The Bay Area Reporter’s online fundraising appeal has been extended for another month, due to a matching offer from an anonymous donor.
The paper launched the Indiegogo campaign in early April because the coronavirus pandemic has caused grave economic losses for the LGBT publication, which saw a drastic drop off in advertising.
As of Wednesday, May 6, just over $24,000 of the paper’s $30,000 goal has been raised.
“We have extended the deadline because an anonymous donor has pledged to pay for transaction fees if we achieve our goal and to match contributions beyond it until June 1,” publisher Michael Yamashita wrote in an update. “So the amount raised above $30,000 will be doubled to support journalism at San Francisco’s independently owned, legacy LGBTQ+ community news source.”
Yamashita pointed out that over the years, the B.A.R. has focused on stories that mainstream media did not consider important: anti-gay discrimination in employment and housing; bias and fear of people with HIV/AIDS; victims of abuse and anti-gay violence; the plight of at-risk youth; and the unmet needs of LGBT elders.
“We’ve also supported thousands of LGBT artists through the years, with lively features, reviews, and nightlife coverage,” he wrote. “Our publication has given voice to the vulnerable and is a record of our history. But only with your help can we continue to play this unique role.”
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