#Pizza4Equality help homeless kids
There is much disgust and consternation in the LGBT community over a viral fundraiser effort, that has as of this writing, earned $842,387. 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 #MemoriesPizza "charity" by April 29? Can we match their amount and help homeless youth get off the street, learn life skills and get an education and jobs?
I'm an 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. READ MORE HERE…
This fundraiser will close April 28th at midnight. For information on this campaign and No Hate Pizza Parties , go to pizza4equality.org
The True Colors Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
In reality, my expectations of what we would really raise were modest and you totally exceeded them. I'm in awe of the 78,000 folks that shared this campaign on social media with their friends and family. And of course to the over 4,200 donors whose generosity brought $162,498 and will make huge difference on what True Colors can accomplish in 2015. Executive Director Gregory Lewis posted his own thank you and an explanation how they intend to use this unexpected gift. You can read it here: http://truecolorsfund.org/news/pizza4equality
If you'd like to commemorate your part in this historic crowd fundraising fundraiser for homeless youth, I've created teeshirts and hoodies with #Pizza4Equality logo. They are available at TeeSpring for very reasonable price.
I've designed it in black but you may select other colors and styles too. I've used this provider before and found their product and service top notch.
Wear it with the pride you helped raise $162,000 for True Colors to help our vulnerable youth. Use it as a reminder our work to bring opportunities to the disenfranchised youth has only just begun. Use the tee as conversation starter about the estimated 1.5M youth that live in unstable and unsafe environments and how America can do better to protect them. And we will.
And remember to always use pizza for good, not evil.
Please keep True Colors on your radar and share their news. Please know after this fund is closed, you can donate directly to True Colors at their site at anytime. http://truecolorsfund.org/
Maybe I'll see you at their Home for Holidays concert in New York City this December. Follow me at @Clarknt67 on Twitter to stay in touch.
Once again, thank you!
We're wrapping up soon but wanted to release this thank you video I made for everyone! (Enjoy the music from Cyndi Lauper's Tony-award winning musical, Kinky Boots!) In it you can get glimpses of the people and programs associated with True Colors Fund. We encourage you to stay in touch with TCF and help their educational and advocacy efforts to end youth homelessness. If you missed it yesterday there was a lot of social media education and advocacy going on associated with the #40ToNoneDay hashtag.
And check out Cindi testifying at the Senate, http://bit.ly/CindiAtTheSenate
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Christa: a campaign that wasn't started and hyped by repugnant conservative media grifters has raised $155k and counting for homeless LGBT youth and what do you do? You show what a trashy and classless asshole you are. Also, wtf is up with that hair? Tell your hairdresser it isn't 1992 any longer.
Christa, to you and other like you, this may be considered a "flop." Quite the contrary, this is the true definition of a grassroots campaign. We don't have the nationwide audience that your precious pizza joint had. We are dedicated to this campaign, sharing this movement via Twitter, Facebook and old fashioned word-of-mouth. I, for one, am extremely proud of the amount of money raised. We could've raised 8k or 800k...the difference here is our donations are rooted in love. #praiseHIM
Ah, Christa. Christa, Christa, Christa. Although I'm sure your concept of God still hates us gays, but how convenient it is that he overlooks certain person's sexual promiscuity and out-of-wedlock children. What a "special" person that must be to have God forgive her for such un-Biblical things! And as a REAL Christian, I'll say a prayer for that "special" person's children, because they're going to need it. Praise Him!
Christa, I'm sure the god you worship is very proud of you right now- NOT. Your attitude is an embarrassment to christians everywhere- and has encouraged me to make a second donation. This is not a competition- it's about helping people. I'm sure as a christian you understand the concept of charity, right?
Christa, you're the one who flopped. Your ilk passed a law to allow businesses to discriminate against LGBT people in Indiana, yet after a national backlash the law was fixed and new anti-discrimination protections for LGBT were added that did not exist before. You tried to legislate your hate into law, but failed miserably. And this fundraiser for the True Colors Fund might not have raised as much money as the one for the pizza joint, because this did not receive huge media coverage like Memories Pizza received on a national level which attracted much more attention. And because of your hateful fundraiser, this one was then created and we now have 153,000$ raised for LGBT homeless kids that wouldn't have been raised without your hate. So I sincerely thank you for helping us raise all this money for a good cause that will help vulnerable people. So please, keep praying to your god so he has mercy on your soul with all your hateful ways. In the end the loser in all of this is still you. Have a nice day.
Christa, you can sit there and laugh. Are you a member of Westboro? I am a beliver in God and I know my money is NOT wasted in this campaign. Go support all the Blaze-watching, Glen-Beck worshipping, theocratic, Dominionist, hypocritical bottom-scraping, license-to-discriminate pizza joints you know and laugh along with your false, phony, joke-of-a-god Mammon. I am at peace with my decision to donate to P4E and knowing my donation helps homeless kids. Your "god" is PHONY.
Christa the people at MP got hours on hours of air-time from several high-profile Cons who scammed thousands out of their money for no good cause, unlike this campaign which relied on those donating to spread the message, and many heard the call, raising $155k without star-power is amazing. And unlike MP, this was no scam!
I shoot for the stars, Steve and I do not feel ashamed if my goals prove too lofty. Beats never having tried. And having tried, I raised a $160,000 for charity. So I hope I'm as big a failure in May as I was in April. And June too! I hope I am this much of a complete failure all 2015!
@ Scott Wooledge. If Brandon's words did little to shame you it's probably because that clearly wasn't his intention. Scott, it was YOU who said, and I quote, "...would it not be totally awesome if we equality supporters (and pizza lovers) could match that #MemoriesPizza "charity" by April 29? Can we match their amount...I'm an dreamer, but I say yes, we can!" It would appear that if anybody's words are likely to cause you shame it would be your own - by your own standards the campaign was a complete failure.
Point taken. However this fundraiser was still set up in defiance of the other. This was not a unifying effort. My point below, although long-winded, was that this fundraiser was part of an offense, not a defense, which is why it failed to reach it's goal. If 62% of Americans are on your side then I think you failed to represent them here. Maybe those 62% of Americans have a more unifying vision than taking potshots at one another across the internet seeing who can out-donate the other?
I take exception to lectures of what "the LGBT" should do as though all of "the LGBT" all act as a monolith and all think the same. Today Christian activists picketed outside an LGBT friendly Methodist Church in DC telling Church members to repent. Are "the Christians" a monolith that all think and act identically? Which of these groups represent "the Christians?" The Christian protesters or the Christian worshipers? Depends on who you ask.