Be a Freaking Unicorn is a project started by a group of Ontario-based independent fibre-arts dyers to celebrate and support organizations serving Two Spirit and LGBTQIA+ communities. From May 1st to 24th, products will be available from 40+ makers and indie dyers in Canada and the US on the Be a Freaking Unicorn website with proceeds from all sales benefitting local organizations of the makers’ choosing.
We are honoured to have been selected by our friend in community Amanda, owner of Hamilton-based Stitch Noir as her chosen beneficiary! During the Be a Freaking Unicorn event, she will be donating $5 from all Unicorn themed yarn skeins and 20% from the sales of all her other Unicorn merchandise, including sweater kits and spinning fibre, to The AIDS Network. On top of that, Amanda will be donating 10% of ALL Stitch Noir sales on May 1st to kick-off the month-long event!
For 35 years, The AIDS Network has been integral in supporting and advocating for queer communities in the regions we serve. Founded in 1986, we provide support services, outreach and education, practical assistance programs and harm reduction programs in Hamilton, Halton, Haldimand, Norfolk and Brant. We are the only AIDS Service Organization in this region of over 1.5 million people, and are proud of the support we provide to people living with, affected by and disproportionately vulnerable to HIV. Supporting and advocating for Two Spirit and LGBTQIA+ communities has always been a key priority for us, our work includes providing culturally relevant outreach and sexual health education for gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men, supporting local community research such as the Mapping the Void needs assessment, and providing administrative support to partner organizations such as the Queer and Trans Youth Collaborative and the Hamilton Trans Health Coalition.
Fundraising dollars support some of The AIDS Network’s most crucial programs and services including food security and other practical assistance programs, and the need for these supports has increased significantly since the beginning of the Covid 19 pandemic. We are so grateful for the friendship of amazing community partners like Stitch Noir – thank you for your incredible support.