August 14, 2017
For Immediate Release
Board of Trustees
We are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Atrocities such as the acts of wanton domestic terrorism in Charlottesville, VA this weekend remind us of the fragility of a society which values silent complicity with oppression rather than active resistance to systemic injustice. Our nation has repeatedly ignored the cries of minority and marginalized communities for the sake of keeping the peace rather than directly treating the cancer of systemic and rampant prejudice metastasized throughout our society which threatens daily to destroy the lives of people of color, Jewish communities, Muslim communities, women, the LGBTQ+ community, and all others who fail to meet the arbitrary qualifications for being "acceptable members" of our society.
As a transgender woman living in the deep south, I can attest to the exhausting and demoralizing effect such vile toxicity has on a person's very core. I cannot help but admire the temerity of others with less privilege than myself in the face of such raw hatred. However, admiration is as worthless a response as silence. Action, is what is needed, and action is what we must take in response to the stench of Nazism which has stood brazenly in our town squares, our halls of government, and in our places of worship.
I will be the first to admit that my organization and I have been remiss in considering the needs of transgender folk who belong to ethnic minority groups. In the last few months, I have been very mindful of the inadvertent ways in which this lack of intentionality contributes to systemic racism. The last few days have caused me to call myself to account for them. In the next few months, my team and I will consider ways to be more intentional about the needs of ethnic minorities who identify (or who have a loved one who identifies) as transgender, queer, nonbinary, gender nonconforming, gender fluid, plus.
I encourage you and your families, your organizations and clubs, your businesses and offices to do the same. I encourage you to do everything in your power to resist the evil of prejudice, actively, and with courage. The reality is, if we do not act in resistance, this cancer will overtake our society and our friends and neighbors will suffer even more than they already do.
I implore you to make no peace with oppression. Fight it with every ounce of courage that you have.
Darcy J. Corbitt-Hall She/Her/Hers
President and CEO
It has been one year since the atrocities at Pulse in Orlando. I remember, as do so many in our community, the horror of waking up that Sunday morning to the tragic news of such a senseless act of violence. I remember feeling a gnawing pain in the days following, a loss which had affected me so personally even though I had no direct connection to those whose lives were so violently ripped from them.
It was an act against a marginalized group of people in a place where they should have felt safe. In the one sanctuary many had in a world which wished them harm. And as we later learned, it is very probable that it was committed by a person harboring so much pain and anger and self-hatred because of the way in which our culture demeans, erases, and punishes those who identify as LGBTQ+.
Pulse was, and should be, a stark reminder of the vulnerability we still face as a community. A reminder that for transgender folk, we still live with the 1 in 12 (or 1 in 8) chance of dying from a hate crime this year and a 50% chance of being the victim of physical or sexual violence. That in spite of how far we have come, we still have so much work to do before things can truly get better.
Both my team and myself remain dedicated to doing that work: to honor those lost to us because they dared to live open an affirming lives and to work tirelessly to create safer, more inclusive communities. We remain forever here for you, no matter where you are in your transition, what needs you have, or what sorrows you face. We remain forever here for your loved ones as they transition with you to help them become your real-life transition partners. We remain forever here to educate our communities about gender identity and sexual orientation and to combat sexism, racism, homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia through strategic education and community-based partnerships.
In the aftermath of Pulse, the community banded together in love. Six days after Pulse, I was at Capital Pride in Bismarck. While we were all on-edge, we all took every opportunity to shower one another with love and support and to march with pride. Because that's what our community does. We show love and support where it is lacking, and pride because we are perfectly perfect and totally worth it.
On behalf of the entire team in solidarity and love,
Darcy J. Corbitt-Hall, BA
President and CEO
Board of Trustees
June 5, 2017
To Whom It May Concern:
Today, I was advised by the Internal Revenue Service that we have been recognized as a tax-exempt public charity as defined by section 501(c)(3) of Federal tax code. All donations received on and since December 29, 2016, our date of incorporation, are tax exempt and may be deducted from personal income tax.
I have instructed our secretary-treasurer to review our donation records so that we can send donation receipts to donors who made a donation during the last view days of fiscal year 2016. All donors making financial gifts between January 1, 2017, and December 31, 2017, will receive a donation receipt in January 2018.
I want to take this opportunity to thank all of our donors, volunteers, team members, and trustees who have given their time, talents, and financial gifts to make this milestone possible. Because of your generosity and faith, we have been able to take a three-year personal project and turn it into something with international reach that has the capability to help hundreds of thousands of people every year. I am looking forward to the next six months of our first year and the amazing things which I know that our amazing team can accomplish.
Please let me know if you have questions about our charitable status or about the plans we have for the next six months.
Darcy J. Corbitt-Hall
Darcy Jeda Corbitt Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity promoting the health and global wellbeing of transgender, queer, and gender nonconforming individuals. All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by US Federal Tax Code.
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