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* Women & Gender Studies: Organizations & Outreach

A guide to research, reference and course materials.

USM Resources

Political & Legal Advocates

American Civil Liberties Union GLBT Project: Fights discrimination and moves public opinion on LGBT rights through the courts, legislatures and public education.  Profiles current cases, news items and provides resources.

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders: New England’s leading legal rights organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status and gender identity and expression.

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC): The largest GLBTQ civil rights organization focusing on political action and educational outreach.  Outlines relevant issues profiling by state, as well as laws and elections on state and federal levels.

International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC): US-based, NGO, advocating against discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and HIV status.  Compiles and publishes evidence of human rights violations and fact sheets.

International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA): International association and network of national and local groups working for equal rights.  Available in four languages (English, Spanish, French, Portuguese).

Lambda Legal: National organization promoting equal rights through education, legislation, and public policy.  Publishes materials on cases, campaigns, and issues.

League of Women Voters of Maine: A nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government, understanding of major political policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Maine Women's Lobby: Advocating for women and girls in Maine through education, public policy development on issues of economic security, health care and reproductive rights, civil rights, and freedom from violence.

National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE): Advocates for social justice on a federal level.  Provides collaborative efforts for local advocacy groups and guidance for inclusively and support of transgender equality.

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force: One of the oldest LGBTQ organizations maintains resources for training activists and supporting state and local campaigns on legislation.  The Policy Institute, a premier think tank, provides research and analysis supporting equal rights.

National Organization for Women: The largest, most comprehensive feminist advocacy group in the United States bringing women into full participation in society, sharing equal rights, responsibilities and opportunities with men, while living free from discrimination.

Education & Family Resources

Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN): Leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students.

Maine Women's Fund: Awards grants to organizations in Maine promoting lasting social change in Maine.

OUTProud: Resources of interest to LGBTQ youth and access to Oasis magazine.

Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG): Programs, tools, and information to promote support and awareness.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America: Health care services, sex education, and sexual health information to women, men, and young people. Resources and grants for women business owners & women entrepreneurs.