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Sun Jun 19, 2016, 08:56 AM

The Orlando 49 and so many other members of the LGBTQ community. Will you help?

Members of the LGBTQ community in the US and around the world go through so much. Maybe we can help.

Let's start with posting some organizations that do good work. I'll start:

The one to which I have been donating is the Human Rights Campaign

Donation Page

From Behind the Aegis

The Trevor Project, which is a suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth and others, as well as a resource for LGBT people struggling and Cyndi Lauper's True Colors Fund which works to end (and addresses) LGBT homelessness, especially among youth.


Donation Page, The Trevor Project

Donation Page, the True Colors Fund


cnn also did a story about helping the victims of the shooting. The story mentioned several organizations raising money for the victims, including Equality Florida, which Behind the Aegis also cited, and an Islamic American organization that is raising funds for the victims.

I can't "parent" the thread this morning, so please keep it kicked. Thank you.


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Reply The Orlando 49 and so many other members of the LGBTQ community. Will you help? (Original post)
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LostOne4Ever Jun 2016 #7
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Behind the Aegis Jun 2016 #8
merrily Jun 2016 #9
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merrily Jun 2016 #12
Solly Mack Jun 2016 #11
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Aerows Jun 2016 #14
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mopinko Jun 2016 #24
TexasMommaWithAHat Jun 2016 #25
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Silver_Witch Jun 2016 #26
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Prism Jun 2016 #29
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niyad Jun 2016 #31
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Response to merrily (Original post)

Sun Jun 19, 2016, 08:57 AM

1. kick nt

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Sun Jun 19, 2016, 12:57 PM

2. .



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Response to merrily (Original post)

Mon Jun 20, 2016, 06:30 AM

3. kick

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Response to merrily (Original post)

Mon Jun 20, 2016, 08:35 AM

4. Thank you for the links!

K & R!

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Response to AwakeAtLast (Reply #4)

Mon Jun 20, 2016, 08:43 AM

5. You're very welcome. I hope others will add some to the thread.

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Response to merrily (Reply #5)

Mon Jun 20, 2016, 08:46 AM

6. Yes! That would be great!

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Response to merrily (Original post)

Mon Jun 20, 2016, 09:36 AM

7. BUMP!!!

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Response to LostOne4Ever (Reply #7)

Tue Jun 21, 2016, 08:38 AM

23. Oh look another BUMP~! nt

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Response to LostOne4Ever (Reply #23)

Tue Jun 21, 2016, 05:49 PM

33. Up we go! Bump!

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Response to LostOne4Ever (Reply #33)

Wed Jun 22, 2016, 09:09 PM

38. TO INFINITY AND BEYOND~! I mean BUMP!

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Response to merrily (Original post)

Mon Jun 20, 2016, 12:57 PM

8. kick

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Reply #8)

Mon Jun 20, 2016, 01:13 PM

9. thanks for the kick! The mayor of Orlando started a fund.

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Response to merrily (Reply #9)

Tue Jun 21, 2016, 12:17 AM

10. Thanks for the update.

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Reply #10)

Tue Jun 21, 2016, 02:19 AM

12. My pleasure. Apparently, the same guy who distributed the Boston One fund

(for victims of the Boston Marathan bombing) will be distributing monies to the relatives of deceased Orlando victims and the surviving Orlando victims. He does it pro bono. He may also have been the one who distributed the 911 funds, too, but I am not sure of that.

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Response to merrily (Original post)

Tue Jun 21, 2016, 01:51 AM

11. K&R

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Response to Solly Mack (Reply #11)

Tue Jun 21, 2016, 07:18 AM

16. Thank you. nt

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Response to merrily (Original post)

Tue Jun 21, 2016, 06:56 AM

13. K and R (nt)

 

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Response to merrily (Original post)

Tue Jun 21, 2016, 07:12 AM

14. Those still in the hospital

 

What can we do to show our love and aid their families?

There isn't a plate big enough that I won't step up to.

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Response to Aerows (Reply #14)

Tue Jun 21, 2016, 07:18 AM

15. Thanks. Have you looked at the websites and cnn story linked in the OP and elsewhere on this thread?

If you have and are still asking what you can do, you'll need to make your question more specific.

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Response to merrily (Reply #15)

Tue Jun 21, 2016, 07:20 AM

17. I was in no way criticizing your efforts

 

But you are right, if I suggest something, I need to get up off of my butt and implement it.

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Response to Aerows (Reply #17)

Tue Jun 21, 2016, 07:23 AM

18. ? I didn't think you were criticizing or suggest you get "off your butt."

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Response to merrily (Reply #18)

Tue Jun 21, 2016, 07:28 AM

19. Well somebody needs to suggest we all get up off of our butts.

 

I thought you were going to be the one, since you were getting up off of yours.

I'm trying to be funny, my humor fails this early in the morning.

I'm getting off of my butt so early this morning that I'm pretty sure it's still left in a drawer somewhere this morning. Hell, I might have left it in the refrigerator. Did I leave my butt behind the damn couch?

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Response to Aerows (Reply #19)

Tue Jun 21, 2016, 07:32 AM

20. You probably should check that out ASAP.

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Response to merrily (Reply #20)

Tue Jun 21, 2016, 07:34 AM

21. LOL!

 

Blue couches have always seemed tacky to me.

You *might* make it work if you are hiding behind it waiting to pop up.

Best bumper sticker I saw - In MS of all places -

"I found Jesus. He was behind the couch all this time."

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Response to Aerows (Reply #21)

Tue Jun 21, 2016, 07:40 AM

22. Most emoticon couches are tacky.

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Response to merrily (Original post)

Tue Jun 21, 2016, 09:43 AM

24. kick

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Response to merrily (Original post)

Tue Jun 21, 2016, 10:01 AM

25. Thanks for posting!

nt

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Response to TexasMommaWithAHat (Reply #25)

Tue Jun 21, 2016, 02:30 PM

28. You're welcome. My pleasure.

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Response to merrily (Original post)

Tue Jun 21, 2016, 10:06 AM

26. Kicked!

 

Cyndi Lauper has a wonderful org too. I will go find it!

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Response to Silver_Witch (Reply #26)

Tue Jun 21, 2016, 02:29 PM

27. Thanks for the kick. Lauper's org is in the OP.

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Response to merrily (Original post)

Tue Jun 21, 2016, 02:38 PM

29. Also the OneOrlando Fund

 

This was set up by Orlando's mayor:

http://www.oneorlando.org/

You can use your phone to text a $10 donation to them.

The Bay Area Rainbow Symphony had a memorial/fundraiser last night. All the musicians were there on their own time. They donated all the funds to Equality Florida and OneOrlando. The conductor, Dawn Harms, is a wonderful woman who gave a very heartfelt speech before a performance of Tchaikovsky's Sixth Symphony. It was a very emotional, visceral performance and every one in the hall was very moved. You could tell the LGBT musicians wanted to give something and it was reflected in their efforts.

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Response to Prism (Reply #29)

Tue Jun 21, 2016, 02:41 PM

30. Thanks. I mentioned it in Reply 9, but the additional info you've given is very helpful.

I bet the concert was wonderful.

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Response to merrily (Original post)

Tue Jun 21, 2016, 02:47 PM

31. k and r

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Response to merrily (Original post)

Tue Jun 21, 2016, 04:02 PM

32. I have not

been involved in greater efforts.

I do, though, do what I can locally.

I support my trans family member unconditionally.

I support my closeted students unconditionally. And they are closeted; they are minors, and we live in a very red, very fundamentalist xtian community. I give them an ear, and I point them to the high school's GSAC club when they leave me; many of my former straight students are active there.

Thank you for pointing out some other places to help.

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Response to LWolf (Reply #32)

Wed Jun 22, 2016, 02:14 AM

34. That's great LWolf.

I would recommend that you also point your closeted students to one or more organizations in the community that help gay teens, or, if you fear possible repercussions, just mention that such organizations exist and let the student find them. With google, it won't be that hard. You might also mention that they don't even have to use their own laptop or home computer to search.

I say this because your closeted students may not be ready to risk going to a club with their fellow students, neighbors, etc. The fear that parents and church may find out may be too great for them to seek help.

Because teen suicide is such a risk in that community, I think you may want to ask in DU's LGBT group if there is anything else you may be able to mention to them.

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Response to merrily (Reply #34)

Wed Jun 22, 2016, 09:46 AM

35. Good points, all. Thanks. nt

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Response to LWolf (Reply #35)

Wed Jun 22, 2016, 09:54 AM

36. .

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Response to merrily (Reply #34)

Wed Jun 22, 2016, 11:15 AM

37. I found a local

Human Dignity Coalition for our greater region; I've left them a message to see what kinds of supports might be available for minors; and I've got donation info for them, as well.

Thanks for pointing me further!

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