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While our formation was announced surrounding the Orlando Nightclub Massacre, we remain active. In fact, we have spent the last 6-8 months formulating action items that will allow us to make serious strides in our mission to “serve as a liaison between the LGBTQ community and the Mayor. [To] provide viable recommendations on policies that will advance the social, economic, and political issues of all LGBTQ Houstonians and citizens in the City of Houston, including ending discrimination.”
We spent 2016 and 2017 in the organizing and listening phase of our work. Now it is time for us to get into serious action. We have held a Town Hall that served as an open forum for the LGBTQ community to have the ear of the Mayor, and we held a vigil on the one-year anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub tragedy.
At this time, we are in need of support to bring continue to bring these initiatives to life. The board received no funding either from the General Fund or any other City source.
What sort of donations are we seeking?
Financial contributions in cash
We will accept monetary gifts in any amount.
Examples of how the Board will utilize monetary donations include:
Expenses to promote community events and initiatives held by the Board via social, digital, or print media, including printing and mailing expenses.
Operational/logistical expenses of the Board such as web and email hosting.
Optional, modest travel reimbursement for our speakers invited to participate in our Speaker's Bureau intended for outreach and education across our communities.
Contributions of goods and services in-kind
The Board is in ongoing need of the following goods and services in support of our mission:
Venues for meeting space for our bi-monthly board meetings of approximately 30-40 attendees.
Venues for our larger scale events such as our upcoming LGBTQ Town Hall.
Media sponsorship to promote our events and initiatives such as our upcoming LGBTQ Town Hall.
Printing sponsorship for items like our Media Resource Guide, to inform local media channels about how to report LGBTQ issues and causes with accuracy and dignity.
Refreshments for our monthly meetings or for larger scale events.
Through our partnership with the Montrose Center, monetary and in-kind contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Contributions from businesses or organizations will be acknowledged on the board’s social media channels and website.