Because no one should have to fight for their right to be who they are, and love who they love.

Equality doesn't simply happen by passing laws, it begins when the hearts and minds of the people are open. Homophobia and Transphobia threaten the lives of Gender and Sexual Minorities of all races and cultures to this day, and this country is no exception. If there's anything the last four years have shown us, it's that there's still a long way to go, and educating ourselves and others about the systems of oppression and the impact they have on certain identity groups is only the beginning. 

I've comprised a list of resources and references of where to donate, where to learn, and how else we can help the LGBTQIA+ community both locally and globally.

xoxo caitlyn

List of petitions and charities to support, including  mutual aid funds, and local activist organizations.

Literature, Podcasts, and Courses that dive into un-learning deep seated homophobia, transphobia, and cis-centered behavior.

LGBTQIA+ Creators, Artists, and Businesses in the DMV bridal community, as well as LGBTQIA+ owned vegan and cruelty-free beauty.

It is absolutely imperative that every human being’s freedom and human rights are respected, all over the world.

– Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir

 

Where to Donate

Baltimore Safe Haven donorbox.org/bmoresafehaven

Providing opportunities for a higher quality of life for TLBG people in Baltimore City living in survival mode through community outreach, drop-in, and housing services.

Sylvia Rivera Law Project : srlp.org/donate

Provides direct representation for low-income transgender people and transgender people of color.

The Black Trans Advocacy Coalition : blacktrans.org/donate

National organization led by Black trans people, dedicated to addressing inequality in health, employment and housing for trans people.

The Trevor Project :   thetrevorproject.org

The leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.

The LGBTQ Fund at Baltimore Community Foundationlgbtq.baltimorecommunityfoundation.org

Provides life-sustaining and life-affirming support for Baltimore’s diverse LGBTQ community, particularly vulnerable young people.

 

Educators & Online Courses

Out & Equal : @outandequal  outandequal.org

Working to achieve workplaces of equality and belonging - supporting LGBTQ+ employees and leaders by offering toolkits and guides on allyship and inclusion within the workplace.

Teaching Tolerance : @teaching_tolerance  tolerance.org

Classroom resources and Professional development teachings to help teachers and schools educate children and youth to be active participants in a diverse democracy. Teach the facts about sex assigned at birth, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, and learn how to advocate for LGBTQ youth.

National Center for Transgender Equality : transequality.org

Whether you’re looking for information on supporting a transgender person in your life or looking for tools that will help you to change the world to be better for transgender people overall, this is a great place to start.

 

Books

Stonewall : The Definitive Story of the LGBTQ Rights Uprising that Changed America

The Stonewall Reader : For the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, an anthology chronicling the tumultuous fight for LGBTQ rights in the 1960s and the activists who spearheaded it

We Are Everywhere : Protest, Power, and Pride in the History of Queer Liberation

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous : A letter from a Vietnamese American son to his illiterate mother.

Fairest : A coming-of-age memoir of a Filipino boy with albinism whose story travels from an immigrant

childhood to Harvard to a gender transition and illuminates the illusions of race, disability, and gender

Boy Erased : A Memoir of Identity, Faith, and Family

This Is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids : A Question & Answer Guide to Everyday Life (Book for Parents of Queer Children, Coming Out to Parents and Family)

Felix Ever After : Though he is proud of his identity, Felix also secretly fears that he’s one marginalization too many—Black, queer, and transgender—to ever get his own happily-ever-after.

Lot :  Soulful insight into what makes a community, a family, and a life

Untamed : An inspiring chronicle of female empowerment and the rewards of self-awareness and renewal.

Sister Outsider : A charged collection of Essays and Speeches that takes on sexism, racism, ageism, homophobia, and class, and propounds social difference as a vehicle for action and change.

 

Podcasts

Still Processing

Wesley Morris and Jenna Wortham, two culture writers for The New York Times try to understand the pleasures and pathologies of America in 2020. They devour TV, movies, art, music and the internet to find the things that move them — to tears, awe and anger. 

LGBTQ&A

Weekly interviews with the most interesting LGBTQ+ people in the world. Recent guests include Laverne Cox, Roxane Gay, Pete Buttigieg, and Trixie Mattel.

Making Gay History

Intimate, personal portraits of both known and long-forgotten champions, heroes, and witnesses to history brought to you from rare archival interviews.

One From The Vaults

A trans history podcast by Morgan M Page. - bringing all the dirt, gossip, and glamour from trans history!

 

LGBTQIA+ Owned or Operated DMV Wedding Vendors

Rudney Novaes : @rudneynovaes  rudneynovaes.com

Photographer, Washington DC

Carly Fuller : @carlyfullerphoto  carlyfuller.com

Photographer, Baltimore MD

Richard Ilagan : @whiskeyandadream  whiskeyandadream.com

Photographer, Washington DC

Jessica McSweeney : @jess.mcsweeney  jessica-mcsweeney.com

Calligrapher & Copywriter, Baltimore MD

Sweetroot Village : @sweetrootvillage  sweetrootvillage.com

Floral Design, Washington DC

 

LGBTQIA+ Owned Vegan & Cruelty-Free Beauty

NOTO : @noto_botanics notobotanics.com

Vegan & Cruelty Free Cosmetics

BioGlitz : @bioglitz bioglitz.co

Vegan Biodegradable Glitter

Kiss My Face : @kissmyfaceusa kissmyface.com

Vegan & Cruelty Free Skincare

Flower : @flowerbeauty  flowerbeauty.com

Cruelty Free Cosmetics

Malin & Goetz : @malinandgoetz malinandgoetz.com

Cruelty Free Skincare, Fragrance & candles

Sigil : @sigilscent sigilscent.com

Cruelty Free Fragrance

W3ll People : @w3llpeople w3llpeople.com

Vegan, Cruelty Free & Clean Cosmetics

Dragun Beauty : @dragunbeauty dragunbeauty.com

Vegan & Cruelty Free Cosmetics

Alder New York : @alder_new_york aldernewyork.com

 Vegan, Cruelty Free & Clean Skincare

 

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Caitlyn Meyer is a wedding makeup and hair artist located in Baltimore, Maryland. Caitlyn Meyer provides on location makeup and hair services throughout the Maryland local area, including, Annapolis, Havre de Grace, Ocean City, Westminster, Frederick, Frederick County, Washington DC, and Northern Virginia. Caitlyn Meyer is a professional wedding makeup and hair artist that has been part of the DMV wedding industry for 9 years. She specializes in all bridal beauty, including South Asian weddings, and even engagement hair and makeup. Caitlyn Meyer is pleased to travel for all domestic destinations, and has provided bridal hair and makeup services for brides in Los Angeles & San Fransisco California, Chicago Illinois, the Outer Banks, and Vermont. Caitlyn Meyer has traveled the globe for her clients, servicing brides for their destination weddings in Sweden, Spain, and the Faroe Islands. Caitlyn Meyer is available for all international destination bridal hair and makeup, including Iceland, Sweden, France, Italy, Spain, Mexico, and more. Celebrity makeup artist, cruelty free makeup artist, traveling makeup artist, luxury bridal hair and makeup, international bridal hair and makeup artist, destination bridal hair and makeup artist, Eva Longoria makeup artist, vintage glam hair and makeup artist.

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