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"Nations will rise and fall, but equality remains the ideal. The universal aim is to achieve respect for the entire human race, not just for the dominant few."

Carlos P. Romulo former President, United Nations General Assembly

There are many organizations and associations who are vitally interested in protecting your rights. Among them are:

Campus Organizations
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Resource Center - Gay, straight, trans, bi, queer, questioning, gender benders, allies, and anything in between - if you have a question, together we'll find an answer. Come to your LGBT Resource Center for information, new friends, class resources, to volunteer, have fun, find quiet, support, answers, events, trainings, to watch a DVD, find your voice, and more.
Regional Organizations
  • Equality Michigan - As a statewide organization, Equality Michigan works with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and allied organizations across the state. 
  • Spectrum Center, University of Michigan  - With sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as the framework, the Spectrum Center is committed to enriching the campus experience and developing students as individuals and as members of communities.
  • Human Rights Campaign - HRC Michigan fights for LGBT equality in Michigan alongside state and local groups and lawmakers. HRC Michigan is a grassroots force of more than one million people fighting for equality for all. 
  • Ozone House -  Ozone House is a community-based, nonprofit agency that helps young people lead safe, healthy, and productive lives through intensive intervention and prevention services. Since 1969, Ozone House has actively developed unique, high-quality housing and support programs and services that provide support, intervention, training, and assistance to runaway, homeless, and high-risk youth and their families. Through these support services, Ozone House helps youth develop essential life skills, improves their relationships, and enhances their self-image so that they may realize their full potential for growth and happiness.
  • Neutral Zone The Neutral Zone’s mission is to be a diverse, youth-driven teen center dedicated to promoting personal growth through artistic expression, community leadership and the exchange of ideas. The mission statement of the center was written by youth and continues to be the voice and heart which drives the center’s creative program and opportunities. 
National Organizations
  • Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network -  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.
  • Human Rights Campaign - Founded in 1980, HRC advocates on behalf of LGBT Americans, mobilizes grassroots actions in diverse communities, invests strategically to elect fair-minded individuals to office, and educates the public about LGBT issues.
  • Human Rights Watch - Human Rights Watch is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world. HRW stands with victims and activists to prevent discrimination, to uphold political freedom, to protect people from inhumane conduct in wartime, and to bring offenders to justice. HRW investigates and exposes human rights violations and holds abusers accountable.
  • Human Rights Web - This site contains the names of human rights organizations, other organizations doing substantial amounts of human rights work, and resources (such as libraries and internet-based information) of use to human rights activists and researchers.
  • It Gets Better -  The It Gets Better Project was created to show young LGBT people the levels of happiness, potential, and positivity their lives will reach – if they can just get through their teen years. The It Gets Better Project wants to remind teenagers in the LGBT community that they are not alone — and it WILL get better.
  • United for Human Rights - The UHR’s purpose is to provide human rights educational resources and activities that inform, assist and unite individuals, educators, organizations and governmental bodies in the dissemination and adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at every level of society.