January 20, 2017 at 10:23 am EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
LGBT groups to benefit from inaugural donations
D.C. Center, gay news, Washington Blade

The D.C. Center

At least six LGBT organizations and three LGBT-supportive groups will be among several dozen non-profit organizations to receive donations from more than 120 D.C. restaurants, bars and shops that plan to give away part of the proceeds they pull in during the inaugural weekend.

Among the LGBT organizations chosen to receive donations from the weekend’s proceeds are the D.C. Center for the LGBT Community, Casa Ruby, the Human Rights Campaign, Whitman-Walker Health, the Trevor Project and SMYAL.

Three other groups that have provided services to members of the LGBT community — Food & Friends, HIPS, and La Clinica Del Pueblo — were also selected to receive donations from the weekend’s business proceeds.

“We are a team of people from the hospitality community, service workers, and restauranteurs, who are making a statement of inclusion and love for community,” said a website statement by All In Service, a fundraising event formed by the participating businesses to support D.C.-based charitable organizations.

“As a service industry, like a gracious host, we welcome all,” the statement says.

Among the businesses contributing part of their proceeds from Jan. 20-22 to the LGBT organizations are the restaurants 2 Birds 1 Stone, Bar Pilar, Doi Moi, the Bird; and the Logan 14 Aveda Salon & Spa.

“All in Service D.C. is an initiative of D.C.’s amazing service industry and is a celebration of D.C.’s diversity,” spokesperson Sarah Massey told NBC 4 News.

“I am one of six women who are volunteering to lead this initiative and I am a proud member of the LGBTQ community,” Massey told NBC 4. “Our LGBTQ nonprofits give vital services, such as health resources, education, advocacy and more.”.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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