A Note From the couple
Whitney Thompson & Will Kelly Just Married!
Whitney: As a bisexual woman marrying a straight man, I can’t stop thinking about how lucky I am to be able to marry my partner of choice and live freely and openly with him. I wouldn’t “pass” as straight with a female partner, and we also recognize how our financial situation gives us some class privilege. Rainbow Railroad and Iranian Railroad for Queer Refugees help rescue queer people around the world from situations in which they’re subject to persecution, violence, and the death penalty. They cover flight costs, find living arrangements, and help people apply for asylum, among other things. I would rather help someone achieve the same kind of safety and freedom that I enjoy as a relatively privileged American than, I don’t know, receive a china set or some napkins or whatnot.
Will: Well, first off, the climate crisis is going to kill millions of people and destabilize the entire planet economically, socially, and physically. Anything and everything that we can do to zero out fossil fuel use as soon as possible is necessary to mitigate its effects. The Union of Concerned Scientists is one of many organizations that recognizes this, so I’m happy to support it and all other organizations with the same goals. In other news: as a type 1 diabetic, I’m acutely aware of how important affordable access to healthcare services is. While I’m personally lucky to not be at significant risk of losing access to insulin, people across America die on a regular basis because they simply cannot afford the medications they need to live. In addition to supporting initiatives like Medicare for All to fix the problem on a national level, it’s important to make sure that other organizations can support people who need healthcare and other social services. Chicago Youth Programs have a bit of a broader overall scope, but my motivation for supporting them is based on making sure that the people helped by the organization can secure healthcare and medications that they need.
- CHICAGO YOUTH PROGRAMS
- Rainbow Railroad
- UNION OF CONCERNED SCIENTISTS
- IRANIAN RAILROAD FOR QUEER REFUGEES