9 Organizations That Support LGBTQ+ Families

LGBTQ+ individuals face a number of obstacles when it comes to planning and growing their families. Luckily, these organizations are there to support and inspir...
ByNehal Aggarwal, Editor|Published May 24, 2023
save article
LGBTQ dads reading to daughters at home
Image: Miquel Llonch

The path to parenthood looks different for everyone, and it can be sprinkled with challenges and unexpected events—particularly for LGBTQ+ individuals and couples. Luckily, there are several national organizations—like the Human Rights Campain, GLAAD and GLMA—that work to empower and bring equality to the LGBTQ+ population. But there are also smaller, more local organizations that are making strides to meet the individual needs of LGBTQ+ families within their local communities. By providing resources, like non-discriminatory providers and vetted lawyers, building virtual and in-person support networks and offering inspirational and educational services, these organizations enhance real lives—and help real families—every day.

Rainbow families was created in the 1970s as a place for gay fathers in Washington DC to connect and share resources for schools, pediatricians and providers. It continues to serve as an important network for the city to this day, but has branched out to support, educate and connect members of the LGBTQ+ community and their families, with a mission to make family building equal and accessible for all.

Check out Rainbow Families

Family Equality launched in 1979 as a space for gay fathers who had come out, left their heterosexual marriages and were, consequently, denied access and parenting rights to their children. Today, Family Equality provides a host of resources for families, including community networks, comprehensive lists of LGBTQ+ picture books for kids and assistance for prospective parents looking to expand their families. Plus, the organization offers trainings to help professionals serve as allies to advocate for LGBTQ+ parents, prospective parents and their families.

Check out Family Equality

COLAGE was born from an opportunity to provide support and service to children of LGBTQ+ parents. For the past 30 years, the social justice platform has been working to increase awareness for and empower children from LGBTQ+ families. The organization focuses on the quest for social equality by listening to the voices of children and teenagers within its networks. It also builds community through social networking events and a youth leadership program for kids.

Related Video

Check out COLAGE

LGBTQ+ individuals and couples can face heartbreaking obstacles on their journey to parenthood, including birth discrimination, financial burdens and health concerns, as well as reproductive, pregnancy and infant loss. RTZ Hope provides a safe space with resources for LGBTQ+ families that have experienced this anguish, while validating the unique challenges they face during family planning. The organization offers support groups, workshops, a network of non-discriminatory providers, and more to help support LGBTQ+ people on the path to parenthood.

The informational site was founded by Mark Leondires, MD, a reproductive endocrinologist, after experiencing setbacks during his own attempts to expand his family. The resource provides information for moms- and dads-to-be, whether they’re looking to conceive biologically or adopt. It also lists resources to help them plan financially for the journey.

When welcoming a child, it’s important to update financial plans for the future, and consider things like wills and life insurance. You’ll likely want the expert advice of a lawyer during the process—and that’s where Pride Legal comes in. The organization works to connect LGBTQ+ families with skilled, experienced and inclusive lawyers for any legal counsel they may need. The organization’s website also lists several resources for legal information, including top LGBTQ+ policies and family laws by state.

Check out Pride Legal

SAGE is the country’s largest and oldest organization that works to improve the lives of elderly people within the LGBTQ+ community. According to the organization, LGBTQ+ adults over the age of 50 are more likely to live alone, face poverty and homelessness and have health issues. The group advocates for the rights, equality and voices of these individuals to ensure they live vibrant and full lives. SAGE also helps older LGBTQ+ people with caregiving, health care, housing, legal and financial needs.

Check out SAGE

Our Family Coalition was formed in the early 2000s to create an inclusive and respectful world for LGBTQ+ families and children, where they can have equal visibility and opportunities, and be treated as valued members of their schools, institutions and communities. The organization provides families with support, education and advocacy through workshops, training and support networks. Our Family Coalition also works with schools to provide resources for educators on inclusivity training and lesson plans for teaching LGBTQ+ history.

PFLAG was founded in 1973 by a mom and her gay son—50 years later, it has become the nation’s largest organization committed to advocating for the LGBTQ+ community and their families. Presently, PFLAG has hundreds of chapters and thousands of members fighting to create an inclusive world that celebrates love and empowers LGBTQ+ individuals and their loved ones. It offers resources for those coming out, looking for a supportive community and trying to become better allies at school, work and home.

Check out PFLAG

Please note: The Bump and the materials and information it contains are not intended to, and do not constitute, medical or other health advice or diagnosis and should not be used as such. You should always consult with a qualified physician or health professional about your specific circumstances.

save article

Next on Your Reading List

young woman writing in planner notebook to track ovulation and menstruation
Ovulation Symptoms: 9 Signs of Ovulation
Medically Reviewed by Kendra Segura, MD
black woman talking to doctor in exam room
Why Black People Face Significant Barriers in Fertility Care
Medically Reviewed by Kendra Segura, MD
Best Basal Thermometers
Track Your Fertility Naturally With a Basal Thermometer
Medically Reviewed by Kendra Segura, MD
An employee at the clinic Eugin prepares a sample of sperm and an egg for the process of fertilization under the microscope on May 25, 2016 in Barcelona
The Future of IVG: What Is in Vitro Gametogenesis?
Medically Reviewed by Kendra Segura, MD
young woman talking to gynecologist in exam room
What Happens at a Preconception Appointment?
Medically Reviewed by Kendra Segura, MD
young woman meeting with her doctor
Preconception 101: How to Prepare for Pregnancy
Medically Reviewed by Kendra Segura, MD
mother holding baby boy wearing blue hat
Is the Shettles Method Legit?
Medically Reviewed by Kendra Segura, MD
woman sits on toilet in bathroom
How to Check Your Cervical Mucus to See if You’re Ovulating
Medically Reviewed by Kendra Segura, MD
bride and groom sitting at wedding table talking to friends
Vanessa Lachey's Love Is Blind Baby Comments Spark Discussion
By Wyndi Kappes
super close up of paris hilton at red carpet event in april 2022
Paris Hilton on Her 2003 Abortion & Starting a Family on Her Own Terms
By Wyndi Kappes
illustrated hands holding a thermometer
The Hot and Cold of Conception: Basal Body Temperature
Medically Reviewed by Kendra Segura, MD
Adrienne Eliza Houghton attends as Glamour celebrates the 2022 Women of the Year Awards on November 01, 2022 in New York City
Adrienne Bailon Talks Dreams of Baby No. 2 After Surrogacy Journey
By Wyndi Kappes
hand in medical glove opening liquid nitrogen tank where eggs are frozen
Freezing More Eggs, Younger, Could Up Chances for Baby by 31 Percent
By Wyndi Kappes
close up of couple holding hands while sitting on couch
Carter’s and Inception Fertility Are Giving Away a Free Fertility Package
By Wyndi Kappes
Deepica Mutyala smiling headshot
Deepica Mutyala on Taking Control of Her Reproductive Timeline
By Nehal Aggarwal
newborn baby in hospital bassinet
The Baby Blip: America’s Birth Rate Is Up for the First Time Since 2014
By Wyndi Kappes
unrecognizable employee at sperm bank arranging sperm samples
What to Know About the Lack of Diversity in Sperm and Egg Donors
By Nicole Yoder, MD
Best of Pregnancy Book: Nurture A Modern Guide to Pregnancy, Birth, and Early Motherhood
Best of Pregnancy Winner for Best Pregnancy Book
By The Bump Editors
Best of Pregnancy Pregnancy Test: First Response Pregnancy Test
Best of Pregnancy Winner for Best Pregnancy Test
By The Bump Editors
Best of Pregnancy Reader's Favorite: Modern Fertility Ovulation Test
Best of Pregnancy Winner: Reader’s Favorite Ovulation Test
By The Bump Editors
Article removed.
Article removed.
Name added. View Your List