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To be is to do. ~ Socrates    /    To do is to be. ~ Plato & Jean-Paul Sartre

To be or not to be. ~ William Shakespeare    /    I am what I do. ~ Martin Buber

The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are. ~ Joseph Campbell
I could never be anything but myself. ~ Quentin Crisp

I exist as I am, that is enough. ~ Walt Whitman

We are what we pretend to be,
so we must be careful
about what we pretend to be.

 ~ Kurt Vonnegut

What you do is who you are. ~ Leonard Peltier

Do be do be do. ~ Frank Sinatra

Bread & Roses - Olympia - is part of The Catholic Worker Movement and serves, in love, the homeless, the poor, and the marginalized of Thurston County. They operate a transitional shelter for women. 

Downtowners - Olympia, WA - this 47 minute documentary was created by Jessica Eskelson and Nichole Ketcherside, two students from the Evergreen State College.  In September of 2004 they were given an assignment to choose a location and conduct a brief ethnographic observation. Both chose the downtown Olympia Transit Center as the site which lead to their observation that many of the youth who were hanging out there were homeless. In this film they explore issues such as sexual violence, public space, gender roles, street culture, and community perceptions. The voices of the youth inspire a connection and understanding seldom experienced by those who lack direct experience with the streets. Watch it here and online: and you can order the DVD from PiPE here:

The Family Support Center of South Sound- a community resource center offering a variety of services and programs for children and families in the heart of historic downtown Olympia.

Olympia Workers Resource - an educational resource for working people in the Olympia, Washington area. Links to resources and information pamphlets.

Partners in Prevention Education (PiPE) - Olympia, WA - engages homeless and at risk youth and adult allies in the goal of eliminating sexual and domestic violence as it contributes to homelessness and as it exists in street culture. PiPE achieves this though social change work, violence prevention education, and survivor support services including advocacy, therapy and support groups.

Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets (PSKS) - Seattle - support and services for area homeless youth and young adults. Founded in 1995, PSKS was a response to the growing number of homeless youth coupled with the significant shortage of available services for them. PSKS is a unique organization that uses the talents and experiences of homeless and formerly homeless young people to develop service strategies for their peers. PSKS programs: Core Membership, LEAP (Lasting Employment Advancement Program), RISK (Re-Inventing Steps to Knowledge), Donut Dialogues (a forum for peaceful interaction between police officers, local business owners, and homeless youth), Arts Initiative, Step Beyond, HYPE (Homeless Youth for Peace and Empowerment), Stepping Stones.

The Pride Foundation - A community foundation working to strengthen the lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual community today and build an endowment for tomorrow. They fund organizations and scholarships in the Pacific Northwest states of Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho and Alaska.

SideWalk - aims to end homelessness through coordination of resources and community engagement. "At SideWalk, we help people experiencing homelessness to make sense of the system. We help people to build incomes, access services, and find homes. Our volunteer advocates walk side-by-side with clients as they help them to navigate the service system. We are also working hard to improve the system itself. By partnering with local shelter providers, SideWalk has brought access to nearly half of the local shelter beds (for homeless adults) under one roof. Our clients no longer need to run around from agency to agency to find shelter for the night. SideWalk Advocates are the safety net for countless people experiencing homelessness who have nowhere to turn."

The Statewide Poverty Action Network - Washington - works to address the root causes of poverty with real solutions, to ensure everyone in Washington State is able to meet basic needs and have opportunities to prosper.

The Volunteer Center of Lewis Mason and Thurston Counties - for over 30 years, the Volunteer Center/RSVP has been helping solve problems in Lewis, Mason & Thurston Counties. The mission of the Center is to multiply resources to solve community problems through volunteer service. The all-ages Volunteer Center sponsors the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program. RSVP involves volunteers over the age of 55 to solve problems in our communities. - where Washington citizens can find ways to volunteer locally. It's all part of the 3-year Washington Alliance for Volunteer Engagement plan to provide Washington citizens with universal access to volunteer opportunities; and the national network.

Welfare Rights Organizing Coalition (WROC) - Washington state based with offices in Seattle and Olympia - working to change the welfare system so that it treats welfare recipients fairly and with dignity. WROC is made up of families who currently receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and families who have left TANF for low wage jobs and receive subsidies for child care, medical coverage or food stamps. WROC conducts Know Your Rights clinics for low-income parents and organizes Make Change groups for parents who use a particular community service. They offer referrals to volunteer legal advocates and community resources; training on how to talk to legislators; skill training in public speaking and working with the media.

Buying for Equality: A Guide to Companies, Products and Services That Support Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Equality - from The Human Rights Campaign You can read the report, download a pdf copy and order a print version from

The Corporate Equality Index is a tool from The Human Rights Campaign to rate American businesses on how they are treating gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees, consumers and investors. Companies use the index as a road map to equal treatment for GLBT Americans in the workplace and marketplace.

Center for Courage & Renewal (CCR) - based in Washington State - its mission is to nurture personal and professional integrity and the courage to act on it. CCP does this by helping people who wish to live and work more wholeheartedly renew themselves, reclaim their vocational vitality, and deepen their professional practice; supporting these people in becoming forces for positive change in their workplaces, professions, and communities, as well as in the lives of the people they serve; and contributing to the growing national conversation about reclaiming integrity and courage in professional and public life. Parker J. Palmer is founder and Senior Partner of the Center.

"Good work is done with heart as well as knowledge and skill, done with a depth of commitment that brings integrity and courage to the workplace. But workplace culture can make it risky to reveal our hearts. So we hide them – and sometimes lose them. By supporting teachers, medical professionals, clergy and others who want to reclaim their hearts, we bring new life to them, their work, and the people they serve." ~ Parker J. Palmer

Center for Gender Sanity - the 'Transitions That Work' consulting service for transsexuals who plan to transition on the job, their coworkers, and their employers has lots of resources on their excellent website. There are tips for people planning to transition on the job, a "Diagram of Sex and Gender"  teaching tool, lists of employers with transgender nondiscrimination policies and jurisdictions with nondiscrimination laws, and more

ChipIn - makes it easy to organize online group payments and fundraisers (“ChipIns”) in a quick, easy, and secure way, and for organizers to publicize their ChipIns, by providing powerful fundraising widgets that can be embedded in social media. ChipIn allows anyone to collect money for a personal cause, group purchase, or fundraiser using their own custom ChipIn page and for bloggers to create an interactive widget that allows them to raise money directly through blogs and other social media, including non-profit organizations which can engage a distributed network of supporters in “blograising” campaigns for major fundraising efforts.

City Year - part of AmeriCorps (a domestic program like the Peace Corp) where 17 to 24 year-olds can do a year of full-time community service, leadership development, and civic engagement. It's goals are: "to generate transformative community service, break down social barriers, inspire citizens to civic action, develop new leaders for the common good, and improve and promote the concept of voluntary national service."

The Colin Higgins Foundation - Colin Higgins was a screenwriter, director and producer. He is remembered for films including Harold And Maude, Silver Streak, Foul Play and Nine To Five. He created this foundation in order to further his humanitarian goals before he died of AIDS in 1988. The foundation assistis organizations that build the power and leadership of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and two-spirit youth. It has established two scholarship programs in memory of Colin Higgins at The Stanford University Department of English and The UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television to support graduate students and filmmakers whose work enlightens and enriches the human spirit. (The universities administer the scholarship programs.) The foundation also bestows Youth Courage Awards to individual LGBTQ youth who have demonstrated bravery in the face of discrimination, intolerance and bigotry based on gender and/or sexual orientation.

The Complete Guide to Transgender in the Workplace - a book by Vanessa Sheridan. (ISBN: 0313365849) - With the shift toward increased visibility for transgender workers occurring in many organizations throughout corporate America, Vanessa's new book is designed to meet the informational needs of business professionals who are -- or soon will be -- addressing these significant workplace transgender issues. This book can help organizations with useful tools, tips, guidelines, policy examples, practical information,  and a variety of resources that will enable business leaders and organizations who have transgender employees. It will also help workers struggling with their identities and will give strength to those who are secure, but have yet to come out.

An Epidemic of Homelessness - a December 2006 report by Nicholas Ray about homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth from The Task Force and National Coalition for the Homeless. Statistics, experiences in the shelter system and critical issues facing LGBT homeless youth, policy recommendations and more. (199 page pdf file)

FinAid: Financial Aid for Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Students - general, regional and campus-specific scholarship information.

Funders for Lesbian and Gay Issues (formerly the Working Group on Funding Lesbian and Gay Issues) - working to increase philanthropic resources to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organizations, programs and projects. Individual donors and grantmakers from private, public, family, corporate and community foundations who advocate for increased support of LGBT issues within organized philanthropy. Publications/research and funding resources.

The Racial Equity Campaign - a multi-year initiative by Funders for LGBTQ Issues to create healthy grantmaking institutions that embody fairness and inclusiveness and support the leadership of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people of color and their organizations. Through a community-based grantmaking initiative, original research and an array of grantmaking resources, the campaign aims to stimulate broader philanthropic support for LGBTQ communities of color.

The Gay Financial Network - daily news, investing, personal finance, insurance, business, real estate, retirement, career, family, arts & living and more.

The Gay & Lesbian Athletics Foundation - focuses on the acceptance and visibility of LGBT athletes in the professional, amateur, and recreational athletics. GLAF provides education, mentoring, and training on issues of sexual orientation and sport ~ fosters support networks for athletes and athletic organizations promotes positive role models and healthy lifestyles through athletics ~ and advocates inclusion, recognition, understanding, and respect among all members of the athletics community. 

The Gill Foundation - works to secure equal opportunity for all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity by providing grants to nonprofit organizations, strengthening the leadership and managerial skills of nonprofit leaders, increasing financial resources to nonprofit organizations, strengthening democratic institutions, and building awareness of the contributions people of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities make to American society.

Green America - a not-for-profit membership organization working to harness economic power—the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace—to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society - for a world where all people have enough, where all communities are healthy and safe, and where the bounty of the Earth is preserved for all the generations to come. Programs include: Living Green, Green Energy, Fair Trade, Climate Action, WoodWise, Boycotts, Sweatshops, Responsible Shopper, and Shop & Unshop.

Housing & Mortgages for Gay & Lesbian Couples - by - This guide will help to explain the different approaches that same-sex couples can take to getting a mortgage, establishing ownership of a home, and creating legal documents that anticipate any legal or property-ownership issues that might occur if the couple breaks up or one partner dies. is a news and information service providing editorial content and directory information in the field of mortgages and loans. It does not offer loans or mortgagess and it is not a lender or a mortgage broker. 

Housing Works - New York City - a community-based AIDS service organization dedicated to providing housing, healthcare, job training, and vital supportive services to homeless people with AIDS and HIV, Cylar House Art Therapy Gallery, Intensive Community-Based Case Management Program, The Print Positive Silk Screening Project, Peer Initiative/Deaf AIDS Services Project, Community Advocacy and Advisory Services, The Works Catering, and much more.

HRC's WorkNet - domestic partner benefits, non-discrimination policies, transgender issues, sample workplace policies, news in the workplace, and more. WorkNet can help you find information on: how to get domestic partner benefits at your company, which employers have LGBT-friendly policies, what you should do if you've been discriminated against at work, and he law in your state. - run by Action Without Borders is a global network of individuals and organizations working to build a world where all people can live free and dignified lives in a healthy environment. This site lists organizations, jobs, and more in 153 countries.

Kickstarter - an online way to fund creative projects, powered by a unique all-or-nothing funding method where projects must be fully-funded or no money changes hands. It is a way for artists, filmmakers, musicians, designers, writers, illustrators, explorers, curators, performers, and others to bring their projects, events, and dreams to life. A project is something finite with a clear beginning and end: someone can be held accountable to the framework of a project - a project was either completed or it wasn’t - and there are definable expectations that everyone can agree to. Kickstarter is not a place for soliciting donations to causes, charity projects, or general business expenses.

LGBT Community Foundations - established to meet the needs and improve the quality of life for members of LGBT communities, focusing on programs and resources on supporting new and emerging groups and building capacity of existing LGBT organizations both through direct grants and technical assistance, and on encouraging, promoting and educating LGBT people on how to become effective philanthropists.

LGBTQ Issues & Child Welfare - from The National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections (NRCPFC) at the Hunter College School of Social Work - including resources on LGBTQ Children and Youth, resources on LGBTQ Parents, resources from the States, Legislation, NRCPFC T&TA, NRCPFC information packets, PowerPoint presentations, bibliographies, and websites.

Minnesota Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender Educational Fund - a list all the GLBT Scholarship programs they know about in Canada & the USA. Includes: scholarships for GLBT students by state, scholarships for students with GLBT parents, internship programs for GLBT Students, and other lists of GLBT scholarships.

Money, Myths, and Change: The Economic Lives of Lesbians and Gay Men - by M. V. Lee Badgett, associate professor at the University of Massachusetts. "How does the standard of living of gay men and lesbians compare with that of heterosexuals? Do homosexuals make financial and family decisions differently? Why are the professional lives of gay men and lesbians dissimilar from those of heterosexuals? Or do they even differ?" published Spring 2001 by The University of Chicago Press

Moving the Margins: Training Curriculum for Child Welfare Services with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) Youth in Out-of-Home Care - Curriculum for Child Welfare services with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Youth in Out-of-Home Care - developed 2009 for the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund.

The Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance (MFHA) - promotes diversity in the hospitality and foodservice industries.

The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) - the resource and technical assistance center for a national network of community-based service providers and local, state and federal agencies that provide emergency and supportive housing, food, health services, job training and placement assistance, legal aid and case management support for hundreds of thousands of homeless veterans each year. NCHV also serves as the primary liaison between the nation’s care providers, Congress and the Executive Branch agencies charged with helping them succeed in their work.

NCHV's Background & Statistics - most often asked questions concerning homeless veterans, homeless veteran fact sheet, incarcerated veterans, number of homeless veterans and VA beds by state

The National Organizer's Alliance - NOA works to advance progressive organizing for social, economic and environmental justice and to sustain, support and nurture the people of all ages who do that work.  NOA has links to employment opportunities at progressive organizations, a retirement pension program, and more.

Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets (PSKS) - Seattle - provides support and services to Seattle area homeless youth and young adults. Committed efforts are targeted at providing stepping stones to transition youths from the streets to self-sufficiency and productive roles in community.

Queers for Economic Justice - "committed to promoting economic justice in a context of sexual and gender liberation. Our goal is to challenge and change the systems that create poverty and economic injustice in our communities, and to promote an economic system that embraces sexual and gender diversity. We are committed to the principle that access to social and economic resources is a fundamental right, and we work to create social and economic equity through grassroots organizing, public education, advocacy and research. We do this work because although poor queers have always been a part of both the gay rights and economic justice movements, they have been, and continue to be, largely invisible in both movements. This work will always be informed by the lived experiences and expressed needs of queer people in poverty."

The Queer Foundation's Effective Writing and Scholarships Program - Washington State - dedicated to improving the lives of queer youth and raising funds to provide financial and administrative support by offering $1000 scholarships to talented and gifted writers who haven't graduated from high school and who expect to attend a  college or university in the U.S.. Winners of the annual essay contest promote queer studies to improve the lives of queer youth. Collected, the essays form queer-the-curriculum materials for use in high schools to benefit all LGBTQ students.

On the Streets: The Federal Response to Gay and Transgender Homeless Youth - by Nico Sifra Quintana, Josh Rosenthal, Jeff Krehely - June 21, 2010 - Center for American Progress.

Out & EqualTM Workplace Advocates - champions safe and equitable workplaces for GLBT people, advocating building and strengthening successful organizations that value all employees, customers and communities. Services and programs include workplace related conferences, training programs, mailing lists and more. 

Pride At Work is affiliated as a constituency group of the AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor & Congress of Industrial Organizations) mobilizing mutual support between the organized labor movement and the LGBT community around organizing for social and economic justice. Pride At Work seeks full equality for LGBT workers in their workplaces and unions; works towards creating a labor movement that cherishes diversity, encourages openness, and ensures safety & dignity; educates the LGBT community about the benefits of union membership; and builds support and solidarity for the union movement in the LGBT community.

Project South: Institute for the Elimination of Poverty and Genocide - based in Atlanta, Georgia - a leadership development organization based in the US South creating spaces for movement building. We work with communities pushed forward by the struggle to strengthen leadership and provide popular political & economic education for personal & social transformation. We build relationships with organizations and networks across the US and global South to inform our local work and to engage in bottom-up movement building for social & economic justice.

The Rosenberg Fund for Children - founded by Robert Meeropol, son of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg - provides for the educational and emotional needs of children of targeted progressive activists, and youth who are targeted activists themselves. The RFC defines “targeted” as someone who has: lost a job; suffered physical or mental injury or disability; been harassed or discriminated against; been imprisoned; or died, as a result of their activism. “Progressive activities” are actions taken to further the beliefs that: All people have equal worth; World peace is a necessity; People are more important than profits; Society must function within ecologically sustainable limits.

Social Justice Fund NW (SJF) - dedicated to addressing the root causes of social, economic, and environmental inequities. Each year, Social Justice Fund NW raises funds from its members and friends, and then grants that money to to strategic and effective community-based non-profit social justice organizations in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming. Using an extensive, thoughtful process, they annually grant to strategic and effective community-based organizations and allows you to assist many different social change causes with a single contribution backed by the experience and research of their staff and members. SJF's vision is of a world that is just, equitable, and environmentally sustainable for all. This multicultural world celebrates and supports diversity, community, intergenerational collaboration, and self-empowerment. Their image of success is a region with a thriving network of community-based organizations and coalitions and an increasingly equitable distribution and sharing of power and wealth.

Sylvia Rivera Law Project - a collective organization founded on the understanding that gender self-determination is inextricably intertwined with racial, social and economic justice. Therefore, we seek to increase the political voice and visibility of low-income people of color who are transgender, intersex, or gender non-conforming. SRLP works to improve access to respectful and affirming social, health, and legal services for our communities. We believe that in order to create meaningful political participation and leadership, we must have access to basic means of survival and safety from violence.

Sylvia Rivera, 1951 to 2002 - a civil rights pioneer Sylvia Rivera was a veteran of the 1969 Stonewall uprising. Sylvia was a tireless advocate for all those who have been marginalized as the "gay rights" movement has mainstreamed. She fought hard against the exclusion of transgender people from the Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act in New York, and was a loud and persistent voice for the rights of people of color and low-income queers and trans people. More:

Tactical Philanthropy - the personal blog of Sean Stannard-Stockton. Sean is a principal and director of tactical philanthropy at Ensemble Capital Management. Since the blog’s founding in October of 2006, Tactical Philanthropy has become a leading voice in the online philanthropy conversation and a hub for people from donors to foundation executives to nonprofit employees to share their point of view.

They Are Everywhere. But We Refuse to See Them. Queers Without Money - powerful article by Amber Hollibaugh, The Village Voice, June 20-26, 2001.

National Advisory Council on LGBTQ Homeless Youth - includes national and local nonprofit organizations dedicated to advocating for increased support for LGBTQ homeless youth. To further their goal of increasing community awareness, The National Alliance to End Homelessness and National Youth Advocacy Coalition have published three new documents in partnership with Lambda Legal, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and the National Network for Youth: National Recommended Best Practices for Servicing LGBT Homeless Youth, Incidence and Vulnerability of LGBTQ Homeless Youth (pdf file)

The National Alliance to End Homelessness - a nonpartisan organization committed to preventing and ending homelessness in the United States.

VolunteerMatch brings volunteers and service organizations together. They have an online database with opportunities broken into interest categories. You can search it from a 5 mile radius of your zip code to a whole state, and also they list 'virtual' opportunities.

We Are Visible - a support community via social media. helping us all learn about the issues of homelessness and poverty in a safe, friendly environment, providing encouragement and resources to each other. twitter: @wearevisible • facebook:

Young, Gay And Homeless: Fighting For Resources - This November 20, 2011 NPR Weekend Edition Sunday audio interview and article by Margot Adler is about the studies and stories of homeless youth in New York City and other big cities where, depending on the study, somewhere between 30 and 40 percent of homeless youths identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. It is also about organizations that serve homeless LGBTQ youth: New York City based Safe Horizon's Streetwork Project and The Ali Forney Center.


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