Sunday, in the middle of endless jokes about what you can buy with $17,000 (the amount that DashCon’s hapless organizers bilked out of its attendees on the spot Friday night after their Schaumberg, Ill., hotel demanded the con pay its entire hosting fee upfront) the new Tumblr 17000dollars broke for a serious call to action:
If they can raise 17k for Dashcon, we can raise 17k for homeless LGBTQ youth.
Recently, the admins of a fan-based Tumblr convention, Dashcon 2014, ran into some trouble. Allegedly, the staff of the hotel that was hosting their convention demanded to be paid 17,000 dollars, or else they would shut down Dashcon. The Dashcon admins responded by asking the community to raise 17,000 dollars by the end of the night — and so they did. The convention went on.
This has upset quite a few people, many of whom have pointed out that Tumblr users united to fundraise for a convention, but not to raise money for other causes. A lot of these posts have specifically referenced poverty, homelessness, and disadvantaged members of the queer community; in particular, many people have talked about homeless LGBTQ youth. Why couldn’t we have raised 17,000 dollars for them?
Well, we can. So let’s do it.
The owner of the Tumblr encouraged Tumblr users to fundraise $17,000 for the Ali Forney Center, and set up a donation page on the center’s website for that purpose. In just under two days, the campaign has received almost 9,000 notes and reblogs, and has generated around $3,000.
As Tumblr user thatonepalekid put it:
WHOA WHOA WHOA