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Pride Month is over, but don’t put your rainbow flags away just yet. The LGBTQ+ community doesn’t just disappear at the end of the parade. If you really want to be an ally, put in some time to volunteer for queer advocacy groups. Lucky for you, we have a guide to get you started.

ACLU of DC

The ACLU commits to generalized free speech and civil liberties, but they have done significant work in LGBTQ+ rights. They’re taking volunteers based on your issues of interest and your skillset.

Casa Ruby

Casa Ruby is an organization that aims to support trans and gender-nonconforming people. They are currently accepting donations for their crisis intervention center. They also welcome volunteers to help clients get the services they need and to keep them sheltered and healthy.

 

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The DC Anti-Violence Project

The Anti-Violence Project is currently holding a forum, “Our Taking the Stage, Taking a Stand,” to provide a space for queer people to speak out against violence. They’re also hosting “Survivor Art Expression” nights for survivors to connect and learn about counseling. They need volunteers to support the events and help with outreach and will appreciate any skill set that comes their way.

Food & Friends

The AIDS epidemic can’t be detached from queer history. Food & Friends is a service that delivers food to people living with HIV/AIDS and other life-challenging illnesses. They’re looking for volunteers who can prepare, package, and deliver food, or help organize special events to support the organization.

Human Rights Campaign

The HRC wants volunteers to support their efforts to pass the Equality Act. Become a political force by joining campaigns for HRC-endorsed candidates, lobby members of Congress, or participate in community fundraising and outreach.

 

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It Gets Better

The It Gets Better Project is an organization to empower and connect queer youth. They’re looking for volunteers to assist in youth outreach, writing educational guides and to help launch their project in different countries.

OutWrite

Though not necessarily an advocacy group, it’s important to support and celebrate the art and literature of queer folx. D.C.’s annual LGBTQ literary festival is being held this August, and they’re looking for a team of volunteers to help in its planning and operation.

Queer as German Folk

Not necessarily a volunteering opportunity, but certainly an opportunity to support LGBT people. Goethe Institut and the DC Center for the LGBT Community are presenting an online and walk-in exhibition that highlights queer history in the United States and Germany. Getting educated on the history and culture of the queer community and its related movements is just another way to contribute.

 

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SMYAL

Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders is an youth empowerment organization based in the area. They’re accepting donations and volunteers. Depending on your level of commitment, you can volunteer at or host fundraisers, serve on a committee, or work directly with LGBTQ youth with special events and programs.

TrevorChat, TrevorText, and Trevor Advocacy

The Trevor Project is recruiting volunteers for their crisis intervention services for LGBTQ+ youth. Talk to struggling young people online through text or help conduct research to support those impacted by conversion therapy or other mental health risks. The work is hands-on and can be lifesaving.

Whitman-Walker Health

Whitman-Walker Health specializes in HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ healthcare. They hold monthly volunteer nights where you can come in to help with STI testing and treatment services. With some training, you can also help with their peer support services, legal services, outreach or the Gay Men’s Health and Wellness Clinic.

Read “Dream Jobs: Robin Thomas, Whitman-Walker”

 

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