What We Do
Founded in 2001, Campus Pride is proud to call Charlotte home and is the only national Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning (LGBTQ) youth organization based in the South. Campus Pride believes strongly in investing in its local community and shaping LGBTQ advocacy locally for youth. In addition, nationally the organization has worked to improve the LGBTQ safety and campus climate at 1400+ campuses.
IMPACT OF COVID-19 - SPECIFIC NEEDS:
Campus Pride is not immune to the impacts of this crisis in our program and operations. With colleges taking the necessary steps to move to online learning rather than in a classroom setting and with individuals practicing social distancing, we are not seeing any program registrations for Camp Pride this July 2020 along with the cancellation of our annual fundraiser this March 2020. This equates to a critical loss of revenue that our organization relies on to pay rent, utilities and staff salaries.
With the current status of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Campus Pride is taking precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among our staff and volunteers while still providing services and resources to help support those most vulnerable in the LGBTQ and ally community. We have already taken steps to ensure the health and safety of our staff. Our office has been closed as of March 12, 2020 and our staff is working remotely. Our part-time administrative staff hours have been limited to five hours a week to focus on the bare essentials.
Campus Pride has focused programming efforts toward "NEW" digital programming as well as our online resources and services. These new programmatic efforts desperately need funding in order to continue to support LGBTQ+ youth who are already at high risk for depressiona nd other negative health harms. Examples of our new efforts include:
TIPS TO LAUGH, LOVE & COPE :: Through our social media platforms, our volunteers and student interns have created the "Tips to Laugh, Love & Cope" campaign to help support, find community and create a virtual safe space for LGBTQ and ally young people during this time.
CLASS OF 2020 VIRTUAL LAVENDER GRADUATION :: Campus Pride held the only national virtual graduation for LGBTQ+ college students honoring the achievements and celebrating the Class of 2020. Watch online: YouTube.com/CampusPride
SHOW YOUR CAMPUS PRIDE FOR PRIDE MONTH :: June is National Pride Month. Campus Pride is celebrating Pride Month for LGBTQ+ youth virtually. On Tuesday, June 30, the "Show Your Campus Pride" six hour long livestream broadcast will feature a diversity of LGBTQ+ youth singing, dancing, reading poetry and other forms of celebration. The digital event will be shared across all our social media channels and provide a way to uplift and engage together LGBTQ+ intersectional communities in Charlotte and across the country.
CAMP PRIDE :: For over 14 years, Campus Pride has held Camp Pride. This year we are not able to hold an in-person Camp Pride summer leadership training in Charlotte, NC. Our plans, if we have the necessary financial support, is to offer this program digitally to LGBTQ+ youth to build future leaders and create safer, more inclusive communities.
In addition, we have continued to provide updates and information on our online website CampusPride.org and our national benchmarking tool CampusPrideIndex.org.
WHAT WE NEED:
Monetary donations are incredibly helpful during this time as we do our best to support LGBTQ+ youth with digital events and learning opportunities. Please make a gift today if you can, visit the following web page to donate: https://www.CampusPride.org/Donate
You can also help by donating to the Campus Pride by ordering from our Amazon Wishlist and allowing Amazon to deliver directly to the shelter. Please visit the following web page to access our Amazon Wishlist: https://smile.amazon.com/hz/charitylist/ls/1YYEZ0528F9N9/
For additional information about Campus Pride, please visit this web page: https://www.CampusPride.org