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AIDS Organizations

African American AIDS Policy and Training Institute and the AIDS Social Policy Archive of the University of Southern California. (

AAAPTI's work is to provide community-based training and policy support to African Americans committed to ending the AIDS crisis. AAAPTI publishes a monthly newsletter, Kujisource (which is available online as well), and runs the African American HIV University.

The Balm in Gilead (

The Balm In Gilead is the only organization in the United States dedicated exclusively to empowering churches in the struggle against the devastation of HIV/AIDS in the Black community. The Balm In Gilead's pioneering achievements have enabled thousands of churches to become leaders in preventing HIV by providing comprehensive educational programs and offering compassionate support to encourage those infected to seek and maintain treatment. 

Minority AIDS Project (

The Minority AIDS Project (MAP) is the first community-based HIV/AIDS organization established and managed by people of color in the United States. It was founded in 1985 by Bishop Carl Bean and members of the Unity Fellowship Church.

MAP's service and educational programs are community-wide and available to all people. However, from the beginning, the primary focus of our services and outreach has been the African-American and Latino communities in Central and South Central Los Angeles. MAP's mission is to reduce suffering and deaths due to HIV infection in the African-American and Latino communities by making HIV/AIDS-related health service and education available and accessible to them. Until the doors opened at Minority AIDS Project, these communities had little or no real access to preventative education and essential health care services.

National Native American AIDS Prevention Center (

NNAAPC Prevention Services provides capacity building and training to American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian tribes, organizations, agencies, and communities, and to those who serve these populations. Capacity building includes both targeted, individualized assistance designed to help Native American communities develop successful HIV and other sexually-transmitted diseases prevention programs that work, as well as regionally-based training. NNAAPC offers consultation on organizational development, program evaluation, needs assessment, financial management, training in grantsmanship and other capacity building activities.

NNAAPC also provides assistance and training specifically to support the HIV Prevention Community Planning process. Please see additional information on the Community Planning Leadership Orientation Training (CPLOT). Inquiries concerning capacity-building assistance in community planning may be directed to Vince Sanabria at:

National Minority AIDS Council (

The National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC), established in 1987, is the premier national organization dedicated to developing leadership within communities of color to address the challenge of HIV/AIDS.

Sisterlove (

SisterLove, Inc., founded in July of 1989, can trace it's beginnings to a volunteer group of women interested in educating Atlanta, and especially communities of women, about AIDS prevention, self-help and safer sex techniques.

With a personal understanding of the barriers that kept women out of the forefront of HIV/AIDS education and treatment, Dázon Dixon Diallo initiated a collaboration with a local women's organization to improve access for all women and especially those of color. In 1987, the Women's AIDS Prevention Project (WAPP) was formed.

In 1989, the lack of support for WAPP inspired Ms. Diallo to found SisterLove Women's AIDS Project with the help of WAPP's women of color advisory board. Three years later, in 1992, the organization's name was officially changed to SisterLove, Incorporated.

The dedication and compassion of countless women and men have contributed to SisterLove's stability and growth. Our very existence is a reflection of the women who have shared their struggles and their wisdom with other women in the name of love and survival. We will continue to draw upon the energy of our sisters' and brothers' contributions and will remain steadfast in the struggle to combat HIV/AIDS. Our commitment is to the lives of women. Our fight is for the future beyond their lives.

TPAN (Test Positive Aware Network) ( -- Welcome to, the website of Test Positive Aware Network (TPAN), proud publishers of Positively Aware magazine. Now in our thirteenth year, TPAN continues to grow and evolve to meet the ever-changing needs of those affected by HIV and AIDS. This site, like our programs and services, is designed to provide the information and support necessary to allow people with HIV to retain control over their lives. We invite you to read on, and welcome any comments or suggestions you may have to help us all to remain "Committed to Living."

Entertainment / Film / Music

Montage Entertainment, Inc. ( was founded and incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1997 to eliminate societal prejudice and discrimination and improve overall social welfare by promoting diversity in the filmed entertainment industry.  Montage seeks to create more opportunities for women, people of color and other underrepresented groups both behind and in front of the camera.   The organization supports films and filmmakers, providing emerging writers, directors, actors, and crew with hands-on training in film production.  In addition to teaching practical skills needed to advance in the entertainment business, Montage attempts to create a network of support while focusing on the importance of creating film content with greater balance and variation in portrayals of women, people of color and other underrepresented groups.

Reel Sisters of The Diaspora offers workshops and panels on such topics as financing film projects, documentary filmmaking, screenwriting and exploring new technology and distribution options. Established in 1998, Reel Sisters is one the first Brooklyn-based film conferences committed to highlighting the borough as a leading media center for women of color working in film and the visual arts.

Conference proceeds are donated to women of color filmmakers who are enrolled in professional organizations that promote diversity.  View
Looking Back...1999 or Looking Back...2000 for information of past events. 


Sisters in Cinema (  gives voice to African American women directors and serves to illuminate a history that has remained hidden for too long. Here you will find information on inspiring women filmmakers such as Tressie Souders, Zora Neale Hurston, Madame C.J. Walker, Maya Angelou, Madeline Anderson, Kathleen Collins Prettyman, Darnell Martin, Kasi Lemmons and Julie Dash.

Yvonne Welbon has been researching and writing a dissertation on the subject of African American women directors since 1997. It is her intention that this site becomes one of many records documenting African American women within film history.

Faith Based Orgs

Unity Fellowship Church (

If you are looking for a church home that is rooted in spirituality and not in religion, one that celebrates all of God's diverse creation, please feel free to come and worship with us. At Unity Fellowship Church, we know that God created us just like we are . . . Black, White, Latino, Native American, Asian . . . gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, intersexed, or straight. Whether your background is Baptist, COGIC, Apostolic, Catholic, AME, Buddhist, Agnostic, Atheist, etc., you are welcome!

House of Concern (

What We Believe: House of Concern has two tenets: the absolute right of freedom of religion and to do that which is right to care for people and promote social justice for all. Anything else within the law is allowed. Each person is free to follow any path as long as it does not infringe on the rights of others.

Christian Lesbians (

This site is called rather than for an intentional reason and that's because I believe Jesus and our life of faith comes before anything else in our lives. It's what shapes the way we live each day, what governs the choices we make, and what affects our vision as we look out upon the world and deep within ourselves. I happen to be a lesbian but I have made the deliberate decision to follow Jesus Christ and it's a decision I have never and will never regret.

Lesbian Aging

Classic Dykes
Established in 1998 as  'the cyber home for lesbians in midlife  and beyond',  Classic Dykes has grown into an inclusive online community for mature lesbians everywhere.


Classic Dykes Online is the cyber-network for lesbians in midlife and beyond. The web site features resources for mature lesbians including resources for women questioning their sexual orientation or coming out as lesbian in later life.

Classic Dykes Online was created by a  fifty-something late bloomer to increase the visibility of midlife and old lesbians on the internet. The web site is updated monthly. 


The Lesbian and Gay Aging Issues Network (LGAIN) works to raise awareness about the concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) elders and about the unique barriers they encounter in gaining access to housing, healthcare, long-term care and other needed services.

LGAIN seeks to foster professional development, multidisciplinary research and wide-ranging dialogue on LGBT issues in the field of aging through publications, conferences, and cosponsored events. LGAIN welcomes the participation of all concerned individuals regardless of age, sexual orientation or gender identity.  [Read More]

List of Articles on Aging:
Web Guide:

Publication:  OutWord


SAGE -- Senior Action in Gay Environment
16th floor
305 Seventh Avenue @ 28th Street
New York, NY 10001
Phone:  (212)-741-2247

SAGE, or Senior Action in a Gay Environment, was founded in 1977 and is the nation's oldest and largest social service and advocacy organization dedicated to LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) senior citizens.

The SAGE administrative offices are located in New York City at 305 Seventh Avenue near 28th Street on the 16th floor in the heart of the garment district. SAGE serves LGBT seniors in all five boroughs of the city. SAGE also maintains a drop-in center in the "West Village." 

Additionally, SAGE is the founder of a nationwide network of local organizations for LGBT seniors called Sagenet.

SAGE maintains a full time staff during normal business hours (eastern time) and can be reached via or (212)-741-2247.


Lavender Seniors:  The Ruth Ellis Senior Project
This project was named after Ruth Ellis the oldest "out" African American lesbian, who was Born July 23, 1899, in Springfield, Illinois, and died in 2000.

An estimated 35 million people (roughly 13%) of the U.S. population are age 65 or older. Experts estimate that between 1.75 and 3.5 million Americans ages 65 and over are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). Research further suggests that LGBT individuals are more likely to live in urban areas and that the largest cities have an especially high concentration of LGBT seniors. Since estimates indicate that within the next 30 years the number of seniors over the age of 65 will grow by 30%, it follows that the community of older LGBT adults will grow exponentially as well.

Brenda CrawfordPRTA is headed by Brenda Crawford, Executive Director
) and is a Progressive Research and Training for Action (PRTA) program founded in Oakland, California, in 1990, as the nonprofit Pacific Research and Training Alliance. The founders were staff and constituents of Berkeley Planning Associates. Through performing research in the social sciences, our founders identified the importance of bringing research to the level of service provision where information could best be utilized.

Our Living Out Loud project became a highly innovative and national replicated prevention project that combined direct services for female adolescents with disabilities and demonstration research. The federal Center for Substance Abuse Prevention funded the project with a five-year grant in 1994. Young women in the Bay Area with physical, learning, and other disabilities were paired with adult role models and participated in life skills training in order to build self-esteem, and, ultimately, resiliency to substance abuse. The girls blossomed and took on new projects, such as creating a video about their experiences. Research showed that the model was highly successful.

Given our strong track record with technical assistance, we wanted to build on lessons learned from Living Out Loud by helping a variety of health, education, justice, and other programs to better serve youth with disabilities. To this end, we created A Healthy Future for Youth with Disabilities in 2000 with a three-year grant from The California Endowment. The project fills a long-neglected gap in services by offering seminars, referrals, trainings, and program assessments to organizations in the Bay Area.

PRTA is now moving rapidly into a new expansion phase. We are building on our strengths and areas of expertise to become the premiere national technical assistance, capacity building, and research organization for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and disability communities.





Griot Circle -- gri ot (gre-o, gre'o, gre'ot) n. A storyteller in western Africa who perpetuates the oral tradition and history of a village or family


@ the YWCA
30 Third Avenue, Rm. 202
Brooklyn, NY 11217
718-246-2572, fax

Executive Director: Regina Shavers

A gathering of Elders, we are an intergenerational and culturally diverse community based organization, which is responsive to the realities of the lives of older lesbians, bisexuals, gay men, two-spirit and transgender persons of color.

Our Goal is to maintain a safe space for these Elders, provide emotional support and quality programming, which affirms age, gender, racial, spriritual and ethnic origins. The Griot Circle is committed to honoring and preserving our histories and traditions, to reuniting the parts of ourselves that have been fragmented by racism and homophobia. While our policies are inclusive, and everyone is welcome, this is a safe space made specifically cuturally comfortable for gay Elders, of all colors, over the age of fifty where they and their friends can enjoy each others company.

Why our own space?

  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender elders suffer greater isolation, discrimination than the general senior population!

  • Lesbian, Gay, bisexual and transgender seniors are five times less likey than other seniors to access needed services because they fear discrimination

  • 60% of the lesbian gay bisexual and transgender live alone, as compared to 40% of the general elderly population

  • Only 25% of LGBT seniors have surviving children who can provide caretaking services, as compared to 75% of the general elderly population

  • Very few LGBT's of color are included in this research or surveys, however we do know that when racism, poverty are added to this mix the results are synergistic.


OLOC: Old Lesbians Organizing for Change


P. O. Box 980422
Houston, TX 77098

OLOC is a national organization of regional groups for lesbians 60 and over with a national leadership centered in the OLOC Steering Committee.

We are committed to empowering old lesbians in the common struggle to:

  • confront ageism within our own and the larger community
  • explore who we are and name our oppression
  • analyze our experience of ageism by sharing our individual stories
  • develop and disseminate educational material
  • facilitate formation of new groups and stimulate existing groups to confront ageism
  • make our presence a visible force in the women's movement and in the lesbian community

We celebrate our differences and affirm our diversity.

Ageism is a Social Disease

It is Ageist...

  • to consider "young" a compliment, "old" a derogatory synonym for ugly, decrepit, out-of-date. ("You don't look your age.")
  • to speak/do for an old lesbian instead of letting her speak/do for herself, and to assume she needs help.
  • to view an old lesbian either as a burden or a role model, rather than as an equal with whom a reciprocal relationship is desirable.
  • to patronize a courageous old lesbian by trivializing her anger as "feistiness." (Would you call Superman "feisty"?)
  • to categorize an outspoken old lesbian as "complaining," "difficult," or "crotchety."
  • to assume automatically that an old lesbian is asexual.
  • to be unsupportive of an old lesbian looking for a partner, or disrespectful of an old lesbian's choice to be single.
  • not to confront ageist remarks because they are "not really meant that way."


Lesbian Orgs

African Ancestral Lesbians United for Societal Change (AALUSC)
Associate Director AALUSC:  Collette Carter
(formerly Salsa Soul Sisters)
Mailing address:
111 east 14th street PMB# 109, NY, NY 10003
Voicemail: 718-596-0342 Ext. 32

AALU, unless noted otherwise meets every Thursday from 6pm - 8:00pm at The LGBT Center located at 208 West 13th Street.

Our weekly group meetings are designed to provide lesbians of African descent a space to engage in networking, empowering discussions, provide resources and referrals for our needs, create a stronger lesbians of African Diaspora community and to education ourselves about ourselves and the world.

Take the A/C/E or 1/2/3/9 trains to the 14th Street station, walk to 13th street, The Center is located on 13th Street between 7th and 8th avenues.

Affinity -- Chicago

Affinity is a six year not-for-profit organization which currently serves black lesbian, bisexual women, transgendered women, and lesbigay youth of African descent. Affinity was created out of the dearth of resources available to these communities on the south side of Chicago. Affinity has become a viable part of the Chicago community.

Black Lesbian Support Group (

The Black Lesbian Support Group (BLSG) was established in 1990 to provide a positive medium through which Black Lesbians may communicate with each other. BLSG offers supportive services and interaction in the Lesbian and Gay community. BLSG strives to increase the visibility of black lesbians in the Lesbian and Gay community. BLSG is a non-profit organization funded through the Lesbian Services Program of the Whitman-Walker Clinic in Washington DC. BLSG is rapidly growing and expanding. Our goal is to reach as many Black lesbians as there are in the Washington-DC Metropolitan area.  Check out their Calendar of Events

Ongoing Events for BLSG

Women in the Life Party -- 1st Fri of Every Month -- 10pm - 3am
Hung Jury:  1819 H St. NW (19th & Penn), Washington DC
Admission:  $10 (must be 21 and up w/ valid ID)

Ginger's Groove Presents - A Touch of Class For Women -- Every Thursday, 10pm - 2:30pm
Club Onyx (formerly E'lan):  1129 Pennsylvania Avenue S.E., Washington DC 20003
202-737-0288 (Capital Hill Area) - Music by: DJ Mandrill
Admission: $7

Women In The Life Open Mic Poetry - 2nd Tuesday of Every Month
Women In The Life Offices: 1623 Conn. Ave. NW (rear carriage house), Washington DC, 202-483-9818 -- No Cover Ever

BAR NUN - Every Sunday, 6:45 p.m.-12:30 a.m. - Dancing - Lower Level, KARAOKE - Upper Level (beginning Sept 2) -- Doors open 6:45 p.m., KARAOKE begins 8:30 p.m.
Bar Nun:  U St N.W. (between 14th and 13th streets), Washington D.C.
Cover $5.00

Loving People Like Us Inc. presents:  Chocolate Bar -- Every Saturday, 21 and older, 11PM - 3AM
VICKIs:  1928 9th St NW (9th and U), Washington DC
Admission: $7 before Midnight $10 After

Nia Collective (

The NIA Collective exists to create and provide a safe and healthy environment for the growth and empowerment of Lesbians of African Descent. Nia sponsors a gathering/retreat every year in Northern California.

Purple Diamonds (

Purple Diamonds is a Premier and Exclusive organization that designs Special Events and Group Trips geared to the Interest and needs of African American, Latina and Women of Color who celebrate life.

Purple Diamonds was actually started in March of 1994 as a Women’s Travel Group, offering Women of Color the opportunity travel together in a group setting and visit “gay user friendly” properties and destinations. We travel in Grand Style 2-3 times per year, only staying at top rated *4 and *5 Star properties

Sistanet (

The SistahNet web page and mailing list is for lesbian, bi-sexual, bi-curious and transgendered women of African descent aged 18 and older. It is a place to learn, expand, share experiences and explore a full range of emotions from tears to laughter. Whether you sit on the porch and listen awhile or just want to talk -- wipe your feet off and pull up a chair!


In March, 1989, a group of Black women convened to plan a Black Lesbian conference which would be infused with women's energy and spirit. Through our work together, a new vision evolved: a vision of an organization for Black lesbians based on principles of sisterhood and empowerment.

In August 1990, ULOAH was born, conceived from the dreams and struggles of many strong women who have gone before us and held in trust for those who will come after us. ULOAH sponsors Sistafest, a gathering/retreat held every year in Southern California.


ZAMI, Inc. is a not-for-profit collective of lesbians of African descent residing in the Atlanta Metropolitan area. Our primary mission is the procurement and dispensation of scholarship funds to lesbians of African descent attending an accredited post secondary institution in the southern part of the United States. We also provide a forum and affirming safe space for the voices of lesbian writers of color. Finally, ZAMI sponsors special programming to develop the leadership potential of young lesbians and to honor the life and legacy of Audre Lorde.

Zuna Institute (

In 1999, Zuna Institute was born at the kitchen table of sistahs who believe that the black lesbian community can benefit from a national presence. The discussion focused on creating an organization that would advocate on behalf of black lesbian's on a national level. While it is apparent that Black Lesbians across the country are doing the grassroots work to improve the quality of our lives, Zuna wants to build on this work by creating an organization that would advocate our position on issues on a national level. The founders also want to bridge the gap between geographically dispersed organizations and communities to provide a vehicle where we can join forces to become a more visible national community.


The Lesbian Herstory Archives of New York City, ( the largest and oldest Lesbian archive in the world, began in 1973 as an outgrowth of a Lesbian consciousness-raising group at the Gay Academic Union. The founders were concerned about the failure of mainstream publishers, libraries, archives, and research institutions to value Lesbian culture. It became obvious that the only way to insure the preservation of Lesbian culture and history was to establish an independent archives governed by Lesbians.

In 1974, the planning began. In 1976 they became a working reality when the Lesbian Herstory Archives opened in the pantry of Joan Nestle's and Deborah Edel's Upper West Side apartment. They became the coordinators and began the collection with their personal papers and books. As word spread, other individuals and organizations began sending materials. Mabel Hampton, who died in 1989 at age 87, donated her extensive collection of 1950s lesbian paperbacks; women active in the Daughters of Bilitis gave their collection of organizational papers, which included over 1,000 letters and publications and the New York Chapter of the Committee to Free Sharon Kowalski donated their papers. The Archives began with a steadfast commitment to be a grassroots organization, to rely upon community members to give individually. It is one of the few grassroots organizations that has managed to remain this way.


Imagine yourself in a room surrounded by almost a century of lesbian artwork, manuscripts, books, records, newspapers, magazines, photographs, games, organizational papers, tapes, letters, scrapbooks, clothing, and flyers; sharing with other lesbians the excitement of rediscovering the lives and struggles of the women who have come before us; perhaps even catching glimpses of pieces of your own past. You have just imagined yourself at the June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives.

The June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives is a nonprofit tax-exempt organization under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and depends upon public donations to continue its work.

IGLSS -- The Institute for Gay and Lesbian Strategic Studies (IGLSS)

The Institute for Gay and Lesbian Strategic Studies (IGLSS) ( is the source for timely and relevant scholarship. An independent think tank answering questions that affect the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities, IGLSS confronts tough issues -- using credible methodology to assure reliable answers. With a mix of scholarly study and rapid-response data on pressing topics, IGLSS fulfills some of the most vital research needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities, and provides leadership within the movement through informed critical analysis.

IGLSS offers a variety of products to serve different policy needs:

Angles is a policy journal that addresses timely issues in an accessible way.

IGLSS Abstracts is an electronic subscription service providing abbreviated descriptions of recent scholarly works.

The Gay Directory of Authoritative Resources, or GayDAR, is a regularly updated listing of experts working in policy-related areas of interest to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.

IGLSS Technical Reports offer more extensive study of selected topics.

IGLSS Research Initiatives entail a series of related studies conducted over a longer period of time.

To Maximize your use of the IGLSS website browse useful  information about this site and find out what tools you'll need to use this site effectively. Link to other organizations where scholars and activists are working together in new ways.

Social Organizations

Sophisticated Ladies Productions, Inc. ("SLP") ( a for-profit organization established in 1991. SLP has been furnishing a safe environment for lesbian women of all colors, creeds and nationalities to get together, relax and have fun for over ten years. While our goal at these parties is to entertain, we also use this venue to educate as well. Our latest campaign, through the use of eroticism, is to show women how to properly perform a breast self-examination.

Although SLP is a for-profit organization, part of its mission is to give back to the community through donations to nonprofit organizations. As such we have partnered with two nonprofit organizations: The Mautner Project and Friends for Friends.

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animation25.gifBeta Phi Omega  To tell you a little about us, we are a National Feminine African American/ Multicultrual lesbian sorority that reigns in Carnation Pink, Ice Blue and Pearl White. Although we cater to lesbian women we do not discriminate against bi-sexual, heterosexual women, or any race. We feel that it is ultimately wrong to deny anyone the right to be interested in a sorority such as ours. There are many women that would love to participate in the many volunteer activities that are present in our lesbian communities as well as in the heterosexual arena. The first chapter of Beta Phi Omega Sorority, Inc. was established in Tallahassee, FL and there are five founding Diamonds: Alexus Perez, Misty Wright, Nichole Lanier, Debra Bender, and Andrea Spencer.

We do a wide range of community service, such as Aids Awareness, The March of Dimes, Breast Cancer Awareness, Safe Sex seminars, Black Lesbian pride events, and so much more. We are always looking for dedicated women to help Beta Phi Omega expand in your city or state. We really need women that can be leaders and is not afraid to make a mark in history! Beta Phi Omega Sorority, Inc. is a sorority that is strongly geared towards awareness, pride, love, joy, prosperity, community involvement, and last but certainly not least lesbian victory!

Women's Health

House of Concern (

The House of Concern (HOC) is sponsoring an early detection breast cancer education project for low income women and men. The project has several components. First, we will place shower plaques in as many homes as funds will allow. Secondly, we will provide transportation to and from sites offering free mammograms. Thirdly, we will be a support system when treatment is necessary. The site was developed by a Black lesbian and breast cancer survivor and has a wealth of information on breast cancer and breast self-evaluations.

The Lesbian Community Cancer Project (LCCP) (  is a not-for-profit Illinois corporation that provides services and support to women with health-care needs, especially lesbians who are living with cancer. Founded in 1990, LCCP is committed to increasing the availability and quality of women's health care in the Midwest and influencing health-care policy on the local, state and national levels.

LCCP serves all women -- regardless of sexual orientation, age, race, income, disability or health history. The project sponsors free gynecological exams and mammograms; it hosts smoking cessation clinics; and it advocates to promote lesbian health issues. Support services include a one-on-one Buddy program, and stress management therapy for women diagnosed with cancer. LCCP's advocacy programs include outreach to under-served populations, prevention and detection education, and sensitivity training for medical professionals.

Lesbian Community Cancer Project
4753 N Broadway, Suite 602, Chicago, IL 60640
773.561.4662 fax 773.561.1830 email




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