SAN FRANCISCO — Good Vibrations has announced its current round of GiVe partners — in the SF Bay Area, the St. James Infirmary and The Billy DeFrank Center; in the Boston area, Whose Corner is it Anyway; and the nationally-relevant Transgender Law Center.
Good Vibrations launched its GiVe program in 2010 as a way to give back to the communities from which its stores emerged. Through the program, Good Vibrations invites customers to donate to their partners at checkout. One hundred percent of the amount collected goes directly to those partners, helping to build sustainable, long-term community and impact. In the last quarter of 2018, Good Vibrations collected more than $12,000 in donations to distribute among five local and national organizations.
“I’m proud of the ways that our donation program matches our educational philosophy: we meet people where they are at,” GiVe Coordinator Ruby Vail said. “Whether it’s someone looking for a first butt plug without breaking the bank or wanting to support one of their favorite non-profits on a budget, we make sure our customers can do just that. Our average donation amount last quarter was under $4 which means, even when folks were making smaller donations, the entirety of donations from all our customers were able to make a substantial impact at the organizations we supported.”
Good Vibrations Staff Sexologist Carol Queen PhD adds, “We occupy a unique and fortunate position in our communities: We can help showcase and amplify the work of truly tireless and culturally significant activists and give our customers the opportunity to learn about and support them. In the wake of SESTA/FOSTA and those laws’ impact on the sex work community, it’s especially satisfying to be able to support GiVe partners on both coasts whose missions make sex workers safer.”
The St James Infirmary, located in San Francisco, is a peer-based occupational health and safety clinic for sex workers and their families. To support St James Infirmary, visit Good Vibrations’ Mission, Valencia, Kearney, Oakland, and Berkeley stores.
The Billy DeFrank Center, located in the South Bay, inspires action and ensures a safe place to gather, discuss relevant issues, and collaborate within the LGBTQ+ community. To suppot the Billy DeFrank Center, visit Good Vibes’ Palo Alto Store.
Whose Corner Is It Anyway is a sex worker-led harm reduction organization in Massachusetts. To support Whose Corner Is It Anyway, visit the Good Vibes in Brookline and Cambridge.
The Transgender Law Center is a national trans-led organization advocating self-determination for all people. Grounded in legal expertise and committed to racial justice, TLC employs a variety of community-drive strategies to keep transgender and gender nonconforming people alive, thriving, and fighting for liberation. To support TLC, visit Good Vibes’ website.