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Accord Alliance: promotes comprehensive and integrated approaches to care that enhance the health and well-being of people and families affected by DSD (disorders of sex development).  "We partner with patients and families, healthcare administrators, clinicians, support groups, and researchers to facilitate open communication and collaboration among all persons working together to improve care of those affected by DSD. Through these partnerships, we can help all families experience better care, better outcomes, and better lives. We strive to make our website a central hub of information for those working to improve the quality of outcomes in DSD through enhanced healthcare and research and through education of the public. Whether you are new to the issues of DSD or are a highly-experienced clinical specialist, we believe you’ll find information at this website helpful to you. Here you’ll find educational materials (including Clinical Guidelines and a Handbook for Parents), clinical pearls shared by DSD specialists, information about upcoming meetings, summaries of recent presentations, and more."

Note: Intersex Society of North America (ISNA) was devoted to systemic change to end shame, secrecy and unwanted genital surgeries for people born with anomaly of the reproductive system. They worked to end the idea that intersexuality is shameful or freakish. Because Accord Alliance (above) opened its doors in March, 2008 and will continue to lead national efforts to improve DSD-related health care and outcomes, ISNA closed its doors with the comfort and knowledge that its work will continue to have an impact. Archives of ISNA's historical documents and accomplishments will be preserved at the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University and the ISNA website will remain up as a historical artifact.  

ACLU - American Civil Liberties Union's Lesbian & Gay Rights Project: provides a variety of resources for students, including a training program that informs school administrators and faculty about their legal and moral obligations to prevent anti-gay harassment. Web site offers other resources including ways to approach schools about policies that ban same sex couples from going to proms to how to convince schools to recognize GSA's by telling them about the Equal Access Act. 125 Broad Street, 18th Floor, New York, NY 10004. Phone: 212-549-2673; Email: lgbthiv@aclu.org; Website: http://www.aclu.org/getequal/scho/

Advocates for Youth: Advocates for Youth, Suite 200, 1025 Vermont Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005; Phone: 202-347-5700; Web site: http://www.advocatesforyouth.org

Alberta (Canada) Teachers' Association's Diversity, Equity and Human Rights: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity -  provincial, national and international resource listings; suggestions and guidelines to help teachers address homophobia and heterosexism in their school, classroom, and community environments; and more. http://www.teachers.ab.ca/Issues+In+Education/Diversity+and+Human+Rights/Sexual+Orientation/

American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education

American Association of School Librarians

American Association of University Women

American Counseling Association

American Library Association (ALA)

American Library Association's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Round Table:
provides workshops, publishes a quarterly newsletter and maintains a clearinghouse of gay, lesbian & bisexual related bibliographies, directories, and reading lists. Website: http://www.ala.org/ala/glbtrt/welcomeglbtround.cfm

American School Counselor Association

American School Health Association

Amnesty International - AI - Outfront:
AI exposes and advocates to end human rights violations. AIUSA's Program on Human Rights and Sexual Identity is part of a worldwide network of activists working to end the harassment, discrimination, imprisonment, torture and execution of people suspected of being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Contact person: Michael Heflin, 322 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY 10001; Phone: 212-633-4280 or 212-633-4281; Email: mheflin@aiusa.org; Web site:

Anti-Defamation League: an international organization (with regional offices: http://www.adl.org/main_regional.asp) that fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, combats terrorism, probes the roots of hatred, advocates before Congress, aids victims of bigotry, develops educational programs, and serves as a public resource for government, media, law enforcement and the public, all toward the goals of countering and reducing hatred. They publish great resources (pamphlets, books, a hate-filter for your child's computer). Phone: 212-885-7700; Website: http://www.adl.org

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)

BiNet USA: a national voice for bisexuals, supporting efforts to end oppression based on gender, sex, race, class, age, and ability. 4201 Wilson Blvd. # 110-311, Arlington, Virginia 22203; Phone: 202-986-7186; Email: BiNetUSA@aol.com; Website: http://www.BiNetUSA.org

Blackstripe: provides information for and about same-gender-loving, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people of African descent. “In keeping with the Blackstripe's educational mission, this site is "child friendly," (equivalent PG-13). This is not an endorsement of censorship. It is a conscious effort designed to support young people who often use the web in their search for identity. --  Website no longer active but listed with information on the QRD site here.

Child Welfare League of America

Center for Anti-Oppressive Education

The Center for Peaceable Schools

Children's Defense Fund

Coalition of Essential Schools

COLAGE: a national movement of children, youth and adults with one or more lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer parents. We build community and work toward social justice through youth empowerment, leadership development, education, and advocacy. Offers chapters and events nationally, visibility tools and resources for schools and communities, Speak OUT national network of youth leaders, online communities and more.1550 Bryant Street, Suite 830, San Francisco, CA 94103; Phone: 415-861-KIDS (5437); fax: 415-255-8345; Email: colage@colage.org; Website: http://www.colage.org/

Community Matters: a non-profit that collaborates with schools and communities to engage, equip and empower young people to become change agents and peacemakers. Together with trainer De Palazzo*, Community Matters has created: "The Legal, Moral and Ethical Imperative for Protecting LGBT Youth in Schools" a one day training for district level leadership and middle and high school faculty and staff including: site administrators, school board members, teachers, guidance counselors, school social workers, coaches, and others. http://www.community-matters.org/programs/staffdev-lgbtq-diversity-trainingMailing Address: Community Matters, P.O. Box 14816, Santa Rosa, CA 95402; Headquarters: 652 Petaluma Avenue, Ste J1; Sebastopol, CA 95472; Phone: 707-823-6159; Fax: 707-823-3373; Email: team@community-matters.org.

*De Palazzo is a Community Matters trainer, Board Chair for Equality Florida, President of Perspectives Unlimited, Inc. and has served on the National Board of Directors for GLSEN.  

Educators for Social Responsibility

Egale Canada: a national organization that advances equality and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans-identified people and their families across Canada. They have a Safe School's Campaign: "Egale's vision is to help make schools across Canada a safe and inclusive place for lesbian, gay, bi, trans and questioning youth, for children of LGBT people, and for LGBT teachers and school staff. To do so, schools must not only have proactive and comprehensive discrimination and harassment policies, they must also ensure the presence of an inclusive curriculum and positive role models." Website in English and in Français.

Family Equality Council (formerly Family Pride): offers peer support, newsletters, conferences and literature for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender parents and family groups. PO Box 65327, Washington, DC 20035-5327. Phone: 202-331-5015, Email: info@familyequality.org

Families United Against Hate: provides emotional support, guidance and technical assistance to families* and individuals dealing with incidents based on bias; and to the people, organizations and agencies who serve and support them. FUAH is a small grassroots nonprofit organization created by and for families and survivors of hate motivated violence, in collaboration with other individuals and organizations. FUAH defines hate incidents as violent acts or intimidation committed against a person, group or property that is motivated by an offender's bias. The victim or property has been intentionally selected because of real or perceived identifiable characteristics or circumstances, or because of an affiliation with people with those characteristics or circumstances. Although not all are protected by national and state laws yet, bias motivated incidents might include but are not limited to incidents based on: race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, gender, socio-economic status/homelessness.  * We define family broadly to include biological, extended and chosen family.  a national network by and for families and survivors of hate motivated violence, in conjunction with other organizations and individuals. It focuses on providing long-term emotional support and technical assistance to families throughout the country. Contact person: Gabi Clayton in Olympia, WA: Email: info@fuah.org; Phone: (360) 888-5291.

Gay and Lesbian Arabic Society: an international organization established in 1988 in the USA with worldwide chapters, GLAS serves as a networking organization for Gays and Lesbians of Arab descent or those living in Arab countries: http://www.glas.org/

Gay And Lesbian Educators of British Columbia (Canada)  - (and their friends & supporters!); British Columbia, Canada; 604-987-4897 (Noble) or 604-688-0924 (Steve); Website: http://www.galebc.org

Gay and Lesbian Medical Association: promotes quality healthcare for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. 459 Fulton Street, Suite 107, San Francisco, CA 94102; Phone: 415-255-4547; Email: info@glma.org; Website: http://www.glma.org

Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) Network - originally a California organization - now a national movement with some work still focused on California - Address: 1550 Bryant St., Suite 800, San Francisco, CA 94103; Phone: 415--552-4229; Email:  info@gsanetwork.org; Website: http://www.gsanetwork.org

GSA Network empowers youth activists to fight homophobia and transphobia in schools through Gay-Straight Alliance clubs, helping LGBTQ students and straight allies organize GSA clubs focused on activism to create safer schools. GSA Network's resources empower students to advocate for safe schools policies, mobilize their peers to stand up for safety and equality, and train teachers to stop bullying. By providing in-depth leadership and activist training for youth, GSA Network is building a generation of leaders for LGBTQ rights and social justice. As a youth-driven organization, GSA Network brings the voices and perspectives of youth to the forefront of the LGBTQ movement.

Gender Odyssey Conferences

Gender Diversity: Education and Support Services

Gender Diversity is an education, support, and training organization committed to increasing awareness and understanding of the normal range of gender variations in children, adolescents, and adults. Services include:
Call 1-855-4 GENDER (toll free) or email info@GenderDiversity.org for more information. Website: http://www.genderdiversity.org/

GLAAD - Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation: promotes fair, accurate, and inclusive representation of individuals and events in all media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation - a good resource for media literacy classes. Phone: 1-800-GAY-MEDIA; Email: glaad@glaad.org; Website: http://www.glaad.org

GLSEN - Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network: has a national network of local chapters and regional offices working to end harassment and discrimination leveled against students and school personnel based on sexual orientation or gender identity. GLSEN's student organizing project provides support and resources to youth in even the most isolated of places. 121 W 27th St, Suite 804, New York, NY 10001. Phone: 212-727-0135; Email: glsen@glsen.org, Website: http://www.glsen.org/splash/index.html

GroundSpark (formerly Women's Educational Media): GroundSpark creates visionary films and dynamic educational campaigns that move individuals and communities to take action for a more just world. GroundSpark's Respect For All Project facilitates the development of inclusive, bias-free schools and communities by providing media resources, support and training to youth, educators and service providers.  Address: 2180 Bryant Street, Suite 203, San Francisco, CA 94110; Phone: 415-641-4616 or 1-800-405-3322; Fax: 415-641-4632; Website: http://www.groundspark.org/; Contact forms for specific people linked from: http://groundspark.org/about/contact.html

Heartstrong: provides information and support to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and allied people who attend or are employed by religious schools of all denominations, kindergarten through university. 1011 Boren Avenue #199, Seattle, WA 98104; Phone: 206-621-9129; Email: heartstrong@heartstrong.org; Website: http://www.heartstrong.org

Human Rights Campaign: a national lesbian and gay political organization which lobbies for human rights and works to educate the public. Their web site includes a “familynet� addressing family concerns (from custody to schools to summer camps). 919 18th St., N.W., Suite 800, Washington, D.C. 20006; Phone: 202-628-4160, TTY: 202-216-1572; Email: hrc@hrc.org; Website: http://www.hrc.org/

GLBT Workplace Publications & Resources: from Human Rights Campaign. Comprehensive information and resources about domestic partnership issues, transitioning in the workplace, find employers policies, employee network groups, answers to common questions about discrimination and more.  http://www.hrc.org/Content/NavigationMenu/Work_Life/Get_Informed2/Resources1/Publications_and_Other_Resources.htm  

The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association: based in Brussels, Belgium this world-wide federation of national and local groups is dedicated to achieving equal rights for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgendered people everywhere. Founded in 1978, it now has more than 350 member organizations. Every continent and around 80 countries are represented. ILGA member groups range from small collectives to national groups and entire cities. Address: ILGA Administrative Office,
81 Kolenmarkt,B 1000, Brussels, Belgium; Telephone & Fax: +32-2-5022471; Email: ilga@ilga.org;
Website: http://www.ilga.org/

International Gay/Lesbian Human Rights Commission: an organization that exists to protect and advance the human rights of all people and communities subject to discrimination or abuse on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or HIV status. 1360 Mission Street, Suite 200, San Francisco, CA 94103; Phone: 415-255-8680; Email: iglhrc@iglhrc.org; Website: http://www.www.iglhrc.org/

Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund: provides legal advice and support for people experiencing sexual orientation-based harassment and other discrimination. 120 Wall Street -- Suite 1500, New York, NY 10005-3904. Phone: 212-809-8585; Email: lambdalegal@lambdalegal.org; Website: http://www.lambdalegal.org
and Lambda's web page for youth:

Lesbian Information Service: This United Kingdom organization offers training, conducts research, maintains a library and develops extremely useful publications. Their pamphlet (free on-line) "i think i might be a lesbian... now what do i do?" lists hotlines and resources all over the United Kingdom. P.O. Box 8, Todmorden, Lancashire, OL14 5TZ, Great Britain; Phone: 01706.817235; Email: lis@lesbianinformationservice.org ; Website: http://www.lesbianinformationservice.org

Long Yang Club International: a network of gay Asian/non-Asian groups with 30 chapters on 4 continents. Website: http://www.longyangclub.org

The Matthew Shepard Foundation: Works to support diversity programs in education and to help youth organizations establish environments where young people can feel safe and be themselves. Main Office: 301 Thelma #512, Casper, WY 82609; Phone: (307) 237-6167; Fax: (307) 237-6156; Denver Office: 1580 Lincoln Street, Suite 1150, Denver, CO 80203; Phone: (303) 830-7400; Fax: (303) 830-6952; Staff list and contact form: http://www.matthewshepard.org/site/PageServer?pagename=Our_Story_Staff; Website: http://www.matthewshepard.org/site/PageServer

National Association for the Education of Young Children

National Association of Black and White Men Together: engages in educational, political, cultural, and social activities as a means of dealing with the Racism, Sexism, Homophobia, HIV / AIDS Discrimination and other inequalities in our community and in our lives. NABWMT; P.O. Box 81236, Pittsburgh, PA 15217-4236; Phone: 412-421-1000; Toll Free: 800-NA4-BWMT; Fax: 412-421-8010; Email: nabwmt@nabwmt.org; Website: http://nabwmt.org/

National Association of Elementary School Principals

National Association of Independent Schools

National Association for Multicultural Education

National Association of School Psychologists

National Association of Secondary School Principals

NCLR, National Center for Lesbian Rights: a legal center advancing the rights and safety of lesbians and their families through litigation, public policy advocacy, free legal advice and counseling, and public education. 870 Market St., Ste. 570, San Francisco, CA 94102; Phone: 415-392-6257; Email: info@nclrights.org; Website: http://www.nclrights.org/site/PageServer

National Center for Lesbian Rights - Youth Project: advocating for LGBTQ youth in schools, foster care, juvenile justice settings, and the mental health system since 1993. The Project provides direct, free legal information to youth, legal advocates, and activists through a toll-free line; advocates for policies that protect and support LGBTQ youth in these different arenas; and litigates cases that are creating new legal protections for youth in schools, foster care, juvenile justice, and other settings. Toll-free Legal Helpline: 1 (800) 528-6257; National Center for Lesbian Rights. 870 Market Street, Suite 370. San Francisco, CA 94102; Email: info@nclrights.org; Contact: Jody Marksamer, Staff Attorney; Phone: (415) 392-6257 x308; Email: jmarksamer@nclrights.org; Website: http://www.nclrights.org/site/PageServer?pagename=issue_youth_overview

The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs: a coalition of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender victim advocacy and documentation programs located throughout the United States. Website: http://www.avp.org/ncavp.htm

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force: a national progressive organization working for the civil rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people by organizing activists, training leaders, mobilizing voters, etc. Excellent site for federal legal and political information. 1700 Kalorama Road NW , Washington, DC 20009-2624; Phone: 202-332-6483, TTY: 202-332-6219; Website: http://thetaskforce.org/

National Council for the Social Studies


National Council of Teachers of English


National Education Association - NEA

National Middle School Association

National MultiCultural Institute

National Respect for All Coalition

National School Boards Association


National Staff Development Council


National Transgender Advocacy Coalition


National Urban League

!OutProud! The National Coalition for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth: provides advocacy, resources and support to LGB youth and agencies that work with them. 369-B Third Street, Suite 362, San Rafael, CA 94901-3581. Phone: 415-499-0993, Email: info@outproud.org, Website: http://www.outproud.org

PFLAG - Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays: provides support, education and advocacy. Distributes excellent brochures (see below). Local chapters meet monthly. For parents, siblings and friends and for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) youth and adults, too. Share concerns; ask questions, good people. If no chapter is listed under "Local Organization" for your town, contact National PFLAG. 1726 M Street, NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036. Phone: 202-467-8180, Email: info@pflag.org, Website: http://www.pflag.org

The National PTA

The PERSON Project (Public Education Regarding Sexual Orientation Nationally): provides action alerts, an organizing manual and curriculum information. 586 - 62nd St, Oakland, CA 94609-1245. For more information contact Jessea Greenman. Phone: 510-601-8883, Email: jessea@uclink4.berkeley.edu, Website: http://www.personproject.org/

The Pongo Publishing Teen Writing Project: helps teens in distress (LGBT youth, and also incarcerated youth, street youth, hospitalized youth, etc.) write poetry about their lives. "The consistent theme of this creative work is early childhood trauma and loss, often in the form of neglect, abuse, abandonment, and family death. The poetry is powerful and poignant, and it describes experiences that have a profound effect on the authors and on our society." The Pongo web site has over 70 poems (note -- some are sexually explicit). Pongo prints teen poetry chapbooks that are distributed free to distressed youth and also to agencies, institutions, libraries, judges, therapists, etc.; and they give workshops in their teaching techniques to staff.  Mailing address: PMB 155; 2701 California Ave. S.W.; Seattle, WA 98116   Email: info@pongopublishing.org  Web: http://www.pongopublishing.org

Portugal: Rede ex Aequo uma associação de jovens lésbicas, gays, bissexuais, transgéneros e simpatizantes com idades compreendidas entre os 16 e os 30 anos em Portugal. Rua S. Lázaro, 88; 1150-333 Lisboa, Portugal; Telefone 968 781 841 Fax 218 873 922; Website: http://www.ex-aequo.web.pt/; E-mail: rede@ex-aequo.pt 

Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf: promotes the educational, economical, and social welfare of deaf gays and lesbians, fosters fellowship, defends human rights. Email: President@rad.org; Website: http://www.rad.org

Rethinking Schools

Safe Schools Coalition: a public-private partnership: works to reduce bias-based bullying and violence in schools and to help schools better meet the needs of sexual minority youth and children with sexual minority parents.

Nationally, the Coalition:

Within Washington State, the Coalition:

Safe Schools Coalition; Mailing address for information: Safe Schools Coalition c/o Rosehedge; 1401 East Jefferson Street, Suite 401; Seattle, WA 98122; Message Phone: 206-451-SAFE (7233); Intervention help (Washington State only, Monday-Thursday 2-8 PM): 1-877-SAFE-SAFE; Email: questions at Safe Schools Coalition; Website: http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org

For other contact information for Safe Schools Coalition, see this page: http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/about_us.html

Scouting For All: works toward a time when the Boy Scouts of America will rescind its policy of discrimination against gay youth and adults. PO Box 2832, Petaluma, CA 94953-2832; Phone: 707-778-0564; Email: cozzahived@aol.com; Web site: http://www.scoutingforall.org/

SIECUS - The Sex Information and Education Council of the United States: a national, nonprofit organization which affirms that sexuality is a natural and healthy part of living. SIECUS develops, collects, and disseminates information, promotes comprehensive education, and advocates the right of individuals to make responsible sexual choices. 130 West 42nd Street, Suite 350, New York, NY 10036-7802; Phone: 212-819-9770; Email: siecus@siecus.org; Website: http://www.siecus.org

Soulforce: an organization using persuasion and non-violent protest to seek justice within religious communities for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people. Their web site offers links to some of the sexual minority constituencies within various denominations. Toll-free Phone: 877-705-6393; P.O. Box 4467, Laguna Beach, CA 92652; Website: www.soulforce.org  

Teaching Tolerance, Southern Poverty Law Center: a national education project dedicated to helping teachers foster equity, respect and understanding in the classroom and beyond. Teaching Tolerance project publishes a quarterly magazine, produces practical resources for use in the classroom, hosts a wonderful web site (for teachers, parents, and students), and makes financial grants to individual educators. 400 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36104; Phone 334-956-8200; Website: www.tolerance.org or http://www.splcenter.org  

Transgender Law and Policy Institute: dedicated to engaging in effective advocacy for transgender people, the TLPI brings experts and advocates together to work on law and policy initiatives designed to advance transgender equality. TLPI tracks current developments in legal and public policy issues affecting transgender people and their families, and writes summaries of these trends for activists, policymakers, and the media ~ provides legal, medical, and social science resources to attorneys and others advocating on behalf of transgender individuals. ~ makes freely available litigation, legislative, and education advocacy materials for use by other advocates for transgender people. Email: query@transgenderlaw.org; Website: http://www.transgenderlaw.org  

True Colors

The United Kingdom Department of Health's work on sexual orientation and gender identity: including guidance on the implications of the Civil Partnership Act 2004 and the Equality Bill 2006. Includes "Real stories, real lives: LGBT people and the NHS," "Good practice examples and resources" and more. http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Managingyourorganisation/Equalityandhumanrights/Sexualorientationandgenderidentity/index.htm

U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights: OCR is responsible for enforcing five federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability and age by schools which receive federal dollars. Most of OCR's activities are conducted by twelve regional enforcement offices. OCR offers assistance to schools and colleges, as well as to students and parents, to improve their efforts to end harassment. One caveat: Among the five laws OCR enforces is Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs that receive Federal financial assistance. Title IX does not prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. However, harassment of gay students that is sexual in nature is covered under OCR's Sexual Harassment Guidance issued in 1997 (e.g., groping someone because she's perceived to be lesbian or threatening to rape someone because he's perceived to be gay - these incidents would qualify as sexual in nature). Phone: 1-800-421-3481, TDD: 202-205-5166; Email: OCR@ED.Gov; Website: http://www.ed.gov/ocr

Women's Sports Foundation

Youth Guardian Services: a youth-run organization that provides support services on the Internet to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, questioning, and straight supportive youth. 101 E. State St. # 299, Ithaca, NY 14850; Phone: 1-877-270-5152; Email: ygs-staff@youth-guard.org; Website: http://www.youth-guard.org/

Youth Resource: a project of the Advocates for Youth: "We are here to help youth who are questioning their sexual orientation. If you do not identify with being straight, then check us out and we can help you with any questions you have that you need help with answering." Offers online communities specifically for GLBT youth of color, bi youth, trans youth, and more! Suite 200, 1025 Vermont Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005; Phone: 202-347-5700; Email: info@advocatesforyouth.org; Website: http:.//www.youthresource.org/

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