LGBTQ Organization Guide

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(International) At the core of our mission, we work to document and expose human rights violations against LGBTIQ people across the world. We believe that generating evidence-based human rights documentation is the most effective way to hold governments accountable for failing to meet human rights obligations and standards- before national, regional and international human rights monitoring bodies.

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The Equality Chamber of Commerce DC Metro Area (ECCDC, or just “the Chamber”) is the non-profit, not-partisan network of several hundred queer and allied (Q&A) businesses and business leaders in the DC metropolitan area. Through its extended network of community partners and event participants in the capital area LGBT community, it regularly reaches approximately 5,000 individuals through is messaging, networking events, and workshops.

The Chamber is an affiliate of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) and was awarded Chamber of the Year in 2012. It has been ranked in the top 20 of Washington Business Journal’s List of Chambers of Commerce for multiple years.

Mission

The Equality Chamber of Commerce DC Metro Area’s mission is to advocate, empower, promote and facilitate the success of LGBT businesses and their allies in the Metro DC region.

Vision

The diverse LGBT business community is acknowledged and well recognized as a key driver in a thriving Metro DC economy. This is happening because of the Chamber’s work to build the common economic interests and synergies between LGBT business owners, LGBT professionals and organizations intent on doing business with the LGBT suppliers and professionals. Business acceptance and business equality for the LGBT community is resulting in economic prosperity for all people in the DC Metro region.

Values

  • Engaged: it takes a connected group of people to fulfill the mission.
  • Respectful: all people of all backgrounds are appreciated and served.
  • Fun: advancing business is good and ought to be fun to do.
  • Civic Minded: we care about our communities and their well-being is tied to our success.

Contact :

Morgen Hunt <president@eccdc.biz>
Walter Deleon <secretary@eccdc.biz>  (Walter will be heading up our advocacy efforts, so he can start actually being active in local government advocacy initiatives where we haven’t engaged before)..
Chuck Coveleski <president@equalitycf.org>  (Chuck is the new president of the Quality Chamber Foundation, which kicks off January 1 and will focus on more public good professional initiatives)..
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Dignity Washington is a community of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered Catholics and other Christians, their families and friends.

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Scouts for Equality is an organization composed largely of Boy Scouts of America alumni dedicated to ending the BSA?s ban on gay members and leaders. As Scouts, we believe discrimination goes against the values our movement teaches us and has no place in Scouting?s future. The Washington DC Chapter of Scouts for Equality invites community members in the National Capital area to assist us in our mission to end discrimination within the Boy Scouts of America.

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Friends Meeting of Washington (FMW) is a vibrant LGBTQ-friendly Quaker Meetinghouse located in Dupont Circle that encourages self-reflection and service to the community.

We welcome all spiritual seekers to join us for worship, fellowship and community service. Members of our community include individuals of many races, faith traditions, genders, sexual orientations, ages and socio/economic backgrounds.

However, members coalesce around a shared set of values that influence what we do in our personal lives, what we believe, and changes we work for in the world. These values or testimonies include the promotion of peace, a commitment to all humanity, an understanding that love is a manifestation of God, and a belief that ”there is that of God in everyone”.

Our worship services are unprogrammed, meaning that we worship in the traditional Quaker way. We convene in silence, interrupted only if a worshiper feels divinely inspired to deliver a message intended for all.

Our community has celebrated same sex weddings and commitment ceremonies for decades. We welcome couples of all genders and orientations. A couple may seek to be married in the Quaker tradition under the care of the community and our spaces are also available to couples not affiliated with the community.

Finally, our spaces have been available for memorial services and celebrations of life since the early days of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s. In fact, we were one of the only houses of worship in Washington DC to welcome the family and friends of AIDS victims into our spaces at that time.

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DC Leather Pride works to celebrate the rich leather history of the Metro DC region, to provide education of the leather lifestyle in a safe and healthy setting, and to create a welcoming environment into the leather community and leather clubs for those interested or new to leather and the leather lifestyle.

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Federal Triangles Soccer Club (FTSC) is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes to promote the growth of soccer and foster a sense of community for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and GLBT-friendly players. FTSC pursues theese goals by providing a venue for the play of soccer where we encourage players of all levels to participate and improve their skills through club-sponsored, soccer academy sessions, pick-up play, forming teams to compete in local soccer leagues and

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The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) is a 501(c)3 social justice organization dedicated to advancing the equality of transgender people through advocacy, collaboration and empowerment.

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The Atlantic States Gay Rodeo Association (ASGRA) is a charitable and social organizatino whose primary purpose is to promote the sport of rodeo and foster country and western lifestyles in the gay and lesbian community. ASGRA members enjoy the fellowship of numerous social, recreational and educational activities. The organization’s primary event is the Mid-Atlantic rodeo and the organization raises money throughout the year to support community organizations

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The Old Catholic Church separated from the Roman Rite in 1870, in order to maintain its ?true Catholicity.? That break allows for the free valid celebration of the Sacraments. Our function is to Preach the Good News of the Gospel, and therefore straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queeridentified individuals are welcome at our table, as well as their friends and families.

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