The L Project selected Charities

 

Many people have asked us why we have chosen these charities to support when there are so many great things going on throughout the world that seem aligned to our cause.

 

What we ask you to understand is that we, Sofia and Georgey, had no idea how global the coverage would be for our initial project "It Does Get Better", and the benefitting charities were pre-selected for personal reasons - which we will explain.

 

We get a lot of emails asking if we intend to widen the charity beneficiaries. Our stance is that each project we undertake will have designated charities, the money for which will be raised through the creation of the relative 'product'.

Please do not write asking us for money, as the old saying goes, refusal often offends! We raise funds for specific charities per project, and do not have funds left over. When the next project is initiated we will look further afield for other promising initiatives to help aid, at which point we will provide a submissions form that we will advertise through our facebook page.

 

 

Since Feb 11th 2012 you have helped us raise £9,583.76 for charities helping to combat LBGT bullying.

Introducing Mermaids

 

Chosen beneficiay for Project #2

 

We're All Human

 

Who they are, and what they do...

 

Mermaids is a UK charity committed to raising awareness about gender dysphoria and the extreme isolation and prejudice that many young people experience as a result of their gender variance. It was originally started as a support group in 1995 formed by a group of parents who were brought together as a result of their children's longstanding Gender Identity Issues. They help parents and children as they go through the difficulties and trauma that gender issues commonly bring to families.

 

We think this is a incredibly important group to support - there is still so little general understanding about transgender issues, and groups like this are invaluable to those seeking support.

 

 

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Russian LGBT Network

 

Chosen beneficiay for Project #2

 

We're All Human

 

Who they are, and what they do...

 

The Russian LGBT Network is an interregional, non-governmental human rights organization that promotes equal rights and respect for human dignity, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. They unite and develop regional initiatives, advocacy groups (at both national and international levels), and provide social and legal services.

 

We really like their mission statements and their aims - but we chose this organisation because we're aware that even though the press has cooled regarding LGBT issues in Russia after the SOCHI winter games, people are still struggling every day, having to hide who they are, and being subjected to all sorts of hatred. We want to give them whatever support we can, and to help you do that too!

 

 

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Kaleidoscope Trust

 

Chosen beneficiay for Project #2

 

We're All Human

 

Who they are, and what they do...

 

Kaleidoscope Trust is a UK based charity working to uphold the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people internationally. They believe, like we do, that the rights of all people should be respected equally, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

 

 

 

It's a remarkable message, and one that needs to be heard in order to rally support. We chose this charity because they are working internationally, and we feel that with the news coming out of places like Uganda it's important we think beyond the struggles in the UK and the west.

 

 

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Introducing Diversity Role Models

 

Chosen beneficiary for Project #1

 

It Does Get Better

 

 

Donation Percentage: 80%

 

80% of all proceeds of the song and officially released related products goes directly to DRM.

 

 

Who they are, and what they do...

 

Diversity Role Models is a young charity currently based in London, UK.

 

 

They believe, like we do, that LGB and T young people must have equal learning opportunities. Diversity Role Models works to prevent sexuality/gender based bullying in schools by educating all students about diversity. They use positive role models - gay, straight and transgender - to help LGB and T students feel confident and to ensure their straight classmates understand, accept and welcome the differences they notice in others. They are a charity that puts role models in front of young people to talk about acceptance and respect for diversity. These role models may be LGB or T themselves, or they may be straight allies, who often send an even more powerful message.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This young charity is doing such amazing work we wanted to give them as much support as we could to ensure they have the best opportunity to get on with what they do best. Every charity starts somewhere, and we hope that DRM can spread nationwide, and hopefully even further eventually. With your support we can give this work the reconigition it deserves, and hopefully show other regions and countries what is possible in eductation.

 

Diversity Role Models are targeting our youth, which is so important for so many reasons. But don't that from us, watch the video above, and see why we were so swayed by their work.

 

We think this charity is inspirational.

 

 

 

 

Introducing stonewall

 

Chosen beneficiary for Project #1

 

It Does Get Better

 

 

Donation Percentage: 20%

 

20% of all proceeds of the song and officially released related products goes directly to Stonewall.

 

 

Who they are, and what do they do...

 

Stonewall is a well established and globally recognised charity. It is the largest gay equality organization not only in the UK but in Europe. If you don't know why this charity carries this name, then read about what happenned on June 28, 1969 in Greenwich Village here.

 

Stonewall acts primarily as a parliamentary lobbying organisation in the UK, working for Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual rights. Stonewall Scotland has offices in Edinburgh which also includes work on transgender within its remit, something we truly want to encourage and support in this organisation.

 

Aside from political lobbying, The Stonewall Youth Volunteering Programme upskills young people age 16 to 21 to run their own campaigns in their local schools and communities. The young people are then supported by a Youth Leader throughout the six months of their projects. Stonewall also works with over a quarter of all local authorities in England through the Education Champions programme. This membership programme provides bespoke support to local authorities who want to help their schools prevent and tackle homophobic bullying.

 

We have specifically asked that the money we raise be donated to the Stonewall It Gets Better... Today campaign.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And of course, this is exactly what our campaign is about, reaching our youth and hopefully being able to instigate a change mindset towards diversity.

 

 

 

 

 

Sofia & Georgey