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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:

The Black Trans Advocacy Coalition

The Black Trans Advocacy Coalition is the only national organization led by Black trans people that works to end discrimination and inequities faced in health, employment, housing and education to improve the lived experience of Black transgender people

National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network

National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network is a healing justice organization committed to transforming mental health for queer and trans people of color through their QTPoC Mental Health Practitioner Directory, an interactive digital resource to connect QTPoC to QTPoC practitioners, and the Mental Health Fund, which provides supplemental financial assistance for QTPoC who cannot afford psychotherapy.

The Marsha P. Johnson Institute

The Marsha P. Johnson Institute provides direct relief to Black trans people; currently the focus is on Covid-19 relief, and all proceeds will be given to affected Black trans individuals.

The Sylvia Rivera Law Project

The Sylvia Rivera Law Project works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination or violence by offering legal services, and by engaging in political education and organizing with incarcerated individuals.

LGBT Books To Prisoners

LGBT Books To Prisoners  sends books and other educational materials, free of charge, to incarcerated LGBTQ people across the United States.

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.

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