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Organizations Supporting Same-sex Couples
© June 20, 2014, Demian

Some of these organizations have large staffs, others are staffed entirely by volunteers. All can use your support.

If there is not a group handy to your location, please see our article How to Start Your Own Couples’ Group

—— Organizations ——
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Lesbian & Gay Rights Project

125 Broad St., 18th Floor, New York, NY 10004
Supports full partnership rights and benefits; legal same-sex marriage. Fights sodomy laws; privacy and civil rights violations; AIDS and other anti-gay/lesbian discrimination.

Couples Metro Dallas
P.O. Box 192116, Dallas, Texas 75219
214-521-5342 x1764;
A social group of gay and lesbian couples, which provides an opportunity to strengthen their commitment to each other through friendships with other same-sex couples. Activities include a monthly potluck and other events for its 80-some couples. Affiliated with Couples National Network [see below].

Gay and Lesbian Couples National Network
P.O. Box 66886, St. Pete Beach, FL 33736-6886
Umbrella group for social, educational, advocacy, support and networking. No religious or political affiliation. Local chapters in California, Florida, Texas, New York, Minnesota, Tennessee, and Washington.

EEO Seminars
PO Box 11036, Glendale, CA 91226
818-482-4485; fax 818-230-5156;
Lawyer Thomas F. Coleman, principal author of the Los Angeles Final Report of the Task Force on Family Diversity, provides consulting and seminars to corporations regarding sexual orientation and marital status discrimination in the workplace and consumer marketplace.

Freedom to Marry
116 West 23rd St., Suite 500, New York, New York 10011
212-851-8418; fax 646-375-2069;
“Freedom to Marry is the gay and non-gay partnership working to win marriage equality nationwide. Headed by Evan Wolfson, one of America’s leading lesbian/gay rights advocates and lawyers, Freedom to Marry brings new resources and a renewed context of urgency and opportunity to this social justice movement.”

Immigration Equality - National Headquarters
[formerly the Lesbian & Gay Immigration Rights Task Force]
350 West 31 St., #505, New York, NY 10001
212-714-2904 x25; fax 212-714-2973;
“Fights for equal immigration rights for same-sex couples, helps LGBT/HIV+ refugees fleeing persecution win asylum in the US, and works for an end to the HIV immigration ban. Resources include a pro bono asylum network and information about gay or gay-friendly immigration lawyers around the country. Chapters in many cities provide support and advocacy opportunities. Responds to queries within a week.”

      [See our article Immigration Resources for a list of Immigration Equality satellite groups and more immigration organizations.]

Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund (LLDEF)
National Headquarters, 120 Wall St., #1500, New York, NY 10005
212-809-8585 x228; fax 212-809-0055;
Western Regional Office, 6030 Wilshire Blvd., #200, Los Angeles, CA 90036-3617
213-937-2728; fax 213-937-0601
Midwestern Regional Office, 17 East Monroe, #212, Chicago, IL 60603-5605
312-759-8110; fax 312-641-1921
Employs legal advocacy, education and litigation to secure dignity and respect for all families, including lesbian and gay relationships. Public interest law firm handles impact litigation where there is a gay/lesbian or AIDS discrimination issue. Offers assistance to other attorneys.

Lesbian and Gay Family Building Project
c/o Ferre Institute, Inc., 124 Front St., Binghamton, NY 13905
607-724-4308; fax 607-724-8290;
“Dedicated to helping lesbian, gay,bisexual,transgender, queer (LGBTQ) people in upstate NY achieve their goals of building and sustaining healthy families. We do this by providing support, advocacy, information, and access to community and sensitive health care and services.”

National Association of Black & White Men Together
P.O. Box 81236, Pittsburgh, PA 15217-4236
412-421-1000; 800-NA4-BWMT; fax 412-421-8010;
“A gay, multiracial, multicultural organization committed to fostering supportive environments wherein racial and cultural barriers can be overcome and the goal of human equality realized. To these ends we engage in educational, political, cultural and social activities as a means of dealing with the racism, sexism, homophobia, HIV/AIDS discrimination and other inequities in our communities and in our lives.” About 19 local chapters.

National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)
870 Market St., #570, San Francisco, CA 94102-3012
415-392-6257; fax 415-392-8442;
Legal advice, representation and publications for lesbian and gay men facing orientation discrimination; technical assistance to attorneys; telephone advice and counseling.

National LGBTQ Task Force [was National Gay and Lesbian Task Force]
1325 Massachusetts Ave. N.W., #600, Washington, DC 20005
202-393-5177; fax 202-393-2241; TTY 202-393-2284;
“Educates, advocates and organizes for full societal recognition of lesbian and gay relationships, and for the protection of lesbian and gay families.”

Northwest Network of Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian & Gay Survivors of Abuse
P.O. Box 20398, Seattle, WA98122
“Supports self-determination and safety for bisexual, transgendered, lesbian, and gay survivors of abuse through education, organizing and advocacy. It is dedicated to social and economic justice, equality and respect for all people, and the creation of loving, inclusive, and accountable communities.”

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (P-FLAG)
1012 14th St., Washington, DC 20005
202-638-4200 (national office);
Helps parents and their gay children understand and love one another; local meetings offer support; literature, speakers and taped lectures on same-sex relationships, etc.

Partners Task Force for Gay & Lesbian Couples
Seattle, WA
An international resource for same-sex couples, supporting the diverse community of committed gay and lesbian partners through a variety of media since 1986. The constantly updated Web site contains more than 400 essays, surveys, legal articles and resources on legal marriage, ceremonies, domestic partner benefits, relationship tips, parenting, and immigration.

Seattle Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Commission
810 Third Ave., #750, Seattle, WA98104-1627
206-684-4500; TDD 206-684-4503; fax 206-684-0332;
“To effectively address and present the concerns of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered citizens of Seattle to the Mayor, City Council, and all City Departments. The Commission recommends legislation, policy, programs and budget items to the mayor, city council and city departments.”

Stop Abuse for Everyone (SAFE)
16869 SW 65th Ave. #212, Lake Oswego, OR 97035-7865
“SAFE is a human rights organization that provides services, publications, and training to serve those who typically fall between the cracks of domestic violence services: straight men, GLBT victims, teens, and the elderly. We promote services for all victims and accountability for all perpetrators.”

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