Change the World

7 LGBTQ-Focused Nonprofits You Should Donate To This #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday is a global day of good, powered by social media and unofficially kicking off one of the most charitable times of year. Take positive action and make a contribution to a nonprofit organization serving our community, many of whom provide critically necessary services for LGBTQ kids-- services like spaces safe from violence, artistic outlets for creative expression, and counseling and health services for those living with HIV or struggling with acceptance outside a major metro area.


Give Lively (https://www.givelively.org), a tech company that builds tech for nonprofits and gives it away for free, has compiled a diverse list of LGBTQ-focused organizations from around the country who are raising money this #GivingTuesday to make it easy to do good in just a few taps.

Help these organization's reach their goals. You can also start your own fundraiser and raise money on their behalf by clicking the "I Want To Fundraise For This" button at the bottom of their page.

+++

Pride Northwest, Inc., Portland, OR

Raising Funds For A LGBTQ Youth Holiday Celebration / $1,000 goal

LGBTQ youth are more likely to lack safe and supportive homes any time of the year-as many as 40% of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ and/or gender-nonconforming-and the holidays can be particularly rough. One of the ways Pride Northwest supports LGBTQ and gender-nonconforming young people is an annual holiday celebration. The annual Pride Northwest LGBTQ Youth Holiday Celebration provides a fun, inclusive event that is safe and celebratory for Pride Northwest's youth population. Pride Northwest strongly believes that it is in the coming together of each of us and participating together, that the true power of Pride comes alive.

Give: https://secure.givelively.org/donate/pride-northwest-inc/lgbtq-youth-holiday-celebration

+++

Arttitude, Dallas, TX / $5,000 goal

Raising Funds For Their Upcoming Programming

Arttitude is a nonprofit organization which serves to unite the LGBTQ+ and diverse community, local artists, academic researchers, and public and private organizations with the goal of inciting positive change and equality for all through art shows and other artistic endeavors.

Give: https://secure.givelively.org/donate/arttitude-inc/givingtuesday-c4852c76-429a-47a7-b984-19f3c3c1d8ec

+++

Broadway Cares-Equity Fights AIDS Inc / Dancers Responding To AIDS / Dance Fundraiser, New York, NY

Raising Money For Their Dancer's Fundraiser

Dancers Responding to AIDS is mobilizing the resources of the entertainment industry to raise funds to provide grants to AIDS service organizations and promote awareness of HIV/AIDS issues.

Give: https://secure.givelively.org/donate/broadway-cares-equity-fights-aids-inc/dance-fundraiser

+++

Open For Service, Indianapolis, IN

Open For Service is a non-partisan organization that is rapidly building a worldwide community of diversity-supporting businesses, churches, organizations, employers, and consumers to celebrate inclusiveness regardless of politics.

Give: https://secure.givelively.org/donate/open-for-service/

+++

impac+NYC, New York, NY

impact+NYC is building a community network of HIV+ gay men in New York by fostering a brotherly environment where members can support each other in numerous ways through coordinated hijinks and social media.

Give: https://secure.givelively.org/donate/impacnyc-inc

+++

Twin Cities Pride, Minneapolis, MN

Twin Cities Pride brings the greater GLBT community together to commemorate our diverse heritage, foster inclusion, educate and create awareness of issues, and celebrate achievements in equality.

Give: https://secure.givelively.org/donate/gay-lesbian-bisexual-transgender-pride-twin-cities

+++

Free2Be, Huntsville, AL


Donations to Free2Be support expanding services to provide free therapy and other support to survivors of violence throughout the Deep South. Free2Be works to end violence while advocating for the Human & Civil Rights of Sexual & Gender Minorities.

Give: https://secure.givelively.org/donate/free2be

Disclosure: David DeParolesa, Executive Director at Give Lively, is also on the GWK Advisory Committee

Show Comments ()
Race

How a White Gay Dad Discusses Racial Issues with his Black Sons

In light of the recent killing of George Floyd by the hands of police in Minneapolis, Joseph Sadusky shares two excerpts from his book that deal directly with issues around raising black sons.

Editor's Note: In light of George Floyd's death, this month, author Joseph Sadusky — who has been sharing excerpts from his book Magic Lessons: Celebratory and Cautionary Tales about Life as a (Single, Gay, Transracially Adoptive) Dad each month —will share two posts that deal directly with issues around raising black sons. This is the first, titled "White," which looks at general questions that come up for a white dad raising black boys. Read previous installments here.

It may be presumptuous for a Caucasian gay man to claim to feel terrified and heartsick at the shooting of Trayvon Martin. But upon hearing the news that day in 2012, this is exactly how I felt.

The horrible truth is that there are many incidents of racial violence toward black males that I could use as starting points for this topic. But the specific case of Trayvon Martin—whose only crime was being a young black male wearing a hoodie, walking in a neighborhood where he had a home—has a particular resonance for me. Whatever the legalities of George Zimmerman using a gun to "stand his ground" if he felt his life was threatened, the simple truth is that he chose—against the direction of law enforcement, whom he contacted for support—to follow an African American male who had every right to be walking those neighborhood streets, however "thug" he might appear.

Keep reading... Show less
Become a Gay Dad

Curious About Covid 19's Impact on Foster Care and Adoption?

Leading industry experts answer questions from queer men about the impact of Covid-19 on the adoption and foster care processes.

Recently, GWK hosted a series of free webinars with leading experts led by industry experts in the fields of adoption and foster care to learn about up-to-date insights on how the coronavirus affects family building. The presentations left lots of room for audience Q&A, to allow participants to get their individual questions answered — there were some common questions raised during each webinar, however, so we've put together a quick video of our experts answering some of the top concerns from queer men interested in pursuing surrogacy.

Our team of experts include:

Have other questions about the impact of the coronavirus on adoption or foster care that you'd like our experts to answer? Be sure to email us at dads@gayswithkids.com.

Keep reading... Show less
Surrogacy for Gay Men

Top 5 Questions About Covid-19's Impact On Surrogacy

Leading industry experts answer questions from queer men about the impact of Covid-19 on the surrogacy process.

Recently, GWK hosted a series of free webinars with leading experts led by industry experts in the field of surrogacy to learn about up-to-date insights on how the coronavirus affects family building. The presentations left lots of room for audience Q&A, to allow participants to get their individual questions answered — there were some common questions raised during each webinar, however, so we've put together a quick video of our experts answering some of the top concerns from queer men interested in pursuing surrogacy.

Our team of experts include:

Have other questions about the impact of the coronavirus on surrogacy that you'd like our experts to answer? Be sure to email us at dads@gayswithkids.com.


Keep reading... Show less
Transracial Families Series

How These Dads Address White Privilege within Their Transracial Family

The "white savior" complex is real, said Andrew and Don, who are raising two Black children.

Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of ongoing posts exploring issues related to transracial families headed by gay, bi and trans men. Interested in being featured as part of the series? Email us at dads@gayswithkids.com

Andrew Kohn, 40, and his husband Donald (Don) Jones, 47, together 13 years, are two white dads raising two Black children in Columbus, Ohio. Do they stick out? Sure. Have they encountered racism? They say they haven't. "I keep waiting for the moment so that I can become my best Julia Sugarbaker," said Andrew. "I think because we're a gay couple with Black kids, we're the other-other and people don't really say things to us. We have never had people touch our kids hair or do something that was inappropriate."

Keep reading... Show less
Children's Books

New LGBTQ-Inclusive Children's Book Asks: What Makes a Family?

A new children's book by Seamus Kirst follows a young girl's journey of emotional discovery after she is asked which of her two dads is her "real dad."

Editor's note: This is a guest post from Seamus Kirst, author of the new LGBTQ-inclusive children's book "Papa, Daddy, Riley."

Throughout my life, I have discovered that reading provides an almost miraculous way of changing the way I think.

There is no medium that better offers insight into the perceptions, feelings and humanity of someone who is different from us. Through reading we become empathetic. Through reading we evolve. I have often emerged from reading a book, and felt like I was changed. In that, even in this digital age, I know I am not alone.

As children, reading shapes how we see the world. The characters, places, and stories we come to love in our books inform us as to what life might offer us as we grow up, and our world begins to expand beyond our own backyards.

Keep reading... Show less
Gay Dad Photo Essays

Interested in Foster Care? These Amazing Dads Have Some Advice

As National Foster Care Month comes to a close, we rounded up some amazing examples of gay men serving as foster care dads, helping provide kids with a bright future.

Every May in the United States, we celebrate National Foster Care Month. With over 437,000 children and youth in foster care, it's our honor to take a look at some of the awesome dads in our community who are opening their hearts and their homes, and providing these kids with a bright future.

Thinking about becoming a foster parent? Check out these resources here, and visit AdoptUSKids.

Meet the Foster Dads!

Keep reading... Show less
Transracial Families Series

This Transracial Family Relies on a 'Support Group' of African American Women

Puerto Rican dads Ferdinand and Manuel are raising a daughter of Jamaican descent — and love to find ways to celebrate their family's diversity

Our second feature in our transracial family series. Read the first one here.

Ferdinand Ortiz, 39, and his husband Manuel Gonzalez, 38, have been together for 7 years. In 2017, they became foster dads when they brought their daughter, Mia Valentina, home from the hospital. She was just three days old at the time. On December 13, 2018, her adoption was finalized.

Mia is of Jamaican and African American heritage, and her dads are both Puerto Rican. When Manuel and Ferdinand began their parenting journey through the foster care system, they received specific training on how to be the parents of a child whose race and culture was different from their own. "We learned that it's important to celebrate our child's culture and surround ourselves with people who can help her be proud of her culture." However, as helpful as this training was, the dads agreed that it would've been beneficial to hear from other transracial families and the type of challenges that they faced.

Keep reading... Show less

Fatherhood, the gay way

Get the latest from Gays With Kids delivered to your inbox!

Follow Gays With Kids

Powered by RebelMouse