#MasQUeUp to protect your family on this 15th Annual #LGBTQFamiliesDay

June is here and that always means it is time to blog about #LGBTQ families in partnership with Mombian blog and the Family Equality Council.

I struggle to find a topic this year, more from having so many options than a surfeit of ideas.So I’m picking this one – our Pittsburgh MasQUe ProjecT.We create opportunities for trans and queer families to access face masks.

And whether nuclear family, biological family, or chosen family, the science is clear – wearing a mask protects your family and protects other families.

So our project finds masks. We accept donations. We buy some masks. And we keep a list of affirming vendors.Our system is simple – we provide 2 masks per person every month. One to wash, one to wear. Extras for the car and your backpack. Replacements when masks are stained or soiled.

Since mid-April, we’ve distributed over 1350 masks.

Another important component is that we specifically center trans and queer identities. This often leaves us explaining that queer is an umbrella term for gay and lesbian identity, lots of teachable moments to help us understand the intricacies of our families.

If you have people in Pennsylvania, encourage them to sign up for masks or otherwise connect with us.

Email [email protected]

Donate via Paypal http::/paypal.me/Pghlesbian

Donate via Cash App $pghlesbian

Donate via Zelle [email protected]

This is a work in progress so please bear with us as we figure out the logistics.

In a world that feels so out of control, this one action to protect other members of your family can help us find our way forward.If you would like to read our previous years’ contributions to #LGBTQfamiliesDay:

2019 – We #AMPLIFY Stories from 50+ LGBTQ Parents in Western Pennsylvania on #LGBTQFamiliesDay

2018 – 50 LGBTQ Parents #AMPLIFY Their Experiences for #LGBTQFamiliesDay 2018

2017 – #AMPLIFY LGBTQ Families, 40 Parents Share Their Experiences

2016 – #AMPLIFY LGBTQ Families, 29 Parents Share Their Experiences

2014 – Summertime Traditions For Our LGBTQ Family

2013 – Blogging Because We Are Family!

2012 – Being an Advocate: 7th Annual Blogging for LGBT Families

2011 – Blogging for LGBT Families 2011 – Don’t Devalue the Aunties

2010 – Pittsburgh LGBTQ Families – a Blog Post

2009 – Blogging for LGBT Families in Pennsylvania

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