Support Side by Side and LGBTQ+ youth in Virginia this #GivingTuesday (Tuesday, November 28, 2017).

Here are some simple ways you can help us secure resources for our work:

  1. Donate this #GivingTuesday on Facebook - This #GivingTuesday Facebook and the Melinda & Bill Gates Foundation are matching every donation made to non-profits through their Facebook portal. Simple visit our page (www.facebook.com/sidebysideva) and click the blue donate button to double your gift! (Donations must be made on Tuesday, 11/28/17 in order to be eligible for the match).
  2. Share your #MyGivingStory - On Tuesday, November 28th share why you support the work of Side by Side on Social Media and be sure to tag Friends of Side by Side so we can share it too! (see Cameron's example below)
  3. Donate Items from our Amazon Wish List - Support Side by Side youth by donating items they need as well as donating items we need in our Richmond Youth Center.
  4. Shop Amazon Smile - Every time you shop using http://smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate to Side by Side! Simply select us as your designated charity and shop away.

by Cameron McPherson, Side by Side Board Member & Former Youth

I came out more than 17 years ago at the age of 14. I was lucky to have extremely supportive family and friends. At Side by Side (then, ROSMY) I laughed, learned leadership skills, and formed lifelong friendships. I also found out that my “comfortable” coming out wasn’t always the norm.

Friends talked about rough family situations and bullying at school. I was grateful – and still am – that Side by Side provides a safe space and lifeline for LGBTQ+ youth in Central Virginia.

The times and technologies have changed, but the needs of LGBTQ+ youth remain as homophobia and discrimination persists in our schools and communities. In a survey of Side by Side youth, 95 percent said they “feel like they matter” after attending programs. I want them to KNOW they matter.

All youth deserve a safe and supportive place where they can be themselves – and we need to show them we’re on their side. That’s why I’m supporting Side by Side this #GivingTuesday.