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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 Council 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



Events We Have Sponsored:


Gulf Coast Equality Fest


LGBTQ+ Family Fun Day

Gulf Islands Water Park

Lava Links Family Golf Day

Beach Day

Rent Viewing Party

Day of the Dead Fiesta

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Canvas and Community




All Are Welcomed Here 6/23/17

Board President John Perkins presents an appreciation award to Vincenzo Mistretta for his documentary “All Are Welcomed

Here” about the Mississippi Religious Freedom Bill HB1523.


Harrah's Gulf Coast Donation 7/5/17

Board President John Perkins receives a $1000.00 donation from Harrah’s Gulf Coast Finance Director Stephanie Tally  for our first Gulf Coast Equality Festival.


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 Council 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 Council 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 Council 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.


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