Giving Back


When we started in 2016, our goal was to always give back to the community.  We raise money throughout the year for Gulf Coast Equality Festival, our yearly equality event, and for our future community center.  Not only do we do fundraising for these, but part of every fundraiser goes to community activities, events, and other causes. 


Gulf Coast Equality is proud to support, and has donated, to the causes below.  Each one works to help others in the community.  Our Community Outreach Committee puts on events and activities throughout the year. 

We appreciate everyone’s support in our fundraising efforts.








Causes We Have Donated To:

The Out of the Darkness Suicide Walk

September 2017 - $410.00

The Montrose LGBT Center

Hurricane Harvey Fund

September 2017 - $640.00

SMATF Aids Walk

December 2017 - $200.00

The Gulf Coast Center for Nonviolence

December 2017 - $217.00

The Mary C. O'Keefe

Cultural Center of Arts

December 2017 - $200.00

Pride of The Panhandle

Hurricane Michael Fund

October 2018 - $500.00

100 Men Hall

October 2019 - $200.00

Trans Lifeline

November 2019 - $340.00

My Brother's Keeper

December 2019 - $300.00

Casa of Hancock County

December 2019 - $300.00

Mississippi United in Pride

June 2020 - $250.00

National Black Justice Coalition

June 2020 - $300.00

The Black Trans Advocacy

June 2020 - $300.00

Casa of Hancock County

December 2020 - $300.00

St Martin High School Food Pantry

February 2021 - $300.00

Austin Black Pride Winter Storm Fund

February 2021 - $300.00

Trans Self-Defense Kit Fundraiser

March 2021 - $300.00

The Gulf Coast Center for Nonviolence

April 2021 - $300.00

Moss Point High School Donation

May 2021 - $300.00

Invisible Histories Project

June 2021 - $300.00

Wings Performing Arts

July 2021 - $300.00

The Out of the Darkness Suicide Walk 

August - 2021

$500.00 Sponsorship and $510.00 In Donations 

LGBT Community Center of New Orleans

Hurricane Ida

September 2021 - $300.00

CASA of Jackson County

December 2021 - $300.00

Outright Action International

Ukraine LGBTQ+ Community Fund

March 2022 - $300.00

Harrison-Hancock All Star Team

June 2022 - $100.00

The Out of the Darkness Suicide Walk 

August 2022 - $300.00 and $145.00 Walk Donations

100 Books for Biloxi Library Fund

November 2022 -$300.00

The Club Q Colorado Healing Fund

November 2022 -$300.00



Events We Have Sponsored:


Gulf Coast Equality Fest



LGBTQ+ Family Fun Day

Gulf Islands Water Park

July 2017 and June 2018

Lava Links Family Golf Day

July 2018

Rent Viewing Party

January 2019

Beach Day

June 2019

Day of the Dead Fiesta

November 2019

Transgender Day of Remembrance


Canvas and Community

February 2020

The Out of the Darkness Suicide Walk 

September 2021 

Celebrate on Canvas

September 2022



Casa of Hancock County Donation 12/15/19

Kara Coley, Board President, and Derek Combs, Board Vice President, present a $300.00 donation check and toys to Glenn Hood for Casa of Hancock County.


Casa of Hancock County Donation 12/20/20

Board President Molly Kester presents a $300.00 donation check to Glenn Hood for Casa of Hancock County.


Casa of Hancock County Toy Donation 12/20/20

Board member Kristen Sims presents donated toys to Glenn Hood and Chuck Underwood for Casa of Hancock County.


Computer Equipment Donation 1/3/21

Board members Kristen Sims, Jennifer Schlick, David Pelkey, and President Molly Kester fill up a truck load of old computer equipment to donate to

a local business.


St Martin High School Food Pantry Donation 2/7/21

Gulf Coast Equality is proud to have donated $300.00 to the St Martin High School Food Party. Board Vice President Kristen Sims, Board Treasurer Chris Shelton, and Board President Molly Kester presented the donation to Mrs. Dina Holland with St Martin High School. In addition, the council collected 140 non-perishable food items that were donated at our Lovers Drag Brunch on February 7, 2021. 


The Gulf Coast Center for Nonviolence Donation 4/25/21

Gulf Coast Equality makes a $300.00 donation to The Gulf Coast Center for Nonviolence.  Board President Molly Kester and Board Vice President Kristen Sims presented Rene Davis the donation check at Dinner with the Queens on April 25, 2021.  


Moss Point High School Donation 5/17/21

Molly Kester, Gulf Coast Equality President and Community Outreach Chair, presents a donation check for $300.00 to Juanita Cooper at Moss Point High School to help with graduation expenses.


Casa of Jackson County Donation 12/5/21

Gulf Coast Equality President Molly Kester and Vice President Kristen Sims present Jonathan Mills from Casa of Jackson County a donation check for $300.00 along with the toys collected during our Christmas toy drive. 


Pet's Sake Rescue Donation 10/2/22

Gulf Coast Equality Board Treasurer Theresa Avina presents the For Pet's Sake Rescue with a donation check for $300.00. This donation is being made by our Outreach Committee to help with the rescues mission. 


Visit our gallery link at the top of the page for all of our event, fundraising, and community outreach photos.