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November 6, 2016
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Two Americas: The New Reality for LGBTQ Americans

As I write this, my partner and I about to leave for Borough Hall to get our marriage license. Today’s Supreme Court decisions on the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8 went largely as expected, yet I still found myself shocked and overwhelmed with joy that, for the first time in my life, I am able to marry the man I love with the full recognition of the law. No more “skim milk” marriages – now we have the real thing. This decision means that my partner can finally become a citizen and that we can at last […]
November 6, 2016
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Where is LGBT funding in the South?

In 2011 we saw a record-breaking $123 million in grants awarded to LGBTQ issues. However, the U.S. South saw less than $4 million of that historic sum. In fact, the U.S. South barely saw 3% of the year’s LGBTQ funding despite the fact that over a third of the U.S. population lives in the 13 states of the South (as defined by Grantmakers for Southern Progress). With an estimated 11 million “out” LGBTQ people living in the U.S., foundation funding for LGBTQ issues averages out to $11.20 per LGBTQ person. In the U.S. South, there are an estimated 3,438,872 million […]
November 6, 2016
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A Parisian’s take on Philanthropy’s Future

I am a love exile. I fell in love with a gay French man and everything in my life changed. There was no way to stay in Philadelphia with DOMA firmly in place. The only way we could stay together was if one of us had a complete and radical change to both our professional and public life. With years of immigration lawyers and wait-n-see not an option, our family’s solution was for me to immigrate to France to maintain our status. In doing so, we came face to face with a byzantine system of relocation. To survive, we had […]
November 6, 2016
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Love Note to Our Members and Supporters

We’re not even halfway through the year, but we are pleased to share the news that our members and funders have already contributed more than $800,000 to Funders for LGBTQ Issues. That’s more than we raised in all of 2012! We’re especially thankful to these leading funders who have provided generous grants to support our work:   Arcus Foundation California Wellness Foundation Ford Foundation Gill Foundation Jeff Chartrand Advised Fund Marguerite Casey Foundation Santa Fe Community Foundation The Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund The Kicking Assets Fund of the Tides Foundation An Anonymous Donor     Thanks to these […]