Tampa-bound tomorrow! Thank you All!
November 02, 2016
BENEFITING: Lucie's Place
EVENT DATE: Nov 05, 2016
In November, I will be swimming a 6.5 mile ocean race in the Gulf of Mexico, near Tampa, Florida. (Here is the race website, in case you are interested: https://www.swimwithoutlimits.com/sfd-race-details.html). To motivate me, I want to raise money for a charity I strongly believe in, Lucie's Place (http://www.luciesplace.org/), a non-profit organization that helps ensure the safety and security of homeless LGBTQIA youth in Arkansas, where I currently live. Members of the LGBTQIA community face many difficulties everywhere, but especially in the south. This is why Lucie's place is so special - it is a safe haven for young people who have been abandoned or ostracized from their families and have nowhere else to turn.
Here is a little bit more about what Lucie's Place does, from their website:
Lucie's Place is a dream in response to the nightmare that is many young Lesbian. Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer (LGBTQ) peoples lives. The board of Lucie's Place is working to open a long-term transitional shelter in the Central Arkansas area, which will be open specifically to LGBTQ identified young adults. Only 5-10% of the general population identify as LGBTQ, however 20-40% of the homeless population share this identity. Although equality for LGBTQ people has come a long way in the past 50 years, harassment and violence (verbal, physical and sexual) are commonly experienced by youth and young adults coming out as LGBTQ at home. A study found that nearly one-third of homeless youth “left home specifically because of sexual abuse by one of their parents.” Once homeless, many young adults find survival sex necessary (sex in exchange for food, shelter, money, etc). A Canadian study found that LGBT young adults were almost 3 times more likely to engage in survival sex, than heterosexual young adults. A 2009 eight-city study found that “homeless youth and young adults who engaged in survival sex were 4.5 times more likely to have attempted suicide than those who had not engaged in the behavior.” The cards are stacked against LGBTQ homeless young adults, not only in large cities such as New York or San Francisco, but in Central Arkansas as well. With your help, we can try to shed some positive light on this these grim situations and statistics.
And if you are still reading, a little more about why I'm doing this. On May 20th, my partner, Paul and I had a baby boy, Skyler. Since then, I have suffered severe post-partum depression and decided the best way to overcome this was to snap back into my swimming self. Last year, in June, I swam 12.5 miles around Key West and raised a ton of money for GEMS - a mentoring service for women who have been victims of sex trafficking - and it made me feel so good to accomplish such a difficult feat, all while benefitting an awesome charity. So, this fundraiser is also a personal endeavor for me to gain my confidence back and show my son what it means to be a caring and giving person, so that one day he might do amazing things for people in need.
One last pitch - don't forget that your donation is tax-deductible!