Serving LGBTQIA+ People of Color
As a gay, black man from the South, I faced an arduous climb out of a pit of shame, hate, and discrimination. I braved a battle as brutal as they come. And yet, I turned this test into a testimony of hope and perseverance.
I know I am fortunate in this life. I was one of the few to evade a devastating fate, all too common for Queer Youth of Color: a push into the streets, jails, and cemeteries.
LGBTQIA+ People of Color inherit the heinous, social predisposition including severe family conflict and the accompanying violence and rejection due to unfit support, resources, and service. This social inheritance explains why nearly half of youth, homeless, and incarcerated populations in America are LGBTQIA+, and why they are 2.5x more likely to commit suicide.
Our Black and Brown queer youth desperately need our help and despite the rocky foundation they inherited—much like the one I did—they are looking for the opportunity to stand up and excel!
I started PROFOUNDations— a 501c3 nonprofit organization— to replace that shaky foundation with one that is PROFOUND, special, and life-changing.
PROFOUNDations wants to do just that for LGBTQIA+ People of Color! We need your help to support and shed light on the shadowed potential of these incredible people!
PROFOUNDations is here to provide assistance, workshops, scholarships, community events, and opportunities rooted in Art and Wellness for LGBTQIA+ People of Color in the Greater Bay Area!
Would you like to help us, collaborate, or donate? Do you know any Transitional Age Youth, 14-26 yrs old, looking for assistance, encouragement and/or opportunities? Please reach out to us at info@PROFOUNDations.org or email me directly at Kamelle@PROFOUNDations.org!
With glitter and gratitude
CEO and Founder ✨
PROFOUNDations is a 501c3 nonprofit for Underserved LGBTQIA+ Youth of Color. This community is in desperate need of healing. Suicide, homelessness and crime plague Youth of Color and those in the LGBTQIA+ family in particular face painful and arduous challenges specific to their struggle. We deliver healing for them through creativity, wellness, financial aid, and education.
PROFOUNDations is here as a 501c3 nonprofit to spark a light in the hearts of Underserved LGBTQIA+ Youth of Color. This community is in desperate need of healing. Suicide, homelessness, and crime plague those from the ages of 14-26 (Transitional Age Youth) who are LGBTQIA+ and they are predisposed to an egregiously uneven playing field. We seek to profoundly adjust that foundation on which they stand by delivering opportunities, financial and emotional support, education and the refuge of a welcoming community.
May 1st PROFOUNDations and Black Brothers Esteem will present a virtual talent show: “SHOWCASE IN PLACE!”
SHOWCASE IN PLACE will bring the LGBTQIA+ x POC community and it’s allies together to showcase not only the talents of our community but to celebrate our resilience in the season of sheltering in place!
We are inviting YOU! The members, supports and allies of our collective nonprofit families to submit a recording of them showcasing their talent by April 19, 2020!
Your submission should be SHOW READY! If selected the recording you submit will be the piece we use for the show. Please state your name, where you from, an interesting fact about yourself or your group and then SHOWCASE your talent! We are asking pieces to be from 2-4mins long.
We will select a line up by April 22nd from the submissions to put together a fierce show for our community!
SHOWCASE IN PLACE will be posted at 7 PM on May 1st, 2020!
Please spread the word and get ready for a show!