Equality Florida and the Trevor Project set to benefit
By ALEX VAUGHN
Photo: Adam Lambert has been a long-time supporter of the Trevor Project that speaks out against
As we all have love and giving on our minds at this time of year, it is inspiring to see that in the last week two supporters of the community are giving back in a big way.
It was announced that Corbin Fisher had donated $60,000 to Equality Florida and over the weekend it was confirmed that American Idol Runner up, Adam Lambert would be donating the proceeds from a remixed version of his song Aftermath to the Trevor Project.
Liberty Media Holdings (LMH), parent company of leading online gay adult content provider, Corbin Fisher (CF), followed up their 2010′s record donation to Equality Florida (EQFL) with a second $60,000 donation to the non-profit organization.
EQFL, a St. Petersburg-based non-profit, made headlines in 2010, when they were instrumental in overturning Florida’s ban on same-sex couples right to adopt children. Corbin Fisher was proud to support EQFL with the largest single donation in the organization’s history.
“We’re grateful that Corbin Fisher continues to support our efforts to end discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity,” said Nadine Smith, executive director for Equality Florida. “They have invested deeply in our work of educating and mobilizing fair-minded Floridians who believe in the values of equality and justice.
” While Corbin Fisher’s production offices recently moved from Florida to Las Vegas, the company remains a staunch supporter of the work EQFL does. “We feel their efforts are crucial in leading the fight for equal rights. Much of the country looks to the legal battles in Florida as precedent-setting,” said Marc Randazza, general counsel for Corbin Fisher.
Corbin Fisher CEO Jason Gibson said, “The legal battles for equality are never over and can be tremendously expensive. As a company, we donate lump sums to help defray EQFL’s costs, but we also hope to inspire everyone to donate time and support to EQFL and other local organizations fighting for justice for all gay, lesbian, bi and transgender people.” Corbin Fisher employees themselves are encouraged to donate time and money to charitable organizations through a matchingfunds policy and paid time off for volunteer work for accredited groups.
Corbin Fisher last year received the Free Speech Coalition Award of Excellence. 2010 also saw the company make news as it spearheaded anti-piracy efforts in the adult entertainment industry. Corbin Fisher has been nominated for two XBiz Awards this year, Web Company of the Year and Gay Site of the Year.
Adam Lambert came to our attention in the eighth season of American Idol and came out publically in Rolling Stone after being crowned the runner up. The Times pinpointed the fact that Lambert was one of the few openly gay mainstream pop artists to launch a successful career on a major label in the United States.
The multi-platinum selling artist has been a big supporter of The Trevor Project, the California-based non-profit that runs the nation’s only 24-hour confidential suicide hotline for gay and questioning youth. In October he released a video for the It Gets Better campaign, in which he told troubled gay teens to stay strong and proud. The It Gets Better Project is a collection of videos urging troubled LGBT teens to hang in there, because life gets better and raises awareness and funds for The Trevor Project.
The national organisations’ mission statement is clear: ‘The Trevor Project is determined to end suicide among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth by providing life-saving and life-affirming resources including our nationwide, 24/7 crisis intervention lifeline, digital community and advocacy/educational programs that create a safe, supportive and positive environment for everyone.’
Word about the remix first came out when Adam’s friend Markus Molinari posted on his blog the day after Adam’s 29th birthday party: “Adam introduced a new version of his song Aftermath that he co-wrote with Ferras, Alisan Porter, Ely Rise. Adam went on to say a portion of the remixed tune would go to The Trevor Project. Adam has been a vocal supporter of this charity that speaks out against gay bullying.”
The 29 year old Grammy Nominee tweeted on Thursday, “Releasing a revamped version of AFTERMATH,” to his more than 850,000 followers. “Proceeds to benefit The Trevor Project. Wait till you hear it – it’s now a hot pop dance anthem.”
“No set release date,” he added. “Putting finishing touches on the track. Stay tuned …”
If you would like to get involved and to give back to either of these crucial nonprofit organisations please check out the details below.
Equality Florida- www.eqfl.org
The Trevor Project
LifeLine : 866 488 7386
“The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving.” – Albert Einstein.