6 Labels, Artists & Organizations Fundraising During Pride Month
Pride Month is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate how far we’ve progressed as a society in welcoming people from all walks of life. It also serves as a moment to reflect on the barriers that still exist that we should strive toward bringing down in our own ways. Showing support for Pride Month initiatives is one way to contribute to overcoming the bias. Here are a few Pride initiatives you can participate in.
Queer House Party Collective
Established in 2020, Queer House Party comprises support workers, homeless shelter workers, domestic violence workers, and community organizers. “We are queer, many of us trans, and many of us working class - together we are a party, but we are also fighting every day for a world we want to live in.”
The award-winning collective has released a new fundraising compilation EP, Now That’s What I Call QHP. The EP consists of eight of their favorite queer and trans producers supporting Calais Appeal, a collaborative fundraising platform for seven grassroots aid groups in Calais, France, providing food, clothing, and shelter for thousands of people.
Members of this collective have been campaigning and working in solidarity with refugee and migrant organizations for many years, raising over $2.5K in January.
Get involved by purchasing Now That’s What I Call QHP
TikTok announced a range of new initiatives to celebrate Pride Month, including live-streamed events, a showcase of LGBTQIA+-owned businesses, and was the presenting sponsor for LA’s Pride Parade.
TikTok is also making use of the demand for content related to the LGBTQ+ community, with nearly 124.6 billion views for #lgbtq on the platform. They have also gone beyond social campaigns for the LGBTQ+ community, donating more than $3 million to LGBTQ+ organizations like Sage and The Trevor Project.
TikTok will also showcase LGBTQIA+ businesses and SMBs throughout the month via the TikTok For Business and TikTok Small Business channels, accompanied by themed hashtags, Pride playlists, and creator spotlights, providing a range of ways for users to take part in the event.
For the Gworls
Founded by genderqueer artists Asanni Armon and Maahd, For the Gworls are a Black, trans-led collective that curates parties to fundraise money to help Black transgender people pay for their rent, gender-affirming surgeries, smaller co-pays for medicines, and doctor’s visits, and travel assistance.
They view the club as a safe haven for Black transgender people and, by extension, believe it is a tool to sustain Black trans livelihood. This Pride month, they are fundraising $750,000. This money will clear out the rest of their rent and affirmative surgery waitlists. It will allow them to continue funding rent, affirmative surgeries, and medical co-pays for Black trans people.
Donate directly to the campaign on their website
The Elton John Aids Foundation has partnered with Clear Channel and Ogilvy UK’s Proud network to launch LGBT-QR Codes – an innovative fundraising platform that debuts worldwide during Pride 2022.
The Elton John AIDS Foundation was established in 1992 and is one of the leading independent AIDS organizations in the world. The Foundation’s mission is to be a powerful force in ending the AIDS epidemic.
Sir Elton John’s image has been turned into an LGBT-QR Code, a fundraising tool that changes a functional monochrome QR code into an instantly recognizable icon. The images will appear across European cities and alongside Pride march routes throughout the summer, with each LGBT-QR Code taking users to a donation page for the charity.
Clear Channel and Ogilby will turn thousands of digital OOH (DOOH) screens into donation touchpoints driven by LGBT-QR codes, linking allyship and fundraising through one simple platform, aiming to go beyond the usual tokenistic LGBTQ+ support.
Scan the QR- Code to donate to the Elton John Aids Foundation
Amalia Marilyn and Callum Magnum
Amalia Marilyn, a black trans recording artist from Toronto, Canada, has teamed up with Techno producer Callum Magnum to build a music studio to collaborate as queer artists. The funds raised will go to procure equipment for their studio. The pair is looking to obtain a variety of integral pro gear, including audio interfaces, preamps, microphones, synthesizers, drum machines, and monitors.
Amalia blends enigmatic lyrical poetry with a musical production technique that incorporates elements of contemporary techno, goth rock, and dance-pop to produce a captivating aura that is all her own. Callum has run the iconic queer techno label Wet Trax since 2015. His production credits include work with Chippy Nonstop, Quanah Style, Deluxe Ultra, Ah-Mer-Ah-Su, and a variety of his own aliases.
Learn more about them and how to get involved here
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Community Bread is a queer-owned livestream and resource platform connecting audiences worldwide with marginalized artists so they can easily receive donations to offset economic hardship during the global pandemic. They’ve raised over $30,000 in support of over 50 international artists such as DJ Minx, Jasmine Infiniti, and CEM, as well as charity organizations like Trans Women of Colour Collective, The Ali Forney Center, ORAM, G.L.I.T.S., & The Trevor Project.
Community Bread features over 25 LGBTQ+ & BIPOC nightlife collectives that have been integral in building their local music and arts scene, from Singapore’s Eternal Dragonz to Bulto in Columbia. They also provide a directory of resources and financial opportunities for artists, venues, and businesses, as well as actionable means to fight against social and economic injustices.