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LGBT Detroit Puts Out the Call for Much-Needed Holiday Donations

By |2020-11-25T13:37:57-05:00November 25th, 2020|Michigan, News|

Despite statewide lockdowns due to the novel coronavirus pandemic and the trend of nonprofit organizations closing their doors during this time, the staff at LGBT Detroit has remained busy in 2020.
“COVID-19 has changed the landscape and mood in which we operate, but that hasn’t stopped us,” said LGBT Detroit Executive Director Curtis Lipscomb. “Because of the ingenuity of our volunteer board of directors, LGBT Detroit hosted the monumental 25th anniversary of Hotter Than July, emotional well-being programming, voter engagement outreach, Census capturing, and a myriad of other events — virtually.”
Ingenuity, indeed. Lipscomb said that the projects the agency takes on and the way it manages them has fluctuated in this very unusual year.
“While what we do continues to evolve, there are a few constants,” he said. “The first is you. You are at the foundation of what we do. This is always a guiding principle as LGBT Detroit continues its work. Whether we’re six feet apart or meeting virtually, the goal is the same: crafting and unifying voices within the movement. We understand LGBTQ voices speak volumes to the needs of physical, emotional and financial well-being. [This is] the heart of where our work lies.”
Like many agencies, LGBT Detroit has been hit hard financially this year, and not all of the planned fundraising for the year was possible thanks to the pandemic.
“Our partners, donors, and active community members fuel LGBT Detroit and enable us to do this work,” Lipscomb said. “For you, we are grateful, and we hope that we can continue to count on your support and that you will make a gift this year. For years to come, we hope to extend our arms to offer comfort, healing and strength in our community. Your generous tax-deductible gift of $20, $50, $100, $250 or $500 will be the important boost we need to carry on this mission.”
And no matter what 2021 has to offer, Lipscomb said the agency is prepared to meet the challenges and continue its mission.
“LGBT Detroit hears the call to action and is here to help. As direct and indirect programs come into a new year and continue to grow, commitment to meeting the needs of the Black and Brown LGBTQ community and allied family becomes even stronger. The message is resounding — the movement deserves change, wellness and, even in its greatest challenges, prosperity.”
To make a donation to LGBT Detroit this holiday season, visit lgbtdetroit.org/give.

About the Author:

Jason A. Michael
Jason A. Michael earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Wayne State University before joining Between The Lines as a contributing writer in 1999. Jason has received both the Spirit of Detroit Award (presented by the Detroit City Council) and the Media Award from the Community Pride Banquet & Awards Ceremony for his writing and activism. Jason is also an Essence magazine bestselling author having written the authorized biography "Strength Of A Woman: The Phyllis Hyman Story," which he released on his own JAM Books imprint.