No business exists in a vacuum. No business owner, either. Whether we acknowledge it or not, our values (or lack of) guide how we do business.
Bluestockings has supported charities that focus on women and the LGBTQIA+ community (and often the intersection of the two) since it was founded. I hosted our first bra drive for Rosie’s Place - the oldest women’s shelter in the United States, located right here in Boston - in January, four months before Bluestockings’ soft launch. (Our second bra drive for Rosie’s Place was in May.) Bluestockings has also financially supported The Trevor Project, which provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth, and Fenway Health, which provides comprehensive healthcare for the LGBTQ community in Boston.
But I want to do more than occasional bra drives and occasional donations. Bluestockings is still in its infancy, and each monthly birthday we celebrate is a victory -- a huge celebration. (80% of US businesses close their doors in the first eighteen months.)
I’d like to institute a new way of celebrating our birthday: donating 18% of all sales on the 18th of every month to a different charity which supports the LGBTQIA+ community and/or women.
It’s early July, and we’re still in the shadow of the Supreme Court’s ruling which is, for many of us, life-changing and life-affirming. However, there is still a long way to go, particularly when it comes to legal protections for trans communities. This month, Bluestockings’ 18 on the 18th proceeds will go to the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, named for lifetime activist and Stonewall veteran Sylvia Rivera. SRLP is a legal aid organization based in New York that does everything from daily legal counseling to broader advocacy work, e.g. ending solitary confinement for trans prisoners as a way of “protecting” them.
To stay updated about which charity is being featured for Bluestockings' 18 on the 18th, be sure to sign up for our email list (bottom right corner of this page). And to support the work these charities do (as well as the work Bluestockings does), shop with us on the 18th of every month.