Yesterday, we, along with many other sites, reported on transphobic comments Bay Area shoegaze band Whirr made towards Olympia-based trans-feminist punk group G.L.O.S.S. Many of the headlines and reports noted that Run For Cover Records, an independent label based here in Boston which released two split 7-inches and an EP from Whirr, had dropped the group a few hours after the tweets were made.
Yesterday, Run For Cover said they would never again work with Whirr, and today took things a step even further, announcing a donation of $3,000 to three separate LGBTQ organizations.
“In light of recent actions by an artist we were formerly affiliated with, we’ve decided to donate $3,000 to a non-profit organization supporting LGBTQ rights,” the label writes online. “After speaking to Sadie from G.L.O.S.S. we decided to split the donations equally amongst three different organizations of Sadie’s choice. Please check out all three with the links provided, there is an incredible amount of information and resources on all three sites that go far beyond my short summations of each. Also, listen to G.LO.S.S.”
We asked Sadie from G.L.O.S.S. to choose 3 LGBTQ organizations she wanted us to support. Please read about them here
Non-profit LGBTQ organizations: Interfaith Works / Sylvia Rivera Law Project / Black and Pink. Posted on October 21st, 2015
Interfaith Works Emergency Overnight Shelter is the Olympia, WA based homeless shelter that Sadie from G.L.O.S.S. works at. Their mission is to ‘advance the social inclusion and empowerment of the homeless through innovative practices of sheltering, mental health, and basic emergency needs.” IWshelter provides a 24 hour “Peoples House” which serves a wide range of needs for homeless people, and has for almost 25 years.
Sylvia Rivera Law Project is an New York organization that focuses on ‘increasing the political voice’ of transgender and gender non-conforming people, particularly with people of color and low income. SRLP’s goals include providing free legal services to low income transgender people, as well as ending sanctioned prison related discrimination based on gender identity. SRLP is an anti-oppression organization that fights for fair legal treatment for some of the most marginalized people in our country.
Black and Pink is an organization aiming to expose the American prison system for its violence and discrimination against the LGBTQ community. Black and Pink is a group of LGBTQ prisoners and formerly incarcerated LGBTQ people. Black and Pink is a feminist, anti-racist, organization fighting for queer liberation.
And take Run For Cover’s advice: Listen to G.L.O.S.S. via their Bandcamp.