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SHOCK: Your Favorite Gay Non-Profits Do Not Include HRC, GLAAD, or NGLTF


Last month we asked you to help figure out which gay non-profits were the best out there. And now, after tallying all your reviews, superlatives, and yes, even some complaints, we’ve got the results.

Queerty teamed with GreatNonprofits and GuideStar for the 2009 Pride Choice Awards, giving average folks the choice to place a badge of honor on their favorite do-gooding groups. So who lead the pack? According to over 700 user reviews …


The Trevor Project — “the leading organization focusing on crisis and suicide prevention among LGBTQ youth” — takes the top prize for non-profits with annual budgets over $1 million; L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center receives an honorable mention.

For orgs with budgets between $250,000 and $1 million, it’s Keshet, which “offers social and cultural events, support, education and resources to ensure that GLBT Jews are fully welcomed in the Jewish Community in Boston and across the USA.”


And for the groups with budgets under $250,000, more users chose the Gay Christian Network, which “helps individuals reconcile their faith and sexuality.”

Congrats to the winners!

But what do we find most notable from the results?

The big Gay Inc. organizations — like the Human Rights Campaign, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and GLAAD — didn’t receive anywhere close to the number of positive accolades bestowed upon smaller organizations. Rather, local groups focused on education and advocacy, as well as religious groups, scored the most glowing reviews. (Only one person felt inclined to bother reviewing HRC. Nobody talked about GLAAD.) It might have something to do with the project’s methodology … or maybe these organizations just don’t have the type of support in the community they think.

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