We’re gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and straight allies uniting to eliminate prejudice based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Founded in 1998, we have over 1600 members and friends of AFFA and are headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina.
Why join? Because we make things happen… in the right way, for the right reasons. Because lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans are denied over 1500 basic civil rights accorded to every other American. Because on average, a student hears homophobic remarks 26 times per day;
and teachers do not respond 97% of the time. Because people should be judged, as Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “By the content of their character,” and the LGBT majority is overwhelmingly composed of responsible and loving people.
If you’re gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, the family-member or friend of a LGBT person, an American interested in civil rights and social justice, we welcome you to our community.
Sample Organizational Activities:
•Meetings every other month to educate members on issues affecting the LGBT community and/or the community at large (programs could include information about issues ranging from
economics, to politics, to spirituality, to physical and/or mental health, to estate planning, to powers of attorney, living wills and more).
•Provide education and information via the Internet, newsletters, direct mailings, and a speakers bureau to organizations and/or individuals wishing to learn more about sexual orientation, gender identity and expression.
•Offer public officials feedback and information on the concerns of the LGBT community.
•Provide a forum for public officials, religious, business and community leaders to share information and engage in dialogue.
•Educate and support parents of LGBT children in order to positively impact the alarming suicide rate among gay children.
•Provide a directory of LGBT friendly businesses, professional services and support organizations.
•Encourage voter registration among membership.
•Lead one another, the region, state and nation, out of homophobia, transphobia and fear.
•Address civil rights and social justice violations in our community, region and state.
•Train people in the political process.
•Design a web page for education on local, state and national issues; provide resource and referral information.
•Offer scholarships to regional and national training conferences. Offer leadership education.
•Encourage lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and LGBT-friendly candidates to run for public office.
•Provide a positive climate for friendship, networking, personal and professional growth as well as service to the greater community.
•Engage in public relations which shows a positive and affirming LGBT community presence which may include in addition to speaking: advertisements, billboards, public response to issues.