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RURAL LGBT RESOURCES

An estimated 2.9 to 3.8 million LGBT people live in rural communities like ours across the United States. LGBT people are our neighbors, and they are small business owners, teachers and ministers, farmers and construction workers, and much more. In April 2019, the Movement Advancement Project released a report, Where We Call Home: LGBT People in Rural America, which examines the structural differences in rural life and their unique impact on LGBT people in rural areas, who are both more vulnerable to discrimination and less able to respond to its harmful effects. Along with the report, MAP has developed recommendation sheets for employers, educators, community organizations, and more.

The resources below are designed to support LGBT people living in rural areas and get them in touch with the communities, networks and resources they need to thrive in rural America.

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GENERALSENIORSTRANSGENDER-SPECIFICCOMMUNITIES OF COLORYOUTHIMMIGRATION ASSISTANCE



FIND A LOCAL LGBT COMMUNITY CENTER


LGBT LEGAL QUESTIONS OR ASSISTANCE


RURAL & LGBT COMMUNITIES OF COLOR RESOURCES


FAITH RESOURCES



This community flyer is designed to allow communities to highlight LGBT resources in their own communities and to connect LGBT people in rural communities with existing local, state, and national organizations.


Este folleto comunitario está diseñado para permitir a las comunidades resaltar los recursos LGBT en sus propias comunidades y conectar a las personas LGBT en comunidades rurales con organizaciones locales, estatales y nacionales existentes.


Where We Call Home: LGBT People in Rural America examines the structural differences in rural life and their unique impact on LGBT people in rural areas, who are both more vulnerable to discrimination and less able to respond to its harmful effects.


Where We Call Home: LGBT People of Color in Rural America examines the unique challenges of LGBT people of color in rural America and highlights distinct experiences across different communities of color.


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