QPOConnection: Community, Resources & Events

Organizations and Networks

last updated: june 2008


Al-Fatiha Foundation (Washington DC)
Al-Fatiha Foundation is dedicated to Muslims who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, questioning, those exploring their sexual orientation or gender identity, and their allies, families and friends. Al-Fatiha promotes the progressive Islamic notions of peace, equality and justice.

Asian Pacific Isalnder Queer Women and Transgender Coalition (APIQWTC) (Bay Area, CA)
APIQWTC was formed in Feb of 1999 as a means of networking & communicating among Bay Area Asian & Pacific Islander queer women's and transgender people's organizations and constituencies. Formerly, APIQWTC was Asian Pacific Sisters (APS) and a part of Asian Pacific Lesbians and Bisexuals Network (APLBN).

API Wellness (Bay Area, CA)
Our mission is to educate, support, empower and advocate for Asian and Pacific Islander communities – particularly A&PIs living with, or at-risk for, HIV/AIDS.

Asian/Pacific Islander Queers United for Action (AQUA) (Washington DC)
EMPOWERING METRO DC'S QUEER A/PI MEN'S COMMUNITY SINCE 1997. AQUA is an organization for queer APIs, by queer APIs, focusing on queer API issues and interests. We strive to project a positive image of queer API men in the community through advocacy, education, outreach, and social events.

Astraea (New York City, NY)
The Astraea Lesbian Foundation For Justice works for social, racial and economic justice in the U.S. and internationally. Our grantmaking and philanthropic advocacy programs help lesbians and allied communities challenge oppression and claim their human rights. Our mission is based is on an enduring commitment to feminism, progressive social change and an end to all forms of exploitation and discrimination. We support programs and policies that strive to eliminate oppression based on race, age, sex, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, economic exploitation, physical and mental ability, anti-Semitism, and other such factors. Only through action will we build a world of peace and justice for lesbians, and for society as a whole.

The Audre Lorde Project (New York City, NY)
The Audre Lorde Project is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People of Color community organizing center, focusing on the New York City area. Through mobilization, education and capacity-building, we work for community wellness and progressive social and economic justice. Committed to struggling across differences, we seek to responsibly reflect, represent and serve our various communities.

Bay Area Black in the Life (Bay Area, CA)
The purpose of Black in the Life is to provide opportunities for the advancement of our community. The mission of Black in the Life is to empower same gender loving and transgender people of African descent through political advocacy, community involvement, wellness, spiritual growth, economic development and social awareness.

Community United Against Violence (Bay Area, CA)
Founded in 1979, Community United Against Violence (CUAV) is a multicultural, anti-oppression organization working to end violence against and within our diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQQ) communities. We believe that in order to end homophobia and heterosexism, we must confront all forms of oppression, including racism, sexism, ageism, classism, and ableism.

Consortium QPOC Constituency Group (U.S.)
A national People of Color group within the Consortium Higher Educational LGBT Resource Professionals that was created for support and to address issues affecting Staff of Color working in LGBT Resource Centers on college campuses. Consortium POC Constiuency Group addresses issues such as power dynamics, racism, hiring practices, pay disparities, diversifying LGBT Resource Center staff, as well as supporting, retaining and mentoring Queer Students of Color.

Gay Asian Pacific Islander Men of New York (GAPIMNY) (New York City, NY)
GAPIMNY is a membership-based organization whose goal is to empower Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Asian and Pacific Islander’s through a range of social, educational, peer-support, cultural, and political activities. We work in coalition with other community organizations to help educate the API ethnic and LGBT communities on issues of race, sexuality, gender, and health.

Immigration Equality (New York, NY)
Immigration Equality is a national organization that works to end discrimination in U.S. immigration law, to reduce the negative impact of that law on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and HIV-positive people, and to help obtain asylum for those persecuted in their home country based on their sexual orientation, transgender identity or HIV-status. Through education, outreach, advocacy, and the maintenance of a nationwide network of resources, we provide information and support to advocates, attorneys, politicians and those who are threatened by persecution or the discriminatory impact of the law.

Issues include: Binational Couples, Asylum, Transgender Issues, HIV Issues, Detention

Intersex Initiative (Pacific Northwest, SF Bay Area, Japan)
Intersex Initiative (IPDX) is a Portland, Oregon based national activist and advocacy organization for people born with intersex conditions. Director Emi Koyama has been an intern-turned-staffer at Intersex Society of North America before founding Intersex Initiative in January 2003.

The National Latina/o Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Organization is the only national nonprofit organization I could find devoted to Latina/o queer, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. They advocate for the evolving needs of these communities regarding an array of social issues including civil rights, social justice, health and human services. Their site provides a good list of resources and links. Their site is available in both Spanish and English.

National Black Justice Coalition
The National Black Justice Coalition is a civil rights organization dedicated to empowering Black same-gender-loving, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people. The Coalition works with our communities and our allies for social justice, equality, and an end to racism and homophobia.

National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) (Washington D.C.)
Building Leadership in Communities of Color to Address HIV/AIDS. The National Minority AIDS Council has helped develop leadership in communities of color to address the challenges of HIV/AIDS since 1987. It accomplishes this mission through a variety of public policy education programs; national conferences; treatment and research programs and trainings; electronic and printed resource materials; and a website: www.nmac.org. NMAC represents a coalition of 3,000 F/CBOs and AIDS service organizations (ASOs) delivering HIV/AIDS services in communities of color nationwide. NMAC's advocacy efforts are funded through private funders and donors only.

National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance
NQAPIA is a federation of LGBT Asian American, South Asian, and Pacific Islander organizations and allies.

NativeOUT (Phoenix, AZ)
Our vision is to build, unify, strengthen, and empower the Native American Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Two-Spirit community. Our Mission is to educate, gain acceptance, conduct outreach, promote visibility, encourage wellness, build alliances, and advocate for our Native American Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Two-Spirit community.

NorthEast Two-Spirit Society (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut)
Welcome to NE2SS' website devoted to providing information about and for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and two-spirit American Indians of New York City and the tri-state area (New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.)

Third Wave Foundation
Third Wave is a feminist, activist foundation that works nationally to support young women and transgender youth ages 15 to 30. Through strategic grantmaking, leadership development, and philanthropic advocacy, we support groups and individuals working towards gender, racial, economic, and social justice.

Transgender, Gender Variant, Intersex Justice Project (TGI Justice Project) (Bay Area, CA)
The Transgender, Gender Variant and Intersex (TGI) Justice Project's mission is to challenge and end the human rights abuses committed against transgender, gender variant/genderqueer and intersex (TGI) people in California prisons and beyond. Because of the profound and complex impact the prison industrial complex has had on the disabled, poor communities, communities of color and TGI communities, TGIJP operates at the intersections of race, gender, sex, class, sexual orientation, intersexuality, and ability, among others. In doing this work, TGIJP prioritizes and centralizes the wisdom and leadership of TGI prisoners and former prisoners.

Transgender Law & Policy Institute (TLPI)
We are a non-profit organization dedicated to engaging in effective advocacy for transgender people in our society. The TLPI brings experts and advocates together to work on law and policy initiatives designed to advance transgender equality.

TRIKONE (Bay Area, CA)
Founded in 1986 in the San Francisco Bay Area, Trikone is the first group of its kind in the world. South Asians affiliated with Trikone trace their ethnicities to one of the following places: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Tibet. Trikone actively works against all forms of oppression based on race, gender, religion, class, sexual orientation, and other identities. Through our award-winning magazine, our website, conferences, cultural nights, film festivals, dances, pride celebrations, and a host of other collaborative programming, Trikone has worked hard to nurture and empower the LGBT South Asian community in the Bay Area and across the globe.

Queers for Economic Justice (New York City, NY)
Queers for Economic Justice is a progressive non-profit organization committed to promoting economic justice in a context of sexual and gender liberation. Its goal is to challenge and change the systems that create poverty and economic injustice in our communities, and to promote an economic system that embraces sexual and gender diversity. Platforms include: 1. recognize the intersections between major systems of oppression Welfare rights, immigration rights & homelessness as queer issues. 2. Advocate for radical and compassionate change. Website includes links to Service Organizations for LGBT poor people, People of Color and/or Immigrants and Service Organizations for People Living with HIV/AIDS

Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project (QWOCMAP) (Bay Area, CA)
QWOCMAP promotes the creation, exhibition and distribution of new films and videos that increase the visibility of queer women of color, authentically reflect our life stories, and address the vital social justice issues that concern our communities. We actively invest in, develop and nurture the creativity of emerging media artists who are Asian/Pacific Islander, African American, Latina, Native American and Mixed-Race lesbians, bisexual, queer and questioning women in the Bay Area. QWOCMAP provides professional training, equipment, screening opportunities and resources free of charge to guarantee full access to our traditionally underserved community, particularly low-income and immigrant queer women of color.


Queer People of Color (QPOC)San Francisco State University, CA

Queer People of Color Support GroupUniversity of Vermont


Queers of Color Net Resources

Transgender Resources - Trangender Law & Policy Institute
U.S.  National Organizations
U.S. Regional Organizations
Organizations Outside the United States
International Organizations
Transgender and Genderqueer Media and Electronic Forums
Academic Resources

UC Davis LGBTRC Links


From Al-Fatiha Website: LGBTQ Muslim Email Discussion Groups


Gay Community Centers
Gay Community Centers provides a list of LGBTQI / queer community centers around the world.