"We are scared." "We need saving."

This is how real LGBTQ people in Mississippi feel.

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raised towards $100,000 goal

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This is how real LGBTQ people in Mississippi feel.

Help us make Mississippi safer for our LGBTQ citizens

The newly created LGBTQ Fund of Mississippi raises money and awards grants to organizations providing needed services to Mississippi’s LGBTQ citizens. The Fund’s investments are focused on ensuring that all LGBTQ Mississippians can live safely and openly, without alienation, isolation, prejudice and/or discrimination.


$50,000 has been received from Out in the South as a contribution to the first round of grants, but there is a 1-to-1 match requirement attached to the Out in the South grant. That means we must raise $50,000 locally in order to meet the requirements of the grant. A founding donor and other individual contributors, including the first grant to be awarded from the Stonewall Gives Back Initiative have contributed toward raising the required match, but more support is needed.


Funding Goal
The initial fundraising goal, including the Out in the South grant noted above, is $100,000. Once this threshold is met the first round of grants will be made from the Fund. Reaching the first goal of $100,000 will also trigger two other major actions: (1) a public launch of the Fund, involving media, special events, and celebrations; and, (2) an endowment fund at The Community Foundation for Mississippi that will receive 10% of all future contributions, with 90% going directly into the grant-making funds. This action will ensure long-term sustainability and grant-making capability for the Fund.



Needs Assessment
A statewide LGBTQ needs assessment has been completed by a team of doctoral students at Mississippi State University. This assessment, sanctioned by the Institutional Review Board at Mississippi State, provides the most comprehensive information about Mississippi’s LGBTQ population that has ever been assembled. The Needs Assessment report is available at: https://lgbtqfundms.org/resources/

Direct participants’ quotes from the needs assessment are real and gut-wrenching:
“We are scared” ~ “We need saving” ~ “The state is frightening and violent”
“Living here keeps you in a constant state of paranoia about who might know what.”


Priority Recommendations

The identified priority issues found from the needs assessment described below will be guiding the funding during the Fund’s grantmaking:

Communities

  • Target outreach and recruitment strategies to the most underserved sub-groups of the LGBTQ population, including transgender populations and minorities, to strengthen networks and social integration.
  • Target LGBTQ resources and outreach into the most rural areas of the state.
  • Support efforts to provide stable, safe housing for transgender Mississippians.
  • Create material resource support mechanisms for LGBTQ people of color.

Health Care

  • Develop or support evidence-based transgender-specific healthcare education, advocacy, and training programs.
  • Support improved care coordination to connect physical and mental health services and providers in support of LGBTQ patients.
  • Build a resource guide for physical healthcare providers to increase the effectiveness of referral processes.
  • Strengthen coalitions between LGBTQ organizations and mental healthcare agencies and providers so that LGBTQ-identified clients will be aware of supportive providers and access to mental health services.
  • Build or support evidence-based programs to reduce alcohol
 and substance 
dependence thatare tailored specifically to LGBTQ populations.

Families and Children

  • Create networking and support opportunities to connect LGBTQ parents to one another and other members of their communities.
  • Reduce bullying and harassment of LGBTQ students in Mississippi public schools via evidence-based, data-driven approaches.
  • Revise institutional policies and curricula that ingrain LGBTQ discrimination into schools at the structural level.

Legal and Safety Issues

  • Increase LGBTQ voter registration and participation in local and state elections.
  • Support coalitional and intersectional efforts to decrease sexual violence against women by including specific support for LGBTQ women. Support efforts to decrease sexual violence against non-binary and gender non-conforming people.
  • Support coalitional and intersectional efforts to improve the relationship between law enforcement and people of color by including specific support for LGBTQ people of color.
  • Support efforts to improve the relationship between law enforcement and transgender and gender non-conforming populations.

Please join us in the effort to raise money to ensure services and supports are available to provide for the health and well-being of Mississippi’s LGBTQ citizens. If you wish to learn more ways to get involved with us, please contact info@LGBTQFUNDMS.org


LEVELS OF SUPPORT

$1,000,000 – Above ……………….. Grand Benefactor

$500,000 - $999,999 ……………… Benefactor

$100,000 - $499,999 …………...…...Grand Champion

$50,000 - $99,999 ……………...…...Champion

$10,000 - $24,999 ………..……….….Patron

$2,500 - $9,999 ………………………Advocate

$1,000 - $2,499 ……………………....Angel

$500 - $999 …………….….…………Promoter

$100 - $499…………….…………..…Supporter

$25 - $99 ………………………………Contributor