Queer to Stay: An LGBTQ+ Business Preservation Initiative Application Form

Thank you for your interest in Queer to Stay: An LGBTQ+ Business Preservation Initiative. This initiative, a collaboration between the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and SHOWTIME®, will celebrate and support Pride and the LGBTQ+ community by identifying and donating to a number of spaces, selected based on the communities they serve and how COVID-19 has affected them.

Amid the global pandemic, LGBTQ+-serving businesses are facing financial challenges and at risk of closures. LGBTQ+ bars, centers and businesses often serve as safe and affirming places for large portion of the community, especially for young queer and trans people and communities of color. Studies have shown that since the 1980s, there has been a decline in LGBTQ+ bars across America because of assimilation, gentrification and the rise of dating apps. As the nation continues to navigate the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is uncertainty on when businesses, including LGBTQ+-serving establishments, will return to usual.

To be eligible for this donation, your business must meet the following criteria:

- Your establishment must specifically serve/cater to primarily multiple-marginalized LGBTQ+ communities, including LGBTQ+ Communities of Color, the LGBTQ+ Women's Community, and/or the Transgender Community.
- Demonstrated negative financial impact due to COVID-19.

Special consideration will be given to businesses that are also owned by members of the communities we are trying to serve through this initiative.

Applications will be accepted until 11:59pm on Friday, August 14th. Recipients will be announced later this summer.

If you have any questions, please contact pride@hrc.org.

Business's Legal Name *
Business Tax ID Number *
Business Address *
Business Established Date
Business Website & Social Media Handles: *
Primary Contact Information (Full Name, email address, phone number): *
Does the Owner, or majority of Owners identify as:
Select all that apply
Queer People of Color
Queer Women
Other Multiple Marginalized Individual
None of the Above
Type of Business *
If you selected "other" as your business type, please describe your business:
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