Lambda Legal was founded in 1973. It’s mission is to secure rights and equality for gay men, lesbians, those affected with HIV, transgender people and bisexuals. It is the oldest organization in America that works for these plights. Lambda Legal supports their cause by doing public policy work, litigation and educating people.
Because they are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Lambda depends upon the generous contributions of supporters. It does not charge legal fees to people who it represents, and it is not funded by the government.
There are many landmark cases that Lambda Legal has taken part in. For example, in 1977, in the case of Matter of V., Lambda Legal helped a lesbian woman retain custody of her foster children. They also had a role in the case of People vs Onofre where the law making sodomy illegal in New York State was struck down.
In 1988, they took part in Doe vs Centinela Hospital—one of many cases where it was ruled that refusing to treat a person because of HIV status fell under the umbrella of disability discrimination. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/blogs/az-aclu-honors-new-times-founders-jim-larkin-and-mike-lacey-as-civil-libertarians-of-the-year-6500737 and https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-lacey-5b0159145/
Human Rights Campaign
Human Rights Campaign is a civil rights organization that advocates for the equality of people in America who are gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual and queer. Human Rights Campaign was founded in 1980 by a man named Steve Endean. The organization started off funding politicians who supported the cause of LGBTQ people. However, the range of activities that Human Rights Campaign fanned out into other things, such as educational programs and communications to the public via social media.
Family Equality Council
Family Equality Council is an organization that was founded to support parents who are queer, gay, lesbian, bisexual and/or transgender. There are currently about three million members, and the organization has been operating for over 30 years.
This organization was founded due to the fact that LGBTQ people have historically been given less respect than straight, cis-gender parents. The purpose of this organization is to encourage more respectful attitudes towards parents who happen to be LGBTQ.
The Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund
This organization came out of settlement money that was won from a court case that involved the rights of Jim and Michael being impeded upon. The Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund gives monetary, as well as moral, support to organizations that support civil rights causes.
One of the organizations that the Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund supports is called Trans Queer Pueblo. Trans Queer Pueblo focuses on the cause of LGBTQ people, especially those who are colored.