June 30th, 2020
Today is Give OUT Day—the only national giving day for the LGBTQ community. In the midst of a pandemic, Pride month, some of the largest uprisings for racial justice the US has seen since the 1960s, and the 51st anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, Give OUT day feels more important now than ever. While GLSEN Massachusetts is committed to racial and economic justice, we know that we have a long way to go in our efforts to support Black LGBTQ+ young people and non-Black LGBTQ+ young people of Color in our communities. We are so sorry that we have not centered queer and trans youth of Color in our work since we became a chapter in 1995. We are working hard to do better.
GLSEN Massachusetts is currently working with other GLSEN chapters around the country on a grassroots, chapter-led effort to create racial justice goals and accountability processes that we will hold ourselves and each other to. These will be available on our website within the next month or so. While we work to get our racial justice knowledge, skills and actions to where they should be, on this Give OUT day we ask that you direct your financial support to organizations that directly and intentionally support LGBTQ+ youth of Color. GLSEN Massachusetts will match donations made by our constituents to other organizations in Massachusetts doing racial justice work up to $1,000.Please fill out this quick Google form so we are able to match your donation.
Below is a list of some organizations you can give to, but this list is by no means exhaustive. We encourage you to research organizations in your community that do racial, sexual & gender justice work in schools and/or with young people. We encourage you to use social media, GoFundMe, or other platforms to find individual LGBTQ+ youth of Color in your community who are in need of financial support. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you need help finding an organization or individual to give to - we are more than happy to help.
GLSEN Massachusetts acknowledges that there are many approaches to racial, sexual & gender justice, and that money is tight for many of us. Monetary donations are not the only way to be involved! We know that we have much to learn from and with you, and hope to move forward in our racial justice journeys together. On the left side of this page, you will see an Educational Resources for Racial Justice document and a Local and National Organizations & Initiatives document. We invite you to learn from and contribute to both of these resources as part of our collective efforts towards racial justice and liberation.
Organizations to Support in Massachusetts
- This is the local chapter of a national organization - works to abolish prisons and jails while also supporting incarcerated people who are LGBTQ+ and/or HIV+.
- Established in 1995 (the same year GLSEN MA became a chapter!) - supports LGBTQ+ youth of Color and HIV+ youth in Boston and MetroWest.
- Our office mates! - Founded in 1995 (the same year GLSEN MA became a chapter!), a youth-led, adult-supported organization and the only organization serving LGBTQ+ young people in Springfield, MA.
- Presents & produces liberating art by, for and about queer and trans people of Color.
- A mutual aid network started in early 2019 to support transgender and queer asylum seekers in Western Massachusetts.
- Venmo @transasylumsupport
- Write a check to “Trans Asylum Seeker Support Network” and mail to: Trans Asylum Seeker Support Network, P.O. Box 1572, 37 Bridge St., Northampton, MA 01060-9998
- A drop-in center for homeless and street involved youth in Harvard Square in Cambridge.
- Donate Here - You can specify Youth on Fire on the second page of the donation form.