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Ah yes, the holidays. The season of caring and sharing and extra-fattening foods.
The holidays can be a high stress time of year for LGBT folks, because holiday time means family time and not all families are as accepting as we would like them to be. And no one should have to deal with homophobic family members on top of trying to find the perfect gift for everyone on their list.
In this issue of BTL we have a holiday gift guide (see p. 21) as well as a little help from LGBT retailers in Ferndale (see p. 19) for our readers who live to shop. We encourage our readers to do their shopping at independent retailers, especially those aimed at the LGBT community. With the nation’s economy still luke-warm at best and the increasing competition of “big box” retailers, independent book stores and gift shops are finding it hard to stay afloat. The only way they can stay open is if people like you support them.
Of course, the perfect gift isn’t always a thing. Every year we worry about what to get the person who has everything. Why get that person any thing at all? There are so many great local and national organizations that now, more than ever, need support. Why not get gift memberships for your friends and family? Get them a subscription to the Affirmations newsletter or donate to the Human Rights Campaign in their name. Many LGBT advocacy organizations make it easy to give a gift membership for the holidays.
If giving gift memberships isn’t your thing, why not add the organizations directly to your holiday gift list? Why not send a check to The Triangle Foundation in addition to buying socks and handkerchiefs for Dad? Why not buy WRAP something from their Wish List after you pick up those earrings for your sister?
Right-wing leaders are aiming their guns directly at LGBT families and now is the time to support those organizations helping you to keep your rights or working to make sure you gain the ones you deserve as an LGBT person in your lifetime. The holidays aren’t the only time of year to give, but they are a time of year people make giving a priority. If you can find an extra thousand or even hundred dollars to buy presents for your friends and family, find a little more and give it to organizations fighting for you. It’s a lot like getting a present for yourself when you think about it. It won’t be the wrong size, it won’t break if you drop it, you won’t forget the batteries, and trust us, our agencies will like it. They’ll really, really like it.