The Balance Sheet: March 26, 2023

Happy Trans Week of Visibility + Action!

The Balance Sheet: March 26, 2023

Happy Trans Week of Visibility + Action! In this week's Balance Sheet you'll find:

  • Ways to take action for Trans Week of Visibility + Action
  • How to help a queer-owned bakery that's being run out of business by bigots
  • The tea on Telfar's new pricing model
  • and more!

Plus, don't forget to sign up for my free webinar this Wednesday!

Have a great week,


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How to Take Action this Trans Week of Visibility + Action

From March 25-March 31, Trans Week of Visibility + Action will take place. It's a digital mobilization campaign to build power and support for trans young people and the organizers and communities fighting alongside them. Here's the focus for each day this week:

  • March 26: Drag Bans
  • March 27: Health Care Bans
  • March 28: Censorship and Forced Outing
  • March 29: Bathroom Bans
  • March 30: Sports Bans
  • March 31: Trans Day of Visibility

Learn more here:

Queer-Owned Bakery Near Chicago Faces Closure Due to Anti-LGBTQ Harassment. How You Can Help.

Uprising Bakery & Cafe in Chicago suburb Lake in the Hills, IL, has been the target of anti-LGBTQ hate and harassment since last summer. When they announced plans to host a family-friendly drag show last July, the bakery was vandalized: doors and windows were destroyed, glass shattered, and hate speech was painted on the building.

Owner Corinna Sac says that the ongoing harassment, vandalism, and lack of support from local government has resulted in low patronage and low sales.

"Without an infusion of more than $30,000, at this time, I cannot keep the doors open to my dream bakery," she said in a statement.

Read my full article and donate to the following fundraisers to support Uprising Bakery & Cafe:

Telfar's New Pricing Model Lets Customers Determine Cost

Telfar, the Black queer-owned affordable luxury brand best known for its in-demand bags, is introducing a new pricing model that enables customer demand to drive the prices of its products. Starting Monday, March 27th, the company will introduce its Live Price model along with its new collection.

Watch my explainer video and read more about Live Price at the following links:

Grindr is Now Offering Free HIV Testing Kits 

You can now order free home HIV self-testing its directly in the Grindr app. Made possible by a $41 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the partnership will provide up to 1 million home self-testing kits over the next five years at no charge to Grindr users. Read more below: 

  • Grindr joins major public health push to distribute free at-home HIV tests (NBC News)


Good News in Queer Business, Politics, and More

How To Spiritually Cleanse Your Space, According To Latine- & Queer-Owned House Of Intuition
The Latine- and queer-owned spiritual brand sells everything you could possibly want to start (or continue) your magical journey — there’s no better place (or more convenient) to learn all about cleansing.
Douglas Stuart’s devastating queer novel Young Mungo to be adapted for new TV series
Douglas Stuart’s devastating queer novel Young Mungo is being turned into a new TV series by A24, the creators of hit HBO show Euphoria.
Out lawmaker files bill to ban hateful foster parents
A lot of foster kids are LGBTQ+. Scott Wiener is trying to keep them out of hateful homes…


Challenges to Overcome

Uganda Anti-Homosexuality bill: Life in prison for saying you’re gay
The legislation makes it an offence to simply identify as gay, and obliges relatives to alert police.
Arkansas’s governor signs anti-trans bathroom bill
The state is the fourth to pass a law prohibiting trans students from using bathrooms that match their gender identity…


Queer-Owned Businesses In the News

The opportunities available for LGBTQ-owned businesses in the UK
An LGBTQ trade mission from Canada visited the UK to talk about the opportunities that are available to LGBTQ-owned businesses.
Brooklyn’s queer-owned Superfine restaurant blends art, food, and music
A quarter century ago, the perfect ingredients came together to create Superfine, the queer- and woman-owned restaurant and live music venue located in
A--Company is subverting queer fashion
Rather than a hyper-sexed, femme-inflected aesthetic, designer Sara Lopez’s queer fashion is based on perpetual self-invention.
Carson Kressley perfectly sums up why RuPaul’s Drag Race is so important
Style superstar and RuPaul’s Drag Race judge Carson Kressley has expertly explained why the show is such a vital part of popular culture.

Future Outlook

Opportunities & Events to Know About

Speak Up For TDOV: Talking Points for Active Trans Allyship

Join Rebecca Minor, LICSW (Gender specialist and parent coach), and Chris Angel Murphy, MSW (LGBTQ+ speaker, trainer, and consultant) to explore the impact of anti-trans laws. Learn how to counter opposition arguments, handle misinformation, & support trans folks.

Register here

Apply for the Lesbians Who Tech + Allies Squad Leadership Program

The SQUAD Leadership Program, the first leadership program and network intentionally designed to connect, support, and help promote more LGBTQ+ Women, Non-Binary leaders, and underrepresented Allies into senior leadership positions.

Learn more here

Apply by April 7th here