Wilton saidMy partner & I follow this general formula:
- close to our interests, therefore gay community and/or HIV/AIDS...
I like your strategies all sans the first one...
I like fellow gays like anyone else but I find that there could be more unfortunate ppl out there than "our" community.
I hate admit this but I give to homeless ppl on the regular. Even though I was raised not to give them money and ignore them, my heart aches seeing someone sleep outside and in the rain while I have a car and apartment doing very well off by their standards.
In my attempt at some brevity in my reply (for once) I did not expand on what charities in our gay community I support. Don't hate to admit you give to the homeless, because so do we. Funny, just yesterday I was at a facility for the homeless I help out, getting a TB skin test read (I was neg).
They have one of our medical offices on site there. Because our homeless clients are considered at risk for TB, and some also have weakened immune systems, testing is done on everyone who comes into contact with them. That both protects us, but also reduces the risk of our becoming carriers and infecting this vulnerable group in return. My visit there should therefore have made me more mindful of all the areas our charities help.
So here's some of the specific areas we assist, both directly & indirectly, when I say "gay community":
- abandoned gay youth, many also homeless or living marginally
- food bank for gay needy, including Thanksgiving & Christmas meal drives
- drug & substance abuse treatment
- HIV/AIDS treatment (mostly gay but all demographic groups, including pediatric)
- outreach programs to gay youth regarding safe sex & drug use
- gay youth counseling
- GLBT senior citizens programs
But I didn't mean to imply our "formula" is rigid & exclusive, just a general guide. Some of the areas above already crossover into the straight community, but we do some other things that aren't gay at all. Just as one example, we participate in a couple of "toys for tots" drives each Christmas, not only providing toys & clothing ourselves, but helping to organize one of them. I can't tell you how surrealistic I find it to be inventorying & sorting about 150 Barbie dolls according to type, though I suppose some gay guys would love it. LOL!