In honor of recognizing the fact that Dreamspinner Press is, as aforementioned, awesome, Sue Brown is going to be promoting Dreamspinner works on her blog to support them and the authors. We, of course, signed up.
But in lieu of offering a free book to go along with it, we've decided to do something else:
We're pledging a $25 donation to The Point Foundation, in honor of Dreamspinner Press.
The Point Foundation is a national LGBT scholarship fund organization that provides mentoring, financial support and leadership training to students who are marginalized due to sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. It has recently celebrated its 10 year anniversary, and it's seen rapid growth due to good financial decisions by its organizers.
We think that organizations like this are critical in a world where LGBT students can still be marginalized. Students - teens and young adults - already have enough stress and craziness in their lives, they shouldn't have to deal with bigotry on top of all of that.
And, well, their website says it more eloquently than I can:
Applicants to Point Foundation and subsequent scholars, turn to Point Foundation because their families are either unable or unwilling to support them and their goals for higher education. Each student has a compelling and inspiring story of overcoming incredible obstacles and hardships. Many have been cruelly rejected by their families, forced to leave home, and cut off from all financial support. Yet Point Scholars are excelling at our nation's most prestigious and demanding universities and colleges, while also leading in a variety of extracurricular and community service activities.
We think that The Point Foundation is doing amazing things, hence our donation.
Sue Brown has pledged to match our $25!
If anybody else wants to do the same, comment here or PM us on Facebook. We're going to list the names of donors here in this blogpost, and we're also going to tell Facebook about how awesome you are for supporting this. But your donation doesn't have to be $25 - it can be $1, it can be $5, it can be however much you want to give. Every single dollar really does help.
Donations of $25 or over mean that you have the option of making your donation in honor of whomever you wish. So let's celebrate Dreamspinner Press. Let's celebrate the fact that we can publish and read quality gay fiction. Let's celebrate the fact that we can reach out and giving a helping hand to people that need it.