18 must-see LGBTQ + resources and organizations in Birmingham
June is Pride Month, a celebration of LGBTQ + identities, and it’s happening faster than you might think. We’ve got your guide to 18 must-see resources in Birmingham that serve our community and advocate for equal rights for all LGBTQ + people.
1. AIDS Alabama
AIDS Alabama is a major player in HIV / AIDS health care throughout Alabama. This organization is dedicated to eradicating AIDS in our state by helping people find treatment and assistance without stigma or judgment. They provide health care, case management, housing assistance (including the first homeless youth shelter in Alabama), and political advocacy.
2. Birmingham AIDS Outreach
Alabama’s premier AIDS service organization, Birmingham AIDS Outreach (BAO) is dedicated to the fight against HIV and AIDS in the Birmingham area. According to their website, “the agency was founded as a ‘local’ response to the devastating and deadly impact of HIV / AIDS on the Birmingham community. Today, Birmingham AIDS Outreach provides free services to more than 800 HIV-positive people and touches thousands of lives through community events, HIV testing and prevention activities. “
3. Magic City Wellness Center
Magic City Wellness Center is the first comprehensive LGBTQ + health facility in Alabama. According to their website, “The Magic City Wellness Center provides a safe, open and empowering space for LGBTQ people to have an open dialogue with a health care provider without fear of rejection, embarrassment or discrimination.”
4. El Centro / The Hub
El Centro / The Hub is “a welcoming and comfortable space that centers the experiences of gay, bisexual and transgender youth of color but is welcoming to all. This new AIDS + PrEP clinic, a project of AIDS Alabama, opened on January 5, 2021 in Lakeview. It is a center for LGBTQ + people of color, providing both community and health care.
5. TAKE Birmingham
TAKE Birmingham stands for Transgender Advocates Knowledgeable and Empowering, and this group is exactly that. The organization started as a support group for trans women of color in the Birmingham area and has grown into a larger organization that advocates for equal housing, support for sex workers, provides services adapted to trans, fight against trans discrimination in the workplace and in the workplace. to alleviate the many other barriers faced by transgender men and women of color.
6. Trans in the south
As part of the Campaign for Equality in the South, Trans in the South is a guide to transgender resources in Alabama and neighboring states. The guide includes information on health care providers, mental health counselors and advocacy. Access the guide here (Tip: Alabama information begins on page 7).
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7. Magic City Acceptance Center
The Magic City Acceptance Center is an organization in Birmingham dedicated to providing support and resources to LGBTQ + people. The organization is a project of Birmingham AIDS Outreach (BAO) and offers free programs for LGBTQ + people of all ages.
One of the programs of the Magic City Acceptance Center, Birmingham Region Youth League for Gender and Sexuality (BAGSLY), specifically defends LGBTQ + youth in the region.
8. Magic City Acceptance Academy
Magic City Acceptance Academy is a new public charter school in Homewood that is LGBTQ + -inclusive and welcoming to all. They have big plans to foster excellence and innovation through project-based learning with real-world applications. They are currently accepting applications for students aged 6 to 12 for their first school year 2021-2022. Apply now.
9. PFLAG Birmingham
PFLAG stands for “Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays”. The Birmingham chapter “advocates full equality and civil rights for all”. They host monthly peer support groups to help families “dispel myths and stereotypes about sexual orientation and gender identity”.
10. Parents of Magic City
Magic City Parents is a Facebook group for LGBTQ + parents and parents of LGBTQ + children that provides encouragement and support. “The group seeks to build an inclusive community that nurtures and accepts all types of families. By joining this group of parents, families will have the opportunity to be introduced to families like them and to create positive relationships that share a common thread: children.
11. Birmingham Black Pride
Founded in 2017, “Birmingham Black Pride is the bringing together of the ideas and frustrations of Birmingham’s communities of color in their struggle to become more involved in the issues that affect them.” They aim to empower and advocate for Birmingham’s LGBTQ + people of color.
12. Central Alabama Pride
On the eve of its 43rd year of celebrating LGBTQ + identities in Alabama, Central Alabama Pride is “committed to spreading the message of equality every year with the production of our LGBT Pride events which also bring together all citizens of Alabama. .
13. HRC Alabama
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Alabama arm advocates for “LGBTQ equality alongside lawmakers at local and state levels across the country.” Currently in Alabama, the HRC is working on Project One, an ongoing campaign in several southern states, including Alabama, to bring about LGBTQ + equality.
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14. Steel City Men’s Choir
The Steel City Men’s Chorus is Birmingham’s first gay men’s choir which debuted in the summer of 2013. The choir’s mission is to “build community, educate and give voice to LGBTQ issues through music and service. “. Anyone 18 and over can join the choir, but only those who identify as male can have a singing part.
Check their next show at Birmingham Zoo on June 12 at 5:20 p.m.
15. SHOUT Film Festival
SHOUT is Alabama’s premier LGBTQ + film festival, founded in 2006 and held at the Sidewalk Film Center and Cinema. SHOUT presents films focused on the experiences of LGBTQ + communities in a range of cinematic mediums, including documentaries and short films. Check out some of the film’s alumni:
16. Festival of new works on human rights
the Festival of new works on human rights is a performing arts festival soon to be in Birmingham, held on the new Parkside campus of the Red Mountain Theater. The festival is “a conversation and a celebration of what unites us all: our humanity”. The festival will include:
- Stage readings of plays and musicals
- Fully produced performance
- Playwright Q + As
- Community conversations
- Group discussions
- Ordered parts
Two shows are coming up: Memorial and Pink unicorn. Learn more.
17. New Southern Softball League
The New South Softball League is an LGBTQ + sports team that is part of the North America Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance (NAGAAA). This Birmingham softball league was the 12th city to join, creating a space for LGBTQ + people to participate in sports without judgment or discrimination. They also founded the Southern Shootout Tournament, with the goal of creating the best LGBTQ + sports tournament in the United States.
18. Religious organizations that support and affirm LGBTQ +
You can also visit Gay Church Website to see which churches near you are LGBTQ + affirmative and / or friendly.
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