QUEER CREATIVE COALITION COMING SOON
Many people are unaware of the philanthropic side of my life, but ever since I was 6 years old I have dedicated myself to raising money for various organizations in need. I have singlehandedly raised over $100,000 for various charities since I was eight years old, remaining the youngest person in the country to ever serve as an ambassador to organizations such as the American Diabetes Association and Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. At 11 years old, I was the youngest person to ever be nominated for The Man and Woman of the Year Award (how gendered, I know) where I raised over $11,000 in 8 weeks and came in second. Since then, I have been recognized by the White House under two administrations (YAY OBAMA) for my efforts as a volunteer advocate, and refocused my efforts towards the arts into my adult hood. In college, I founded PARK Productions, a non-profit 501c3 professional theatre company based in Pittsburgh with a mission to provide leadership opportunity and professional experiences to college theatre. Since the company's inception, PARK has produced over a dozen cabarets, concerts, readings, and fully fledged musicals, bringing in artists such as Alex Newell from the Fox hit show, GLEE, to downtown Pittsburgh.
In light of the recent call to action for the entertainment industry to be more inclusive of BIPOC and queer individuals, I thought it would be a great time to create an outreach program for trans/queer creatives and talent, in order to help foster and empower marginalized voices. I hope to launch with a website/group of trans peers very soon, but if you would like to be a part of this journey (whether you're queer or not) as an advocate, please feel free to donate below. Initial donations will help cover the startup costs, and allow us to launch with a clear mission/program soon. I look forward to keeping you informed on our journey! If you are a transgender creative, or performer, please feel free to fill in the form below, for us to keep you informed/involved.
Me in the midst of giving a speech on the importance of Diabetes Awareness for an A.D.A. event