Equality Texas works toward the elimination of social, legal, and economic discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity through lobbying, education, and research directed toward the Texas Legislature and other state governmental agencies.
GayPolitics covers the intersection of politics and the fight for LGBT equality, highlighting key stories about electoral politics, the legislative process and the people involved in both. As a project of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, we also report on the campaigns and careers of openly LGBT elected and appointed officials at all levels of government.
Human Rights Campaign
As America's largest gay and lesbian organization, the Human Rights Campaign provides a national voice on gay and lesbian issues. The Human Rights Campaign effectively lobbies Congress; mobilizes grassroots action in diverse communities; invests strategically to elect a fair-minded Congress; and increases public understanding through innovative education and communication strategies.
Legislative Queery, a blog by Daniel Williams who is a former legislative staffer, takes on the under-reported LGBT issues at the Texas capitol. This blog is a valuable resource to individuals committed to equality at the Texas Legislature.
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
Founded in 1973, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force was the first national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights and advocacy organization and remains the movement's leading voice for freedom, justice, and equality. We work to build the grassroots political strength of our community by training state and local activists and leaders and organizing broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation. Our Policy Institute, the community's premiere think tank, provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality. As part of a broader social justice movement, we work to create a world that respects and makes visible the diversity of human expression and identity where all people may fully participate in society. Headquartered in Washington, DC, we also have offices in New York City, Los Angeles, and Cambridge.
National Stonewall Democrats
The National Stonewall Democratic Federation is devoted to advancing equal rights for all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. National Stonewall Democrats support the Democratic Party and Democratic candidates who support our mission. We draw our strength from a nationwide network of individuals and clubs composed of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Democrats who are working to realize these goals.
SLDN - Servicemembers Legal Defense NetworkTexas Stonewall Democratic Caucus
Servicemembers Legal Defense Network is a non-partisan, non-profit, legal services, watchdog and policy organization dedicated to ending discrimination against and harassment of military personnel affected by "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT). We provide free, confidential legal services to all those impacted by DADT and related discrimination. Since 1993, our in-house legal team has responded to more than 9,000 requests for assistance. In Congress, we are leading the fight to repeal DADT and replace it with a law that ensures equal treatment for every service member, regardless of sexual orientation. In the courts, we work to challenge the constitutionality of DADT.
The Texas Stonewall Democratic Caucus (TSDC) is a general-purpose political committee and is the official Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Caucus of the Texas Democratic Party. TSDC was formerly the Lesbian/Gay Democrats of Texas, an organization formed in the early 1970s to work on behalf of the lesbian and gay community within the Texas Democratic Party. TSDC was founded on November 21, 1999 by Michael Milliken of Dallas, who became its first president. At the 2000 Texas Democratic Convention in Fort Worth, delegates voted to give TSDC two seats on the State Democratic Executive Committee (SDEC). Since then, both the President and Vice President of the TSDC have served as SDEC members with voting privileges except in statutory matters.
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC)
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) serves as the official national Democratic campaign committee charged with recruiting, assisting, funding, and electing Democrats to the U. S. House of Representatives.
Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC)
The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee is your link to state legislators and candidates across the country. When you support DLCC, you are supporting local Democratic leaders in every region of the country, in both red states and blue states, and in urban, suburban, and rural districts.
Democratic National Committee (DNC)
The national party with press releases, national platform, and contact information for other state Democratic Parties.
Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC)
Our mission is to elect more Democrats to the United States Senate. From grass-roots organizing to candidate recruitment to providing campaign funds for tight races, the DSCC is working hard all year, every year to increase the number of Democratic Senators.
Progressive Democrats of America
Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) exists to carry the progressive agenda from the American grassroots to Congress to guide the development of progressive legislation, fight for its passage into law, and support the realization of progressive policies at the state and local levels.
Progressive Populist Caucus of Texas
The Progressive Populist Caucus (PPC) stands for reclaiming the Texas Democratic Party's historic purpose of achieving a more just society by returning our Party and our government to the people first.
Texas Democratic Party
Texas Democrats stand for better public schools, access to affordable insurance and health care, an economy that produces more jobs at higher pay, a cleaner environment -- and a cleaner government.
Texas Democratic Veterans
On Friday, 14 June 2002, the Texas Democratic Veterans were born during the Veterans Caucus of the Texas Democratic Party's 2002 State Convention. The TDV is nationally significant in that we were the first Democratic Veterans Group formed at the state level. Since then, we've grown into an organization of almost 1000 members throughout Texas. Thank you to all who have helped to make this group the success it is today.
Texas Democratic Women
Texas Democratic Women was organized in 1987 as one response to the growing political interest expressed by mainstream women from across the state. TDW promotes the increased political activity and influence of Democratic women in Texas politics and government. TDW provides statewide training conferences and workshops. In addition, the group serves as a communication network for existing Democratic women's organizations and promotes the formation of new groups.
Texas House Democratic Campaign Committee (HDCC)
The HDCC is focused solely on protecting and expanding the number of good Democrats in the Texas House. Chaired by Representative Jim Dunnam (D-Waco), HDCC is campaign central for the incumbent Democrats in the Texas House.
Texas Young Democrats
Texas Young Democrats has been in existence since 1932. Texas Young Democrats brings together young democrats, inclusive of high school and college students, youth leaders, and young professionals to build a brighter future for all Texans. TYD is the state's premier organization that promotes political activism by young progressives to influence the political process and elect Democratic leaders throughout the state. We gather in local clubs, statewide executive committee meetings, and an annual convention in Austin to share insights, debate issues, develop leadership skills, and build lasting friendships with like-minded young people all across Texas.
Travis County Democratic Party
Travis County Democratic Clubs
Link to information about local Democratic clubs
Young Democrats of America
The Young Democrats of America (YDA) has been the official youth arm of the Democratic Party since 1932. Open to anyone under the age of 36 who affiliates with the Democratic Party, YDA is a nationwide grassroots organization with 42 chartered states and 780 local chapters. Our 43,000 plus membership reflects the broad diversity of our nation and the Democratic Party. This includes high school students, college students, young workers, young professionals and young families. All of the members have the interest of their community at heart and work hard to affect the democratic process.
College Democrats of America
The College Democrats of America (CDA) is the official student outreach arm of the Democratic Party. It aims to train and engage new generations of Democratic activists and shape the Democratic Party with voices from America's youth. In election years, College Democrats work hard to mobilize student voters and recruit volunteers for Democratic campaigns, from town council to President of the United States. In 2004, CDA recruited activists on more than 1200 campuses in all 50 states.
Attending college can be difficult, but lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning students may have an even harder time than others. The following guide was created to help LGBTQ students understand how many campuses are helping to make the college experience more welcoming and supportive.
Today, colleges and universities, and numerous organizations and groups, are creating specific education opportunities for LGBTQ-identified individuals — to increase their career options and help pay for school expenses. In addition to popular LGBTQ degree programs, some scholarships may be available to students who are members of a certain race, ethnicity, or religion. And for LGBTQ students who want to use their education to give back to the community — such as conducting research benefiting the LGBTQ community or providing services to LGBTQ people in need of help — they can also find scholarships to help them fund their graduate studies.