Left Coast Theatre Co. has been bringing new plays about the LGBTQ+ experience to San Francisco stages. For 8 years we've concentrated not only on new works, but new works that tell new stories. Even during this global pandemic, Left Coast Theatre Co. is still creating new and exciting work for our audiences to enjoy! During this time of pause, we're holding online play readings, hosting interactive theater performances, and Zoom-ing through writing workshops. We will keep working on all of our projects, some of which will now be part of our 2021 season, and look forward to when the lockdown ends and people can go to the theater again. We'll be ready to entertain you once more!
While the COVID-19 restrictions have made this a difficult time for all of us, we also see the world paying much-needed attention to the Black Lives Matter movement. The growing momentum of this movement has inspired the leadership team at LCTC to rethink and shift some of our outreach efforts. The organization is committed to working on the changes and education required to make the company a safe space for BIPOC theater artists from the LGBTQ+ community and beyond.
In that spirit, this GiveOUT Day we are asking our committed donors and sponsors to donate any money you were planning to donate to LCTC to a QTBIPOC organization. These organizations are fighting a greater fight and making the huge changes that the world needs. Below are six we suggest donating to if you are not familiar with any QTBIPOC organizations.
The Transgender District (Local)
Founded by three black trans women in 2017 (originally as Compton’s Transgender Cultural District), the Transgender District is the first legally recognized transgender district in the world. Our mission is to create an urban environment that fosters the rich history, culture, legacy, and empowerment of transgender people and its deep roots in the southeastern Tenderloin neighborhood. The Transgender District strives to help stabilize and economically empower the transgender community through ownership of homes, businesses, historic and cultural sites, and safe community spaces.
Rainbow Street (Local)
Rainbow Street is an international protection organization for LGBTQ people in the Middle East & North Africa.
Global Black Gay Men Connect (Local)
Founded in 2018, Global Black Gay Men Connect is a group of Black, gay, bisexual and same-loving men forming a movement internationally to empower our communities, foster resilience against oppression and initiate an ever-growing platform for our collective voices to be heard. Our core issues are at a make-or-break moment, and we need solutions bold enough to meet our greatest challenges and big enough to bring world leaders and all of us to get it done.
El/La Para TransLatinas (Local)
El/La Para TransLatinas works to build a world where translatinas feel they deserve to protect, love and develop themselves. We work together to build collective vision and action so we can not only survive, but thrive.
Black Alphabet NFP
What began as a conversation about the lack of exposure of films that explore the Black LGBTQ experience birthed the Black Alphabet Film Festival (BAFF), Chicago’s first Black LGBTQ film festival...Since its inception in 2013, BAFF has worked to encourage storytelling, cultivate new dialogues and educate communities about the cultural and social contributions that Black LGBTQ-identified people have made upon the world.
Third Wave Fund
Third Wave Fund is the only activist fund led by and for women of color, Intersex, queer, and trans folks under 35 years old in the US. We ensure young women, queer, and trans youth of color have the tools and resources they need to lead powerful movements, and that they have a seat at the table within philanthropy.