Friday, June 04, 2010

QuEST Charity Shop

Well, since I've been posting a lot of pictures and paid posts lately, I'd thought I'd take a moment to share a link with you all to one of my favorite Etsy Street Team shops:

Now you might think this is just someplace we all add a few items to get the word out about out team, like many other teams do - there's not thing wrong with that - but we've decided to make our team shop a way for us all to give back to the community, and 100% of our profits go to the charity we have chosen.

Right now, all the money we make, minus Etsy & PayPal fees, is going to The Trevor Project. It is the first and only nationwide, around-the-clock helpline for gay, lesbian, bi, transgender, and questioning youth in the US. The project was named for the title character in the 1994 Academy Award-winning short film, Trevor, a comedy/drama about a gay 13-year-old boy, who, teased by so-called friends for being gay, attempted to take his life.

When HBO went to air it in 1998, the producers decided to post a phone number for a gay teen suicide hotline after the movie aired, in case others were facing the same kind of crisis. As one of our other team members said, "There was only one problem: There wasn't one."

Thus The Trevor Project was born. That was the biggest shock for me: that something like it hadn't been born in amidst the AIDS crisis of the 80s, that it took until the late 90s for anyone to even *THINK* that his might be needed. Today, in addition to the hotline (which can be reached at 866-4-U-TREVOR or 1-866-488-7386), The Trevor Project provides information, support, and resources for educators & parents as well as GLBT youth.

Won't you please help us help them ensure the safe and healthy future of our youth? Shop the Queer Etsy Street Team Shop and donate today!

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