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This research serves as a consolidation of information regarding the global response to LGBT prejudice, and in particular, the response of organizations situated in China, Hong Kong, and Thailand. Interviews with activists and researchers from organizations that address LGBT prejudice served as the main form of data. Findings and subsequent analysis point to the ways in which organizations respond to the lack of visibility of the LGBT community, and how this invisibility is related to various manifestations of LGBT prejudice. Strategies that organizations have developed to respond to LGBT prejudice reveal how organizations negotiate contextual variables in their attempts to promote positive representations of LGBT people, claim space and identity in society, create safe spaces for members of the LGBT community, encourage mutual understanding between parents and LGBT youth, and build agency amongst members of the LGBT community. The discussions proffered in this study are a promotion for deeper reflection of these strategies; suggesting points for reflection that could yield alterations to strategies in order to more effectively address the invisibility of the LGBT community. This study concludes with points for further investigation and the development of policies that target invisibilization factors.