“Schitt’s Creek” fans raised more than $20,000 for an LGBTQ+ youth support group.
Between June 30 and August 14, 2019, fans raised $23,380 for LGBT Youth Line, a youth-led organization that offers peer support and leadership training for queer youth in Canada. The fundraiser was set up in honor for co-creator and star Dan Levy’s 36th birthday.
David, Levy’s character on “Schitt’s Creek,” is pansexual
“[Dan Levy has] opened the door for more genuine television storytelling with queer characters and queer love stories at the forefront where love and acceptance are the norm,” the fundraiser page stated. “And, he’s paved the way for many of us to live more authentic lives out loud. Now, we want to send a love letter right back to him by supporting an amazing organization.”
The fundraiser was spearheaded by Bea Edwards. The 35-year-old “Schitt’s Creek” fan reached out to other fans to figure out how to celebrate the show and thank Levy on his birthday.
“We talked a little bit about his birthday…and I was like, ‘Listen, messages are awesome and great, we should do those, but what if we actually gave back to an organization that he really cares about?’” she told the Huffington Post.
The fundraiser’s initial goal was $500. LGBT Youth Line said it will use the money raised to increase outreach in rural and suburban North communities.