Let's talk about giving back to one another, peer to peer.
I'm not a lawyer, so I can't offer my legal services to anyone - but I am a photographer and I can offer those skills to the community and give back. It's time that we try and do the most good that we can in all the ways that we can. Let's lead by example.
Today I made a post on my own facebook page that I'm donating an hour of my time to any LGBTQ couples in the SF Bay Area who are planning to get married in a hurry, before January - and are in need of a photographer to document and capture that special moment.
I'm donating that time and offering it for free because the queer community has always been there for me, my entire life. If I can give back in this way, and help those couples who are getting their lives on paper to protect themselves - legally, and professionally in this country - we all, surely can offer something to give back, too.
What skills, trades, or services can you share & donate to the LGBTQ community right now so that we can start a new cycle of giving back to each other, when we need it most?
It's also important to say that giving to nonprofit organizations right now is a very good way to get more involved. If the federal budgets are compromised for whatever reason, access to funds will undoubtedly be limited.
I encourage other artists, tradespersons, and professionals to think about what you can share -- we're going to need to be there for each other more and more in the months and years ahead. If you do not have a specific trade or skill that you feel can be donated or shared, or are simply unsure at this time, there's always nonprofit organizations that can do a lot of good for a lot of people, too. Here's a few organizations that I recommend:
+ The Ali Forney Cente for LGBTQ homeless youth.
+ Family Equality Counci
+ The Acl (American Civil Liberties Union)
+ Campaign Zer and Black Lives Matte
+ The Trevor Projec
+ The Matthew Shepard Foundatio
+ The National Center for Lesbian Right and LPA
+ Transgender Law Cente
+ The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Cente (or your own local, LGBTQ center).
+ Gays Against Gun
+ Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)
Consider this a battle cry, a call to arms - a call to pay attention and be there for each other - and to give back as much as we can, as often as we can.
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