Mission: Equalize Warped Tour 2013

Equalize educates music fans about LGBTQ issues. Last year, we met over 1500 new Equalizers on Warped. This year, we're going to double that with your help!
Alex Pakula
Portland, Oregon
United States
2 Team Members

Equalize Warped Tour 2013!

After attending Warped Tour in 2008 and not finding any gender or sexual minority representation in their non-profit area, I saw not only a gap, but an opportunity to bring about a massive change in the music community.  I founded Equalize, an organization dedicated to educating music fans about issues that affect the sexual and gender minority communities and giving folks (both LGBTQ and straight allies!) the tools to create positive changes in the world.

I've always felt that I've had to keep my sexuality and gender identity, my passion for social justice, and my music separate from each other, but through Equalize, I've discovered that there are so many people like me in the world that want to mix the three together.  We want to create a safe space not only in places like the Warped Tour, but the world as a whole, where people can be themselves, no matter who they are or whom they love.

Last year, thanks to you all, we successfully funded and completed a week of Warped Tour out on the east coast.  We met over 1500 new Equalizers (that’s nearly one per minute!) in Boston, New York, DC, Hartford, and Virginia Beach.  We also were able to reach out to many supportive musicians, such as Taking Back Sunday, who were happy to spread the good word about Equalize.

Eddie's Pedals

This year, we’ve got our sights set on total coastal domination!  We need your help to get us not only back out to the east coast, but also to travel with the tour to Seattle, Portland, and California, as well as parts of the Midwest.  Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Detroit, and Chicago, here we come!

Going on Tour

All of the Equalizers going on Mission: Equalize Warped Tour have been on the road before.  We know how to cut costs while still ensuring a safe and healthy tour.  Our budget of $3500 includes transportation to a gateway city for each leg of the tour (Portland and Boston), a rental car to get us from city to city, gas, tolls, food, admission, supplies, literature, and merchandise.

We learned a lot last year about life on the road with Warped Tour.  It’s a little different than your average, run-of-the-mill tour, and we have created a budget this year that will better reflect our needs based on last years costs.  Here is a breakdown:

$720     Airfare

$1150   Gas

$800     Rental car

$200     Printing

$500     Supplies and other miscellaneous costs

$130     Tolls

$3500   Total

Making Equalizers

We will be taking the Equalizer Pledge campaign with us again this year.  This is our most successful campaign, and our most effective.  It allows us to educate music fans about how they can speak up when faced with homophobia or transphobia in a way that is positive and respectful, instead of negative or shaming.  When we ask someone to sign the Pledge and become and official Equalizer, we ask them not to use homophobic or transphobic language, as well as to interrupt any homophobic or transphobic language or actions that they safely can.

 Equalizer Pledge

Equalizing is all about inspiring people to start conversations with people who will inspire others to start conversations with people and those people will start more conversations and...you get the idea.  We know that every person makes a difference, because we have witnessed it so much in our own lives.  Every conversation about homophobia and transphobia plants a seed, and every conversation following it waters that seed.

Being an Equalizer brings positive changes to the world in a way that anyone can do!

In Portland, we have started thousands of conversations already.  From conferences to concerts, panels to parties, Equalize has reached out to more than we can count.  Our NO HOMO(PHOBIA) shirts and stickers alone spark meaningful interactions on a daily basis!

Equalizing in Action

Beyond just getting people talking, we also offer leadership opportunities for youth and young adults.  We have started a street team program where young music fans across the nation can learn how to be leaders in their own communities and organize events, actions, and workshops.  Many of the Equalizers we meet at shows travel hours from small towns and rural areas where there aren’t many opportunities to safely discuss sexuality or gender identity; starting a street team gives them a way to do this.  In larger cities, even ones known for being gay-friendly, street teams will give people a chance to find each other and work together in new ways to uplift their communities.

Either Way, Namaste!

Whether or not you contribute to our campaign, please share the message through the Indiegogo share tools, and the old fashioned way.  Every conversation started is a win, every person we connect to a victory.

Also, please be sure to “like” our Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/equalizeit - and share it with your friends.

Thank you so much for your time, and for any and all contributions. See you in the pit!!


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  • $5USD
    Playing Guitar in Your Bedroom

    All Equalizers that contribute $5 or more will get a shoutout on our Facebook, a virtual (or actual, if we see you) hug, and much gratitude.

    4 claimed
  • $10USD
    Living Room "Show"

    A $10 contribution gets you a shiny, amazing NO HOMO(PHOBIA) sticker to show off your support!

    6 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $20USD
    In the Garage

    All contributions of $20 will receive an "Equalize It!" SLAP BRACELET! The '80s are back! You will also get a fabulous NO HOMO(PHOBIA) sticker.

    6 out of 75 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $25USD
    Your First Basement Show!

    Sweet! All contributions of $25 will receive a NO HOMO(PHOBIA) 1" black rubber bracelet! You will also receive a NO HOMO(PHOBIA) sticker, of course.

    3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $35USD
    The Local Dive Bar

    For a contribution of $35, you can be the coolest kid on your block with an Equalize NO HOMO(PHOBIA) t-shirt! It's navy, it fits well, and it makes you look awesome. You also get one of our fabulous NO HOMO(PHOBIA) stickers.

    3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $40USD
    Backyard BBQ!

    Our black NO HOMO(PHOBIA) tanks were such a hit last year, that we want to offer them to our contributors this year! Get ready for fun in the summer sun. The sizing on these runs *very small* (they're meant for "juniors"), so please order accordingly. You also get one of our fabulous NO HOMO(PHOBIA) stickers.

    5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $55USD
    Hipster Club

    Deck yourself out in YOUR CHOICE of one T-shirt and one bracelet. You will also get a NO HOMO(PHOBIA) sticker.

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $75USD

    EXCLUSIVE! Get your very own handmade Equalize patch as well as an autographed photo of Equalize's star, Gay Panda! You will also get a t-shirt and bracelet of your choice AND a sticker!

    1 out of 15 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $100USD
    Going on Tour

    All Equalizers at the $100 level will get not one, but TWO fabulous Equalize shirts, a handmade Equalize patch, a signed photo of Gay Panda, and a sticker!

    1 claimed

    FLOBOTS Special!

    This amazing and VERY LIMITED perk means that you get everything included in the "Going on Tour" perk, PLUS Johnny 5 from the Flobots will write you a personalized rhyme, videotape it, and send it to you!!

    5 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $150USD
    Warped Tour!

    Be a part of Equalize! At the $150 level, you get to be a part of an exclusive Merch Team that will help us design our new merch! You will get one of any merch that you design for us. You will also get a t-shirt and bracelet of your choice, a handmade patch, a signed photo of Gay Panda, and a sticker.

    0 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $250USD
    Arena Tour

    We will get a band on Warped Tour to do a special video shoutout to you to say THANKS! You will also get a chance to be on the Merch Team, two t-shirts, two bracelets, two handmade patches, a signed photo of Gay Panda, and stickers.

    1 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
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