Vulnerable & Marginalized Populations

General Advocacy Groups:
Diversity Inc
Equality Now
Human Rights Watch
Teaching Tolerance

The Disabled:
ADAPT (a grass-roots community that organizes disability rights activists to engage in direct activism)
American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (education and resources)
American Association of People with Disabilities (resources and education)
Autistic Self Advocacy Network (advocacy)
Disabled American Veterans (advocacy and assistance)
The Mental Disability Advocacy Center (international human rights organization advocating for the rights of children and adults with learning, intellectual and psycho-social (mental health) disabilities)
Autism Speaks (resources, education, and advocacy)

Asexual Visibility and Education Network (resource for asexual, aromantic, and agendered people)
Believe Out Loud (Christian organization for LGBTQ people)
The Fenway Institute (the national LGBT education center)
Lambda Legal (legal organization for LGBTQ people)
PFLAG-Spartanburg (support group for LGBTQ people and their families and allies)
Palmetto Transgendered Association (SC association for transgendered and intersex people)
South Carolina Equality (state organization for the advancement of LGBTQ rights)
South Carolina Gay-Straight Alliance Network (state organization to help people who want to begin a GSA in their school or area)
Trans Lifeline (national resource center for transgendered people)
Trevor Project (crisis counseling for LGBTQ young people)
Upstate Pride (Organization that organizes a yearly LGBTQ pride march and festival every year)
Tout: Teen Outlook (Spartanburg GSA for high school students)

Other Sexual Minorities:
National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (advocacy, education, and community for members of kink communities)
Polyamory Society (advocacy and community for members of the polyamorous community)

People in Actively Abusive Situations:
Childhelp (organization for the prevention and treatment of child abuse, includes a 24 hour hotline)
Children’s Advocacy Center of Spartanburg (services for children who have been abused)
Children’s Trust of South Carolina (resources to prevent child abuse)
Marie Fortune (Christian theologian that looks at domestic violence and sexual assault through the lens of Biblical scripture)
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (national resources and education for domestic violence)
The National Domestic Violence Hotline (24 hour hotline and resource center for victims of domestic violence)
RAINN (rape, abuse & incest national network…resources, education, and hotline)
Safe Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition (services for people impacted by domestic violence or sexual assault in Spartanburg, Union, and Cherokee counties in S.C.)
South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (state organization providing support for people impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault)

People of Color:

African Americans:
A Good Black Man Incorporated (organization committed to the enrichment of African American male youth between the ages of 11-14 years)
Jack and Jill of America, Inc. (organization of African American mothers with children ages 2-19, dedicated to nurturing future leaders through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty.
Black Women’s Health (health resources for African American women)
Colorlines (news, community, and advocacy)
The Root (news, community, and advocacy)

Asian Americans:
Asian Nation (news, community, and advocacy)

Hispanic Americans:
Hispanics Organized for Political Equality (advocacy and education)
League of United Latin American Citizens (civil rights advocacy)
The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (advocacy, community, and education)
National Alliance for Hispanic Health (health resources for Hispanic people)
The National Council of La Raza (national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization)

Native Americans:
The National Congress of American Indians (serves the broad interests of tribal governments and communities)

Religious Minorities (in U.S.):
Pluralism (help people engage with the realities of religious diversity through research, outreach, and the active dissemination of resources)
Religious Tolerance (advocacy and education to create tolerance for all religious belief systems)

Urban Dharma (comprehensive site for Buddhists in America)

Hindu American Foundation (comprehensive site for Hindus in America)

Council on America-Islamic Relations (education, dialogue, empowerment, advocacy, collaboration)
Islamic Society of North America (unifying Islamic organization in North America)

The Jewish Federations of North America (community and advocacy)
American Atheists (community and advocacy)
American Humanist (community and advocacy)

Pagan Federation International (community)

National Organization of Women (advocacy and resources)
National Women’s Health (resources for women to reach optimal health)
National Women’s Law Center (advocacy for legal policies that benefit women and their families)
Rainbo Organization (fighting to end discrimination of women around the world)