SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – As transgender people become more accepted in local communities and gained support of some politicians, including the President of the United States, two sensitive Shreveport women with big hearts became aware of a need for clothing in the LGBTQIA+community.
So Sam Normand and Emily Hamann decided to do something to help bridge the gap in clothing needs for the LGBTQIA+ community, as well as providing clothing for gender non-conforming and transgender people, transgender community.
They did it by creating an organization they decided to call “Out of the Closet.” The initiative was so successful, it not only proved to serve those in need, but also allowed others not in the LGBTQIA+community to show their support and love for a community that is just beginning to feel free to walk in the sunshine.
In fact, the response from the public has been so overwhelming, the women say they’re now running out of space in the storage unit they rented. In fact, the only thing they’re still accepting is men’s clothing and women’s plus-size clothing.
Although the main focus was the LGBT community, so many clothes have been donated, they’re now also giving away clothing to any marginalized individuals in need.
Clothing donations may not be needed right now, but donations of clothing racks and large plastic storage containers are welcomed. In addition, volunteers are needed to help move the clothes where they are needed.
People wishing to support the efforts through monetary donations may do so on one of the two GoFundme pages set up on their Facebook Page, which can be accessed HERE.
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