So, between my last post and this one, I’ve seen four things else-internet that involve fundraising or lending help in various other ways, which I feel compelled to share here–though I won’t be able to support these campaigns very much, I can at least help out in spreading the word.
First, this gorgeous gentleman is Bob Mathis-Friedman, who was the presenter of the first session at the first PantheaCon I attended in 2007, and he’s been an important and delightful part of every PantheaCon I’ve attended ever since…with the exception of this last year (Feb. of 2014), because he had a massive stroke in December. Amongst other things, Bob is an Assistai in the Antinoan Mysteries and a Lupercus, thus his standing in the work of the Ekklesía Antínoou, and his esteem therein, is very high indeed. He has been involved in multicultural, interfaith, and queer activism for decades, and is also (amongst other things) a trained anthropologist, an expert on comics, a first-responder, a dancer, and any number of other wonderful and fascinating things, in addition to being just a damned sexy individual, a wonderful person, and a fantastic conversationalist. I’m happy to know he’s on the road to recovery, but he needs help. Fundraising for his transition from full-time medical care in hospitals to a private home and a life after his difficulties and his process of recovery is underway.
Further, the famed trans* activist, author, and educator Kate Bornstein is having a further bout of medical treatment for cancer, and needs assistance in fundraising for that. She has come through treatment for lung cancer as well as can possibly be hoped, but it seems this further hurdle is in the way in the meantime, so all the support she can get would be wonderful.
Further, Sannion has written about a recently-transitioned woman who has lost her job, place of residence, and pretty much all her livelihood as a result of her transition. If you have any way you can help, please get in touch with Sannion.
And finally, Alyxander Folmer is having a fundraising matching campaign, in association with Heathens United Against Racism, to raise funds for the Jewish Community Center shooting’s victims and families from last Monday. This is a really important moment for the polytheist communities to make an impact on a wider and more public scale with humanitarian action in solidarity with survivors from other religious traditions, so it’s a very good cause indeed.
If you are able, please give as generously as you can to all of these worthy causes and the individuals who will be directly benefited because of them. And if you are not able, please spread the word, and keep these different individuals in your prayers meanwhile.