Bacon, lettuce, GAY, and tomato – This nationwide kickstarter hits the heart and the stomach
The BLT. Bacon, lettuce, tomato, a classic sandwich if there ever was one. The letters that make up the name also help make up another well-known acronym: LGBT.
That’s the jumping off point for a new Kickstarter campaign hoping to raise awareness and money for LGBT centers around the US.
Created by Taryn Miller-Stevens and Peter Stolarski, the campaign is being called BLgTUSA (I‘m not kidding), and hopes to travel to all 50 states on an equality tour.
They’ll stop at LGBT centers in each state and pair up with local chefs to create new twists on the classic BLT. The money from these stops will go straight to community centers, much like Richmond’s own Gay Community Center, in the hopes of helping the fight for equality.
One thing the tour was sure to point out in their video was that while many people think the fight for equality is over thanks to same-sex marriage victories in 37 states (Well 36.5, looking at you Alabama) , that is not the case.
There are only 21 states where some form of LGBT workplace protections exist, leaving a walloping 29 where you could potentially be fired just for identifying as LGBT (including VA). Not quite equality.
In what surely comes as big surprise to all of you, this is the first 50 state food tour for equality, and since it is so grand in scope they’re going to need a lot of money to accomplish it. As of the writing on this article, the total funds raised stands at roughly a third of their $150,000 goal, which they hope to meet by the February 16th end date.
As is typical of Kickstarter campaigns, there are incentives offered depending on how much you pledge, ranging from VIP line passes to cookbooks containing the recipe of every BLgT chef.
Food brings people together, and by creating an opportunity for people to engage in conversations about equality the campaign hopes to spark an interest in activism. The goal is not only to stir up this sense of activism, but to get 1 million people out for equality in 2015.
As the page says “Everyone needs to eat. Food is universal. Food brings people together.”
Assuming this goofy (but well-intended) campaign is a success, then you can expect the BLgT team to stop in Richmond on July 9th. While no local chef or business has paired with the 50 state tour for equality yet, you can bet we’ll keep you posted as more news filters out.
Top image - Edie Windsor (DOMA plantiff), Taryn Miller-Stevens and Peter Stolarski enjoy a BLgT
Tyler Hammel is a college student who has an unhealthy obsession with comic books. He’s a proud cinephile, owning a sizable film collection that lets you know he doesn't have any friends. An aspiring filmmaker, Tyler currently works with the VCU student organization The Horn RVA, a group of like-minded video journalists with a passion for Richmond based music. When not crafting his own bio Tyler can be found misusing commas,
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