RALEIGH, N.C. — The LGBT Center of Raleigh, 411 Hillsborough St., has announced a unique fundraising effort through its Out! Raleigh festival to be held on May 4.

Pledge-a-Protester will focus on fighting against hatred and homophobia during the festival day. Individuals simply pledge to give a certain amount per protester while raising funds and awareness.

James Miller, the center’s executive director said that when pledgers see protesters at the day-long event, they can walk up to them and say: “I want to thank you for being here today and for protesting against Out! Raleigh and/or against any of the important causes and issues we hold dear. People have pledged to support the center based upon the number of Out! Raleigh protestors and we’re counting you as a protestor right now. Because you are here, people will donate (dollar amount) to the LGBT Center of Raleigh. The more protestors that come to Out! Raleigh and the longer you stay, the more money we will raise. So, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Because of you, we can continue to support LGBT Equality and the many important support programs of the LGBT Center of Raleigh.”

Participants are asked to fill out a form and deliver it to the center either by email at info@lgbtcenterofraleigh.com or regular mail with their pledge. One may elect to pledge a flat or per/person amount and volunteers are need to count pledges during the day.

To obtain a pledge form, email outraleigh@lgbtcenterofraleigh.com.

On May 6, pledge participants will be notified how much money was raised from the initiative.

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