LGBTQ Rights

Oregon Area Progressives believe that LGBTQ rights are human rights and that exclusion based on sexual orientation and gender identity are intolerable and unacceptable.

We believe that governmental policies at all levels, from the federal government to local municipalities and school districts should ensure equal protection to all people.We encourage our members to educate themselves regarding policies that affect LGBTQ people and to work to support inclusive organizations that work to promote LGBTQ rights.


These area non-profit organizations are directly engaged in work that supports LGBTQ people. Check out their websites for information and volunteer opportunities.




Mission Statement

GSAFE creates just schools for LGBTQ+ youth in Wisconsin.  We do this by:

  • Developing the leadership of LGBTQ+ youth,
  • Supporting Gay-Straight Alliances,
  • Training educators,
  • Advancing educational justice, and
  • Deepening racial, gender, trans, and social justice.



Mission Statement: To promote equality and quality of life for LGBT people through community building and human services.

OutReach Vision Statement: Our vision is to create a community where the presence and contributions of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender people are welcomed and celebrated; where intolerance is challenged and defeated; where justice prevails; and where civil rights of all people are valued and respected.



 In Dane County it is estimated that every night approximately  300 youth go to bed homeless. 1 in 3 youth will be approached for sex in exchange for food, shelter, drugs, etc. within 48 hours of leaving home, 75% of these youth have already or will drop out of school. These are good kids in bad situations and they need our help. At Briarpatch we work with these youth to make sure they have the resources and support they need in order to succeed. Learn more here.

 HRC is a national civil rights and lobbying organization.


The Human Rights Campaign 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.


Fair Wisconsin envisions a fair, safe, and inclusive society in which lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people are treated with dignity and respect.

Fair Wisconsin Inc. works to build a fair, safe, and inclusive Wisconsin for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people by advancing, achieving, and protecting LGBTQ civil rights through lobbying, legislative advocacy, grassroots organizing, coalition building and electoral involvement.

These efforts are designed to educate the general voting public, sensitize the media, promote a politically active and effective organizational membership, and better inform policy makers on issues of concern to the organization’s members.

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