Imagineer - Stef Christensen

This section of resources represents only a fraction of websites, books, articles and organizations that may offer support and services that might assist you in your quest.  The internet, multitude of books on every LGBTQ subject imaginable, media etc. has factual and nonfactual information.  The references I recommend are from people, places, media I recognize as portraying accurate views of the subject(s) they represent.  

 

Click on the logo of each organization below to open their website.

 

- Grethe

Link to ACLU website
Link to Mazer Archives

Watchdog Organizations

American Civil Liberty Union - www.ACLU.org

The ACLU is our nation's guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by the Consitution and laws of the United States.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State - www.au.org 

Since 1947, Americans United has worked to protect the constitutional principle of church-state separation, a vital cornerstone of religious liberty. Americans of many faiths and political viewpoints, individuals from all walks of life, have come together to defend freedoms.

People for the American Way - www.pfaw.org 

People For the American Way organizes and mobilizes Americans to fight for fairness, justice, civil rights and the freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution.

 

National Center for Lesbian Rights Mission - http://www.nclrights.org

NCLR is a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, legislation, policy, and public education.

OutServe/SLDN  https://www.outserve-sldn.org

OutServe-SLDN represents the U.S. LGBT military community worldwide. SLDN provides free and direct legal assistance to service members and veterans affected by the repealed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law, the current ban on open authentic transgender service and those currently serving who may experience harassment or discrimination.  SLDN assists those seeking to upgrade their discharge.

Human Rights Campaign - http://www.hrc.org

Represents a force of more than 1.5 million members and supporters nationwide. As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization, HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.

 

 

Mazer Archives  http://www.mazerlesbianarchives.org

The June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives remains the only archive on this side of the continent that is dedicated exclusively to preserving lesbian history and to guaranteeing that those who come after us will not have to believe that they “walk alone.” 

American Veterans for Equal Rights  http://aver.us

American Veterans for Equal Rights (AVER) is a non-profit, non-partisan, chapter-based Veterans Service Organization of active, reserve, and veteran service members dedicated to full and equal rights and equitable treatment for all present and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces, especially the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender current and prior military personnel who have been historically disenfranchised by armed forces policy and discriminatory laws governing military service and benefits.

Best Colleges for LGBTQ students - http://www.bestcolleges.com/features/best-colleges-for-lgbt-students/

most LGBTQ campus resources try to serve as an umbrella resource for many identities. This list examines colleges that provide an exceptional level of support for students of various gender and sexual identities. 

Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network - www.GLSEN.org

At GLSEN, we want every student, in every school, to be valued and treated with respect, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. We believe that all students deserve a safe and affirming school environment where they can learn and grow. We accomplish our goals by working in hallways across the country -- from Congress and the Department of Education to schools and district offices in your community -- to improve school climate and champion LGBT issues in K-12 education. 

National Youth Advocacy Coalition - www.nyacyouth.org

Improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.  Addresses disabilities and diversity.

Youth Guardian Services - www.youth-guard.org

Youth Guardian Services is a youth-run, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides support services on the Internet to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, questioning, and straight supportive youth. At this time the organization operates solely on private donations from individuals.

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Berube, Allan.  COMING OUT UNDER FIRE. Free Press.  1990

Despite the many histories of the fighting men and women in World War II, none has been written about the estimated one million homosexuals. Here is a dramatic story of these people, revealing the history of the anti-gay policy pursued by the U.S. military authorities in World War II. 

Cammermeyer, Margarethe with Chris Fisher.  SERVING IN SILENCE.  2016

The new edition contains more than forty pages beginning with my return to the military, the film Serving in Silence, Don't Ask, Don't Tell, LGBTQ marriage equality, and more.

Faderman, Lillian.  THE GAY REVOLUTION.  Simon & Schuster.  2015

The sweeping story of the struggle for gay and lesbian rights—based on amazing interviews with politicians, military figures, and members of the entire LGBT community who face these challenges every day: “This is the history of the gay and lesbian movement that we’ve been waiting for” (The Washington Post).

Frank, Nathaniel.  UNFRIENDLY FIRE.  St. Martin's Press.  2009

Nathaniel Frank exposes the military's policy toward gays and lesbians as damaging and demonstrates that "don't ask, don't tell" must be replaced with an outright reversal of the gay ban.

Rimmerman, Craig.  GAY RIGHTS, MILITARY WRONGS.  Garland Publishing.  1996

This is a collection of articles that explore various facets of the issue of gay people serving in the armed forces.  It includes the law cases for Margarethe Cammermeyer v. Les Aspin and Margarethe Cammermeyer v. William Perry.

Shilts, Randy. CONDUCT UNBECOMING: GAYS & LESBIANS IN THE U.S.MILITARY.  1993.

Interviews with more than one thousand gay servicepeople highlight an investigation into the presence and treatment of homosexuals in the military.