May 28, 2013
Charity of the Month June 2013 – LGBT Center of Saint Louis, MO
EatSmart fans will continue to select each Charity of the Month in 2013. Fans will submit short stories about the charity’s mission and why it’s meaningful to them. We began our Charity of the Month donations in 2011.
June's Charity of the Month has been chosen by loyal EatSmart Fan, Sarah Flowers. She selected the LGBT Center of Saint Louis, MO.We will be donating 50 cents for every new Twitter follower during the month of June. (So spread the word!) Read why Sarah selected the LGBT Center of Saint Louis: When Eatsmart contacted me about selecting a charity to support for an upcoming Charity of the Month, I was honored. After thinking about it for quite a long time, I decided that what I would most love to see is a charity supported that promotes equal rights for all people. Last year, I had a friend commit suicide because he had come out as homosexual and his father would no longer accept him as part of the family. My heart broke for him, and for every young person who gets to the point where they truly believe ending their life is the only way out of a bad situation. I recently read an article that said LGBT teens are five times more likely to commit suicide than their heterosexual counterparts. With this number growing every year, it is vitally important that these kids are given a safe and trusting place to go. With bullying becoming an escalating issue, even among college students like myself, we need to provide support to charities that are doing their best to support out LGBT brothers and sisters. Because they are our brothers and sisters, they are human beings and they deserve to be treated as such. The LGBT Center of St. Louis is a federal tax-exempt 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation registered with the State of Missouri. Their mission is to provide a safe and welcoming space, resources and support to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex and allied community of St. Louis and its surrounding areas through education, empowerment, outreach and community building. The Center has been in existence in various forms since 1975 and serves around 300 people a month through programs, events and workshops. The Center is 100% volunteer staffed and donation funded, relying on us to keep it open and functioning. I am ecstatic about being able to spread the word and raise some much-needed funds for the LGBT Center of St. Louis!