Diverse Reader’s LGBTQ Push Back Charity Giveaway!

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Diverse Reader is thrilled to announce there are 224 of us authors offering to reward a lucky reader generous enough to give a little bit back to charity. The giveaway will launch on Diversereader at 9AM EST and run until 11.59PM EST on 1st May.
Donate to a charity or share donation links to enter!
To keep things simple, entries will be managed by Rafflecopter. Each participant can enter only once, by leaving a comment on the blog post naming the charity they’ve donated to, or whose donation links they’ve shared.
Once the entries are closed, Rafflecopter will randomly pick winners from the entrants, and Diverse Reader will match them up with donors on a first-come, first-served basis.
To the Giveaway!

LGBT people make up less than 10% of the overall population, yet 40% of homeless kids in the U.S. identify as LGBT. Of them, 68% cited family rejection for the reason they were on the streets. Studies have repeatedly shown that homeless LGBT kids are more at risk of being attacked, robbed, and raped than their heterosexual counterparts, more likely to engage in prostitution or survival sex, more likely to turn to drugs or alcohol, and more likely to attempt or commit suicide. Despite this, less than 25% of homeless shelters cater for or specifically target LGBT kids, leaving them at the mercy of individual organizations who can pick and choose who they help and who they abandon on the streets.

Changing laws and attitudes takes time, and right now there are LGBT people in need who can’t afford to wait. The sooner we can help them, the better, and the more resources we have, the more help we can offer.

That’s why 224 authors, review bloggers, and publishers have got together to offer something wonderful: a reward for people who do a little bit to give back to charity. Instead of spending $5 on a book in the next two weeks, give that $5 to an LGBT charity of your choice, tell us about it in the comments, and go into the draw to win a book from one of our participating donors. And because it’s not all about money, if you can’t make a donation then please take a moment to share a charity’s links and tell us about that instead.

Three fundraisers have been set up for this purpose and have Indiana at its heart:

#Pizza4Equality has all donations going to Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund.

Another fundraiser is aiming to raise $100,000 for Indiana Youth Group.

Finally, Planting Peace is trying to raise $100,000 to provide beds for homeless LGBT people.

Please consider giving to one of these deserving fundraisers, or any other LGBT charity anywhere in the world. We’re not telling you where you should donate your time and money, only asking that you do. The smallest things can make the biggest difference, and together, we can do something incredible.