Dear Friend of Free2Be and the LGBTQ South,
For the past 5 years GLBT Advocacy & Youth Services, Inc., now doing business as Free2Be, has been positioned as a leading organization representing the LGBTQ people of Alabama and the South. With your support we have advocated successfully for under-represented minority groups while providing direct social services designed to meet the needs of LGBTQ people.This year Free2Be was positioned to be the only organization in Alabama to receive Federal funding to create culturally specific programming to support to LGBTQ people and our family members who are victims of violent crimes such as domestic violence, sexual assault, and intimate partner violence. With this funding we are supporting the health and safety of LGBTQ people across Alabama through the Free2Be Safe Anti-Violence Project.With these amazing opportunities comes the need to increase our financial support from you, our friends. Our current Federal funding is based on reimbursements. This means we must raise several thousand dollars in order to begin the process of spending money on programming so that we may then receive the grant funding in the form of monthly reimbursements. Increasing our current fundraising is essential to our ability to re-apply and to receive future grant awards for this extremely important work.All of us here at Free2Be are thankful that you have joined us in our mission to build a compassionate and inclusive society. I have included links and summaries of the wonderful things that the agency is doing with the support we receive as well as the link to where you may give your gifts online. You may also mail them to us at the address at the end of the newsletter.I wish you a wonderful Holiday Season and invite you to continue with us on our amazing journey in 2015!
The Free2Be Safe Anti-Violence Project provides help and support to LGBTQ and HIV-affected people of Alabama when they need it most. Every year LGBTQ people are beaten, harassed, and killed just for being themselves. Many cannot find safety at home or in their intimate relationships. Free2Be Safe AVP provides crucial services for people who need help and support:
- Therapeutic support groups for survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, and children experiencing trauma after witnessing acts of violence.
- Peer support groups for LGBTQ youth, LGBTQ young adults, and adults who are Transgender.
- Nationwide referrals for services.
- Public education and prevention services.
- All Free2Be Safe AVP services are provided free because of the support of generous donors and grant funding through the Victims of Crime Act and the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act.
Save the date! June 21st 2015 – Huntsville’s Historic Depot & Roundhouse
North Alabama’s Celebration of Diversity and Equality. Building a compassionate & inclusive South by bringing diverse individuals, groups, and communities together!
* Rocket City Pride benefits the Free2Be LGBTQ Resource Center & the Free2Be Safe Anti-Violence Project.
Bringing you conversations, spoken word poetry, & music from our friends around the World! Hosted by activist and advocate for the LGBTQ community and founder of Free2Be James Robinson