BENEFITING: OUT CENTER
EVENT DATE: Jul 03, 2017
It's not the cake. Nor the gifts. Or the cards. Or the bottles of wine. Or birthday lunches / dinners. What would truly brighten by 38th birthday is for you to contribute to this fundraiser for the Out Center of Southwest Michigan.
This fundraiser will be open from 7/3 and ending on my birthday 7/7.
By supporting this organization, you are not only contributing to the multiple programs that support residents and businesses in SWMI but also supporting civic engagement that has a direct impact on state and national change towards impacting the quality of lives of LGBT+ individuals in the state of MI.
Even though Marriage Equality was attained in June 2015, the state of Michigan rates in the second to last tier of states in terms of having policies in place that protect LGBT+ people and their families from discrimination. On a personal level, though myself and my close friends are able to legally marry in the state of MI, we otherwise have very little legal protection from discrimination due to sexual orientation. And while I am blessed to be surrounded by supportive family and friends, and work for an organization (Whirlpool) that ranks a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index, so many of my friends, family, their friends and family, etc. both in MI and across the nation, do not have the same support system that I do.
And so I only find it fitting to give back for my birthday to those individuals and this organization that works tirelessly to protect and help those that have needs much greater than myself.
I ask that you please not spend money on me on material things for my birthday as I am blessed beyond measure already. Instead, I would be deeply honored for your contribution to this fundraiser instead.
For more information on this organization, please visit the URLs below.