Hi there! My name is Russ and I am fundraising for myself as a member of the Portland Gay Men's Chorus's trip to Beijing, China for our choir's international tour!
I am fundraising for the expenses associated with the trip, upwards of about $7,000.
PGMC's trip to Beijing is a very admirable and joyous affair! Although our sister choir, the Beijing Queer Chorus, has already come to see us and perform here in Portland, it was no small feat.
Many people do not realize that it was only in the last few years that China no longer allowed for listing of homosexuality as a mental illness, allowed for gay to be spoken of openly, decriminalized homosexuality, and many other rights and privileges that we as Americans take for granted. Although our queer Chinese family have come a long way, they are in no way anywhere near the finish line. It is still a fledgling movement and it is in need of all the love and support that they can get. And we can help! I just have to raise the money to get over there and be a part of the 100+ members of PGMC that are going to Beijing.
I am putting up as much of my own money as I can manage in the next few months towards my campaign, and I am going to be asking local LGBTI friends, coworkers, and businesses to help me out as well. As for you all, if I could get a few dollars from a bunch of my friends and family, I would be off to a great start.
China has come a long way in the fight for gay rights and equality, but they still have a long way to go. I am confident that PGMC's Beijing Tour will be astoundingly beneficial for the LGBTI people of China; both those experiencing the life and hardship of a gay individual in China today, and those who will in years to come. It is the work of trailblazing individuals like the members of the Beijing Queer Chorus that allow for monumental change and advancement of causes such as gay rights and gender equality. I hope that we as a gay chorus can help to be a part of that change.
I hope that you can afford to donate a few dollars to my campaign. It will be a dollar well spent. Thanks to you all! God bless you!
Russ : )
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