In Time of Critical Need for LGBTQ Americans, “Give OUT Day” 2017 is today
San Francisco, CA, April 19, 2017
LGBTQ Americans are in a state of urgent need: an administration actively hostile to the community now occupies the White House; homophobic and transphobic hate crimes have spiked following the election; over 130 laws attacking LGBTQ rights are pending in state legislatures around the country; and the one-year anniversary of the horrific Pulse shooting in Orlando is fast approaching. In this difficult climate, Give OUT Day, a national day of giving for the LGBTQ community, will once again coordinate a 24-hour online fundraising event to support over 300 LGBTQ organizations across all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia.
Give OUT Day 2017 will take place on April 20, 2017 from 12:00 am to 11:59 pm Eastern. Last year, Give Out Day raised over $550,000.
Throughout the day-long event, thousands of people make gifts to support a diverse array of LGBTQ nonprofits, ranging from the arts to social services agencies, advocacy groups to sports leagues, and community centers to health care nonprofits.
Give OUT Dayis a project of Horizons Foundation.
Founded as a community foundation of, by, and for LGBTQ people, Horizons has been supporting LGBTQ nonprofit organizations, leaders, and donors for more than 35 years.
On February 10, 2015, Deah Shaddy Barakat, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha were killed in their home in Finley Forest Condominiums on Summerwalk Circle in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States.
Barakat was a second-year student in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry, his wife Yusor was a North Carolina State University (NCSU) graduate planning to enter UNC Dentistry School in the fall, and her sister Razan was a student at NCSU majoring in architecture and environmental design.
Chapel Hill police arrested their neighbor, Craig Stephen Hicks, who had shot and killed the three people in a single attack.
On February 10, the Chapel Hill Police Department stated that their “preliminary investigation indicates that the crime was motivated by an ongoing neighbor dispute over parking. Hicks is cooperating with investigators.”
Hicks was charged with three counts of first-degree murder. On February 16, Hicks was indicted by a Durham County grand jury on three counts of first-degree murder and one count of discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling.
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Three people (two of whom were students) were killed
Deah Shaddy Barakat
Age 23, a Syrian American.A 2013 graduate of North Carolina State University who had majored in business administration, he was a second-year student in the UNC School of Dentistry. He and 10 other dental students were planning to travel to Turkey to treat Syrian refugees as part of a project organized by UNC-Chapel Hill School of Dentistry and the Syrian-American Medical Society. He also worked to provide free dental supplies to the homeless in his spare time. An avid fan of basketball, he married Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha on December 27, 2014. The couple had been married just six weeks when they were killed. An autopsy clarified that Barakat was shot multiple times in the head, chest, and upper extremities.
Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha
Age 21, a Jordanian American of Palestinian descent and the wife of Deah Shaddy Barakat. Born in Jordan, she emigrated to the United States at the age of six months. A 2014 graduate of North Carolina State University, she had graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, and was planning to enter UNC in the fall to study dentistry. Friends described her as “down to earth” and “understanding”, a happy newlywed eager to impress and please her husband. According to an autopsy, she was shot in the head and hip.
Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha
Age 19, a Jordanian American of Palestinian descent and a sister of Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha. Born in the United States, she was a sophomore in the North Carolina State University College of Design, majoring in architecture and environmental design. She was also dedicated to charity work, supporting charities like Global Deaf Muslim. An autopsy described her cause of death as a gunshot wound to the left side of the head.
Chapel Hill Shooting Victim’s Family And Friends Deliver Dental Care To Syrian Refugees
~Published on Aug 19, 2015~~
23-year-old Deah Barakat hoped to fundraise $20,000 for a summer trip to Turkey to provide dental care to Syrian refugees. After he, his wife Yusor and her sister Razan Abu-Salha were shot to death in North Carolina in February, donations in their memory reached over $533,000. His father, brother and dozens of volunteers delivered the funds – and smiles – on a recent trip to Turkey.
Donald Trump and his campaign rhetoric against Muslims is a major issue for Dr. Suzanne Barakat, sister of Deah Barakat, a victim in the Chapel Hill shooting. Here’s what she has to say to the current leading Republican 2016 Presidential candidate.
Donald Trump’s appalling reaction to a hate crime committed in his name
Two Boston men were charged Wednesday, August 19, 2015, in the beating of a homeless Mexican man. The victim was allegedly sleeping outside a subway station when brothers Scott and Steve Leader rummaged through his things, then started beating him around the face and neck and hitting him with a metal pole.
One witness heard the brothers laughing as they walked away.
Here’s what Donald Trump said when told about the alleged assault (according to the Boston Globe) at a Wednesday press conference in New Hampshire:
“I haven’t heard about that. It would be a shame, but I haven’t heard about that.” Then the crowd buzzed, and Trump added: “I will say that people who are following me are very passionate.
They love this country and they want this country to be great again.
They are passionate.
I will say that, and everybody here has reported it.”
Public figures who make hate acceptable, who fan the flames of fear, do enormous damage, both to our public discourse and to the lives of those they target and those they convince that acting on that hatred is justified.
Donald Trump is the nadir of the right-wing hate-mongering machine.
I would just like to say I am so sick of Trump and his racist speech’s. Who is fact checking anything that he says? I listen to him and is this what we want for a President? There are other people in this race we hear nothing about because it is all about Trump.
Yes I will vote for another candidate but this is silly and I believe someone has to put the brakes on this.
Just wanted to vent.
I’ve been wrestling with the idea to stop promoting, reblogging or sharing information about this “man” who professes to be so great, awesome and fantastic. A man who is arrogant, bombastic, loud mouthed, crass, pompous and possesses a “yuuuge” ego.
The reason behind this thought is because I’m one of the many who give him free publicity and shine the spotlight on his senseless words.
Had to look this one up: BLOVIATE
To bloviate is to talk, but not just to chat.
To bloviate means to go on and on and on and on, usually in a pompous way.
However, there has to be some way to stop this.
He’s insulted Hispanics, war heroes, women, his fellow candidates, other cultures, journalists and so much more.
The only way that his can be done is by keeping an eye on him, his actions and comments.
If left unchecked and, god forbid, becomes president, he will bring an era of incredible ridicule, destruction, disenfranchisement ans so much more.
I have a very hard time realizing that this may be what America has become or even worse, what it’s always been and the mask is coming off! Trump is the epitome of the “Ugly American“.