The Simple Reason We Support The LGBTQ Community.
We started The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation with one value in mind. We believe that all people – regardless of race, religion, roots, economic status, sexual orientation or gender identity – are of equal value and deserve access to quality healthcare, education and a safe place to call home.
Unglamorous causes are what we seek to support — organizations not backed by mainstream philanthropy and populations that are marginalized, economically disadvantaged and significantly underserved. All too often, these burdens are placed upon LGBTQ-focused organizations and the individuals they support.
According to Funders for LGBTQ Issues, only 28 cents of every $100 awarded by U.S. foundations specifically serves LGBTQ causes. Yet, the community faces significant challenges in obtaining basic human rights that others take for granted, such as medical care, housing or simply having the ability to be confident with their own identity.
We refuse to shy away.
It’s why we have signed the OpenAZ Unity Pledge to advance workplace equality and equal treatment in housing and public accommodations for LGBTQ individuals and their allies. It’s also why we have provided nearly $13 million in philanthropic support to LGBTQ organizations, including:
- Southwest Center– Serves individuals touched by HIV/AIDS through prevention, education, client-centered services and coordinated care in collaboration with community partners.
- one n ten– Serves LGBTQ youth and young adults ages 11-24 by providing empowering social and service programs that promote self‐expression, self‐acceptance, leadership development and healthy life choices.
- GLSEN– Ensures that every member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
- Funders for LGBTQ Issues– Works to increase the scale and impact of philanthropic resources aimed at enhancing the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities. It also promotes equity and the advancement of racial, economic and gender justice.
We are working in solidarity with the LGBTQ community by staying present, showing up and spotlighting the unwavering spirit and incredible resiliency shown by today’s LGBTQ youth. While there are few words to describe the ongoing challenges they face on a daily basis, speaking up about their experiences will help drive the importance of fairness and equality for all.
Listen as President and Executive Creative Director of PXG Apparel Renee Parsons shares Joaquin’s story and why the Foundation strives to bring about a world that is more inclusive.
For more information about The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation and its impact, please visit TBRPF.org or follow @WeDealInHope on social media.