this is a list of lgbt rights organizations around the world. For social and support groups or organizations affiliated with mainstream religious organizations, please see list of lgbt-related organizations and conferences. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (lgbt) related organizations and conferences range from social and support groups to organizations that are political in nature. Some groups are independent, while others are officially recognized advocacy groups within mainstream religious organizations. For groups whose primary purpose is campaigning for the legal rights of lgbt people, please see list of. Of 1679 member organisations from 162 countries campaigning for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights. Since 1978, we have been committed to equal human rights for rainbow communities and their liberation from all forms of discrimination. The directory can be organized by city, orientation and category (e. The first chorus to use the word gay in its name was the san francisco.). Note the association of lesbians and gay men in publishing purpose. By lesbian and gay authors or with lesbian and gay themes grants the following awards bill whitehead award for lifetime achievement, the ferro-grumley awards for lesbian and gay fiction, the randy shilts-judy grahn wawards for lesbian and gay nonfiction, the. organizations that support gays and lesbians operate freely in costa rica and offer assistance to gay people or lobby for political and legal reforms. The ombudsman ( la defensoria de los habitantes ) can provide assistance on matters involving sexual discrimination and has resolved complaints of discrimination based on sexual orientation. lgbt or glbt, is an initialism that stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. In use since the 1990s, the term is an adaptation of the initialism lgb, which began to replace the term gay in reference to the broader lgbt community beginning in the mid-to-late 1980s. The initialism, as well as some of its common variants, functions as an umbrella term for sexuality and gender identity. Save s mission to promote, protect and defend equality for people in miami-dade county who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.