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Where to Donate to Support the U.S. Trans Community

Discover 15 non-profit organizations built to support the trans community through public policy and education, financial help, and healthcare resources.

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In honor of March 31, International Trans Day of Visibility—and the other 364 days of the year—we’ve rounded up organizations fighting to improve the lives of transgender people in America. While many organizations you’ve heard of, from the ACLU to the Human Rights Campaign to GLAAD do a tremendous amount of work for the trans, non-binary, and intersex communities as part of their larger missions, this list focuses on organizations that have centered those communities specifically. Ready to back their work through donations and advocacy? Learn more about how you can help below.

A reminder for cisgender folks: Take a moment to review why these organizations, and the people they support, need resources now more than ever with our guide to what’s at stake for U.S. trans rights in 2023.

Trans folks, please proceed directly to JOY.

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Trans Justice Funding Project


TJFP moves money to trans-led grassroots group and projects with trust and no strings attached. We center trans justice in the US and US territories and honor and amplify the ways our communities organize, create and shift culture, commit their love and care, and fight like hell for trans liberation.

Trans Lifeline


Trans Lifeline is a grassroots hotline and microgrants 501(c)(3) non-profit organization offering direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis – for the trans community, by the trans community.

Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund


Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund is committed to ending discrimination based upon gender identity and expression and to achieving equality for transgender people through public education, test-case litigation, direct legal services, and public policy efforts.

Transgender Law Center


Transgender Law Center changes law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression.

National Center for Transgender Equality


NCTE envisions a society in which transgender people not only survive, but thrive, with accepting families and communities, full self-determination over their identities and bodies, and freedom from disrespect, discrimination and violence.

National LGBTQ Task Force


The National LGBTQ Task Force advances full freedom, justice and equality for LGBTQ people. We are building a future where everyone can be free to be their entire selves in every aspect of their lives.

Equality Federation


Equality Federation works closely with our state partners, national partners, and other stakeholders to build an active base of LGBTQ+ supporters in every state to advance pro-LGBTQ+ policies and defeat anti-LGBTQ+ policies from the ground up.

TransKids Purple Rainbow Foundation


The TransKids Purple Rainbow Foundation (TKPRF) aims to enhance the lives of transgender and gender non-conforming youth and their families. We strive to create more acceptance and understanding in society through a message of unconditional love, awareness, and tolerance.

TKPRF was founded by Jazz Jennings and recommended in her Joy List.

Aadya Rising


Aadya Rising offers a variety of free and low-cost group therapy sessions, led by counselors who include masters and doctoral-level staff (both licensed and license-eligible) and pre- and post-graduate masters and doctoral-level interns.

Aadya Rising was co-founded by Skyler Jay and recommended in his Joy List.

Transgender Education Network of Texas


TENT is an organization dedicated to furthering gender diverse equality in Texas. We work to accomplish this through education and networking in both public and private forums. Through our efforts we strive to halt discrimination through social, legislative, and corporate education.

The Houston Intersex Society


The Houston Intersex Society (THIS) is an all-volunteer BIPOC led Houston-based grassroots non-profit organization for, by, and about intersex people. THIS aims to empower and enrich the lives of intersex people while working to end shame and create visibility through education, community events, and the arts.

THIS was recommended by Sean Saifa Wall in his Joy List.

Equality Texas


Equality Texas works to secure full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Texans through political action, education, community organizing, and collaboration.

Equality Florida


Equality Florida is the largest civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community.

Trans Safety Network—UK-Based


Trans Safety Network records evidence to understand the timelines and escalation of organised harm against trans people in the UK. By creating rigorous and comprehensive records, we deliver analysis to policy and decision makers influencing actions that affect trans people’s safety.

Trans Safety Network was recommended by Freddy McConnell in his Joy List.



Mermaids has been supporting transgender, nonbinary and gender-diverse children, young people, and their families since 1995. Today, Mermaids has evolved into one of the UK’s leading LGBTQ+ charities, empowering thousands of people with its secure online communities, local community groups, helpline services, web resources, events and residential weekends.