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Campus Pride is competing for funds to help it do its LGBTQ advocacy work.
campus pride
Campus Pride is competing for funds to help it do its LGBTQ advocacy work.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Campus Pride is competing for a chance to win $25,000 in the Starbucks Foundation’s “Upstanders Challenge.”

The competition will award 25 nonprofits $25,000 grants to do their work. Nonprofits have made short videos describing their work. Those that get enough “buzz,” measured in views and shares, to land in the top 40 will be in the running.

“Judging will be based on the following criteria: 40% based on the inspiration of the organization’s story, 40% based on the community impact of the organization, and 20% based on the creativity of videos submitted for each organization,” the Starbucks Foundation reports.

Campus Pride has already gotten itself into the top 20, Campus Pride Executive Director Shane Windmeyer shared, and there is still time to help them maintain that momentum land among this year’s winners.

The contest runs through Oct. 31, ending at midnight PST, and the winners will be announced Nov. 30.

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For the first time in its 16-year history, Campus Pride reported a budget deficit last year, and Windmeyer blames the boycotts over the anti-LGBTQ law House Bill 2 (HB2). While that law has since been repealed, the replacement bill leaves anti-LGBTQ discrimination as the status quo until at least 2020.

“Campus Pride has had a long-standing commitment to doing work where it is needed the most, in often difficult, isolated and conservative areas in the South,” Windmeyer told qnotes during an interview about the organization’s deficit. “I would hope leaders in the movement would rally around us and want to see national organizations working (living and breathing) in places like Charlotte, N.C.”

To help Campus Pride win, watch their video, and share the news with others by sharing this article, or the video directly, through your social media profiles.

Go to to watch the video and help Campus Pride win.

Jeff Taylor / Social Media Editor

Jeff Taylor is a journalist and artist. In addition to QNotes, his work has appeared in publications such The Charlotte Observer, Creative Loafing Charlotte, Inside Lacrosse, and McSweeney’s Internet...