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LAUREL HOLLOMAN FANS DONATING TO SAY “HAPPY BIRTHDAY”
May 1, 2009

Never mind that the countdown to Laurel Holloman’s May 23rd 2009 birthday started on the (now defunct) Our Chart TeeLu Threads the day after 2008’s event (with some incredible artwork and photos that defy you to keep certain parts of the anatomy – which will remain un-named here – 🙂 – dry)…Devoted fans of The L Word actress are ramping up again to do another fundraising drive to help  Ms. Holloman’s favored charity, Doctors Without Borders. (see prior post: https://msqueer.wordpress.com/2008/11/24/the-birthday-gift-that-keeps-on-giving/)

In a remarkable show of what can be accomplished by online social networking, message board and chat communities, fans of Laurel Holloman have already raised $22,000 for the humanitarian Doctors Without Borders.

This year, to encourage all who contribute whatever amount,  manager of the official LaurelHollomanOnline.com, Angela K. has posted this announcement:

“the site is donating a number of signed photographs including: 1 photograph of Laurel with Jennifer Beals signed by both; 1 photograph of Laurel with Rachel Shelley signed by both; 1 signed photograph of Laurel; 1 signed photograph of Rachel Shelley; 1 L Word CD signed by Kate Moennig. Everybody who donates during April, May and June, however big or small the donation, will be entered into a draw for the above prizes. Please give to this very worthwhile charity, and wish Laurel a happy birthday.”

Organizers are requesting that supportive fans help to spread the word on message boards and relevant websites. Secured donation can be made at:

www.firstgiving.com/laurelhollomanonline

More information at www.laurelhollomanonline.com; and http://laurelsbirthday.wordpress.com/, where you can leave a personal message and Birthday Greetings to Laurel.

TeeLu Fans Unite!!! Spread the word, spread some good work!

🙂 MsQueer

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Join the HRC Party for Equality to Premiere “The L Word” Final Season Opener
December 13, 2008

Human Rights Campaign and ShowTime are teaming up to throw a “Party for Equality” at various locations across the nation featuring the first episode of The L Word’s final season.

Go here to get the details: season_6_logos-hrc

 

TO RSVP for the event nearest you, go to: http://www.hrc.org/11632.htm

from the “About Us” page at http://www.hrc.org/about_us/index.htm:

About HRC

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

HRC seeks to improve the lives of LGBT Americans by advocating for equal rights and benefits in the workplace, ensuring families are treated equally under the law and increasing public support among all Americans through innovative advocacy, education and outreach programs. HRC works to secure equal rights for LGBT individuals and families at the federal and state levels by lobbying elected officials, mobilizing grassroots supporters, educating Americans, investing strategically to elect fair-minded officials and partnering with other LGBT organizations.

-MsQueer

©2008 MsQueer.com. All rights reserved. (NOTE: All content from HRC website remains the property of HRC.)

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“Day Without A Gay” Positive Action Call for Demonstration of Service
December 10, 2008

National day of demonstration “Day Without A Gay” was proclaimed for December 10th, 2008 – to coincide with the International Human Rights Day, which clebrates the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as adopted by the United Nations.

(for more information see my post at http://debadler.wordpress.com/2008/12/10/universal-declaration-of-human-rights-60th-anniversary/)

The Day Without A Gay advocates for GLBT and allies to call in “Gay” rather than “sick” (because WE AREN’T!!!) as a formal protest of the recent defeat of California’s Proposition 8 as well as other pro-gay legislative efforts this election. It is a “stand up and be counted” demonstration reminescent of similar demonstrations enacted by Hispanic andLatin-American people around the country May 1st, 2006.  An economic boycott has also been suggested.

What I am sooo very proud to see and announce is the CALL TO POSITIVE ACTION.  Organizaers of the day have asked for a massive “volunteer-in” – take the day off from work and go do service at a local vounteer organization to HELP OTHERS!!!!

from the site http://www.daywithoutagay.org:

Gay people and our allies are compassionate, sensitive, caring, mobilized, and programmed for success. A day without gays would be tragic because it would be a day without love.

On December 10, 2008 the gay community will take a historic stance against hatred by donating love to a variety of different causes.

On December 10, you are encouraged not to call in sick to work. You are encouraged to call in ‘gay’–and donate your time to service!”

I COULDN’T HAVE SAID IT BETTER MYSELF! This is the type of action we need to be taking to move our cause forward. This will give us infinite gains in the long run!

Way to go guys! Here’s to the organizers: Sean Hetherington and partner. Congratulations for setting the stage for a new activism that will achieve results, not just token news coverage and angry reactions. (Most fools recognize when you respond to love with anger, it just looks really stupid! :-0)

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Contact organizers and share your stories: info@daywithoutagay.org

🙂 MsQueer

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The Birthday Gift That Keeps On Giving! Laurel Holloman Fans Rock!
November 24, 2008

It all started with a handful of dedicated Laurel Holloman (actress portraying Tina Kennard in The L Word) fans wanting to show their appreciation and admiration for her off-camera work in support of humanitarian causes. So they got together and started an online campaign to donate $10,000 to Doctors Without Borders, one of Laurel’s chosen charities.

Word spread like wildfire through chat rooms, electronic bulletin boards, message boards and “threads” on TLW and ShowTime websites as well as others. The goal of $10,000 was quickly surpassed and by the time Laurel’s birthday came around, there had been better than $14,000 raised.

Contributions continued to come in from all over the world, and by early fall some of the organizers sent the word out to ask about a holiday “push.”  This would be an especially significant gift in that The L Word will be airing its final season of first-run shows starting this January, 2009.  The response was again overwhelming. In the past few days, generous fans topped the $20,000 mark at the official donation site

www.firstgiving.com/laurelhollomanonline

There’s a recorded acknowledgement from Laurel to her fans at http://www.laurelhollomanonline.com/media/sound/dwbthanks.html

More information is available from two previous MsQueer posts:

https://msqueer.wordpress.com/2008/04/28/loving-fans-donate-to-actress-favorite-charity/

and

https://msqueer.wordpress.com/2008/08/05/tlw-laurel-fans-still-supporting-doctros-without-borders/ (where you can view a video created by LH fan Hereden about Doctors Without Borders worldwide work.)

There is also a Happy Birthday Blog that was created by fans for Laurel at

http://laurelsbirthday.wordpress.com/

LET’S KEEP THE GIFT

KEEP ON GIVING!

Go to www.firstgiving./laurelhollomanonline

😉 MsQueer

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Gay Buying Power: A Force To Be Reckoned With
August 24, 2008

Consider that with the political climate still being somewhat less than accepting today, the number of “out” LGBT persons is merely the tip of the iceberg. 

Now consider this: In 2006, an estimated 15.3 million Lesbian and Gay consumers had a combined buying power of over 600 Billion Dollars

According to source Harris/Witeck-Combs, 72% of LGBT consumers prefer to buy from companies that advertise to them directly; 

89% are highly likely to seek out brands advertised to them, and a majority will pay a premium for quality products and services (source: Simmons). 

The median combined household income of gay couples is 60% higher than opposite-sex couples (source: OpusComm Group);

Compared to the national average, gay people are three times more likely to choose to live in racially, ethically and culturally diverse communities (source: Gertler and Vinodrai);

Creative and innovative people driving the tech economy seek places high in cultural, racial and ethnic diversity, including gays and lesbians (source: Gary Gates and Brookings Institute).

Reference article: http://www.expressmilwaukee.com/article-2374-the-gay-and-lesbian-market.html

Here are some additional facts from the Outlook Media 2007 Media Kit. (Outlook Weekly is “a lifestyle and advocacy publication for the Ohio queer community.” )

“Gay Americans are twice as likely to have graduated from college, twice as likely to have an individual income over $60,000 and twice as likely to have a household income of $250,000 or more!”

“According to Harris Interactive Research, gay purchasing power is expected to top $690 Billion Dollars in 2007!”

That’s a lot of purchasing power, not to mention, a lot of potential influence. Today, more than ever, LGBT people need to look at how to wield our “buying power.”  How, where, when and why we focus our dollars needs to be about more than choosing a car, vacation, or beer…

There are gay philanthropists making the news this election year for their work in helping to support candidates and issues that are lgbt-friendly. We need more of this on a local and national level. 

I found an excellent article on Bettys’List – LGBT News and Services titled, “The Rising Tide: Philanthropy & Volunteerism in the LGBT Community” 

Ref= http://www.bettyslist.com/rising-tide.php?a=1569  -MsQueer

©2008 MsQueer.com. All rights reserved.

Philanthropy and Political Advocacy

By Jeff Lewy

Philanthropy, as we’ve noted in earlier articles, is a way to support and promote social change.  That change is lasting when it transforms the attitudes of individuals, one at a time, until society as a whole is transformed.

However, philanthropy by itself cannot ensure the implementation of social change.  We need to promote political change as well, so that the attitudes and ideas of the public are implemented widely and promptly.

As someone with philanthropic and charitable feelings, you are probably thinking: “It’s common knowledge that philanthropy is tax-deductible – and that political action isn’t.  So I can’t do anything about politics, because the IRS won’t let me, since political contributions aren’t tax-deductible.”  However, that “common” knowledge has two serious flaws.  

The first flaw is failing to fully participate in the political process, beyond voting.  And you ARE voting, aren’t you?   Remember – political giving is a vital element in electing political candidates who are in tune with current social attitudes and will support the changes you desire. Even though giving to candidates isn’t tax-deductible, it is an important way to see that the changes you value come to pass.  So give to the political candidates and organizations of your choice.  It can be money wisely spent to create and promote social change.

The second flaw is a common misunderstanding about what nonprofit organizations are allowed to do.  It is true that these organizations may not directly support or contribute to political candidates.  But they can engage in political advocacy to promote the social changes they espouse.

What does political advocacy mean?  Plenty!  A short list of activities in political advocacy includes:

  • Lobbying to influence legislation
  • Lobbying to influence decisions by administrative agencies
  • Litigation
  • Research and study
  • Nonpartisan analysis
  • Legislative comment (without a specific call to action)
  • Polling
  • Public education

These activities cover a lot of ground.  Many nonprofits work hard and successfully in all these areas, within the rules and limitations that govern their activities.  These organizations understand their limitations and will be glad to explain what you and they can (and can’t) do to help in the important work of political advocacy.  

In recent years, attitudes held by individuals throughout the country have become more favorable to LGBT people and our rights.  A majority now believes that LGBT couples should have many of the same rights as married couples, even if they don’t want to call it “marriage.”  A majority sees the benefits to society of allowing adoption and foster parenting by LGBT couples, preventing employment and housing discrimination, and ensuring hospital visitation, end-of-life decisions and inheritance by LGBT partners.

However, even if individual attitudes are changed, public institutions must change as well, if those new attitudes are to truly prevail.  Many public institutions are governments, so political activity is required to bring needed changes to reality.  Public acceptance must be translated into laws and administrative procedures before it becomes fully integrated and effective.

In these times when politicians on the right use the LGBT community as a wedge issue to distract voters from the important issues presented at the ballot box, we need to respond strongly to protect ourselves and to educate others not to impose restrictions on us that fly in the face of this country’s long and sometimes halting progress toward justice and equality.

In this sense, “politics” includes all branches of government – executive, legislative, and judicial, and all levels of government, from national to local.

Progress has occurred in many ways.  LGBT rights have made significant strides in the judicial arena; just think of the effect of Lawrence v. Texas, which decriminalized sodomy and affirmed our rights of privacy and sexual activity.  And the courts in Massachusetts have affirmed same-sex marriage in that state.

But there are many situations where public acceptance is thwarted by public officials – here in California, San Francisco’s action to affirm same-sex marriage was overturned by the state courts (although that battle isn’t over).  In 2005, the California Legislature passed a bill to make same-sex marriage legal in California – but the Governor vetoed the bill.

We can all think of many examples where the public’s acceptance of social change is not implemented.

So get involved, with your money and your volunteer time.  Consider donating to politicians, political organizations AND to nonprofit organizations that are doing the work for our rights.  And vote, every chance you get – in every local, primary, and general election!

2006 is an election year.  Elections make a huge difference in creating and implementing social change.  Get involved – as a citizen, and as a philanthropist.  Your future depends on it.

-MsQueer

©2008 MsQueer.com and Deborah Adler. All rights reserved.

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Annual Holiday Gala Fundraiser for The Trevor Project
August 13, 2008

“The Trevor Project is a nonprofit organization established to promote the acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth, and to aid in suicide prevention among that group.”

The Trevor Project Cracked Xmas 11
The Trevor Project Cracked Xmas 11

 

 Some highlights from Cracked Xmas 10, The Trevor Project’s annual December gala event, honoring Ellen Degeneres and Clear Channel Radio Los Angeles.

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TLW Laurel Fans Still Supporting Doctors Without Borders
August 5, 2008

Here’s a video made by one of the regulars on the Our Chart thread that was originated to create “Project Laurel” which began with honoring actress Laurel Hollowman (see post below) of The L Word with a birthday gift to her chosen charity, Doctors Without Borders.

An extraordinary effort through numerous online chat rooms and message boards, and fan threads on Our Chart,  raised $14,000 in less than 60 days, and the figure is still growing as the next phase of “Project Laurel” has taken fundraising efforts into the work place with people collecting at their offices and businesses and sending those contributions to Doctors Without Border through the http://www.firstgiving.com/laurelhollomanonline charity site.  To date the figure has just surpassed $18,000!

More projects are underway, including tables at local fairs and events staffed by volunteers who want to see the gift in honor or their favorite actress continue. Now that’s Fan Power!

Thank you, Hereden for this touching and heart-stirring creation! -MsQueer

see also the Birthday Blog created by Laurel’s fans at http://laurelsbirthday.wordpress.com

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