Pittsburgh, PA, August 21, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- The Lambda Foundation exists to foster for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people - educational, social, cultural, health and artistic projects and programs in the Greater Pittsburgh area through grants and scholarships to organizations and Individuals.
The Lambda Foundation was incorporated in 1983. The first grants were awarded in 1984. Over the past 25 years the Foundation has awarded nearly $800,000 back to the community.
These grants were made possible by the participation of their individual contributors, their Annual Ball participants, their corporate sponsors, UPMC, Macy’s, and their special contributors Kirk Johnson and Henry Kravovsky.
The Lambda Foundation would like to thank the following organizations for the opportunity to co-participate in such worthy projects.
Pittsburgh Black Gay Pride $3000.00
The mission of Black Gay Pride is to organize and educate throughout the year. Their goal is to provide a comprehensive health plan that includes the major concerns for African Americans in the United States; high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and obesity. Throughout the year they continue to reach out to African American LGBT youth through mentorships and empowering young adults to become more active with the community. Black Gay Pride Weekend 2008 is scheduled for Thursday, July 24, 2008 through Sunday, July 27, 2008.
House of Infiniti, Pittsburgh $3000.00
The House of Infiniti, Pittsburgh was established on August 18, 2006 with the mission to enhance the wellness of the GLBT youth of color through education, leadership, sportsmanship and integrity. The funds will be used to present the House of Infiniti, Pittsburgh’s 3rd Annual Community House Ball on World AIDS Day, Saturday, December 6, 2008. The House of Infiniti, Pittsburgh plans a special screening of the documentary of “How Do I Look”, followed by a question and answer discussion led by Wolfgang Busch, the director and producer, and select cast members of “How Do I Look”.
Renaissance City Choirs $2500.00
The Renaissance City Choirs is a non-profit organization comprised of the Renaissance City Men’s Choir and the Renaissance City Women’s Choir. RCC’s artistic vision is to be recognized as a cultural institution in the greater Pittsburgh area. Funds will be used for their 2008-2009 operating season.
The “Then and Now” Carryin’ On Project/Exhibition $2500.00
The “Then and Now” Carryin’ On Project/ Exhibition will feature the selected work and presentation of 24 regional photographers of the current African American queer culture in Pittsburgh against the backdrop of famous Pittsburgh black photographers including the “One Shots” of Teenie Harris of 1930’s-1940’s Hill District. The Carryin’ On Project goals include focus, image, awareness, engagement, leadership and diversity.
Bricolage uses the distinctive resources of the Pittsburgh region to create theatrical events that stimulate a heightened sense of involvement for the audience. Funds will be used to support the production of a new play series called Midnight Radio.
Helen A. Smith - University of Pittsburgh $1000.00
Funds will be used to support a lesbian research study that is currently underway at the University of Pittsburgh. The research is titled Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS): the Differences between Lesbian and Heterosexual Women and the principle investigator is Evelyn O. Talbott, Dr. P.H. who is a professor in the department of Epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh. Helen Smith, an Epidemiology PhD Candidate in the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh is the co-investigator of this project. PCOS is the most common endocrine disorder found in pre-menopausal women. Previous studies have shown that lesbians had a higher prevalence of PCOS (38% vs. 14%) than heterosexuals.
Reminder: The Lambda Foundation's 25th Anniversary Ball Saturday, November 22, 2008
Performing Live: Lisa Yvonne Ferraro
For details, go to: www.lambda-pgh.org
Contact: Patricia Liddy, President