Mission Statements of the Charities of CLAW 19

Leather Charities (“National” Charities) ($46,750; 55%):

  1. Leather Archives and Museum ($23,000)
    Compiles, preserves and digitizes community history. Grant for general operating expenses, free museum Thursdays and Leather Preservation Project;
  2. Leather Heart Foundation ($9250)
    Provides emergency financial assistance to community members across the country;
  3. Team Friendly ($4000)
    Community volunteers fighting stigma of HIV through messages of love and support, effective conversation starters and a diverse product line;
  4. CARAS (Community-Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities) ($3000)
    Support in the study of alternative sexualities, and the dissemination of research results;
  5. National Coalition for Sexual Freedom ($3000)
    Advances equal rights for consenting adults who engage in alternative sexual and relationship expressions;
  6. Tom of Finland Foundation ($2500)
    Active community center in Los Angeles that protects, preserves, documents and educates about erotic art and erotic artists;
  7. Woodhull Freedom Foundation ($2000)
    Affirms sexual freedom as a fundamental human right. Produces annual Sexual Freedom Summit.

     

    Cleveland and Ohio LGBTQ and AIDS Charities ($29,750; 35%)

  8. LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland ($10,750)
    Provides a wide range of services to Cleveland area LGBTQ communities; grant funds SAGE (Services and Advocacy for LGBT Elders) program;
  9. Prince of Peace Neighborhood Center ($4000)
    Computers, gardens and other support to 600 families in Cleveland’s Stockyard area;
  10. Equitas Health - BRAVO Program ($1000)
    Offers culturally specific services and support for LGBTQI victims of violence;
  11. AIDS Task Force of Greater Cleveland ($2000)
    Provides compassionate, collaborative response to HIV/AIDS. Donation earmarked for the Jon Britton food pantry;
  12. Trials for Hope ($2000)
    Provides backpacks to LGBTQ+ Youth in crises including all day bus passes, flash lights, street cards to shelters and services, snacks and more;
  13. Cleveland Aquatic Team ($1500)
    Fosters physical health and fitness, friendly competition, and community-building within the LGBT community and straight allies;
  14. Equality Ohio Education Fund ($2000)
    Educates Ohio about LGBTQ equal opportunity;
  15. Center for Integrated Therapies ($1000)
    Individualized treatment programs of complementary alternative therapies for pain for persons with HIV/AIDS;
  16. B. Riley Sober House ($1500)
    LGBTQ+ sober living facility in Cleveland providing all a temporary, safe, affirming, recovery orientated living space;
  17. Plexus ($1000)
    Improves the workplace environment for LGBTQ individuals through education, research and development, enriching the entire community;
  18. Out Support, Inc. ($1000)
    Direct support, education and advocacy for the health and well-being of LGBTQ persons, their families and friends in Medina County, Ohio;
  19. Rock n Roll Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence ($1000)
    Promotes safer health practices and elimination of hate, stigma, prejudice, ridicule and discrimination;
  20. Blazing River ($500)
    Promotes the arts through community band music;
  21. Ursuline Piazza ($500)
    Education and support for low-income, chemically dependent, minority, or mental health suffering HIV+ Clevelanders.

     

    National LGBTQ Charities ($8500, 10%)

  22. Rainbow Railroad ($8500)
    Helps persecuted LGBTQI individuals travel to safety as they seek a safe haven from state-enabled harassment and violence.

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