18 must-know LGBTQ+ resources and organizations in Birmingham

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Get ready for Pride 2021, Birmingham! Photo via Toni Reed

June is Pride Month, a celebration of LGBTQ+ identities, and it’s coming up faster than you think. We’ve got your guide to 18 must-know resources in Birmingham that serve our community and advocate for equal rights for all LGBTQ+ people.

Healthcare

1. AIDS Alabama

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AIDS Alabama supporting their mission to stop the spread of HIV. Photo via AIDS Alabama

AIDS Alabama is huge player in HIV/AIDS healthcare throughout Alabama. This organization is dedicated to eradicating AIDS in our state by helping people find treatment and assistance without stigma or judgement. They offer healthcare, case management, housing assistance (including the first homeless youth shelter in Alabama) and policy advocacy.

2. Birmingham AIDS Outreach

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Birmingham AIDS Outreach at SHOUT LBGTQ Film Festival 2018. Photo via Birmingham AIDS Outreach

The first AIDS service organization in Alabama, Birmingham AIDS Outreach (BAO) is dedicated to the fight against HIV and AIDS in the Birmingham area. According to their website “the agency was founded as a ‘grass-roots’ response to the devastating and fatal impact HIV/AIDS was having on the Birmingham community. Today Birmingham AIDS Outreach provides free services to over 800 HIV positive individuals and touches thousands of lives through community events, HIV testing, and prevention outreach.”

3. Magic City Wellness Center

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Magic City Wellness Center is located in the Lakeview District. Photo via Magic City Wellness Center on Facebook

Magic City Wellness Center is the first LGBTQ+ comprehensive healthcare facility in Alabama. According to their website, “The Magic City Wellness Center provides a safe, open and affirming space for LGBTQ individuals to have an open dialogue with a healthcare provider without fear of rejection, embarrassment or discrimination.”

4. El Centro/The Hub

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Bham Hub provides a safe haven for LGBTQ+ people of color. Photo via El Centro/The Hub

El Centro/The Hub is “a welcoming, comfortable space that centers the experiences of young gay, bisexual, and transpeople of color but is welcoming to all.” This new AIDS + PrEP clinic, a project of AIDS Alabama, opened on January 5, 2021 in Lakeview. It’s a center for LGBTQ+ people of color, providing both community and healthcare.

Trans-specific resources

5. TAKE Birmingham

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TAKE at Central Alabama Pride in 2018. Photo via TAKE Birmingham

TAKE Birmingham stands for “Transgender Advocates Knowledgeable and Empowering”, and this group is just that. The organization began as a support group for trans women of color in the Birmingham area and has transformed into a wider organization that advocates for equal housing, support for sex workers, provides trans-friendly services, fights against trans discrimination in the workplace, and works to alleviate the many other barriers that trans men and women of color face.

Learn more: Website | Facebook | Contact

6. Trans in the South

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The transgender pride flag. Photo via Sharon McCutcheon

Part of the Campaign for Southern Equality, Trans in the South is a guide to transgender resources in the Alabama and neighboring states. The guide includes information on healthcare providers, mental health counselors and advocacy. Access the guide here (tip: Alabama’s information begins on page 7).

Learn more: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Contact

Education + youth

7. Magic City Acceptance Center

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A few of the students served by the Magic City Acceptance Center. Photo via Magic City Acceptance Center

The Magic City Acceptance Center is a Birmingham organization dedicated to providing support and resources for LGBTQ+ individuals. The organization is a project of Birmingham AIDS Outreach (BAO) and offers free programming for LGBTQ+ people of all ages.

8. Magic City Acceptance Academy

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Trevor Hauenstein and Charity Jackson are two of the masterminds behind Magic City Acceptance Academy’s plans to foster excellence and innovation. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Magic City Acceptance Academy is a new public charter school in Homewood that’s LGBTQ+-inclusive and welcoming to all. They’ve got big plans to foster excellence and innovation through project-based learning with real world applications. They’re currently accepting applications for rising 6-12 graders for their inaugural 2021-22 school year. Apply now

Learn more: Website | Facebook | Contact

Parents

9. PFLAG Birmingham

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PFLAG at UAB’s “On the Green” event. Photo via PFLAG Birmingham

PFLAG stands for “Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.” The Birmingham chapter “advocates full equality and civil rights for all people.” They host monthly peer support groups to help families “dispel myths and stereotypes about sexual orientation and gender identity.”

Learn more: Website | Contact

10. Magic City Parents


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Magic City Parents aims to provide support to LGBTQ+ families. Photo by Toni Reed

Magic City Parents is a Facebook group for LGBTQ+ parents and parents of LGBTQ+ children that provides encouragement and support. “The group seeks to build an inclusive community that nurtures and accepts all types of families. By joining this parenting group, families will have the opportunity to be introduced to families like themselves and create positive relationships that share a common thread– children.”

Learn more: Website | Facebook

Pride

11. Birmingham Black Pride

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Christopher McCummings, Rhonda Lee, Amy Robinson, Tony Walker at the Opening Banquet for Bham Black Pride. Photo via Tony Walker

Founded in 2017, “Birmingham Black Pride is the coming together of the ideas and frustrations of communities of color in Birmingham in their fight to become more involved with the issues that affect them.” They aim to empower and advocate for Birmingham LGBTQ+ people of color.

12. Central Alabama Pride

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One of the most iconic LGBTQ+ events in Birmingham. Photo via Central AL Pride

Coming up on its 43rd year of celebrating LGBTQ+ identities in Alabama, Central Alabama Pride is “committed to spreading the message of equality each year with the production of our LGBT Pride events which also brings together all Alabama citizens.”

Stay up to date about the upcoming 2021 Pride celebration.

Learn more: Website | Facebook | Contact

Advocacy

13. HRC Alabama

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The HRC logo on a flag. Photo via Matt Popovich

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Alabama arm advocates for “LGBTQ equality alongside lawmakers at the local and state levels across the country.” Currently in Alabama, the HRC is working on Project One, a permanent campaign in several Southern states including Alabama to bring LGBTQ+ equality.

Learn more: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Contact

Arts + athletics

14. Steel City Men’s Chorus

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The Steel City Men’s Chorus performs at Region Field. Photo via Steel City Men’s Chorus + Blake Britton Photography

The Steel City Men’s Chorus is Birmingham’s premiere gay men’s chorus that began in the summer of 2013. The chorus’s mission is to “to create community, educate, and give voice to LGBTQ issues through music and service.” Anyone 18+ can join the chorus, but only those who identify as male are able to have a singing part.

Check out their upcoming show at the Birmingham Zoo on June 12 at 5:20PM.

Learn more: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Contact

15. SHOUT Film Festival

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Sidewalk Cinema at the Pizitz hosts the SHOUT Film Festival. Photo by Matthew Niblett

SHOUT is Alabama’s first LGBTQ+ film festival, founded in 2006 and is hosted at Sidewalk Film Center and Cinema. SHOUT spotlights films centered on the experiences of LGBTQ+ communities in a range of cinematic mediums, including documentaries and shorts. Check out a few of the film alumni:

Learn more: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Contact

16. Human Rights New Works Festival

The Human Rights New Works Festival is a performing arts festival coming soon to Birmingham, hosted at Red Mountain Theatre’s new Parkside campus. The festival is “a conversation and a celebration of that which unites us all – our humanity.” The festival will include:

  • Staged readings of plays and musicals
  • Fully-produced performances
  • Playwright Q+As
  • Community conversations
  • Panel discussions
  • Commissioned pieces

Two shows are coming up soon: Memorial and Pink Unicorn. Learn more.

17. New South Softball League

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The Sliders and Life’s a Pitch at a tournament in Orlando. Photo via New South Softball’s Facebook

New South Softball League is an LGBTQ+ affirming sports team that is part of the North America Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance (NAGAAA). This Birmingham softball league was the 12th city to join, creating a space for LGBTQ+ individuals to participate in sports without judgement or discrimination. They also founded the Southern Shootout Tournament, with the goal of creating the best LGBTQ+ sports tournament in the US.

Learn more: Website | Contact

Religious Organizations

18. LGBTQ+ friendly and affirming religious organizations

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“My house shall be a house of prayer for all people.” Photo via Sharron Swain for Bham Now

Below are LGBTQ+ friendly and affirming local faith organizations, as noted by Safe Samford, UAB + PFLAG.

You can also visit Gay Church’s website to see what churches near you are LGBTQ+ affirming and/or friendly.

Did we miss one? Let us know at @bhamnow on social media.

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