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5 LGBT Organizations in Los Angeles You Need to Know About

Almost every day a new headline appears in the media that highlights the LGBT community. Whether it's an exclusive interview with a transgender celebrity, or the government striking down same-sex marriage bans all over the country, it is becoming increasingly clear that LGBT individuals are finally becoming accepted as valuable members of society.

Although progress is being made in the direction of acceptance and tolerance of LGBT Americans and their rights, there are still many issues that continue to affect the LGBT community in the areas of health, well-being, housing, education and employee rights.

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Almost every day a new headline appears in the media that highlights the LGBT community. Whether it's an exclusive interview with a transgender celebrity, or the government striking down same-sex marriage bans all over the country, it is becoming increasingly clear that LGBT individuals are finally becoming accepted as valuable members of society.

Although progress is being made in the direction of acceptance and tolerance of LGBT Americans and their rights, there are still many issues that continue to affect the LGBT community in the areas of health, well-being, housing, education and employee rights.

The good news is that numerous organizations in Los Angeles have made it their mission to empower the LGBT community by working not only to achieve equality, but to improve the lives of the LGBT community in California. While the work of these organizations is extremely important, they can always use your help.

5 Top Los Angeles Area LGBT Organizations

1. Equality California

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Equality California is a statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization with offices in Los Angeles, Palm Springs, Sacramento and the Bay Area. The organization's mission is to improve the lives of LGBT Californians by working to achieve and maintain full and lasting equality, acceptance and social justice for LGBT communities in California and elsewhere. Their efforts include working towards advancements of LGBT Californians' health and well-being through direct healthcare service advocacy and education. Equality California also sponsors legislation to achieve equality and legal protections for the LGBT community. Equality California works in partnership with California's LGBT Legislative Caucus - monitoring thousands of bills and leading California's efforts to defeat legislation that harms the California LGBT community and their family members.

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2. The Trevor Project

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Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Oscar-winning short film, TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the first national crisis intervention and suicide prevention lifeline for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth. This organization provides suicide prevention services, plus crisis intervention to young people via in-person and online efforts through their hotline (Trevor Lifeline), a chat room service (TrevorChat), TrevorSpace and Trevor Education Workshops.

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3. Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce

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The Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (LAGLCC) is an organization that promotes gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and gay-allied businesses. Their extensive network of members support and build trusting relationships with one another through networking breakfasts, happy hours, educational workshops, community activities and more. The organization's goal is to provide not only their members, but the entire Los Angeles LGBT community, success in both their personal and business endeavors.

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4. API Equality-LA

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API Equality-LA are advocates for the fair treatment of same-sex couples and marriage equality for same-sex couples in the Los Angeles Asian and Pacific Islander (API) LGBT community. Their mission is to "create a society that celebrates the loves and lives of all people - free from discrimination and injustice." API Equality-LA volunteers participate in parades, protests, organize educational events geared toward social justice issues, and more. The organization has been endorsed by over 50 organizations and Los Angeles community leaders.

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5. The Los Angeles LGBT Center

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The Los Angeles LGBT Center works to build a world where LGBT people can thrive as healthy, equal, and complete members of society. They are the largest provider of programs and services for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The organization is focused mainly on four key areas: health, social services and housing, culture and education, and leadership/advocacy. As a valuable addition to their services, our very own Rob Hennig serves as a volunteer attorney for the center's legal referral program.

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Are there other LGBT organizations in California you would add to our list? Let us know about them in the comments.

The passionate employment attorneys at Hennig Ruiz not only support LGBT organizations in Los Angeles, but volunteer their time to the California LGBT community. In addition to those efforts, we are also dedicated to protecting LGBT rights in the workplace. If you feel you've been discriminated against or harassed on the job due to your sexual orientation, contact us today.

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