cahill-doucet. This is who I was talking about. :-)
The NBA announced last week that 100% of the proceeds from Jason Collins jersey sales will benefit the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and the Matthew Shepard Foundation. They’ve pledged that the donation amount will total at least $100,000.
The NBA will also auction off his signed jerseys to raise money for the same causes.
Since he signed with the Nets on Feb. 23 and was added to the roster, Collins’ jersey has been the top-seller at NBAStore.com, the league said.
Collins wears No. 98 to honor the memory of Shepard, a college student who was killed in an anti-gay hate crime in 1998. Collins met with Shepard’s parents following Thursday’s game at Denver.
“I’m thrilled to work with the league to support two fantastic organizations, both of which work tirelessly to ensure LGBT youth get the resources and assistance they need to be successful in life,” Collins said in a statement.
This is the actual best thing. To buy yours — AKA make a large donation to these organizations and get a “free” jersey out of it — click here. (Full disclosure - I work at one of these organizations, but this would be totally cool even if I didn’t!)
The Salvation Army has a history of active discrimination against gays and lesbians. While you might think you’re helping the hungry and homeless by dropping a few dollars in the bright red buckets, not everyone can share in the donations. Many LGBT people are rejected by the evangelical church charity because they’re “sexually impure.”
The church claims it holds “a positive view of human sexuality,” but then clarifies that “sexual intimacy is understood as a gift of God to be enjoyed within the context of heterosexual marriage.” The Salvation Army doesn’t believe that gays and lesbians should ever know the intimacy of any loving relationship, instead teaching that “Christians whose sexual orientation is primarily or exclusively same-sex are called upon to embrace celibacy as a way of life.”
I’ve seen the discrimination the Salvation Army preaches first hand. When a former boyfriend and I were homeless, the Salvation Army insisted we break up before they’d offer assistance. We slept on the street instead and declined to break up as they demanded.
Why You Shouldn’t Donate to the Salvation Army Bell Ringers | Bil Browning via The Bilerico Project
It’s Salvation Army bell-ringing season again, so here’s your friendly reminder NOT to drop your dollars in their red buckets this year. Check The Week and Chicago Pride for information about the charity’s history of anti-gay behavior, including its most recent offenses. The Bilerico Project has suggestions for organizations you can give to instead, or you can track down a local secular charity in your area.(via gaywrites)
Just wait for it: the moment marriage equality advocates in Minnesota found out they won on Tuesday night. If you’re impatient, skip ahead to just before the 3-minute mark.
“People learning they won the right to marry” is my new favorite kind of video. This one’s in Maine. More.
This is now the most retweeted tweet of all time.