So I next had the thought that for every bell-ringer I see this holiday season, I'd donate a certain amount to a local organization that serves homeless and/or low-income folks that doesn't discriminate. And that I'd let Salvation Army know that I was doing so. In my own region, I can donate to places like Stonewall Youth, ISIS House, Lambert House, Teen Feed, and Queer Youth Space Seattle, to name a few.
Which led to the creation of these queer dollars to put in the kettle instead (hat to to Jess!). This is not a new idea - other folks have done similar things in the past. I particularly wanted to showcase that this is queer money that the SA is losing out on, and make sure they knew about organizations that are actually getting it right and therefore receiving my donation. Because it's important to me that poor and homeless folks should not have to be discriminated against or proselytized to in order to get some help or some basic necessities of life.
|(A plain text box with the words "Instead of donating to the Salvation Army, I am donating to the following organization, which serves and does not discriminate against LGBTQ individuals:")|
I decided to use an image of Audre Lorde because a) she's AUDRE LORDE, and b) I like the punniness of the last name in the context of a protest against the Salvation Army.
For best results, print out on a color printer (though b&w will be fine, too). It's two pages, and the pdfs are formatted so that you can print on front and back. Or you could just print the front side and write your own message on the back.
Enjoy, print/copy, and distribute liberally! https://www.dropbox.com/sh/0jqfmcevc5zn09j/hdfHzdkBkb
And don't forget to donate to a deserving local org - feel free to share who you're donating to and where they are in the comments!
For more on the Salvation Army and this issue:
(I do not own any of these images or words. I borrowed an image of a 3-dollar bill from the interwebs, found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Queer_Dollars-3.jpg If it's your creation and you feel I have stolen your art, please contact me and I will either include your name as a credit on the bill or use different images.)
Contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Update: An intrepid friend has found the original creator of the 3 dollar bill and a few others (like a Canadian version)! http://www.angelfire.com/rock/sluttyrockstar/queerdollars.html Clearly many of us are thinking along the same lines.