Every month, Queers for a Cause chooses a LGBTQ+ or BLM organization to which we donate 50% of our donations. To honor and support trans liberation and safety, QC chose the Stay Gold Fund for our Cause of the Month for April.
In Early 2020, Tobly McSmith started The Stay Gold Fund in tandem with The Stonewall Foundation to support trans and gender non-conforming individuals on their paths to transition. The Fund coincided with the debut of his first book, Stay Gold, a coming-of-age teen love story about a transgender boy “going stealth” and the cisgender girl who falls for him. McSmith is also one of the producers behind Queers for a Cause’s Reel Queer Screening for the month, These Thems.
As McSmith writes on his website, “On April 12 , Trump passed the ban on transgender people in the military, in part due to the 'high cost' of gender-affirming surgeries. At the time, I was writing a young adult novel about a transgender boy falling in love and finding himself, but also—as many trans people like myself have done—saving up for his top surgery. That night, sitting at my computer, I realized I need to help. I need to help now. As a result of that awful ban, I found an important purpose for myself and my book: helping to provide financial assistance for gender-affirming surgeries and striving to remove the stigma around this important step in the transition journey…”
In the time since, The Stay Gold Fund has been fundraising to help make transition more affordable and accessible to everyone. Once they reach their goal of $50,000, they will start accepting applications to redistribute funds to the transgender and gender-conforming community.
To donate, visit their website and/or attend one of our events this month and, if you’re looking for a funny and poignant Trans rom-com, be sure to pick up Stay Gold at your local Indie bookstore (or online here).
Check out our Organizations Supported blog page to learn about organizations that we’ve sponsored in the past!