Now that the vast majority of the LGBT community lives in a state with marriage equality and members of our community are getting married, the right wingers over in Teabagistan have, for the most part, conceded marriage and have pivoted their fight to change or enact laws that would enshrine discrimination against us.
As many of our readers probably already know, when one business went on local radio in Indiana to publicly support the law that would allow them to refuse service to members of the LGBT community based on the businessowners’ religious views, they faced the outrage of the LGBT community and people quickly began to boycott the business. Alas, the “Fake News” channel picked up the business’ story and a fundraising site was set up that amassed a whopping $800,000 in donations to help the hateful business stay afloat.
In response to this hate campaign, Scott Wooledge decided to fight fire with fire. He decided to create the #pizza4equality campaign which is raising money to help fight LGBT homelessness. He plans to donate all the money raised to Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors fund. Wooledge explained his motivation on the campaign’s website.
“There is much disgust and consternation in the LGBT community over a viral fundraiser effort that has earned $850,000. Many have lamented, “If only our cause could raise that much money that fast.” I say, yes, we can. So I looked and saw that Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund has set April 29 as the first national #40toNoneDay to end LGBT youth homelessness! And I thought, would it not be totally awesome if we equality supporters (and pizza lovers) could match that [other] “charity” by April 29? Can we match their amount and help homeless youth get off the street, and into school, learning life skills so they can get jobs? I’m a dreamer, but I say yes, we can!
All proceeds will go to The True Colors Fund which works to end homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth, creating a world in which young people can be their true selves.”
Proving that girls want to do more than just have fun, Cyndi Lauper founded the True Colors Fund to help fight youth homelessness in the LGBT community. Lauper stated “We all hear statistics that are shocking, but when I learned that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth make up anywhere between 20% to 40% of all homeless youth, yet only 3% to 5% of the general youth population in this country, I was furious.”
“As a parent, I cannot understand those who would kick out their kid simply because they are gay or transgender. Your child is a part of you, throwing them out on the street is like ripping out a part of your own soul. That is why the True Colors Fund continues to work to raise awareness about this issue and develop solutions to ending this epidemic. We will not rest until that percentage goes from 40 to none.”
“Everyone—whether straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender—should be allowed to show their true colors, and be accepted and loved for who they are. Every American should be guaranteed equal treatment, at school, at work, in their relationships, in service of their country…and in every part of their lives.”
“It’s time for us all to join together and say enough is enough. I hope you will stand with us as we continue to move our work forward.”
As of press time, the #pizza4equlity campaign has raised over $150,000 that will be donated directly to the True Colors Fund. If you would like to donate to the campaign and help get our youngsters off the street visit Gofundme.com/Pizza4Equality. Lauper’s True Colors Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. To donate directly to the True Colors Fund or to find out more information about the organization, please visit TrueColorsFund.org.
While we don’t need to take our eyes off of the fight for marriage equality, the fight for equality and for our rights does not stop there. We need to put our money where our collective mouth is and help organizations like these that are helping us.