Brunch pop-up raises money for LGBTQ organizations

Brunch pop-up raises money for LGBTQ organizations

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A local pop-up brunch is raising money for organizations committed to LGBTQ social-justice work with a potluck fundraiser June 24 at the Asian Arts Initiative. 

Philly Queer Brunch is a monthly community-led social event that supports more than 20 LGBTQ and allied organizations, including The Attic Youth Center, Galaei, Philly Dyke March, the March to End Rape Culture, the LGBT Center of Central Pennsylvania, the Philly Childcare Collective and the Community Bail Fund. The collective travels throughout the city hosting potluck-styled fundraiser brunches open to the public.

PQB is comprised of local organizers who wanted to find a way to support LGTBQ groups while providing a space for the community to come together, said co-organizer Lindsey Nice.

“PQB was created to center the voices and experiences of queer and trans women and nonbinary and gender-nonconforming folks,” Nice said. “We wanted to provide financial support to organizations fighting on the behalf of the community. Aside from that, we also wanted to create a space welcoming and accessible to all for fun, food and, more importantly, community-building. We want to provide an inclusive space for anyone looking for a relaxing socializing event.”

Proceeds from this month’s brunch will go to Girls Rock Philly, a youth-centered music organization dedicated to building an intergenerational community of girls, women and transgender and gender-nonconforming people.

Melanie Hsu, Girls Rock Philly’s community organizing director, said that PQB’s fundraising efforts are redefining the meaning of community.

“We are so honored to be receiving support from Philly Queer Brunch. They’re supporting and uplifting our work so that we can continue to empower girls, women and trans women and gender-nonconforming people through leadership,” Hsu said. “The word ‘community’ became a buzzword in the nonprofit world so it often feels disingenuous when mentioned. PQB provides a new sense of community and support with what they do.”

The brunch features collaborative creative projects such as rally posters, holiday cards, zines and other activities recommended by attendees. Guests fill out a feedback survey following the brunch with suggestions on what should be included at future events.

The brunch is free, and will take place from noon-3 p.m. Organizers provide the brunch, but guests are encouraged to bring food or drinks (no alcohol). A cash donation of $5-$15 is suggested but not required. Guests can also donate online to the featured organizations. 

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