#Pizza4Equality help homeless kids
$165,595 of $842,637 goal
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
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?
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, 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.
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!
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!
Well joke's on you because I actually think Rick Santorum is a moron and I've been saying it for the last 5 years. Sorry to not fit into your preconceived notions of political polarization. But back to your argument. By your logic, I can go to a bakery owned by an African-American family and demand that they make me a cake for a KKK party and if they don't, then they are hate filled bigots? Of course they shouldn't be forced to do that. The point is that we are all going to disagree on things and people should not be forced to do anything that goes against their ideals! I promised I wouldn't let you in on my political stance but your ignorance has forced my hand. I am a Libertarian who believes that the government should have absolutely NO SAY WHATSOEVER in the institute of marriage. Gay, Straight, I don't care! Marry whomever you want but do not tell me how to think! If I am a Hindu that believes eating beef is wrong, you aren't going to ever force me to believe that eating it is right. Most Christians believe by reading the Bible that gay marriage is wrong. That doesn't mean that they hate gay people or want them to die or even wish unhappiness on them. but at what point do you have the RIGHT to force a Christian to participate in something that they do not believe in? Whether you agree with them or not, you have to respect the rights of people to have an opinion and yes that also means that they have the right to refuse service (even though it is unpopular). Freedom is inconvenient.
If the LGBT wants to wins the hearts and minds of people then you need to show them a better way to love, NOT try to take away the livelihood of anyone who opposes you. If I requested a cake in the shape of a cross and was denied service because someone didn't believe in Christ, I can't imagine a situation where I would take them to court and try to take everything they had. How on earth would that be the Christ like thing to do? Everyone is very quick to proclaim themselves as the true Christian in the conversation, I realize that, but I think that is the most important test in itself. At what point does the hate in your reaction surpass the hate you perceived in others? The LGBT community has a lot of pain and anger from past injustices, and rightfully so on many counts. But attacking family businesses, taking them to court, taking their life savings, these are going to swing the pendulum too far and only hurt your cause by driving public opinion against you, as evidenced by the comparison of fundraisers. Jesus Christ was one of the most influential people in history, regardless of if you believe in him or not. He did so by being a victim, not by taking his adversaries to court, not by shaming them, leaving bad reviews, not by closing them down. In fact, he allowed himself to be victimized to the point of death, and in doing so he caused such a swell of injustice that his death is felt and celebrated to this day 2000 years later. If you attacks Christians today, are you going to expect a different result?
The thing that people don't seem to differentiate is the difference between someone discriminating against someone else, and someone perceiving something as a sin. Everyone is quick to point out that Jesus ate with sinners, and that's very true, but he still recognized sin and instructed those that he helped to "go and sin no more". He helped sinners but also was there to guide them away from sin. Me saying that is not meant to delve into the issue of whether homosexuality is a sin or not. I'm saying that people who believe the Bible are having a great deal of difficulty reconciling their command to love others but also to not participate in sin. No matter what you believe and no matter what you would like to believe, it is a simple truth that homosexuality is stated as a sin in the Bible. So unless you want to outlaw the Bible and its teachings outright, which some of you might, then you need to make room for people trying to make this reconciliation in their lives. I'm one of those people. I believe in the Bible. I see that homosexuality is considered a sin. That does not mean that I hate gay people. That does not mean that I would refuse service to them. After all, Paul was a tentmaker. If Paul refused service to sinners then he would have sold zero tents. However, it gets more difficult when asked to participate in what your faith tells you is a sin. Memories Pizza wasn't hating anyone or trying to hurt anyone, they were caught between the doing business as usual (and seemingly with a good heart), but also forced with a situation where they would have to work against their faith. That's not hate. It's a conflict, yes; but that's not hate. Once again, compare that with the LGBT community’s reaction toward the pizza parlor- a downpour of angry reviews, threats, and having their family business forcefully closed, all due to a trap laid by someone out to ensnare them. The public recognized this, and a gross injustice was perceived. That's why there was a huge outpouring of support.