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We talk about physical illness all the time, but few go public about mental illness. That silence kills more people in the US each year than car accidents do. A majority of those victims are men. Change Direction wants to change the way we think and talk about mental health because no one should have to suffer alone.

HRC has one of the most widely recognized logos in LGBQ activism. While their work historically has not included transgender rights, they are unarguably the most aggressive and influential organization in the fight for equality.

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Amnesty started in 1961 with the publishing of a single protest letter. It is now a global network of seven million activists, and one of the most powerful voices for change in the world.

Trevor Project keeps our kids alive. Every year, hundreds of thousands of U.S. LGBTQ+ kids in crisis reach out to Trevor for help because they have nowhere else to go. Trevor gives them the support and compassion that's hard to find in too many communities. 365 days a year. Day or night. 

Lambda got its start in LGBTQ+ rights 40 years ago. The small band of dedicated lawyers has grown to a national organization with dual roles of educating LGBTQ's about their current rights and fighting to defend them. Every time the LGBTQ community goes to war, Lambda is at the front of the battle.

Made up of friends, families, and allies of the LGBTQ+ community, PGLAG is the only major LGBTQ organization to hold community support meetings for loved ones of LGBTQs. They were also the first to come out in public support of transgender rights, more than a decade ahead of any other LGBTQ organization.

Comprised of musicians, music industry professionals, and fans, MUSIC FOR RELIEF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing aid to natural disaster survivors and protecting the environment.

The Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network was founded in 1990 by a group of teachers in Massachusetts. They have since grown into the leading education organization in the US. Their mission is to create affirming and supportive schools for LGBTQ+ youth.

Founded in 1920, the ACLU exists to defend the rights of all minorities in America. They're known for taking the tough cases, often pro bono.