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MacKenzie Scott Major LGBTQ Gifts

By Charlotte Robinson, July 29, 2020
MacKenzie Scott the former wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos announced that she has given $1.67 billion to charities in accordance to a pledge she made last year to give away the majority of her wealth during her lifetime. This included 46 million dollars to our LGBTQ community. Scott stated, “What fills me with hope is the thought of what will come if each of us reflects on what we can offer. Opportunities that flowed from the mere chance of skin color, sexual orientation, gender, or zip code may have yielded resources that can be powerful levers for change. People troubled by recent events can make new connections between privileges they’ve enjoyed & benefits they’ve taken for granted. From there, many will choose to share some of what they have with people whose equal participation is essential to the construction of a better world.” Some of the LGBTQ orgs that received gifts were Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, GLSEN, Groundswell Fund, Lambda Legal, Leadership Conference Education Fund, National Center for Lesbian Rights, Point Foundation, SAGE, Transgender Law Center & PFLAG National. Brian Bond, Executive Director of PFLAG National stated, “Between the pandemic & years of being hit hard by dangerous & damaging anti-LGBTQ+ policies at the local, state & federal level, families & our LGBTQ+ loved ones have depended on PFLAG, perhaps more than ever. PFLAG National is grateful to MacKenzie Scott for her generosity, which will help strengthen our infrastructure, grow our staff & build new programs that will bring new allies along to the fight for LGBTQ+ affirmation & equality.”
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