Equality Florida is the largest civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ) community. Equality Florida formed in 1997 as Governor Jeb Bush took office and Florida’s state government made a hard turn to the right. In an era of setbacks for progressive causes, Equality Florida has defeated or neutralized every piece of anti-LGBTQ legislation filed in Tallahassee since our founding. Through lobbying, grassroots organizing, education, and coalition building, we are changing Florida so that no one suffers harassment or discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.
The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom provides educational resources on BDSM and non-monogamy. Resources include data from NCSF’s Incident Reporting & Response program which directly helps hundreds of people and groups every year who are being discriminated against because of their sexual expression. NCSF also provides original research on kinksters and the issues caused by the stigma we face, as well as statements on consent and best practices in BDSM. We also offer experts who are knowledgeable about alternative sexual practices as well as experience in community organizing.
Loving More Mission is to educate people about and support polyamory as a valid choice in loving relationships and family lifestyle. We believe loving relationships and healthy families can come in many beautiful and valid forms. How people choose to experience relationships and love is an individual and personal choice. Through education about polyamory and other relationship or love styles, we hope to allow people the freedom to be open and honest about their personal love and relationship choices, without fear of the prejudice or hardships that being non-traditional can bring. Through education, publicity and research, we intend to open the door to freedom and safety for those who choose polyamory as individuals and as families.
Scarleteen is an independent, grassroots sexuality and relationships education and support organization and website. Founded in 1998, Scarleteen.com is visited by around five million diverse people each year — around 5,000 of whom we typically speak with directly through our direct services and in-person outreach — most between the ages of 15 and 25. It is typically the most popular and most widely used site specifically providing sex and relationships information and support for young people worldwide and has been so for most of its tenure. Scarleteen and its founder, Heather Corinna, have been the recipients of many awards for our work, including The Champions of Sexual Literacy Award for Grassroots Activism from the National Sexuality Resource Center/SFSU; The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, Western Region’s Public Service Award; the Our Bodies, Ourselves’ Women’s Health Heroes Award; the Joan Helmich Educator of the Year Award; The Woodhull Foundation’s Vicki Award; the Steinem-Waters Award, and the Golden Brick Award.Most of our users find Scarleteen through search engines or when provided a link or verbal referral from friends, other websites or magazines; parents, guardians and other family members; healthcare providers/clinics or other sexuality/sexual health education programs and resources. Nearly every day, young people and adults who care about them let us know how valuable they find our services.
Founded in 2005, the Community-Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities (CARAS) is a national-level, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports research addressing understudied sexual communities, with a current focus on BDSM/leather/kink/fetish sexualities and consensual non-monogamous relationships such as polyamory. Employing a community-based research model, CARAS has assembled a network of academics, clinicians and respected members of these communities who will work directly with researchers to promote scientific and other forms of scholarly research.