As the date of Donald J. Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20 as President of the United States, many people are feeling helpless, afraid and despondent. They fear for their rights and for the future of America, including the potentially devastating possibility that President-elect Trump and his future Vice President Mike Pence will go after the funding of Planned Parenthood, which offers high-quality, affordable healthcare to so many men and women.
One gamer, Lindsey Latiolais, is attempting to do her part to try to counter that by organizing a 24-hour live-stream charity event for inauguration weekend. All of the money raised will be donated directly to Planned Parenthood. I talked with her a bit about her motivations for organizing the live-stream.
“The primary purpose of the event is to keep the momentum going. I don’t want to lose the energy and the drive for change we’ve got going now. I also want to be able to channel some of that energy into specific action, especially for people who can’t give money directly or, like me, who feel that giving money isn’t enough.”
There are three major ways you can get involved. The first is to donate. Lindsey has set up a gofundme account for the event, and people can donate there. Or you can donate directly to Planned Parenthood if you prefer. On the Monday after inauguration day, she’ll withdraw the money and make a donation to Planned Parenthood. Gofundme does take a cut of the money, but Lindsey herself will cover those fees on up to $2,000 of the donations.
Another way to get involved is to play games! People are welcome to stream, or you can just pledge to play. The event will happen throughout that whole weekend, so gamers can either go for 24 hours straight or split it up over that weekend. If you’re interested in adding your name to her list of pledged players on the gofundme page, you can message Lindsey either through the Facebook event or comment on the gofundme page.
While Lindsey says that she herself has been lucky enough not to need the services of Planned Parenthood, she knows how much good they do in the world for so many people. “Access to quality health care and access to free/cheap birth control is a huge correlate with women’s success in this world, both in this country and others. I want to make sure that those in situations different from my own don’t lose that access.”
Personally, I myself have been helped by Planned Parenthood. When I was 18, I went to a gynecologist seeking to get a copper IUD, because I wanted a long-term birth control measure that did not have hormones. But that gynecologist refused to give me an IUD because I’d never had a child. So I turned to Planned Parenthood. They were incredibly professional and welcoming and they helped me obtain the birth control that I needed.
But more than just birth control, Planned Parenthood offers a wide range of services including STD testing and sex education to thousands of men and women across the country. Their services are essential to so many people. The organization just recently turned 100 years old-here’s hoping they’re around for 100 more!