Emergency Survival Fund
for LGBTQ2S artists, performers, tip-based workers
and Glad Day


The Problem
A huge number of queer and trans people rely on revenue that can’t be traced back to an employer, so financial supports for businesses and employers will not help us. Many of us will face a crisis before government help arrives. Artists, performers, sex workers, tip-based workers - these are just some of the people who are are experiencing a swift and brutal loss of income. On top of that, many LGBTQ2S people are not supported by their family of origin and have a weak financial support network.
As of Friday, Oct 30th, 2020, we have received over 2800 requests for emergency help.
We have been able support over 1200 people so far - but every day we still have people asking for help. 

Our Position
Glad Day is uniquely positioned to be able to identify and support LGBTQ2S artists, performers and tip-based workers who are in dire financial need. Our connections to community run deep and already we have been overwhelmed with the number of people who have reached out to us, shocked, desperate and no idea how they are going to get through the next few days, much less the next week or month.

On top of that, Glad Day itself is faced with an immediate crisis. It’s no secret that we have been struggling financially for years and that, without financial support from fundraising and grants, we might be forced to close. We have a non-profit side, called Glad Day Lit, that we have been building to help keep us open and eventually turn 100% of our operations into a charity, but its growth has been slower than we hoped.

The Idea

Given that both Glad Day and the people we serve are faced with an immediate crisis, we want to create a fund that supports Glad Day and the people we serve.

How your donation is used:
From October 1, 2020 until Feb 1, 2020, all donations will be used like this:
30% - Paid work for LGBTQ2S artists and performers
10% - Swift grants to LGBTQ2S artists, performers and tip-based workers for food and housing
50% - Operating Glad Day Lit, which is mostly admin work to host events, fundraise and get artists paid
10% - Goes towards keeping Glad Day open while we are partially shut down

From March 1, 2020 until October 1, 2020, donations were used like this:
30% - Paid work for LGBTQ2S artists and performers
30% - Swift grants to LGBTQ2S artists, performers and tip-based workers for food and housing
10% - Swift no-interest loans to artists, performers and tip-based workers
15% - Goes towards Glad Day Lit admin costs and becoming a charity
15% - Goes towards keeping Glad Day open

The Team
We have established a team to review applications and provide oversight and transparency for the disbursement of funds. This team includes: Priyanka, Michael Erickson, Jade Niles Craig, Denise McLeod, John Caffery and Kaleb Robertson.

The Goal
WE HIT OUR FIRST GOAL OF $100,000 in the first week!
We will hit our second goal of $250,000 by the end of May.
We raised $300,000 at the end of September
Our new goal is to have $15,000 in monthly donations from November 2020 to March 2020. 

We are still giving grants to LGBTQ artists and tip-based workers in need. However, our funds are limited because donations have slowed down. From March to June we were able to help about half of all applicants. Now we are able to help about 1 in 10. 
The application is now open: https://forms.gle/vVvkpspCn78cr8yu6
As of October 30th, we have OVER 2800 requests for support.

Major Donors & Questions
If you would like to be a major donor (over $5,000) or if you have any questions about donating, please email Michael Erickson directly at michael@gladday.ca.

To Donate
You can donate by clicking the 'Donate Now' button below.
You can also send an e-transfer to michael@gladday.ca
You can send funds via PayPal to shop@gladdaybookshop.com
You can write a cheque made out to Glad Day Lit and mail it or drop it off at Glad Day

More about how funds will be used

Paid Work
There can still be many ways to pay artists and performers for their work. While performing for audiences in person might not be possible, we can pay people to:

  •  create audio and video recordings of performances
  •  host live-streamed events on platforms that provide additional ways for performers to get tip/ticket revenue
  • create works (craft, writing, etc) that can later be sold at Glad Day or online
  • other projects that artists and performers pitch to us

Swift Grants & Loans
Many people need money now. We will offer both grants and loans to people from $100-$800, based on need. The applications are easy and the application review team made is up of community members. People will have a year to pay back the loan, then the money will be put back into a fund for ongoing artist loans and grants; but if people cannot pay back the loans, that's ok too.

Glad Day Lit & Glad Day
These funds will pay for all the admin labour needed to coordinate this program, disburse the funds, continue fundraising, provide applicants with support getting government assistance as well as covering the banking and transaction fees. These funds will also be used to keep Glad Day going and our staff employed in this time of no revenue and uncertainty. It will also help us fast-track Glad Day to becoming a charity. 


We can get through this together.
We can't get through it alone.
We need you.

Phone: 416.901.6600
Address: 499 Church St, Toronto, ON, M4Y 2C6