As an inclusive city for all, Austin nonprofits work hard to empower, protect, and ensure the rights of our LGBTQ citizens. It’s not surprising that the city ranks among the top LGBTQ-friendly destinations in the U.S., boasting a vibrant queer community and allied advocates.
In a city with such a dynamic and mobilized community, it’s easy to join in the effort of addressing issues and defending the freedoms of LGBTQ Austinites. Here’s a look at the organizations making an impact. Learn how to get involved, volunteer, and donate in support of queer people of color, youth, and at-risk groups in Austin.
AIDS Services of Austin
Mission: AIDS Services of Austin is Central Texas' largest provider of critical HIV-dedicated services. It is also dedicated to enhancing the health and well-being of the community and people affected by HIV and AIDS. The group helps people navigate the maze of social and medical services to get the care and knowledge they need to live with HIV. AIDS Services of Austin also works with community groups through special initiatives to ensure that people undergoing this highly personal experience can maintain their health and well-being. They also work to fight indifference and stigma by both supporting clients through obstacles and by educating the community to reduce indifference fueled by stereotypes, fear, beliefs, and stigma.
Membership: $1,200 annually. For information, contact director of development Christopher Alberts at 512-406-6115.
Get involved: Donate or learn how to volunteer here.
Big event: AIDS Walk Austin and Red Ribbon Dinner Series
Mission: For over 30 years, allgo has worked to create and sustain queer people of color activists, groups, organizations, and allies through artistic expression, promoting wellness, and grassroots organizing. Allgo celebrates and nurtures vibrant queer people of color communities in Texas and beyond by supporting artists and artistic expression; promoting health within a wellness model; and mobilizing and building coalitions among groups marginalized by race/ethnicity, gender/gender identity, and sexual orientation/sexual identity in order to enact change.
Membership: Allgo members pledge either a monthly or annual donation and/or a regular in-kind donation and/or regular volunteer work. Contact allgo to sign up to become a member.
Get involved: Donate or learn how to volunteer here. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Big event: Statewide Queer People Of Color Activist Summit
Austin Gay and Lesbian Pride Foundation
Mission: Formed in 2010, the Austin Gay and Lesbian Pride Foundation is a 100-percent volunteer-run organization dedicated to managing and organizing Austin's annual PRIDE Celebration and Stonewall Rally, with a mission to educate, provide resources for, and connect the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community in Austin.
Get involved: Learn how to become an Austin PRIDE festival or parade volunteer here.
Big event: Austin's Annual PRIDE Celebration
Equality Texas Foundation
Mission: The Equality Texas Foundation works to secure full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Texans through education, community organizing, and collaboration.
Get involved: Donate here and volunteer here. You can also pledge to fight back against hate crimes, new laws that grant a license to discriminate, efforts to undermine marriage equality, and blocking access to healthcare here.
Out Youth Austin
Mission: Out Youth promotes the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social well being of sexual and gender minority youth so that they can openly and safely explore and affirm their identities. Using value-based programming, Out Youth creates programming and provides services for Austin-area youth as well as educational services for parents, educators, and caregivers.
Get involved: Donate here. The nonprofit is actively looking for volunteers to help with everything from family dinners to community engagement events. Go here to learn more.
Big event: The Glitz Gala