Summer is on the way, which means pool parties. With those comes the need to hall around your gay supplies – no, not that stuff. We’re talking a towel, sunscreen, iPhone and change of clothes. Here’s the perfect accessory: A tote that shows your support of LGBT equality.
It’s green and comes emblazoned with the Georgia Equality logo. So handy, so gay.
How do you snag one? Here’s the part about showing your support for LGBT equality: The tote comes with a monthly gift to the statewide gay rights lobby, which is in the midst of its Spring Equal-A-Thon. We’re not even talking about being a top-level sustainer, though if you do that with a monthly gift of $50, you also get a ticket to the group’s Evening for Equality next month.
But back to the handy, gay stuff: Drop Georgia Equality a monthly gift of any amount and receive a “I help write the queer agenda” pen, “Equality On My Mind” sticker and the tote, modeled by the organization’s field organizer, Em Elliott (photo). A one-time donation snags you the pen; a donation of $35 to $50 gets you the pen and the sticker.
Georgia Equality works with an annual budget of about $200,000, so every bit helps when they are down at the Gold Dome lobbying for legislation or calling out bullies who happen to work for the Atlanta Braves. The group, in an email pitch about its Equal-A-Thon campaign, says it’s working on three big projects:
• Workplace Nondiscrimination – With the introduction of HB 630 we hope to provide protection from discriminatory hiring and firing practices of LGBT state employees.
• Safe Schools Campaign – We are currently working in tandem with the Georgia Safe Schools Coalition to enact stronger anti-bullying policies in all Georgia school districts.
• AIDS Drug Assistance Program – We are still fighting for funding for this program that provides life-saving medication for people living with HIV/AIDS who have no other way to afford it.
The group hopes to nab 70 new donors by the end of May; they are approaching 20. So think of how helpful that tote would have been on your holiday trip to Pensacola this weekend. Between cocktails at the beach, head online and take part. You’ll have yourself the tote in time for Joining Hearts in July.