This is a sampling of the many organizations that serve the LGBT community in Greater Washington. To add your organization to this list Click Here.
Equality Maryland works to secure and protect the rights of LGBT Marylanders by promoting legislative initiatives on the state, county and municipal levels.
Equality Prince William works to make Prince William County, Virginia and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park a welcoming place for all its residents -- gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and straight.
Equality Virginia is a statewide, non-partisan education, outreach, and advocacy organization seeking equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Virginians.
GLAA is a volunteer, non-partisan, advocacy organization devoted to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender civil rights.
Gay District is a community-based organization focused on building understanding of gay culture and personal identity, awareness of community events and civil rights for gay, bi, trans, queer and questioning (GBTQQ) men between the ages of 18 to 35 in the Washington DC metropolitan area.
The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.
The primary mission of Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence (GLOV) is to work to reduce violence against LGBT individuals (and those perceived as LGBT) through community outreach, education and monitoring cases to ensure that the rights and dignity of LGBT victims are respected and protected.
The purpose of Gender Rights Maryland is to promote civil rights, education, tolerance, equality and acceptance on the basis of sex and gender identity/expression in the State of Maryland.
The Human Rights Campaign is a national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization envisioning an America where LGBT people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.
The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) is a social justice organization dedicated to advancing the equality of transgender people through advocacy, collaboration and empowerment.
The Coalition is committed to improving the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals through federal advocacy that is focused on research, policy, education and training.
The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the grassroots power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
NOW is committed to fighting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in all areas, including employment, housing, public accommodations, health services, child custody and military policies.
PFLAG Baltimore is the Baltimore chapter of a volunteer and community-based organization of parents, family and friends of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgendered persons.
Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays promotes the equality and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons, their families and friends.
SAGE Metro DC (formerly the Elder Think Tank) is a program of the DC Center that provides support and advocacy for the aging LGBT populations of the DC metropolitan area and those who provide services to them.
SLDN is a national, legal services, watchdog and policy organization dedicated to ending discrimination against and harassment of military personnel affected by "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and related forms of intolerance.
The DC Trans Coalition (DCTC) is a volunteer, grassroots, community-based organization dedicated to fighting for human rights, dignity and equal access for transsexual, transgender and gender-diverse people in the District of Columbia.
Arts and Events
Gay Day is an annual event for the GLBT community hosted by Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens.
The Baltimore Pride Celebration is a program of the Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Baltimore, a community-based organization whose mission is to provide support, education, outreach and advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) individuals and their allies, through programs, services and resources.
Capital Pride is the annual celebration of the LGBT community in the nation’s capital.
Capital Trans Pride is an official full-day Capital Pride event, celebrating the Washington, DC metro area Transgender community.
The mission of Black Lesbian and Gay Pride Day, Inc. (BLGPD) is to increase awareness of and pride in the diversity of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender in the African-American community as well as support organizations that focus on health disparities, education, youth and families.
DC's Different Drummers is a music organization for the LGBT community and their family and friends with several performing groups including the Capitol Pride Symphonic Band (CPSB), Capitol Pride Winds, DC Swing! big band, DCDD Marching Band, Pep Band and several small ensembles.
The DC Kings are an avant-garde performance-art troupe of gender variant performers located in and around Washington, DC.
DC Latino Pride is a celebration of history, identity and diversity presented by the Latino GLBT History Project.
Fortissima is committed to music, social justice and is open to all sopranos and altos, regardless of gender, and without audition.
The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington delights audiences and champions gay equality with robust artistry, fun and surprise.
The New Wave Singers of Baltimore (New Wave) is a community of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and straight people (GLBTS) making music that matters.
OutWrite provides a space for LGBT authors to share and discuss their work with the community through book readings, lectures and community discussions.
Pride and Heritage is an annual celebration of LGBT Pride in the Asian Pacific American Community held in May to recognize Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.
Signature Theatre offers Pride Night performances, capped off with post-show cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception, on select Friday nights as a special event for members of the GLBT community .
Reel Affirmations is Washington DC's international LGBT film festival. Since its first festival, Reel Affirmations has grown to include a companion Pride Film Festival, special screenings throughout the year with a variety of community partnerships and a grant program to support LGBT filmmakers.
The DC Queer Theatre Festival unleashes and celebrates the underrepresented voices and diversity of artists, audiences and the community.
Youth Pride Alliance is responsible for the annual production of Youth Pride Day as well other events for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or questioning youth throughout the year.
Centers and Services
The mission of Food & Friends is to foster a community caring for men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses by preparing and delivering specialized meals and groceries in conjunction with nutrition counseling.
The GLBT National Help Center is dedicated to meeting the needs of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community and those questioning their sexual orientation and gender identity.
HOBS helps to meet the short term needs of marginalized GLBT in the Washington D.C. area, who don't fit the criteria for help from other organizations or agencies.
HOPE DC is here to assist the social and informational needs of HIV positive gay men and others in the Washington DC area.
The DC Center for the LGBT Community is a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community center for the Metro DC Area.
Clubs and Groups
Adventuring is a non-membership, all-volunteer organization that encourages and publicizes group outdoor activities.
The Alexandria Gay and Lesbian Community Association (Alexandria GLCA) is a nonpartisan organization based in Alexandria, Virginia, that strives to enhance the quality of life for the local gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) community through social activities, political awareness and community service.
AGLA is a grassroots membership organization that strives to improve the quality of life and meet the needs of the Arlington gay and lesbian community through education and leadership.
Asians and Friends Washington has been providing gay Asians and non-Asians a wide range of social, culturally and educational activities since 1984.
Big Gay Book Club is a group for men to socialize and chat about the book selection and other topics.
Book Men DC is an informal group of men who are interested in gay literature (both fiction and non-fiction).
Bi & Lesbian Married Women, formerly a subgroup of Bi Network DC (BNDC), is a list to provide online social space and support for queer women who are married, in long-term relationships with men or who are contemplating such a relationship.
DC Ice Breakers hosts a wide variety of social events for the GLBTQ community.
DC Lambda Squares is a lesbian- and gay-inclusive square dance club serving the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
KhushDC is a social, support and political group that provides a safe and supportive environment, promotes awareness and acceptance and fosters positive cultural and sexual identity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and additional gender or sexual minority South Asians in the Washington DC metropolitan area.
MAGIC DC (Metro Area Gender Identity Connection of Washington DC) is a peer support group for Transsexual, Gender Queer and other Gender Identity Questioning people living in the greater Washington, DC Metropolitan Area.
Prime Timers of Central Virginia are older gay or bisexual men and younger adult men who admire mature men.
Prime Timers of Washington, DC is a social organization for older gay and bisexual men and their admirers.
The Dulles Triangles is a well-rounded social club for LGBT community members, including friends and family, that offers an alternative outlet for social activities, promotes both physical and mental well-being and participates in gay community activities and services.
Women in their Thirties is a social group for les/bi/trans/queer woman in their thirties looking to build a little community in the DC area.
Women in Their 20s is a social discussion group for lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and all women interested in women in Washington, D.C.
Employment and Education Resources
The DC Center's career development program brings trained and experienced volunteer human resource professionals to offer support with job searches, interviews skills, resume writing and individual career goal counseling.
Out for Work functions as a complimentary component in the total educational experience of LGBT students, primarily in the development, evaluation, initiation and implementation of career plans and opportunities.
STRIVE DC helps chronically unemployed people in the Washington, DC area transform their lives through employment.
Affirmation: Gay and Lesbian Mormons has been serving gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and intersexed Mormons, their families and friends since 1977.
The mission of the Association of Welcoming & Affirming Baptists is to create and support a community of churches, organizations and individuals committed to the inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons in the full life and mission of Baptist churches.
Bet Mishpachah is a congregation for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Jews and all who wish to participate in an inclusive, egalitarian and mutually supportive community.
Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church is a congregation of all ages, from different religious backgrounds, who gather together for spiritual and social community.
The DC Radical Faeries is a community-based organization of men and women who explore queer spirituality, promoting an understanding of Earth-based religions and interfaith cooperation.
Dignity NOVA is a welcoming community of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) Catholics, their families and friends.
Dignity Washington is a community of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered Catholics and other Christians, their families and friends.
As the GLBT portal of the 16th Street J, The Kurlander Program for GLBT Outreach and Engagement (GLOE) engages metropolitan Washington’s GLBT Jewish community by sponsoring original programming and fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment at the Washington DCJCC.
Hope United Church of Christ welcomes all people and celebrates diversity of race, ethnic heritage, abilities, sexual orientation and gender identity.
Since its founding in 1981, MCC NOVA has been a spiritual and community center for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer-identified folks, their friends, families and allies, in the heart of Fairfax, VA.
MCC BALTIMORE invites everyone seeking a diverse Christian Community.
The Metropolitan Community Church of Washington (MCC-DC) is a Christian Church with a special ministry to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community.
New Light MCC Hagerstown's mission is to reach the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and Affirming community, family and friends by providing a Christ-centered, safe and nurturing environment for spiritual growth.
New Ways Ministry is a gay-positive ministry of advocacy and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Catholics as well as reconciliation within the larger Christian and civil communities.
Unity Fellowship Church of Washington, DC is committed to the elimination of discrimination based on class, gender, race, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical ability and religious and cultural background.
Westminster Presbyterian is a small, diverse, informal, lively urban congregation 1/2 mile south of the National Air and Space Museum.
The World Congress of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Jews: Keshet Ga’avah consists of around 50 member organizations in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Mexico, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Fundraising and Philanthropy
Brother, Help Thyself Inc. is a community based organization that provides financial and other support to non-profit organizations serving the GLBTQ and HIV/AIDS community in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. metro area.
Burgundy Crescent Volunteers (BCV) is a source of volunteers for local and national gay and gay-friendly community organizations in the Washington, DC area and a source of social activities for volunteers.
The Cherry Fund is an independent, all-volunteer foundation that raises funds for the HIV/AIDS youth service community.
The mission of the Imperial Court of Washington, D.C. is to raise funds for organizations, including but not limited to those supporting just the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender community: HIV/AIDS services organizations, social service organizations and youth enrichment programs.
Health and Safety
Recognizing that discrimination based on gender and sexuality stems from common roots in sexism and heterosexism, the Gender and Sexuality committee is dedicated to assuring equal access to medical care and equality within medical education.
CAVE is a volunteer panel of individuals from the general public and from the diverse communities affected by AIDS that assists and advises AIDS vaccine trials in the metropolitan DC area.
Carl Vogel Center is a community-based organization that provides multidisciplinary and integrated medical healthcare that embodies all aspects of a person's physical, mental and emotional well-being.
The DC Crystal Meth Working Group consists of individual members of the local community and local organizations dedicated to providing information and resources that help people make informed choices about crystal meth.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Counseling is an experienced group of lesbian, gay and bisexual mental health professionals dedicated to serving the needs of the LGBT community.
The Mautner Project of Whitman-Walker Health is committed to improving the health of women who partner with women including lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals, through primary medical care, support services, education and advocacy.
Metro TeenAIDS is dedicated to eliminating HIV infection among young people in the Washington DC metropolitan area by offering programming that promotes mental, physical and spiritual health and provides the support and encouragement necessary to enhance their behavior and improve their self-efficacy.
The National Minority AIDS Council's mission is to develop leadership in communities of color to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
PETS-DC is dedicated to improving the health and well being of people living with HIV/AIDS or other disabling conditions and their companion pets.
Rainbow Response is a grassroots coalition of organizations and leaders from the LGBTQ communities, traditional domestic violence service providers and government agencies collaborating to increase awareness about Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) amid the relationships of LGBTQ individuals.
NALGAP provides information, training, networking and advocacy as well as support for addiction professionals, individuals in recovery and others concerned about LGBT health.
The HIV Working Group is a volunteer driven HIV/AIDS outreach, education and advocacy initiative of The DC Center.
The Triangle Club provides a safe and dependable space where GLBT people may hold their meetings in accordance with the 12 Steps and Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Al-Anon.
The mission of Us Helping Us, People Into Living, Inc. (UHU) is to improve the health and well-being of Black gay men through innovative programs and services, and -- through a vision of inclusiveness – to reduce the impact of HIV/AIDS in the entire Black community.
Whitman-Walker Health is a Washington DC community health center specializing in HIV/AIDS care and lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender care.
Knowing what challenges you may face as a member of the LGBTQ community and how to find and work with LGBTQ-inclusive providers can help ensure more positive outcomes.
The Committee of Lesbian and Gay History promotes the study of homosexuality in the past and present by facilitating communication among scholars in a variety of disciplines working on a variety of cultures.
Rainbow History Project works to collect, preserve, and promote an active knowledge of the history, arts, and culture relevant to sexually diverse communities in metropolitan Washington, DC.
The mission of the Latino GLBT History Project is to investigate, collect, preserve and educate the public about the history, culture, heritage, arts, social and rich contributions of the Latino GLBT community in metropolitan Washington, D.C.
Law Enforcement and Government
The Mayor’s Office of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) Affairs provides constituent services and information to the GLBT communities through community outreach, public education activities and advises the Mayor and the DC Government on the needs of the GLBT residents of the District of Columbia through technical assistance and training.
The Department of Corrections formed the Transgender Advisory Council to serve as a link between DOC, the transgender community and its stakeholder organizations.
Metro Weekly has served Washington, DC's gay and lesbian community since May 1994.
The Washington Blade covers LGBT news--locally, nationally and internationally.
The Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund is the nation's largest LGBT political action committee and the only national organization dedicated to increasing the number of openly LGBT elected officials at all levels of government.
The Gertrude Stein Democratic Club is a voice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Democrats in the District of Columbia.
Log Cabin DC is part of the national Log Cabin Republican effort to achieve fairness and equality for gay and lesbian individuals and families who simply seek to participate in the responsibilities and privileges enjoyed by heterosexual Americans.
The LGBT Democrats of Virginia is a partnership between the LGBT Democrats of Virginia Caucus of the Democratic Party of Virginia and the LGBT Democrats of Virginia PAC (Political Action Committee).
The Atlantic States Gay Rodeo Association (ASGRA) is a charitable and social organization whose primary purpose is to promote the sport of rodeo and foster country and western lifestyles in the gay and lesbian community.
CARA is a member-supported organization composed of gay and lesbian bowling leagues in the metropolitan Washington, DC area.
Capital City Volleyball (CCV) offers opportunities to play indoor and outdoor volleyball for the LGBT community in the DC metropolitan area.
The Capital Tennis Association coordinates and promotes tennis programs within the Washington DC metropolitan gay and lesbian community.
Charm City Volleyball is a gay and lesbian volleyball organization serving Baltimore and DC.
CAPS was founded in 1983 to establish a friendly place for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people in the greater Washington/Baltimore metropolitan area to play softball, learn and/or enhance softball skills and meet new people.
DC Strokes' mission is to introduce and promote the sport of rowing to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community and its allies.
DCAC is a high-energy swim team and social club whose mission is to promote competitive and fitness swimming for lesbians, gays and their friends in a team-oriented, professionally-coached setting.
DC Front Runners is a running, walking and social club for gay people and friends in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
DCGFFL is the inclusive flag football organization that engages in recreational and competitive flag football.
The DC Nationals Hockey Club is an organization of gay or gay-friendly men and women with an interest in ice hockey.
DC Sentinels provides lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender basketball players and their friends opportunities to participate in sporting, recreational, social and charitable activities.
FTSC is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes to promote the growth of soccer and foster a sense of community for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and GLBT-friendly players.
Flaming Football on the Mall is a weekly informal two-hand touch football for anyone interested.
Lambda Divers is a nonprofit, social organization dedicated to promoting scuba diving among the members of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Transsexual community.
Lambda Links promotes and provides a social forum for golf camaraderie for gay, lesbian and transgendered people regardless of faith, ethnicity, race, age or ability.
Ski Bums hosts social events and group trips for LGBT skiers and snowboarders to ski resorts all over the world.
Stonewall Kickball is a kickball league for the LGBT community and straight allies.
The Washington Renegades is a Division III rugby union football club, member of the Potomac Rugby Union and USA Rugby, that welcomes players regardless of sexual orientation, race, ethnicity or income.
The Washington Wetskins is a water polo team that openly welcomes men and women who identify as gay, straight or bisexual.
Allied in Pride is a student organization at The George Washington University that works toward building a happy, healthy and equal environment for the LGBT community on campus.
AU Queers and Allies strives to defend and protect the rights and interests of members and the American University lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and ally (LGBTQA) community as a whole.
Delta Lambda Phi is a national social fraternity for gay, bisexual and progressive college students and recent graduates and the Alpha chapter in DC was its first chapter.
GU Pride is Georgetown University's group for LGBTQIA students, providing academic, political and social programming for the whole Georgetown community.
Delta Phi Upsilon Fraternity, Incorporated (DPhiU) is an international service organization first established by gay men of color, whose membership now includes gay, bisexual and progressive men who exemplify its motto of “Service Without Expectation."
Out in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics at the University of Maryland works to promote the inclusion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer students on campus.
Workplace and Associations
The purpose of the American College Personnel Association, Standing Committee for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Awareness is to increase awareness, eliminate oppression and provide support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in higher education, for faculty, students and staff.
CAGLCC is the nonpartisan, mostly-volunteer network of nearly 3,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and ally professionals who own or are employed by businesses, nonprofits and government agencies in Washington, DC, Virginia, and Maryland.
The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) is an association of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender health care professionals.
GLIFAA, officially recognized by the U.S. State Department, represents lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender personnel and their families in the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development, Foreign Commercial Service, Foreign Agricultural Service and other foreign affairs agencies and offices in the U.S. Government.
The LGBT Bar Association of the District of Columbia is an independent, non-partisan bar association serving gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender lawyers, law students, and legal professionals in the national capital area.
The NGLCC is a business advocate and direct link between LGBT business owners, corporations and government.
Founded in 1990, NLGJA is an organization of journalists, media professionals, educators and students working from within the news industry to foster fair and accurate coverage of LGBT issues.
The National LGBT Bar Association is a national association of lawyers, judges and other legal professionals, law students, activists, and affiliated lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender legal organizations.
Pride At Work is an officially recognized constituency group of the American Federation of Labor & Congress of Industrial Organizations, organizing mutual support between the organized labor movement and the LGBT community for social and economic justice.
The Department of Justice Pride (DOJ Pride) serves as the recognized organization for all Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered employees working in the Department of Justice’s offices, boards and divisions.
Youth and Family
The It Gets Better Project's mission is to communicate to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth around the world that it gets better, and to create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them.
Bonus Round's Gay Youth Page is a resource web page for teens and young adults who might be gay or have friends who have same gender attraction.
Rainbow Families DC is the organization for all LGBT parents / prospective parents and their allies in the DC Metropolitan area.
The Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL) is the only Washington, DC metro area service organization solely dedicated to supporting LGBTQ youth.
CDC Information Line 800-CDC-INFO
Gay and Lesbian National Hotline 888-843-GLNH (4564), 800-246-7743
National Gay and Lesbian Youth Hotline 800-347-TEEN (8336)
The Trevor Helpline 866-4-U-TREVOR