Aziz Ansari hosting comedy benefit for Anoka-Hennepin LGBT group
|Ansari was inspired by a Rolling Stone article about the district.|
Tammy Aaberg, the president and founder of Justin's Gift, named the non-profit after her son, a former district student who committed suicide in 2010. She was ecstatic at news of the Ansari event in Los Angeles.
"We're really, really hoping we can get more things started," she says. "If they raise a lot of money -- oh my gosh."
|"One Town's War on Gay Teens" appeared in the February 2 issue.|
Aaberg says she was aware that some sort of benefit was in the works, but didn't realize that Ansari is already running with the idea. Although the Anoka-Hennepin kids won't be able to attend, she says that a big donation would be a huge help in starting an LGBT drop-in center for troubled kids, as well as serve as a meeting place for support groups. Currently, the five-member board meets in her home, and the group's events are held mainly at a local church.
"I would like to get our own place," she says. "Get furniture -- a place set up so the kids can come in. That would be so amazing."
This is just the latest bit of good news for LGBT advocates in Anoka, which just in the last month have seen significant changes, including the death of the neutrality policy and an apology from the district superintendent.
- Anoka-Hennepin school district's gay-bullying problem profiled in Rolling Stone
- Anoka-Hennepin Superintendent Dennis Carlson apologizes for previous comments on student suicides
- Anoka-Hennepin school board kills the neutrality policy