Gift Guide Part II: Charitable Giving for The dapperQ Who Has Everything

dapperQ’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide Series (for 2012, click here):

+ Part I: Holiday Shopping Guide for Your Austin, TX dapperQ
+ Part II: Charitable Giving for The dapperQ Who Has Everything
+ Part III: TK’s Butch Queen Wish List
+ Part IV: For Your Femmes
+ Part V: For the Extra Smooooooth dapperQ

We all know these people: the ones who already seem to have everything you could possibly give as a gift. Ties? They have hundreds. Cuff links? Thousands. Vintage barware? There isn’t a snifter they don’t have. If you’re trying to figure out what to give to a person who doesn’t actually seem to want for anything, you can instead give to a worthy cause in their honor.

Even a small gift can go a long way to helping a worthy cause. We here at dapperQ have a few suggestions for a gift sure to mean something special – not just to the person you’re giving in honor of, but to the organization you’re giving it to.

1)    The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice*
Astraea is a New York-based public foundation that gives grants and other support to lesbian- and trans-led organizations around the world. Astraea supports small organizations that work for LGBTQI rights – fighting oppressive laws, creating community, and using technology and the arts to advance social justice. Astraea grantees are largely people of color- and lesbian- or trans-led organizations – those who have the hardest time finding funding due to racism, homophobia, and transphobia. For the dapperQ with a global imagination, Astraea is the way to go.


2)    The Brown Boi Project
Based out of the Bay Area, the Brown Boi Project is, to quote, “a community of masculine of center womyn, men, two-spirit people, transmen, and allies committed to transforming [the] privilege of masculinity, gender, and race into tools for achieving Racial and Gender Justice.” They lead workshops and publish articles about transforming masculinity – something all dapperQs should be thinking about! – and they are one of the few organizations that do so with cis men, trans men, and masculine-of-center queers. They’re revolutionaries, and you should support them:

brown boi projectBrown Boi Project image by Miki Vargas Photography

3)    A local organization that means a lot to your recipient
It’s not just about shopping local – it’s about giving local. The organizations where you live (or really, your recipient lives) are not only more likely to impact your community directly, but smaller organizations are often most in need of financial support. There’s probably a community center, LGBTQ youth group, local abortion fund, legal aid center, immigrant organization, small theater, food bank, or any number of other organizations that need your support and would be thrilled to say thanks to the dapperQ you love (or like!) on your behalf. Take care of your community’s needs!

* Note: I do work at the Astraea Foundation! I also donate; I think it does amazing work and more people should know about it.

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