Sexual orientation

Here we explore the identifications that determine our governmental, economic and social outcomes.

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A Queer Ecology Syllabus – Radio Lab Deep Dive

What started out as a “little article” about a lesser-known 1977 study on lesbian seagulls turned into a voluminous media guide covering books and essays around queerness. Shared as part of our 2023 celebration of PRIDE month, this list from Radiolab’s Lulu Miller is a great reference point.

Radiolab's Lulu Miller

Glossary of Terms | Human Rights Campaign

Many Americans refrain from talking about sexual orientation and gender identity or expression because it feels taboo, or because they’re afraid of saying the wrong thing. This glossary was written to help give people the words and meanings to help make conversations easier and more comfortable.

Human Rights Campaign

LGBT Rights | American Civil Liberties Union

The ACLU works to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people can live openly without discrimination and enjoy equal rights, personal autonomy, and freedom of expression and association.




GLSEN believes that every student has the right to a safe, supportive, and LGBTQ-inclusive K-12 education. We are a national network of educators, students, and local GLSEN Chapters working to make this right a reality.




GLAAD works through entertainment, news, and digital media to share stories from the LGBTQ community that accelerate acceptance.



Equality Federation

Equality Federation is the movement builder and strategic partner to state-based organizations advocating for LGBTQ people. From Equality Florida to Freedom Oklahoma to Basic Rights Oregon, we amplify the power of the state-based LGBTQ movement.

Equality Federation


I Am Who I Am

A Lesson Plan from Rights, Respect, Responsibility: A K-12 Curriculum. Fostering responsibility by respecting young people’s rights to honest sexuality education.

Advocates for Youth

The Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People

The struggle of LGBTQ+ people for equal rights has moved to center stage. LGBTQ+ people are battling for their civil rights in Congress, in courtrooms and in the streets. Despite these advances into the American mainstream, however, LGBTQ+ people continue to face real discrimination in all areas of life.



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