What exactly do we do?
Our goal is to drive conversation into more productive and respectful avenues, provide networking opportunities to LGBTQ+ musicians and their fans, provide resources to aid in the coming-out process, and encourage LGBTQ+ musicians to be more visible. We do this through supporting LGBTQ+ organizations both financially and ideologically, getting our name out into the public sphere, and by creating projects to shine a light on the issues facing LGBTQ+ musicians and their fans.
Is Punk Out a non-profit organization?
Yes. Punk Out, Co. is a registered 501(c)(3) organization. Our Tax ID is: 47-2938696. A copy of our IRS Approval Letter, 1023-EZ, and Articles of Incorporation-NonProfit can be found in the Finances section of our website.
What are your Blog and Artist Corner?
Our Blog and Artist Corner are spaces for Punk Out team members and musicians to speak independently on any topic that pertains to what we term the "3 I's." Those "3 I's" are: inclusion, inspiration, and identity. The opinions expressed via those platforms are solely of the author and do not reflect the opinions of Punk Out. We believe in the power of conversation and both our Blog and Artist Corner are platforms for conversations.
If you are an artist and interested in writing an Op-Ed for our Artist Corner, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your pitch.
How can I get involved with Punk Out?
We accept all help. If you're interested in getting involved with Punk Out shoot us an email at @email@example.com or check out our Get Involved page to donate.
Does Punk Out accept donations?
Absolutely. It would mean the world to us. Check out our Get Involved page to donate.
I'm in a band and I want to help out the cause. What should I do?
Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What does Punk Out do with the money?
100% of all funds go to Punk Out's events and operations so that we can continue to provide resources, networking opportunities, consciousness raising, and to continue to move the LGBTQ+ conversation towards a more productive avenue. For more information, consult our Finances page.
Can you tell us a little about your vernacular?
We define the term "queer" as an umbrella term covering any individual who identifies as anything other than heterosexual and/or cisgender. We do not mean to alienate anyone nor do we aim to offend any individual who would find the term "queer" as such.
What does LGBTQ+ mean?
LGBTQ+ is a shortened version of the acronym LGBTTQQIAAP, which stands for: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Ally, and Pansexual.
Do I have to identify as LGBTQ+ to support Punk Out?
Absolutely not. Our straight allies are just as important as our LGBTQ+ allies.
Does Punk Out provide counseling or treatment?
Though we believe in the power of counseling and treatment, we are not trained mental health professionals and do not personally provide these services.. If you would like more information about counseling or treatment resources that are available, check out our Resources page.
I am struggling or someone I know is struggling with the issues Punk Out addresses. What should I do?
We are so sorry to hear that, but let us be the first to tell you that you are not alone. We encourage you to reach out to someone you know or to browse some of the resources and research available on our Resources page. You can also email email@example.com if you have other questions or concerns.
If you or someone you know needs immediate emergency attention, please contact your local authorities or call 1-800-SUICIDE.