THE NEED TO CONTRIBUTE: Supporting Gay Causes

  • HndsmKansan

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    Apr 16, 2008 5:31 PM GMT
    A topic of discussion last Saturday night at dinner.
    Having dinner with new RJ member, Hagan_F and he
    brought up something very important... the need to contribute to a gay related concern in a way that is meaningful. I agreed.


    For Hagan, that means taking time and effort, not just supporting something financially. Here in Wichita we have an organization that supports persons afflicted with HIV (which we have both supported in the past) and both participate in non gay related causes. I just know this is important to Hagan and I would agree with that concern.

    I think our area could certainly use some efforts toward the "helping with youth that are gay"... and "Integrity" (a gay and lesbian organization sponsored by the Episcopal Church) is helpful, but there must be something more.

    What national Gay Organizations to you support? I would like to evaluate all that is out there and maybe a local effort can be started. Just curious about what you do with your charity efforts (in the gay community)?
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    Apr 16, 2008 5:37 PM GMT
    I wish I were in a position to do that: to even volunteer some time to a similar cause, but what is someone to do when he is a walking charity case himself?
    I was a peer educator for ReachOUT Foundation back in the Philippines in the late '90s. It's an NGO for AIDS Awareness targeting mostly commercial sex workers. That is prolly the only nursing practice I did. Anywoo...
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    Apr 16, 2008 6:13 PM GMT
    I give money to the HRC (that's Human Rights Campaign, not your candidate of choice Kansan) and the ACLU. The ACLU isn't a gay organization per se, but they stand up for LGBT causes.

    When I have a break from school I was volunteering at my local pride center. They do a ton of outreach, have several support groups, and carpet bomb the city with condoms.
  • Muunrakur

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    Apr 16, 2008 6:59 PM GMT
    We give to HRC, but we also volunteer at events like cleaning up the AIDS memorial grove in Golden Gate Park, and organized & participated in demonstrations for marriage equality in massachusetts.

    google "Jesus hates bad signage" to see a really unflattering picture of yours truly.

    Gay organizations aside, I think its incredibly valuable to the community for openly gay people to volunteer for non-gay specific organizations. What better way to promote positive visibility than to be an openly gay person who is active in pursuing positive change in the community?
  • Hagan_F

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    Apr 16, 2008 7:50 PM GMT
    I appreciate your putting this forum out here Chris, I think it's incredibly important that we all, gay or not, give our time, talents and treasures to causes that help one another. We never stand so tall as when we stoop to lend a hand that helps another stand.

    I also agree with Muunraker that is equally important that out gay people are out there donating time, talents and treasures to those causes that are not gay-specific but help the community-at-large. It lessens the forces of people like Fred Phelps when we do those things that help one another.

    One thought that came from a friend of mine who also supports the charity events from our local agency: There are a tremendous number of people who benefit from the funds that are raised by such charities but where are they when the time comes to volunteer their own time? I do understand that most often they are very limited on their personal resources and some are even too disabled to be able to give their time, but significant numbers are able to assist in small ways that can contribute very highly to the very charities from which they gain so much benefit.

    I will be interested to see other's comments about this topic.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Apr 16, 2008 7:51 PM GMT
    MunchingZombie saidI give money to the HRC (that's Human Rights Campaign, not your candidate of choice Kansan)





    Well James, I was going to suggest your donation be directed to the other "HRC"... and join those of us who have contributed!! LOLicon_lol.gif

    Thanks for your input. I appreciate it.
  • SoDakGuy

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    Apr 16, 2008 8:01 PM GMT
    I support

    GLAAD

    HRC

    DIVA MN

    Pride Alive

    MN AIDS Project

    I've done quite a bit of volunteer work for each of the organizations listed.
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    Apr 16, 2008 8:09 PM GMT
    HRC, Equality Texas, Names Project, AIDS Services of Austin...was part of GLSTN years ago
  • irishboxers

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    Apr 16, 2008 8:13 PM GMT
    AIDS Project LA, The Trevor Project, and HRC.
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    Apr 16, 2008 8:27 PM GMT
    It's great to see everyone supporting gay causes - both local and national. Currently I'm a major supporter of Our House - a local AIDS hospice and have also been on the Board of Directors of two local charities, who support the gay community among other groups. It's REALLY important right now to support your local organizations as Federal and State funding is drying-up. Funding reductions typically happen during a recession and unfortunately that is when the requests for assistance typically go up. If you are not able to donate money you can also volunteer your time - most organizations have an ongoing need for volunteers.

    Hndsm - great post and thanks for your support!
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    Apr 16, 2008 10:23 PM GMT
    You can also try just living life everyday without giving a thought to homosexuality as an abnormal part of it. Hold hands with a guy, go to dinner, sports games, and bars, etc.

    Just going by without being ashamed helps build acceptance, so everyday people no longer see anything wrong with open gays in public.
  • Hagan_F

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    Apr 16, 2008 10:33 PM GMT
    I am curious as to how holding someones hand in public and not being ashamed of who I am will help support charitable causes whether gay-specific or not.
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    Apr 16, 2008 10:43 PM GMT
    Hmm...I don't feel obligated to help any gay causes. I'm not opposed to it I just chose to donate to other charities like Crohn's and Colitis foundation (I have crohn's disease), National Parkinson's Foundation (My Grandmother had and my Dad has Parkinson's so I am worried that I will get it) and ASPCA (I love animals!)
  • Muunrakur

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    Apr 16, 2008 10:49 PM GMT
    Hagan_F saidI am curious as to how holding someones hand in public and not being ashamed of who I am will help support charitable causes whether gay-specific or not.


    I helps build positive gay visibility in the community, which is good for us all, but no, it doesn't 'help' charities at all (though I don't think thats what the poster was suggesting)
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    Apr 16, 2008 10:54 PM GMT
    I give some money to a few national and local groups, but my main one is the CHRIS Kids Rainbow Program, an Atlanta program for teens usually kicked out of their homes when their parents hear about or discover the kid's orientation. There's a video feature on my page about them, and CNN is in town this week to do a feature on the Program--not sure when it's going to air, though.
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    Apr 16, 2008 11:50 PM GMT
    Hagan_F saidI am curious as to how holding someones hand in public and not being ashamed of who I am will help support charitable causes whether gay-specific or not.


    Exactly as said above.

    To help break down the generalization that there is anything wrong with open homosexuality and the display of it in public.

    Not everyone wants to join and organization, so this can be one of many ways to assist the "gay cause" on your own.