Providing LGBT Support In China
My name is Andrew Jordan Shainker and I am 29 year old human rights activist that is trying to make a long lasting difference within the gay community around the world but especially in China. In 2010 I started a group called Open Doors in Phoenix, Arizona. The group is about building community events for gay men and women founded on the theme of creating long-lasting friendships.
The group is growing faster than we are, and even has branches in the forever changing landscape of Shanghai, Beijing and now Hangzhou.
In China, this group is one of a kind, and has helped countless gay and bi Chinese men and women feel a part of a growing community of support. Our events are free, but to run them cost valuable resources. Each week I work together with an amazing OpenDoors team to put on events from hiking trips to community service opportunities.
All the money it takes to create this group, and its growing branches has always been spent out of my own pocket. I don't complain about this fact, and I believe this is my true purpose in life. However I decided to start a gofundme.com page to see if I can take our group to the next level!
The money raised will go to the following areas:
+Marketing For A New Website
+Creating 3-5 New OpenDoors Branches Across The GLOBE!
+ Chinese Community Outreach Events
+Weekly Event Support
+Turning OpenDoors into a Non Profit in 24 months
I would like to see if we as a community can raise 10,000 USD by December 31st, 2016.
My first attempt with GoFund me brought me 8 percent closer to my goal.
The organization has many key members that can use all the support we can get!
When I first came out of the closet at the age of seventeen it was a confusing time. I felt alone, scared and didn't know who to turn to. Online dating left me feeling alone, and the bar scene did not work for me. I wished and prayed for a group where I could find gay men and women looking to form long lasting bonds. I have found a solution to millions of gay men and women who struggle for authentic connection and a sense of belonging! That solution is Open Doors!
Help Me....Help You!
Love-Andrew Jordan Shainker (Open Doors Founder)