For Pride Month, we wanted to highlight some of the Rio Grande Valley’s LGBTQ groups and organization working to make this region a better place for everyone. Here’s a helpful list for you to check out if you feel like getting more involved and sharing a safe space with people who understand.
1. Student Equality Alliance
The Student Equality Alliance is a group for LGBTQ students and their allies. You can participate at both UTRGV campuses in Edinburg and Brownsville.
2. Open, Equal & Free Public Page
Open, Equal, and Free is the first LGBTQ club at South Texas College. They host free seminars often on campus and invite guest speakers from across the RGV to talk about issues impacting the LGBTQ community.
3. South Texas Equality Project (STEP)
South Texas Equality Project (STEP) is a partnership of LGBTQ organizations and individuals focused on advocacy and visibility of the LGBT community.
4. RGV Trans Support Group
The RGV Trans Support Group is a safe space for trans-identifying members of the RGV to talk with others who are sharing similar experiences. People often refer to this group for questions and advice.
There is also a page for trans identifying individuals and allies here.
5. LEZday Wednesday / MiercoLEZ
LEZday Wednesday / MiercoLEZ is a space for lesbians, queer people, and gender non-conforming/non-binary friends to mingle and meet up for a night of music, games, and drinks.
6. Tlacuachistas Action Group
Tlacuachistas Action Group (TAG) was created by Neta to get people of the RGV involved with organizations to work on creating positive change. This is a Facebook group where people are encouraged to have discussions about the issues our community is facing like immigration, LGBTQ justice, abortion access, reproductive justice and more. Got an action or protest you need people to support? Go ahead and post it!
7. A+ (AdrianPlus)
A+ is a space where RGV advocate, Adrian Castellanos, shares his stories and views as an AIDS survivor, HIV positive person, and activist in the HIV industry.
8. Aquí Estamos
Aquí Estamos is an organization run by queer and trans people of color in the Rio Grande Valley along the Texas-Mexico border. AE holds an annual conference to educate and celebrate the LGBTQ community of the RGV.
9. PFLAG Harlingen & McAllen
PFLAG is a nationwide organization that focuses on advancing equality and uniting LGBTQ people with families and allies.
10. Valley Aids Council
VAC is a non-profit organization that provides free confidential HIV/STI testing and HIV prevention education in the Rio Grande Valley. They run support groups for people who are HIV+ with a youth one led by AdrianPlus. They also host a few LGBTQ support groups.
If you’d like more information on the LGBTQ support groups, contact Valerie Severn at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to check out other organizations working hard in the Rio Grande Valley or add your own, visit our directory.