Last year, around mid-November, I put a call out on social media to see if anyone would be interested in participating in a theatrical fundraiser to benefit Planned Parenthood. A lot of people expressed they wanted to be involved. They wanted to tell their stories. So, this idea grew over time and became a part of my passion project I AM S.H.E (Stories Heard Everywhere). Thanks to the incredible powers of Allie Harris and Tiffany Adeline Cole (amazing queens, friends, and co-founders of I AM S.H.E.), we recently announced our first event! It's titled Stories of the Resistance and will be taking place on September 30th in Los Angeles with another one set for the spring in NYC.
For the LA event, we are striving to raise $2,000 to support Planned Parenthood's commitment to ensuring access to quality health care, education, and information for all individuals and families worldwide. Each of the stories being told are personal accounts relating to reproductive rights, the health care system, and our current political climate. They're incredibly powerful, and I can't wait to share them with the world. The event will be live streamed, so if you're not in the LA area, you can watch it online. More information can be found on our Facebook page and website.
While working on Stories of the Resistance, I've been finding myself extremely overwhelmed by people's generosity to help make it happen. To see so many people jump at the chance to get involved, I'm reminded that there's still hope in the world (look for the helpers!), how we are people making a positive change (be strong and loud!), and that working on something that matters to you is such an amazing feeling (is this what Wonder Woman feels like?).
So I urge you to check out our event, donate what you can to support Planned Parenthood, and ask yourself: are you ready to join the Resistance with us?