week, and below are 5 more to consider this week:

DCATS

DCATS is a trans-led nonprofit organization that serves to advance the lives of DC-area transmasculine individuals by providing resources that help overcome the social, economic, and health-related barriers to living authentically.

The DC Center

The DC Center for the LGBT Community serves to educate, empower, celebrate and connect the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities; while it’s closed due to Covid-19, it has shifted its programming online, including a GenderQueer DC support group on Zoom tonight (6/23).

Trans Lifeline

Trans Lifeline is the only peer-support hotline where all operators are trans. The life-saving service is available in the United States and Canada, and operates in both English and Spanish. The organization also provides microgrants to trans and nonbinary individuals to cover the costs of updating and correcting names and/or gender markers on identifying legal documents.

LGBTQ Freedom Fund

LGBTQ Freedom Fund posts bail for jailed and detained LGBTQ people, and raises awareness about the critical nature of this work; LGBTQ people are 3x more likely to be incarcerated, and they are at much higher risk for abuse in prison.

Rest for Resistance

Rest for Resistance serves LGBTQIA+ individuals, namely trans & queer people of color, by creating safe healing space; it promotes meditation as an act of resistance, and features art, essays, and a directory of intersectional mental-health resources.

Where have you been donating lately? Is there someplace close to your heart that you’d like us to talk about? Email [email protected] to get in touch.

Featured photo by Alexandra Lammerink

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