Queers Makin' Beers

radicalLY hombrewing since 2015

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Fundraiser ends SOON, Donate until Oct. 31st!

Hello friends and supporters,
Well, we did it. What is "it"? So glad you asked! 

Queers Makin' Beers is bicoastal—and soon to be international! With the money we raised from our GoFundMe campaign, we started a chapter in Stuart, Florida and are currently working to start a chapter in Wales, UK. We've also been able to buy banners for events, pay for maintenance costs ($1,500/year), purchase a second chest freezer for the East Bay QMB chapter, and donate money and beer to important causes... and we have immediate plans to install a wastewater repurposing system at headquarters in Berkeley, CA. Things are looking up—and we have so much more we want to do! Our fundraising campaign ends in one week. We are so close to $10,000 we can almost taste all the beers and chapters and social justice that lies ahead!

The time has come to end our GoFundMe fundraiser, even though we could watch our glorious fundraiser video every day for the rest of time (don't worry, you'll still be able to access that video after the fundraiser is over...it will forever live on at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFoUjia7uvY). ONE WEEK remains for our online GoFundMe campaign. We want to reach $10,000 and that means we have $555 to go. If you have the means, please consider helping us reach this goal and share the campaign with your friends, family, neighbors, etc.

Why QMB is "Queer" and why that's a great thing.

Perhaps "queer" is a new concept for many and we want to give a very brief overview to highlight the importance of groups like QMB. Queer is not a bad word, it is a theory, an identity, a body of research, a set of core beliefs that seek true equality. Queer culture and beliefs generally regard heteronormative expectations as negatively impacting every person in our society. Perhaps you have experienced pressure to marry, wear heels (or not wear heels) to work, earn enough to provide for a family on your own, or enjoy an exceptionally bitter IPA, and you're not really digging that. Queer people get it. Practices and institutions that privilege heterosexuality as "normal" result in loss of rights, access, effective justice, peace, and understanding by defining other identities as not normal. They may force you to not be your authentic self. QMB is a positive and spirited platform that gives the "others" representation in brewing by simply making great beer, being ourselves, and participating in local community events.