What We’re Reading – August 10

Please enjoy thoughtfully, get fired up by, and/or giggle while reading this week’s pieces from Pride Foundation staff’s recommended reading.

Tycoons and their Missions

In light of the recent (massive and exciting) $2.5M gift from Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos to the Washington United for Marriage Campaign, Forbes profiles the philanthropic aims of some high net-worth individuals.

The Olympics and HIV

An Australian competitor reveals his HIV status. Inspired by the story of Greg Louganis, Gay Australian Olympian, Ji Wallace, revealed his HIV status in a letter sent to the Star Observer.

Tax Breaks and Charitable Giving

Business Week explores the potential to change tax laws to encourage charitable giving.

A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes

A mash-up and dance video combining various heart-felt Disney lyrics and uplifting pop music that shares the message of being yourself, finding who you love, and feeling great about it! Thank you, CinderFella!

Ugandan Gay Pride Parade

Yes, you read correctly: “the worst place in the world to be gay is having Gay Pride” to the delight and excitement, and thanks to the hard work of, many.

More On the Boy Scouts

Non-profit quarterly examines the connections between institutional responsibility and institutional homophobia. “The only case comparable in geographic reach and institutional whitewashing has to be the sexual predators uncovered in the Catholic Church.” Read the whole thing here.

Growing Old with HIV

The emerging population of folks who are living with HIV past the age of 50. Via the Washington Post.


We watched the live stream in the office Thursday morning. If you couldn’t hear our play-by-play and cheering (though we’re sure our shouts were heard in London) you can read all about the fight and this amazing athlete in this piece from Ariel Levy in the New Yorker who also covered Ms. Shields’ journey back in May.

As if you needed another reason to listen to Macklemore…

Macklemore’s “Same Love:” Macklemore and Ryan Lewis release this new track ‘Same Love’ off their upcoming album “The Heist” dropping October 9th. As part of a partnership with Music for Marriage Equality campaign, Sub Pop Records will release this track digitally on 7/24 and as a limited run 7″ vinyl on 7/31. All proceeds will benefit the Music for Marriage Equality campaign. Listen here.


Christina is Pride Foundation’s Community Giving Manager. Email Christina.

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