Let’s Get This Queer Non-Profit to Warped Tour

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I found this fact quite surprising: there is not one non-profit at the Vans Warped Tour that represents or engages gender or sexual minorities. Which means as a community, we’re missing a great opportunity to engage with young alternative music fans with positive discourse and conversation about sexual and gender minority issues.

But don’t worry — Alex Pakula of Equalize has this shit on lock… but not without a little help from our friends. And by “our friends” I mean you obviously.

Equalize seeks to promote equal rights and activism in the music community, so it only made sense that upon discovering the void in the non-profit area of the very popular/successful Warped Tour, Pakula started a campaign.

The mission? To raise a little money to get the Equalize crew to the east coast — six of the largest cities where the Warped Tour is happening — to start conversations about equality with literally thousands of young music fans, as well as provide a safe space for all sexual and gender minorities.


I really admire Pakula’s ambition with this project — the fact that he saw a void for our community and is seeking to fill it. It’s a worthy cause.

There’s only 6 days left to support this campaign to help Equalize inspire thousands of music fans to commit to equality.

Equalize at Indiegogo

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Cofounder and Design Director of Autostraddle. Professional web/graphic designer. Whiskey enthusiast. Drumming hobbyist. A past speaker at the 2010 BlogHer Conference ("Good Blog Design: The Role of Layout in an Online Medium"), 2013 Salon LGBTQ Conference ("Innovative Best Practices for Brand-Blogger Campaigns") and featured in the Los Angeles Edition of Refinery29's 30 Under 30 in 2013. Co-owns and manages Tully's Training, a dog training company in Los Angeles. Twitter: @a_ex Instagram: alexxxvegaaa

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  1. (I think the first two links in this might be broken!)

    This is awesome! My best friend has worked with Warped Tour non-profits for years and years and it was difficult for the lady-oriented NPOs (Like Keep A Breast) in hypermasculinetown, so it’s always comforting to see that progress never stops!

  2. I haven’t been to Warped in years but I remember always flocking to the animal rights tables. If there had been a queer table, my teenage self would have flocked over and put this on my agenda of things to educate my classmates about (I was very outspoken about animal rights throughout high school). This definitely needs to be present!!

  3. Alex, I really don’t need your waffle fry taunting me right now.

    but I love these cards.

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