It's our birthday! I will be turning 37 on December 1st, 2015, and in 2016 PFLAG Portland Black Chapter celebrates 7 years! Each year for my birthday I reach out to friends and family to support the work of PFLAG Portland Black Chapter by giving a small donation of $37 in honor of my birthday.
Over the past seven years PFLAG Portland Black Chapter has had huge success in being the only African American specific organization in the region providing support, resources, and advancing justice for LGBTQ families and friends, and family members in our community.
Your small tax deductible gift will support PFLAG Portland Black Chapter in continuing our mission of promoting the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends and creating a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.
"After moving to Portland my family and I sought out a community of people that would understand us and support us. Instead, we were rejected until we found PFLAG Portland Black Chapter. Now we have a community that understands and supports us. Thanks for making us a part of the community and supporting us when no one else would." -Brandy Robinson
We have been able to do incredible work and have had many successes in our short, almost seven years, but we have so much further to go, and we need you to get there. Your donation will help to support families and build community.
Highlights of our work:
*1st Black specific PFLAG Chapter in the country and only organization in the region specifically serving our Black LGBTQ community
*1st ever LGBTQ inclusive programming at Portland Parks and Recreation, now expanding from 1 to 3 sites
*Provided over $4,000 in mini-grants to LGBTQ Youth Groups
*Released groundbreaking report highlighting issues facing Black LGBTQ Oregonians
*Worked in coalition to pass legislation that impacts our base:
-Freedom to Marry
-Ban on Police Profiling
-Ban the Box
Here are just a few ways your dollars can help:
-Food at monthly socials that provide a safe space for friends, family, parents, and LGBTQ families to come together in support, dialogue, sharing, socializing and laughter.
-Funds towards our Youth Mini-Grant Program that provides small grants to LGBTQ youth groups in support of their events and activities.
-Support Portland Black Pride, one of our largest programs that celebrates the Black LGBTQ community!
-Support our Advocacy and Faith outreach that continues to shift culture and policy that deeply impacts us all.
-Fund our Leadership Program that provides financial resources to our members to access trainings, programs, and countless other opportunities to achieve their personal goals.
This is only a snapshot of the work we do and will continue to do to lift up our community, dismantle oppression, and embrace families.
Please make my birthday wish by donating to an organization that means the world to me, so many others throughout Portland and beyond, and hopefully means a lot to you as well.
All gifts/donations are tax deductible! :)