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Military Legal Resources
Trial Defense Service (TDS)
Area Defense Counsel (ADC)
No Centralized Web Site
Air Force Legal Services Command is located at Bolling AFB, Washington DC.
Navy Legal Service Office (NLSO)
Navy Legal Service Office (NLSO)
Navy Legal Service Office (NLSO)
Generally, Marines and Coast Guardsmen will need to seek representation through the closest NLSO office. There are fewer Marine and Coast Guard defense attorneys and they often work in a NLSO office.
Service Related Resources: Legal Services for Service Members & Veterans
ABA Home Front
The American Bar Association’s Home Front connects service members with legal information, and has a comprehensive listing of state-by-state legal assistance programs for service members. For a direct referral, service members must go through their military legal services office to request a referral through the Military Pro Bono Center.
ABA Home Front: Military Pro Bono Center
The ABA Military Pro Bono Center sponsors ongoing projects to help active duty military personnel and military attorneys with free legal assistance. Through Operation Stand-By, military attorneys may seek attorney-to-attorney advice on state-specific legal information affecting their clients. The Project also accepts referrals from military legal services offices for pro bono civilian legal services for service members.
GI Rights Hotline
The GI Rights Hotline will connect service members with counselors (not always lawyers) who can provide up-to-date information about military law and policies. The calls are confidential, and the counselors can provide referrals for service members with additional needs.
Military Law Task Force
The National Lawyers Guild Military Law Task Force assists those working on military law issues as well as military law counselors working directly with GIs. It updates changes in military law and policy.
National Institute for Military Justice
The National Institute of Military Justice (NIMJ) is a District of Columbia non-profit corporation organized in 1991 to advance the fair administration of military justice and foster improved public understanding of the military justice system. NIMJ is not a government agency.
National Veterans Legal Service Program
NVLSP coordinates free legal services for veterans through the Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program (at http://www.vetsprobono.net), and for recent veterans through Lawyers Serving Warriors (at http://www.lawyersservingwarriors.com).
LGBT Military Member Organizations
The American Military Partner Association
The American Military Partner Association is a resource and support network for LGBT military families. Founded and led by same-sex military partners in 2009 as the Campaign for Military Partners, AMPA is supporting LGBT military families.
The Blue Alliance
Blue Alliance is an organization of U. S. Air Force Academy alumni who are gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender, along with supporters and friends. The organization is dedicated to reconnecting LGBT alumni to the Academy.
Citadel Gay & Lesbian Alliance (Citadel GALA)
The mission of Citadel GALA is to open up lines of communication and support for the LGBT Citadel community and straight allies. Membership is open to Citadel graduates and cadets
Knights Out is an organization of West Point Alumni, Staff and Faculty who are united in supporting the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender soldiers to openly serve their country. Knights Out is currently in the second phase of their mission: “to prepare West Point graduates and cadets to lead in a military where LGBT soldiers are allowed to serve openly.”
Military Partners & Families Coalition (MPFC)
MPFC connects civilian Military Partners to one another and performs advocacy and media education on the needs of LGBT military families.
Service Academy Gay & Lesbian Alumni NETwork
Connects LGBT alumni of all the Service Academies to LGBT representatives from their school, including the Coast Guard Academy and Merchant Marine Academy.
USNA Out is an organization of more than 350 LGBT US Naval Academy alumni, their supporters and their friends. The organization strives to provide a path for “reconnection” to the many USNA alumni who have over time been disassociated from the Academy and the USNA Alumni Association because of their sexuality or gender identity. Membership is open to all alumni of USNA.
The Williams Institute
The Williams Institute advances sexual orientation law and public policy through rigorous independent research and scholarship, and disseminates it to judges, legislators, policymakers, media and the public. A national think tank at UCLA Law, the Williams Institute produces high quality research with real-world relevance.
The Michael Palm Center
The Center (previously Center for the Study of Sexual Minorities in the Military) promotes the interdisciplinary analysis of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and other marginalized sexual identities in the armed forces. It offers a large number of academic papers regarding LGBT issues in the military. The Palm Center is a part of the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, but maintains independent leadership. Prior to becoming a part of the Williams Institute in 2011, the Palm Center was one of fourteen official research centers at The Institute for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Research (ISBER), University of California, Santa Barbara.
Stanford University's “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” Project
The “Don't Database” contains primary materials on the U.S. military's policy on sexual orientation, from World War I to the present.
Military News Sources
Air Force Times
Air Force Times is part of the Military Times Media group, consisting of Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times.
Army Times is part of the Military Times Media group, consisting of Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times.
DefenseLink (Department of Defense Homepage)
The mission of DefenseLink is to support the overall mission of the Department of Defense by providing official, timely and accurate information about defense policies, organizations, functions and operations. Also, DefenseLink is the single, unified starting point for finding military information on-line.
Marine Corps Times
Marine Corps Times is part of the Military Times Media group, consisting of Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times.
Navy Times is part of the Military Times Media group, consisting of Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times.
Service Directives, Instructions, & Publications
DoD Directives System – DoD Issuances
The DoD Directives System was established to provide a single, uniform system of DoD issuances and directive-type memorandums used to convey DoD policies, responsibilities, and procedures. The DoD Directives System provides for the orderly processing, approval, publication, distribution, internal review, and records management of DoD Directives, DoD Instructions, and DoD Publications. There is a searchable database of current issuances.
Air Force Publications
Coast Guard Publications
Marine Corps Publications
LGBT Resources: Family Resources
Children of Lesbians & Gays Everywhere
Established to engage, connect, and empower people to make the world a better place for children of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender parents and families.
Military Partners & Families Coalition (MPFC)
MPFC connects civilians Military Partners to one another and performs advocacy and media education on the needs of LGBT military families.
Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays (PFLAG)
PFLAG is a national non-profit organization with over 200,000 members and supporters and over 500 affiliates in the United States. This vast grassroots network is cultivated, resourced and serviced by the PFLAG national office, located in Washington, D.C., the national Board of Directors and 13 Regional Directors.
Legal and Policy Organizations
American Civil Liberties Union - Lesbian & Gay Rights Project
The Lesbian & Gay Rights Project fights discrimination and moves public opinion on LGBT rights through the courts, legislatures and public education.
Family Equality Council
The Family Equality Council works in both state and federal government to advance full social and legal equality on behalf of the approximately one million lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender families raising two million children. Parenting protections, adoption, repeal of DOMA, health insurance reform, immigration reform, safe schools, and workplace equality are many of the issues Family Equality Council is currently working on at the state and federal level.
Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD)
GLAD is a New England-based organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status, and gender identity and expression. GLAD’s full-time legal staff and network of New England attorneys provide litigation, advocacy, and educational work in all areas of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender civil rights and the rights of people living with HIV.
Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network
The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.
Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality. HRC works to secure equal rights for LGBT individuals and families at the federal and state levels by lobbying elected officials, mobilizing grassroots supporters, educating Americans, investing strategically to elect fair-minded officials and partnering with other LGBT organizations.
Immigration Equality is a national grass roots organization that works to end discrimination in U.S. immigration law, to reduce the negative impact of that law on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and HIV-positive people, and to help obtain asylum for those persecuted in their home country based on their sexual orientation, transgender identity or HIV-status.
International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC)
The mission of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) is to secure the full enjoyment of the human rights of all people and communities subject to discrimination or abuse on the basis of sexual orientation or expression, gender identity or expression, and/or HIV status. A US-based non-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO), IGLHRC effects this mission through advocacy, documentation, coalition building, public education, and technical assistance.
Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund
Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.
National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)
NCLR is a national legal resource center with a primary commitment to advancing the rights and safety of lesbians and their families through a program of litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education. In addition, NCLR provides representation and resources to gay men, and bisexual and transgender individuals on key issues that also significantly advance lesbian rights.
National Gay & Lesbian Task Force
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force works to build the grassroots political strength of the LGBT community by training state and local activists and leaders, working to strengthen the infrastructure of state and local allies, and organizing broad-based campaigns to build public support for complete equality for LGBT people.
General LGBT Resources
Family Diversity Projects
Love Makes a Family is a museum-quality traveling exhibit including photographs and interviews with families that have LGBT members. Through first-person accounts and positive images, this exhibit seeks to challenge and change damaging myths and stereotypes about LGBT people and their families.
Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.
The Community of LGBT Centers
The Community of LGBT Centers exists to support and enhance LGBT community centers, which are engines of community organizing and liberation, and crucial to the health and strength of LGBT communities.
Gay & Lesbian Medical Association
GLMA can help LGBT patients find a provider who is sensitive to their unique needs. GLMA professional association works to ensure equality in health care by using medical expertise in professional education, public policy work, patient education and referrals, and the promotion of research.
National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association
NLGJA is an organization of journalists, media professionals, educators and students who work within the news industry to foster fair and accurate coverage of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues. NLGJA opposes all forms of workplace bias and provides professional development to its members.
National LGBT Bar Association
The LGBT Bar Association is a national association of lawyers, judges and other legal professionals, law students, activists, and affiliated lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender legal organizations. The LGBT Bar Association promotes justice in and through the legal profession for the LGBT community in all its diversity.
Protect And Defend
Protect and Defend is a non-profit organization that serves the interests of gay and lesbian law enforcement, firefighters, military, and other public safety and justice system workers. It is primarily a social organization that organizes public and private events with an eye towards charitable fundraising for LGBT organizations.
National Organization for Women (NOW) - Lesbian Rights Homepage
NOW is committed to fighting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in all areas, including employment, housing, public accommodations, health services, child custody and military policies.
National Women’s Law Center
The Center has been at the forefront of landmark legal and public policy initiatives to improve the lives of women, girls and families since 1972. For example, the Center was instrumental in passing laws to prohibit pregnancy discrimination in employment and to provide compensation for victims of sexual harassment. In addition, NWLC is working to expand opportunities for female service members, to better prevent and detect sexual harassment and assault, and to eliminate all forms of sex discrimination in the military, including discrimination based on pregnancy and parental status.
Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN)
SWAN effects change for servicewomen and women veterans by engaging policy makers, the media, the public, military leadership and veterans providers on issues of concern to women. It provides community programs, personal support from fellow women veterans, and legal referrals from military law experts. Women veterans design, supervise and lead SWAN’s programs. SWAN runs a Peer Support hotline for women service members and veterans at 1-888-729-2089.
FTM International serves the Female-to-Male community by providing support meetings for FTMs and their families in cities around the world.
National Center for Transgender Equality
The National Center for Transgender Equality is a national social justice organization devoted to ending discrimination and violence against transgender people through education and advocacy on national issues of importance to transgender people.
Transgendered American Veterans Association (TAVA)
TAVA was formed to address the growing concerns of fair and equal treatment of transgender veterans and active duty service members.
Transgender Law Center (TLC)
The Transgender Law Center is a California-based civil rights organization advocating for transgender communities. TLC utilizes direct legal services, public policy advocacy, and educational opportunities to advance the rights and safety of diverse transgender communities.
Transgender Law & Policy Institute (TLPI)
The TLPI brings experts and advocates together to work on law and policy initiatives designed to advance transgender equality.
Department of Veterans Affairs – National HIV/AIDS Program
The VA’s goal is to provide excellence in patient care, veterans' benefits and customer satisfaction. The mission of the Public Health Strategic Healthcare Group is to provide the highest quality, comprehensive care to veterans and to have that care recognized as the standard by which all health care in the United States is measured. This includes patient care activities, clinician and patient education, prevention activities, and research directed at continuous improvement of medical and preventive services and delivery of care to veterans.
Gay Men's Health Crisis
GMHC offers an array of services for the general public, including workshops, forums, the Hotline, and a treatment library. They offer further services for registered clients.
The NAMES Project
The NAMES Project works to preserve, care for, and use the AIDS Memorial Quilt to foster healing, heighten awareness, and inspire action in the struggle against HIV and AIDS.
National Association of People with AIDS
The National Association of People with AIDS is a non-profit membership organization that advocates on behalf of all people living with HIV and AIDS in order to end the pandemic and the human suffering caused by HIV/AIDS. It also offers regional trainings and national conferences on the issue.
National Minority AIDS Council
Established in 1987, the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) is the premiere national organization dedicated to developing leadership within communities of color to address the challenges of HIV/AIDS.
American Veterans for Equal Rights, Inc. (AVER)
AVER is a non-profit, chapter-based association of active, reserve and veteran LGBT service members dedicated to full and equal rights and equitable treatment for all present and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces. It offers opportunities to speak out and advocate for the end of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) – Veterans Benefits Administration
The mission of the Veterans Benefits Administration, in partnership with the Veterans Health Administration and the National Cemetery Administration, is to provide benefits and services to the veterans and their families in a responsive, timely and compassionate manner in recognition of their service to the Nation. Their webpage provides links to the most up-to-date resources for Veteran disability, education, and loan benefits.
National Organization of Veterans' Advocates, Inc. (NOVA)
NOVA was incorporated as a non-profit corporation to serve attorneys and non-attorney practitioners admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC). NOVA recognizes the need to share information and analysis in order to provide successful advocacy for veterans. NOVA provides continuing legal education and support to individuals representing veterans.
National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP)
NVLSP is an independent, nonprofit, veterans’ service organization dedicated to ensuring that the U.S. government honors its commitment to our veterans by providing them the federal benefits they have earned through their service to our country.
The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program
The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program (Program) was created in 1992, with a dual mission: to recruit and train attorneys in the fledgling field of veterans’ law; and to provide assistance to unrepresented appellants at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.
The mission of VoteVets.org is to use public issue campaigns and direct outreach to lawmakers to ensure that troops abroad have what they need to complete their missions, and receive the care they deserve when they get home. The group is the largest progressive organization of veterans in America.
Affirmation: Gay and Lesbian Mormons
Affirmation seeks to meet the needs of persons experiencing frustration or alienation from family, friends, and the Church because of their sexual orientation. In addition to offering assistance during life's occasional struggles, Affirmation provides a life-long opportunity for service, fun, friendship, personal enrichment, and spiritual growth.
DignityUSA (LGBT Catholics)
DignityUSA works for respect and justice for all gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons in the Catholic Church and the world through education, advocacy and support.
LGBT Humanist Council
A project of the American Humanist Association, The LGBT Humanist Council provides a place for LGBT Humanists to come together to discuss equality issues and methods to educate the greater community on LGBT and freethought concerns.
Lutherans Concerned / North America
The ministries of Lutherans Concerned / North America embody, inspire, and support the acceptance and full participation of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, their families, friends and allies, within the Lutheran communion and its ecumenical and global partners.
Metropolitan Community Churches
As one of the world’s emerging churches, MCC is proclaiming a spirituality that is liberating and sufficiently profound to address the issues of our chaotic and complicated world.
Primarily a group dedicated to issues affecting LGBT Muslim women, the Safra Project provides many resources that to help LGBT Muslims of any gender. The Safra Project also provides resources on up-to-date research into gender and sexuality issues in Islam.
The purpose of Soulforce is freedom for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people from religious and political oppression through the practice of relentless nonviolent resistance.
Unitarian Universalist Association
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) represents the interests of more than one thousand Unitarian Universalist congregations on a continental scale. Unitarian Universalism has been on record as supporting the rights of bisexual, gay, and lesbian people since 1970.
United Methodist Reconciling Ministries
Reconciling Ministries Network is a national grassroots organization that exists to enable full participation of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities in the life of the United Methodist Church, both in policy and practice.
The World Congress of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Jews
The World Congress of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Jews: Keshet Ga’avah consists of around 50 member organizations all over the world. The World Congress wishes: to be the worldwide voice of LGBT Jews; to support, inspire, and strengthen local groups; to foster a sense of community among diverse individuals and organizations; to achieve equality and security for LGBT Jews worldwide.
Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund
The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund provides strategic, technical and financial support to openly LGBT candidates and officials.
Log Cabin Republicans
Log Cabin Republicans is an organization for LGBT and allied people within the Republican Party. They work to make sure the GOP chooses fairness and freedom over intolerance and exclusion.
National Stonewall Democrats
The National Stonewall Democrats is a grassroots network connecting LGBT Democratic activists across the nation. With more than 90 chapters across the country, Stonewall is a grassroots force for social change within the LGBT movement and within the Democratic Party.
Outright Libertarians is an LGBT association of Libertarian party activist and supporters, with basic beliefs in individual liberty and personal responsibility. They ensure the Libertarian party’s goals of equal rights for all includes LGBT people.