This is Thanksgiving week for those of us in the United States and for Americans abroad. It is a holiday associated with family and friends, get togethers and dinners surrounded by those we love. Traditionally it is also a time we give thanks for the things we have, from health and happiness to work and a place to live and call our own. These are things that we may take for granted and others are bereft of. Some by choice, others by force, and many more by fate and a fluctuating economy that seems to favor the wealthy while leaving the rest behind.
Here are some agencies and shelters that could use our help in these times of need. Notice the scarcity of LGBTQ shelters, including the lack of one in the DC Metro area:
- Ali Forney Center:
The mission of the Ali Forney Center “is to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning (LGBTQ) youth from the harm of homelessness, and to support them in becoming safe and independent as they move from adolescence to adulthood.” To learn more about this charity or to donate directly, please visit their website: http://www.aliforneycenter.org.
- Lost-n-Found Youth, Inc.:
Lost-n-Found is the outgrowth of Saint Lost and Found, an LGBT homeless youth fund project of the Atlanta Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.
Founded by Rick Westbrook, Art Izzard, and Paul Swicord after each of them experienced being turned away when attempting to place queer youth into local shelters and youth aid programs, the three resolved that something needed to be done to address the immediate need. Their website: http://lostnfoundyouth.org/
Most areas have several food banks in need of canned goods and nonperishables this year. Here are some in the Metro DC Area:
There are so many worthy organizations out there competing for your attention and assistance. If you aren’t sure of the organization’s viability as a charity, check with the Charity WatchDog Group with the American Institute of Philanthropy which lists the tops organizations with regard to the amount of money that goes directly to the charity involved. Here is the link http://www.charitywatch.org/toprated.html.
If you know of other LGBT youth shelters or organizations I have left out, please forward the information to me for future use.
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and Hanukkah. I have a wonderful week ahead in reviews. This includes Astrid Amara’s wonderful story Sweet and Sour, Eden Winter’s Corruption, a great anthology, an enchanting fantasy by Alex Beecroft and a timely new release and author blog by Ally Blue that focuses around the relationship of two men who are homeless, Long The Mile:
Monday, Nov. 25: Corruption by Eden Winter
Tuesday, Nov. 26: Sweet and Sour by Astrid Amara
Wed., Nov. 27: Bar None Anthology
Thurs., Nov. 28: Too Many Fairy Princes by Alex Beecroft, HappyThanksgiving!
Friday, Nov. 29: Ally Blue Author Spotlight and Guest Blog for Long The Mile
Sat. Nov. 30: Long The Mile by Ally Blue