#GivingTuesday : 6 LGBT charities that need your help today

It’s #givingtuesday, when the world is asked to give something back after the mass hysteria of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

If you’re looking for somewhere to donate a little of your hard-earned money, why not consider one of these awesome LGBT charities?

Here we’ve picked out some organisations who could all use a helping hand (and a little extra cash) in the fight for equality.

The True Colors Fund

The True Colors Fund was co-founded by ’80s popstar Cindi Lauper and is dedicated to fighting LGBT youth homelessness.

The charity works in public policy and engagement to improve the lives of homeless LGBT youth, helping them embrace their true identities.

You can donate to The True Colors Fund here.

The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTi young people ages 13-24.

Their Lifeguard Workshop is a free online learning module with teacher resources for middle school and high school classrooms to teach them about LGBT issues.

Just $1 helps keep the suicide hotline running for another minute, which could be enough to save a young person’s life.

You can find out more about the Trevor Project here.

The Gay and Lesbian Victory Institute

The Gay and Lesbian Victory Institute wants to see more LGBT people in public office and fights towards advancing a network of LGBT public leaders.

The organisation assists hundreds of people get into careers in government, politics, business and advocacy every year.

You can find out more about the institute here.

It Gets Better

What started as a Youtube video to reassure LGBT people has now become a worldwide movement, spawning 50,000 copycat videos that promise the world things will get better.

The It Gets Better campaign gives young people hope for their future and encourages allies to come together and support the LGBT community.

To support It Gets Better, visit their website and take the pledge – or make your own video in support.

Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice

This multiracial, multi-gendered charity believes in community empowerment, self-determination and equal rights for all.

The organisation helps find resources and opportunities for LGBTQi people around the world, helping with education and advocacy. You can donate to Astraea for #givingtuesday here.

The Jim Collins Foundation

The Jim Collins Foundation helps transgender people fund their gender-affirming surgeries.

The Foundation provides financial support for those who struggle to afford gender surgery, so that they are able to realise their true gender.

You can donate to the foundation here and read touching testimonials from grant recipients here.