Local Organizations

The Phoenix metropolitan area is home to a variety of LGBTQIA+ resources. From social clubs, religious organizations, advocacy and service groups to specialized medical practitioners and legal resources, the greater Phoenix area offers a vibrant, healthy community for ASU’s LGBTQIA+ students, faculty and staff.

Inclusive communities include the Melrose District of central Phoenix, which has a high concentration of LGBTQIA+ allied businesses. Tempe is one of Arizona’s top LGBTQIA+ friendly cities and tourist destinations. A progressive city, Tempe offers benefits for domestic partners of city employees, has anti-discriminatory ordinances, and equal housing, employment, and accommodation mandates, and is a sponsor of the Pride Guide Publications and

Equality Arizona — The Arizona Human Rights Foundation engages in research and provides public education and programming to secure, protect and defend the rights and welfare of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people.

ECHO Magazine — ECHO magazine provides information regarding community resources, local and national news, and a guide to the valley’s LGBTQIA services. Readers can also find business, travel information, post classifieds, and find ways to take an active role in the local community.

GLSEN (Phoenix Chapter) — The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network is a leading national education organization focused on the safety of every K-12 school community. The GLSEN Phoenix chapter has resources for educators, students, and local involvement opportunities to create a safer space for LGBTQIA individuals.

Greater Phoenix Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce — A nonprofit organization established to promote and support the LGBTQIA business and professional community, the GPGLCC also includes a LGBTQIA business membership directory, events calendar, and more.

H.E.R.O —  An online resource with articles and information regarding local and national initiatives to support the LGBTQIA+ community. 

LGBTQ Consortium —  Maricopa County wide hub for networking, resources, information, brainstorming, and collaboration to create a healthier, stronger, more vibrant LGBTQ community.

One in Ten — A not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving and assisting Phoenix’s LGBTQIA youth (14-24) with issues of self-esteem, acceptance and community. Offers weekly discussion groups covering a wide range of social, educational, health and community issues.

One Community – Geared toward young LGBT+ professionals and featuring business directories, conferences, LGBT+ networking and mentoring, One Community is a powerful resource for both LGBTQ individuals looking for connections within the larger community as well as for organizations interested in better supporting the LGBTQ population.

PFLAG Phoenix —  Dedicated to support, education and advocacy, PFLAG offers group meetings and provides coming-out resources for LGBTQIA individuals and their family members. Aside from local support, PFLAG has connections to a nationwide network and offers crisis hotlines and youth-oriented resources.

PFLAG Native American — Native PFLAG's goal is to keep families together and foster the traditional teachings of being LGBT/Two-Spirit. To facilitate this goal, we provide a safe place for ALL members of the family to share their feelings and experiences with others who have been down the same road.

Phoenix Gaymers — Phoenix Gaymers is Arizona's Largest Gay Gaming Group.Providing a safe and fun environment for the LGBT Community and Friends to come together, have fun, play games, socialize, and generally support each other. This is a group for LGBT folks in the Phoenix Metro area that are self identified as gamers. We're open to folks that enjoy playing games of any kind, whether it be CCG, board games, consoles and anything in between.

Phoenix Pride —  Promoting unity, visibility, and self-esteem among LGBTQ individuals, Phoenix Pride strives to promote a positive image in the Valley of the Sun and throughout Arizona through community activities and services. Revenues from Phoenix Pride events go to local community charities, including LGBTQIA scholarship funds.

Transgender Harmony —  A Phoenix-area support group for the entire transgender community. The mission of Transgender Harmony is to provide resources and opportunities for the support of all transgender and gender-variant persons in the pursuit of health and happiness in their lives.

Trans Spectrum of Arizona (TSAZ) — Trans Spectrum of Arizona’s foundational programming are peer to peer support groups for the trans and ally community. Website includes information about all current TSAZ support groups.

Women’s Community Connection Phoenix (WCC) —  The WCC is the only exclusively lesbian-oriented web publication in the Phoenix area and provides links to social networks, dinner groups, religious groups, sports clubs and more.


National and International Organizations and Networks

Whether looking for resources outside the Phoenix metropolitan area or interested in joining the larger conversation on LGBTQIA+ rights and issues, the following resources are available.

Accord Alliance —  Comprehensive and integrated approaches to care that enhance the health and well-being of people and families affected by disorders of sex development (DSD).

Advocates for Youth: LGBTQ Resources for Professionals — With the goals of rights, respect, and responsibility, Advocates for Youth is a resource geared toward administrators or professionals seeking ways to make spaces more safe and welcoming for the LGBTQIA student. With introductions to many of the issues LGBTQIA students face, from bullying to health concerns, Advocates for Youth is an excellent starting point for any individual wanting to learn more about the LGBTQIA community, support, and advocacy.

Affordable Colleges Online: LGBTQ Friendly Colleges and Student Resources —  Attending college can be difficult, but LGBTQIA students may have an even more challenging time finding the right college environment. Affordable Colleges Online has created this online guide to help students understand how many colleges -- ASU included -- are helping to make the college experience more welcoming and supportive.

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) — The mission of the ACLU is to preserve all protections and guarantees under US law, including First Amendment rights, freedom of the press, freedom of religion supported by the strict separation of church and state, as well as equal protection and equal treatment. With up-to-date stories and movements from around the country, the ACLU is at the forefront of LGBTQIA rights.

Campus Pride — Campus Pride serves LGBTQIA student leaders and campus organizations in the areas of leadership development, support programs and services to create safer, more inclusive LGBTQIA-friendly colleges and universities. It exists to develop, support and give “voice and action” in building future LGBTQIA and ally student leaders.

CDC Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health: LGBT Youth Resources — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention maintains a database of resources for students, educators, families, and health care professionals on subjects ranging from bullying to mental health, sexual orientation resources and health. concerns.

CenterLink: National Association of LGBT Community Centers — CenterLink exists to support the development of strong, sustainable LGBTQIA community centers and to build a unified center movement to advance safety, equality and well-being for all.

Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network — For over 25 years, GLSEN has been a leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Gender Spectrum — Gender Spectrum is an organization dedicated to spreading awareness of the various intersections of sexuality and gender identity and providing information for families, students, and the community at large. An online resource guide offers information on subjects ranging from educational policy regarding gender nonconforming students through medical and mental health resources, social services and national organizations.

Human Rights Campaign (HRC) — As the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, the  HRC represents a force of more than 1.5 million members and supporters nationwide — all committed to making HRC's vision a reality. Founded in 1980, HRC advocates on behalf of LGBTQIA Americans, mobilizes grassroots actions in diverse communities, invests strategically to elect fair-minded individuals to office and educates the public about LGBTQIA issues.

Lambda Legal — Founded in 1973, Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV; through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) — Founded in 2003, the National Black Justice Coaltion (NBJC) provides leadership and resources at the intersection of civil rights and LGBTQIA issues. The NBJC website features a blog, publications and online resource toolkits, fact sheets, and a media center that maintains up-to-date news stories related to LGBTQIA person of color interest from around the nation.

National Coalition for LGBT Health — The National Coalition for LGBT Health is committed to improving the health and well-being of the LGBTQIA community through education, advocacy and training. Featuring an extensive collection of resources on LGBTQIA sexual health and health care issues, fact sheets, and data, the National Coalition for LGBT Health website provides a broad selection of health and policy-related materials.

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force — The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the power of the LGBTQIA community from the ground up by training activists, organizing broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBTQIA referenda and advance pro-LGBTQIA legislation, and by building the organizational capacity of the LGBTQIA civil rights movement. As part of a broader social justice movement, the NGLTF works to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all.

National Minority AIDS Council — Providing support, resources and research, the National Minority AIDS Council website is dedicated to helping build healthier communities for minority populations, whether ethnic, racial, or sexual.

Parents, Friends and Family of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) — Founded in 1972 with the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the nation's largest family and ally organization. Made up of parents, families, friends, and allies united with people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT), PFLAG is committed to advancing equality and full societal affirmation of LGBT people through its threefold mission of support, education and advocacy. PFLAG has over 350 chapters and 200,000 members and supporters crossing multiple generations of American families in major urban centers, small cities, and rural areas in all 50 states.

Survivor Project — A national non-profit organization dedicated to addressing the needs of intersex and transgender survivors of domestic and sexual violence through caring action, education and expanding access to resources and opportunities for action.

The Trevor Project — Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award-winning short film TREVOR, the Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisezual, transgender and questioning young people ages 13-24.