This is a letter from two gay dads who have raised thier son in LA with the support of the LA Gay & Lesbian Center’s Family Services Program. Please read and contribute as you are able.
Over the past five years, the Family Services program at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center has been funded by a grant from First 5 Los Angeles. The grant ended this past June and is nonrenewable. This program is in imminent danger of being eliminated from the Center’s budget, and it’s up to us to make a bold move.
We are writing to ask you to help save the Family Services program by making a donation today. Its budget is $260,000, and the Center staff has committed to raising 75% of that through private fundraising efforts. They have asked us — the clients of the program — to raise the remaining $65,000. We need your help to make that happen by December 31st.
LGBT families live with unique challenges and opportunities. The Family Services program offers targeted support:
- Family Fun Days and smaller group playdates help our children meet and become friends with children in similar families;
- The Back to School with Pride Conference prepares us as our children enter school;
- Rainbow Family Camp provides a relaxed, fun environment where we can celebrate our families in an open atmosphere and establish family traditions; and
- Individualized support from program staff helps families in crisis. When our children are bullied in school or we need advice to navigate difficult situations, we can find support and solutions here.
Sure, LGBT families can survive without these services. We want them to thrive. By making a gift today, you sustain these programs and keep them available to all families, regardless of their finances.
A gift of any size will push us toward this goal. Can you join us today to save these programs? Your gift will make an immediate difference.
John & Duncan Crabtree-Ireland