Charity Debt: The Trevor Project

I'll be honest -- I've been thinking for a couple days about who I wanted to commit to donating to this month, and I was drawing a blank.  Not that I think there's a shortage of worthy charities in the world, but I've already listed pretty much all the ones that tend to jump to mind for me. So, I looked at what I had, and tried to figure out what categories of help I care about that aren't represented in that list.  The first one I came up with was education, but none of the charities I found jumped out at me as great ideas, right away.  The next category I searched was LGBT.

Sorted by star-rating, The Trevor Project is the first charity that comes up when you search LGBT on Charity Navigator.

I know of the Trevor Project mostly because of the Trevor Lifeline, a free suicide prevention hotline that they provide for kids around the country who are facing bullying, harassment, or abuse for their sexuality.  The number for that hotline is 1-866-488-7386.  This seems very much like the kind of charity that might have helped me, when I was younger, if things had been a little worse.  It's easy for me to imagine kids who need this.  Donating here is something I can do to make that thought a little more unrealistic.

Maine marriage rights ad

Xeni Jardin at Boing Boing has posted an ad by Why Marriage Matters (Maine), describing it as the "Best marriage equality ad ever."  I'm inclined to agree.

At the end of the ad, Mr. Gardner says, "This isn't about politics.  It's about family, and how we as people treat one another."  Earlier, he said,  "Marriage is too precious a thing not to share."

I don't know how much to say about this, because I don't want to take away from Mr. Gardner's message.  This ad shows a deep, powerful truth about the humanity and the suffering of individuals, and the incredible power people have to love.  When that kind of message shows up in a political ad, it's not hard to know which is the right side.

I was in Maine in 2009, when Maine had legalized gay marriage, affirming the equality of the citizens of Maine, regardless of their sexuality -- and when bigots led a campaign to repeal it, taking that legal equality away.  I hope the bigotry that held back the rights of non-heterosexual people in Maine, and around the United States, doesn't last.