To get involved with activism that supports sexual health, rights, and justice, our experts recommend that you explore the following organizations. These recommendations are not necessarily endorsements, since organizations can change over time, and it’s important to find a group that fits your values.
The BIPOC Adult Industry Collective is a resource for education and support services to make the adult entertainment industry a safe space for everyone who chooses this labor. They provide sex workers with education to promote independence and empowerment, mutual aid in the form of direct financial assistance, and access to sex-positive wellness coaching.
EducateUS: SIECUS In Action is building a movement of voters laser-focused on advancing progressive sex education policy and implementation across the country. They provide resources and avenues for advocacy in communities, the media, and the government in support of progressive sex education.
InterACT uses innovative legal and other strategies to advocate for the human rights of intersex children and infants, who are often subjected to unnecessary genital surgery without their choice and their rights being considered. They focus on developing policy and legal advocacy, empowering youth as leaders and advocates, and ensuring that intersex voices are present in the media. They also offer ways for people to get involved in intersex advocacy.
Molly House Project offers social and educational resources to men and masculine of center folks who engage(d) in sex work. They provide support in the form of mutual aid, community building, activism, and education.
The National LGBTQ Task Force is training and mobilizing activists to advance full freedom, justice, and equality for LGBTQIA+ people. They work in multiple arenas, from the media to the church to the government, to fight for the rights of LGBTQIA+ people.
SAGE is the country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBTQIA+ older people. Opportunities for volunteers include hosting SAGE Tables to build intergenerational connections; becoming Ambassadors who educate their communities on LGBTQIA+ aging; and attending trainings, webinars, and other events to learn more and build advocacy skills.
Scarleteen provides inclusive, comprehensive, supportive information on sexuality and relationships for teens and emerging adults. In addition to the large collection of information published on their website, they also have message boards, a live chat, and text message helplines to answer questions around sex, sexuality, sexual health, and relationships.
Sex Workers Outreach Project-USA (SWOP-USA) is a national social justice network dedicated to the fundamental human rights of people involved in the sex trade. SWOP-USA builds communities on the national level, and it promotes decriminalization as the best means of decreasing harm and promoting agency amongst people in the sex trade.
SIECUS: Sex Ed for Social Change advances sex education through advocacy, policy, and coalition building. They work towards an equitable nation where all people receive sex education, are affirmed in their identities, and have power to make decisions about their own health, pleasure, and wholeness.
The Sylvia Rivera Law Project works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race and without facing harassment, discrimination, or violence. They fight against discrimination and for political representation of gender non-conforming people, paying particular attention to people of color, people with low incomes, and people who have been imprisoned.
For dancers, by dancers, We Are Dancers USA is a harm reduction and advocacy organization seeking to empower the exotic dancing community by providing comprehensive needs-based information and resources. Resources include that pertaining to health; beauty; self care/mental health; and legal, safety, and financial assistance.
The Woodhull Freedom Foundation is devoted to education and public advocacy in support of sexual freedom as a fundamental human right.