Become a SQSH Star (Monthly Donor)

Our monthly donors are a vital part of SQSH, just like stars are a vital part of our galaxy! As a SQSH Star, you are not only supporting SQSH’s life-saving services, but joining a powerful movement of people committed to queer liberation.

Team Member

Cleo Starpattern

$150

by 1 supporters

$420 goal

Hello! I am Cleo Starpattern, SQSH's interim External Organizational Facilitator. I've been with SQSH since I moved to St. Louis back in the summer of 2019. When I moved, I hardly knew anyone other than my partner; I had just left school and was cast from my family in part due to my queer identity. I joined SQSH looking to build community and support queer folks who had lost their families and support systems like I had. 

I began as a helpline trainee, participating in our 48-hour peer counseling course, and started taking calls in January of 2020. Learning the peer counseling skills drastically altered the way I communicated and deepened my relationships not just with my loved ones, but also myself. Being a part of such a wonderful community and spending my days deeply involved with other incredible, passionate, thoughtful, and kind individuals is truly an honor.

Please consider donating to SQSH--it is a vital resource in our community, though we would like that to no longer be the case one day. My dream is to share our peer counseling skills with the rest of the queer community here in St. Louis so peer support is always available. Your donation helps make that possible. Thank you so much ⭐

Team Members

Cleo

$150

1 supporter

Luka

$1,160

7 supporters

Amanda

$1,010

3 supporters

Aoife

$105

2 supporters

riott

$60

2 supporters

Sara

$30

1 supporter

Jet

$25

1 supporter

Fiach

$15

1 supporter

Lenna

$0

0 supporters

Chasity

$0

0 supporters

Kelsey

$0

0 supporters

Andrew

$0

0 supporters

Organizer

Story

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Our monthly donors provide a consistent income that requires less capacity to maintain than traditional fundraising events or seasonal campaigns. This means that more of your money can go directly towards supporting the St. Louis LGBTQIA+ community in a long-term, sustainable way! Our SQSH stars program focuses on uplifting our community from the bottom up, with a focus on spotlighting our grassroots donors who are often giving the most despite having the least.

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Every small donation adds up to make a big difference!

  • $10: Funds one week of community outreach efforts, allowing SQSH to invest in community events, publicity materials, and awareness campaigns to help us reach rural, BIPOC, low-income, and immigrant LGBTQIA+ communities across Missouri and Illinois.
  • $25: Funds one SQSH volunteer’s weekly stipend, allowing LGBTQIA+ community members to volunteer their time and energy sustainably.
  • $30: Funds one week of rent, allowing SQSH volunteers to take calls in a private, confidential office space.
  • $50: Funds one month of phone bills, allowing SQSH callers to access free, confidential Helpline service.
  • $60: Funds one SQSH volunteer’s training fees, allowing LGBTQIA+ community members to learn peer counseling skills to support others.
  • $75: Funds one month of insurance, allowing SQSH volunteers to take calls safely & securely.
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SATELLITE | $5-$24 per month ($60-$288 per year)

A satellite is a moon, planet, or object that orbits a planet or star. What is community but many intersecting orbits creating one dynamic sky? As a SQSH Satellite, you join a bright network of queer St. Louisans who illuminate SQSH’s values of collective care. Every Satellite’s contribution helps SQSH to strengthen our support for the St. Louis LGBTQIA+ community. Thank you for joining our orbit as we bring more healers, educators, and advocates into the movement for queer liberation.

As a SQSH Satellite, you will receive:

  • Your profile listed on SQSH’s website and annual report
  • A special digital welcome package, including SQSH Stars e-wallpapers
  • An annual digital thank-you letter

SUNBEAM | $25-$49 per month ($300-$588 per year)

Sunbeams seem to fan out from the sun's position, but actually run parallel to each other like railroad tracks. As a SQSH Sunbeam, you help to shine light into our community’s vision for queer liberation. Every Sunbeam’s contribution helps SQSH to strengthen our support for the St. Louis LGBTQIA+ community, kindling our hopes for a more just and equitable region.

As a SQSH Sunbeam, you will receive:

  • All the perks of the Satellite tier!
  • An annual printed thank-you letter
  • A monthly raffle entry for a feature on our e-newsletter

STARBURST | $50-$99 per month ($600-$1,188 per year)

Starbursts happen when two galaxies collide and form stars hundreds of times faster than normal. Creating systemic change takes a long time, but SQSH Starbursts help to speed up the process. Every Starburst’s contribution helps SQSH to strengthen our support for the St. Louis LGBTQIA+ community. Thank you for accelerating the movement towards queer liberation, so that it no longer feels light-years away!

As a SQSH Starburst, you will receive:

  • All the perks of the Sunbeam tier!
  • An invitation to an annual SQSH Stars get-together
  • 10% total discount on SQSH merchandise (coming soon!)
  • 20% total discount on SQSH event tickets or training

SUPERNOVA | $100+ per month ($1,200+ per year)

A supernova is a star that suddenly increases intensely in brightness due to a powerful explosion that ejects most of its mass. As a SQSH Supernova, your contribution creates an explosive impact that paves the way for queer liberation. Every Supernova’s contribution helps SQSH to strengthen our support for the St. Louis LGBTQIA+ community, catalyzing a new era of progress. Thank you for helping to bring out the intrinsic power that radiates within our community!

As a SQSH Supernova, you will receive:

  • All the perks of the Starburst tier!
  • 30% total discount on SQSH merchandise (coming soon!)
  • 40% total discount on SQSH event tickets or training
  • A special SQSH Stars appreciation postcard from our team

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St. Louis Queer Plus Support Helpline

A 501(c)(3) organization

EIN 30-1207867