Political & Social Advocacy
The ACLU of Northern California works to preserve and guarantee the protections of the Constitution's Bill of Rights.
The ACLU of Northern California and the national ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Project fight discrimination
in Northern California and across the nation through precedent-setting litigation, public-policy advocacy, and public
education. (ACLU Chico Chapter)
Catalyst is the sole private, non-profit corporation certified to provide crisis intervention services to victims of
domestic violence and their children in Butte County. Catalyst provides a range of intervention and prevention
services including a 24-hour crisis line, an emergency safe shelter and transitional housing program, transportation,
food, and clothing. Additionally, Catalyst provides group and individual counseling to adults and children,
assistance with restraining orders, accompaniment to court and much more. Catalyst is a safe place for the LGBTQ+
community and provides advocacy to help overcome barriers to social justice in the community.
CPJC is a community-based non-profit 501(c)3 organization committed to working for peace and social and economic
justice through the power of nonviolence. The center works for social change through education, community building,
and direct action and is dedicated to ending violent conflict among nations and individuals. CPJC is an offshoot of
the Chico Peace Endeavor, which has been working for nonviolent change since 1960.
Equality California has strategically moved California from a state with extremely limited legal protections for
lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ+) individuals to a state with some of the most comprehensive civil rights
protections in the nation.
The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund works to elect LGBTQ+ leaders to public office for one simple reason. They change
America's politics. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender office holders are our clearest and most convincing
champions for true equality. As leaders in government, they become the face and voice of a community. They challenge
the lies of extremists and speak authentically about themselves, their families, and their community.
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) amplifies the voice of the LGBTQ+ community by empowering real
people to share their stories, holding the media accountable for the words and images they present, and helping
grassroots organizations communicate effectively. By ensuring the stories of LGBTQ+ people are heard through the media,
GLAAD promotes understanding, increases acceptance, and advances equality.
GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring
safe schools for all students. Established in 1990, GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and
accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates
where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes to creating a more vibrant and diverse community.
Our mission is to empower the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) community and our allies to take
bold action to demand full legal and social equality, and to hold accountable those who stand in the way.
The Center offers several different programs including two national hotlines that help members of our community talk
about the important issues that they are facing in their lives. They help end the isolation that many people feel,
by providing a safe environment on the phone or via the internet to discuss issues that people can't talk about
anywhere else. The LGBTQ+ National Help Center also helps other organizations build the infrastructure they need to
provide strong support to our community at the local level.
The Harvey Milk Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Democratic Club shall work within the Democratic Party and elsewhere
to bring the issue of Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender rights to the forefront of political campaigns, shall lobby for
legislation which upholds the rights of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgendered and other people, and shall encourage
and support the election and appointment of out Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and Transgender people to public office. We
shall participate in organizing San Francisco's large Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender community into a powerful
political voice, which will demand nothing less of candidates, than full public support for Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender
HRC represents a force of more than one million members and supporters nationwide. As the largest national lesbian, gay,
bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, HRC envisions an America where LGBTQ+ people are ensured of their
basic equal rights. The hope is that through HRC’s advocacy, LGBTQ+ people can be open, honest, and safe at home, work,
and in the community.
Because marriage is a basic human right and an individual human choice, we call upon the state and federal government to
allow all couples, regardless of sexual orientation, sex identity or gender identity access to civil marriage with all
the state and federal rights, responsibilities, duties, and protections that civil marriage includes.
The National Center for Lesbian Rights is a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights
of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, public policy advocacy, and
NGLTF creates change by building LGBTQ+ political power from the ground up. We bolster the strength of local LGBTQ+ activism
in rural enclaves, small towns, and cities nationwide. We build grassroots political muscle at every level by training
activists, strengthening the infrastructure of local and state allies, and organizing broad-based campaigns creating
public support for full equality of LGBTQ+ people. Learn more about our Organizing & Training and Movement Building efforts.
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. NOW is committed to
educational efforts that combat the adverse effects of homophobia, promote positive images in the media and ultimately
ensure civil rights protection for all. NOW asserts the right of lesbians to live their lives with dignity, and security,
and the rights of equal marriage for all.
Pride Foundation inspires a culture of generosity that connects and strengthens Northwest organizations, leaders, and
students who are creating LGBTQ+ equality. Pride Foundation envisions a world that honors diversity, fosters mutual respect,
and celebrates complete equality.
The Transgender Law Center (TLC) is a civil rights organization advocating for transgender communities. Every day we
connect transgender people and their families to technically sound and culturally competent legal services, increase
acceptance and enforcement of laws and policies that support California's transgender communities, and work to change
laws and systems that fail to incorporate the needs and experiences of transgender people.