Rumors teams up with ROSMY for ‘Shop for a Cause’ this Sunday
Add Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop” To your playlist this Sunday and head down to W Broad Street where Rumors is hosting its ‘Shop for A Reason’ event.
Rumors, a local hip-AF thrift store right off VCU’s Monroe Park campus, hosts its Shop for A Reason event twice a month. At each event twenty percent of it’s profits are donated to a local non-profit organization. This event was created a few years ago by Rumors’s owners and best friends Casey Longyear and Marshe Wyche to help give back to the community.
This month Rumors have partnered up with ROSMY, a local non profit organization geared towards providing support to our the LGBTQ youth community. “We try to align ourselves with people who are promoting causes we agree with,” said Adam Gecking, Rumors office manager. “ROSMY for instance, is an organization we’ve agreed with for years and tried to help out as much as possible. So its really just things that we think are trying to do well and being positive in the community.”
ROSMY is an organization that helps ensure Virginia’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth an equal opportunity for success through access to support, education and advocacy. It is also serves as a youth center, providing a safe space for youth.
It seems there has been some mutual love between Rumors and ROSMY for quite some time now. Ted Lewis, Executor director of ROSMY said “Rumors actually reached out to us. This is a regular piece that they host. And so they reached out to ROSMY and said hey we’d love to partner with you. And we were super excited, a lot of our youth have gone to Rumors so we have a lot of supporters of the organization.”
The twenty percent donation ROSMY will receive will not go wasted within the community. Lewis said, “It’ll go back into our program budget so that specifically supports LGBTQ youth work that we do here and support to our weekly support groups.”
Although the LGBTQ community has hit milestones in the past few years, There are still very real and alarming problems that need attention. The CDC did this first of its kind national survey to research the problems and issues faced by youth in LGBTQ community.
Nearly 1 in 5 who had gone out with someone in the past year said their date had hit them, slammed them against a wall, or committed some other form of physical violence. That was more than twice what straight kids reported.
About 1 in 3 said they had been bullied at school, while 1 in 5 straight kids had.
More than 1 in 4 said they have attempted suicide in the previous 12 months. In contrast, about 1 in 16 straight kids reported recent suicide attempts.
These statistics have not gone unnoticed by Lewis.
“Even with all the progress we’ve made in the LGBTQ community there are still some very startling statistics,” They said. ”We look at LGBTQ youth and so I think what we provide is life saving support and empowerment to LGBTQ young people who are looking for resources and a chance to connect in communities to people who are similar to them. I think what ROSMY has done is provided a space for young people to be themselves and to do that in an affirming and welcoming way for over 25 years now.”
The Shop for A Reason is hosted at Rumors and is located on 723 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220. The event is from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
“Times and culture have shifted and the organization has expanded over the course of 25 years toward building communities with LGBTQ+ youth, families, schools, and faith communities.”September 12, 2016
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