Status of Recent Donations

Edited May 20th, 2024 for clarity around what charities Virtual Hope provides services for in Second Life, and to define more clearly the holdup with Tilia.

Donations are made directly through Virtual Hope and Tilia. Our donations and funds are held much more accountable now than ever in the past, since the requirement is that a third party, Virtual Hope, processes them, and Tilia themselves does the wire transfers. This requirement was established by Linden Lab, and Virtual Hope also handles all donations to American Cancer Society. These donations would be verifiable by both Virtual Hope and Tilia since they processed them, in addition to the acknowledgement letters from the charities themselves.

Donations are logged in not one but two ways. We keep copies of the Linden transaction logs monthly and the kiosks provide a log of all donations, which is why we require donations not be made to any person or avatar but only to a kiosk. It’s all tracked properly this way.

Now the not-so-great news. Three donations are waiting on Tilia to move forward. We are waiting on Tilia to authorize the charity accounts to sell their Linden on the LindeX. Once that is done, we once again will be waiting on Tilia to actually process the wire transfers.

The funds are secure and well-documented. Tilia has consistently been a source of pain in processing donations, and they continue to be. Derrick Linden and Virtual Hope are both working to try and cut through the red tape, and we expect these to be sent in the near future.

These are the donations currently holding due to Tilia:

$ 4,513 USD for LGBTQ Freedom Fund – L$ 1,259,861
– this is from last June

$ 4,513 USD for It Gets Better Project – L$ 1,259,861
– this is from last June

$ 2,854.57 for Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS – L$ 807,801
– this is from Halloween 2023, Holidaze 2023, and Mardi Gras 2024 combined.

All other donations have been completed and acknowledged. The amounts going back several years are listed along the left side of the website. Acknowledgement letters/receipts are posted in the main thread here but are scattered throughout. We will work on gathering those in on place under documents in the next week or two. UPDATE: This has been completed…acknowledgements from the charities are now available back to 2019 under “Documents” from the top menu.

Additional information:

Current balance in the Second Pride account: L$ 3,975,649

L$ 18,000 of this has been donated toward Second Pride 2024 from new vendors.

Subtracting the donations above that are waiting to be delivered, that leaves a General Fund balance of: L$ 630,126, which is slightly less than we have carried for many years now. This number fluctuates slightly due to expenditures for decor, etc. but remains in the 600K-700K range. Yes, these funds are accounted for in the Bylaws, and would be donated in the event of a crisis. They would go to the last charity that we raised funds for at the time.

Also, Tilia’s rules even make it INCREDIBLY difficult to set up a new charity to receive donations from us. We have not chosen the charity for June 2024 yet, but will announce it, or them, soon. We will likely be supporting one of the charities already set up that we have raised funds for recently rather than trying to get a new charity or charities pushed through. This is not a bad thing, as they are all worthy recipients of our member’s help.

As always, feel free to contact me, Tootsie, or Petr directly if you have questions. Posting anonymously on random, potentially malicious websites is not the best way to get questions answered in a direct and timely manner. We are always available.

Lee McKay
Chairman
Second Pride…

Lee McKay’s Response and a Call to Action

Second Pride Members:

There is some misinformation being passed around and I apologize for the confusion. Normally I would not address such things directly, but this time it seems prudent.

First, there is NO intention to close Second Pride. There never has been. Second Pride’s 19th season is kicking off and Second Pride 2024 will be held June 7th to 16th, and we are looking forward to our 20th anniversary next year! Please read to the end to see how YOU can help.

The persons who you may have received messages from today are not concerned with what is best for Second Pride. I do not know what their actual motives are. They did in fact reach out asking for my resignation a few weeks ago…not a “succession plan” as they called it in today’s message. One of those persons has been trying for several months to gaslight me into resigning, via private messages and asking me to have a sit down meeting with him about my “exit strategy”. Bear in mind, this person is a performer, never having been in any leadership role with us. I don’t know why they felt this “task” was theirs to undertake.

That being said, if I did resign today, or get hit by a bus, the “two member” clause in the Bylaws would take effect. The same would happen if Tootsie or Petr resigned or became incapacitated. What that clause says is simply that we must fill at least a third seat within 90 days. We are not in danger of that happening, and I’m quite certain that a third Board member would be found before the time ran out. We have candidates in mind already for the two seats that are available, but granted, it is difficult to find people with the time and ability to commit to fill these seats. In fact, two of the people attacking Second Pride right now were either asked or were under heavy consideration for seats on the Board.

As far as finances, everything is tracked and double tracked. We keep copies of the transaction logs AND the kiosk logs, which is why all donations go through the kiosks. Those records are freely available to anyone that wants to request to see them. Sending funds to the charities is handled by Virtual Hope. This is a requirement from Linden Lab and Tilia. Virtual Hope also provides the same function for the American Cancer Society and the Michael J. Fox Foundation for all of the official fundraisers for those charities held in Second Life.

Now with that aside, I want you to see what you have done for the last several years. Since 2021, you, our members have raised the following:

Ali Forney Center – $ 4,515 (USD)
ILGA Europe – $ 6,540 (USD)
Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS – $ 9,393 (USD)
LGBTA Freedom Fund – $ 4,813 (USD)
It Gets Better Project – $9,013 (USD)

Were donations down in 2023 from 2022? Yes, they were. Remember, no one was getting pandemic money anymore. Everyone was under financial strain. We also have not had a dedicated person or team reaching out to vendors and sponsors for some time. Without that, donations are going to be down. We need to go into June with at least 500,000L already raised from stores, etc. before the event even starts. We can’t achieve that without help.

Do you believe in Second Pride? If not, then feel free to stop here. That’s fine. We get it. We’re still going to keep doing what we’ve been doing for 19 years. Throwing big parties and raising funds for great causes. You’re still welcome to come to the parties. Everyone is welcome!

If yes, then are you willing to help? We need people to spread the word about us and what we do, to talk to store owners and designers, to reach out to club and community owners, to encourage them to put up posters and kiosks. We need to form a new Ambassador team, which we unfortunately lost in this strange situation. If you can help, contact me, or Tootsie Nootan, or Petr Vanbeeck. Understand, these aren’t fun jobs. They are difficult, tedious, and time-consuming, with little (no) glory or fame included.

You can also join our Discord to contact us, which is the best way. The link is: https://discord.gg/PPPt3n28sm

I am available to have a one-on-one discussion about all this with anyone that would like to. Just let me know.

Thank you for your time and Happy Pride!
Lee McKay

This message, our Bylaws, and other information about Second Pride are available on our website: http://second-pride.com…

Mardi Gras 2024 Schedule

All times are in SLT. Schedule is subject to change without notice.

DayDateTimePerf. TypePerformerHostSponsor
Friday2/9/20242pm-4pmOpening Party / Live DJMordecaiJoyce
Quiver, Inc.
Friday2/9/20244pm-6pmLive DJDJ UltraPupHarry(sponsorship available)
Friday2/9/20246pm-8pmLive DJKuma Live!Sunshine(sponsorship available)
Friday2/9/20248pm-10pmLive DJRapaColey(sponsorship available)
Friday2/9/202410pm-MidnightLive DJDJ SinHarry(sponsorship available)
Saturday2/10/202410am-12pmLive DJsirhcVampifabrik
Saturday2/10/202412pm-2pmLive DJDJ InsyXHarry(sponsorship available)
Saturday2/10/20242pm-4pmLive DJDJ JamieVinnie
Quiver, Inc.
Saturday2/10/20244pm-6pmRadio StoriesDJ CrixusBlake(sponsorship available)
Saturday2/10/20246pm-8pmLive DJDJ PruBlake(sponsorship available)
Saturday2/10/20248pm-10pmLive DJPandoraHarryGorean Whip Radio logoWHIP Radio
Saturday2/10/202410pm-MidnightLive DJDJ UuanColey(sponsorship available)
Sunday2/11/202410am-12pmLive DJIrish Breen The Music QueenHarryGorean Whip Radio logoWHIP Radio
Sunday2/11/202412pm-2pmLive DJDJ SpiffyBlakeGorean Whip Radio logoWHIP Radio
Sunday2/11/20242pm-4pmLive DJDJ FoxyHarryGorean Whip Radio logoWHIP Radio
Sunday2/11/20244pm-6pmLive DJDJ Jan XSheree(sponsorship available)
Sunday2/11/20246pm-7pmLive SingerChristine SunshineJoyce(sponsorship available)
Sunday2/11/20247pm-8pmLive DJDJ McKayJoyce(sponsorship available)
Sunday2/11/20248pm-10pmLive DJDJ LevyJaxson(sponsorship available)
Monday2/12/202412pm-2pmLive DJDJ BlakeGittrika(sponsorship available)
Monday2/12/20242pm-4pmLive DJDJ Mrs. BeerBaumHarry(sponsorship available)
Monday2/12/20244pm-6pmLive DJDJ KellenHarry(sponsorship available)
Monday2/12/20246pm-8pmLive DJDJ DennisHarryGorean Whip Radio logoWHIP Radio
Monday2/12/20248pm-10pmLive DJDJ DamienCha Eun-Woo(sponsorship available)
Tuesday2/13/202410am-12pmLive DJDJ Scary JesterSamuel(sponsorship available)
Tuesday2/13/202412pm-2pmLive DJDJ Proton
d-oo-b & Kalyca
Harry(sponsorship available)
Tuesday2/13/20242pm-4pmLive DJDJ LynkzJoyceGorean Whip Radio logoWHIP Radio
Tuesday2/13/20244pm-6pmLive DJDJ RockyLean(sponsorship available)
Tuesday2/13/20246pm-8pmClosing Party / Live DJDJ DzlHarry(sponsorship available)

Holidaze 2023 Starts TODAY!

Full schedule below

DayDateTimePerformer and HostSponsor
Friday12/15/20232pm-4pmIrish Breen The Music Queen
with host Lee
Friday12/15/20234pm-6pmDJ Duck Tales
with host Lynnox
Friday12/15/20236pm-8pmDJ Stix
with host Harry
Club Ren
Club Ren logo
Friday12/15/20238pm-10pmDJ Damien
with host Cha Eun-Woo
Friday12/15/202310pm-MidnightDJ Kellen
with host Blake
Saturday12/16/202310am-12pmsirhc
with host Vampi
Bock in Second Life
Bock in Second Life logo
Saturday12/16/202312pm-2pmDJ Crixus presents Christmas Radio Dramas
with host Elioth
Saturday12/16/20232pm-4pmProton & Kalyca (Alchemelic)
with host Jaylenn
Saturday12/16/20234pm-5pmLive Singer OuieNanda
with host Joyce
Saturday12/16/20235pm-6pmLive Singer Aint
with host Mara
Saturday12/16/20236pm-8pmDJ Blake
with host Harry
Saturday12/16/20238pm-10pmDJ Morgen
with host Blake
Saturday12/16/202310pm-MidnightDJ Zale
with host Hawt
Sunday12/17/202310am-12pmDJ Scary Jester
with host Ryland
Sunday12/17/202312pm-2pmDJ Rocky
with host Lean
Tootsie Nootan
Sunday12/17/20232pm-4pmDJ Jason Roach
with host Harry
(Sponsorship Available)
Sunday12/17/20234pm-5pmTBA
with host Lynnox
(Sponsorship Available)
Sunday12/17/20235pm-6pmLive Singer Christine
with host Lynnox
(Sponsorship Available)
Sunday12/17/20236pm-8pmDJ Dzl
with host Harry
(Sponsorship Available)
Sunday12/17/20238pm-10pmClosing Party with DJ Levy
and host Jaxson
Love Wins Always

8 Pines 8 Days of Christmas 2023

Our friends at 8 Pines Stables are doing their 8 Days of Christmas benefit for Second Pride for the THIRD year in a row, December 2nd through 9th. All donations at the event will come directly to Second Pride to benefit Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS, adding to our total from Glitter & Gore 2023!

The full schedule is below. Please come out and support and have a good time! All times are in SLT

RAISED SO FAR: L$ 208,000!

Saturday Dec 2nd
10am – 12pm Proton & Kalyca (Alchemelic)
12pm – 2 pm Dj Stix
2pm – 4pm DJ Mirco Dinzeo / Mirco’s Crazy Music Mix Show
4pm – 6 pm Dj Winnie
6pm – 8pm Dj Ultrapup
8pm – 10pm Dj Dolly

Sunday Dec 3rd
11am – 1pm Dj Phara
2pm – 4pm Priscila Rainbow
4pm – 6pm DJ Kuma
6pm – 8pm Dj Rapa
8pm – 10pm DJ Uuan

Monday Dec 4th
10am – 12pm DJ Mint
12pm – 2pm DJ Blake
2pm – 4pm Dj Diego Monroe SG
4pm – 6pm DJ Winnie
6pm – 8pm DJ Aria
8pm – 10pm DJ Damien

Tuesday Dec 5th
10am – 12 pm DJ Dennis
12pm – 2pm sirhc
2pm – 4pm DJ Jamie
4pm – 6pm Caden (Live Singer / DJ)
6pm – 8pm Gorden Rammy
8pm – 10pm DJ Deej

Wednesday Dec 6th
11am – 1pm DJ Danza
1pm – 3pm Gabriell Dubratt
4 pm – 6pm DJ Big D
6pm – 8pm Rainbow Warrior Girls
8pm – 10pm DJ Ultrapup

Thursday Dec 7th
10am – 12pm DJ Savanah
12pm – 2 pm DJ Juliet
2pm – 4pm DJ Lynkz
4pm – 6pm Proton & Kalyca (Alchemelic)
6pm – 8pm DJ McKay
8pm – 10 pm DJ Viktor Sandman

Friday Dec 8th
10 am – 12 pm DJ Morgen
12 pm – 2 pm DJ DerFuFu
2pm – 4 pm DJ Nele Yule
4pm – 6 pm DJ Katie
6pm – 8 pm DJ Pru
8 pm – 10pm DJ Cole

Saturday Dec 9th
10am – 12pm DJ Flixxcore
12pm – 1pm Live Singer Lavinia Pelazzi
2 pm – 4pm DJ Duck Tales
4pm – 6pm DJ Flirt
6pm – 8pm DJ Stix
8pm – 10pm DJ Darkheart

Glitter & Gore 2023 – Thank You!

Now that we’ve all slept at least 24 hours, LOL. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE who performed, hosted, secured, ambassadored, designed, donated, or otherwise helped to make Glitter & Gore 2023 a success! The current total is L$ 322,684, or $1,080.55. This isn’t the final total, as there is more math to do, and we’re going to keep the total running through next weekend, so if you didn’t get a chance to donate, you still can! Of course, we will continue to raise funds for BCEFA through Holidaze and Mardi Gras as well, so we can just keep on boosting that number for a great cause! Those are shorter events, and the dates will be announced in November.…

Glitter & Gore Schedule is Available

Click the link in the menu at the top of the page. There are a VERY small number of performer and host slots available. Also, all performance slots are available for sponsorship. Contact Lee McKay for more information.

Second Pride 2023 Wrap Party

Presented by Back to the 80s
TP to the Event

Saturday – L$ 30,250 Raised on Day One!

8am-10am DJ Mordecai & Host Christa – Saturday Morning Cartoon Party
10am-12pm DJ Raye & Host Keri – Pride EDM Disco Blend
12-2pm DJ Blake & Host Joyce – (Second Pride Guest DJ)
2-4pm DJ Lucifer & Host Reky – Saturday Discomania
4-6pm DJ Ellie & Host R’ryvnn – Free & Fabulous Hi-NRG Party
6-8pm DJ Emz & Host Kevy – Totally Awesome Mixtape (Pride Side)
8-10pm DJ Sam & Host Stefanie – (Second Pride Guest DJ)

Sunday – L$ 45,043 Total Raised!

8am-10am DJ Jason Roach & Host Reky – (Second Pride Guest DJ)
10am-11am DJ Mordecai & Host Keri
11am-12pm Ouie Nanda performing & Host Keri (Live Singer)
12-2pm DJ Blake & Host Kevy – (Second Pride Guest DJ)
2-4pm DJ Marius & Host Keri – Neon Nights: So.Much.80s!
4-6pm DJ UB & Host Siri – The Wayback Machine
6-8pm DJ Raye & Host Dep – The Undie Sunder PLUR Party
8-10pm DJ Tazzie & Host Harry
10pm-12am DJ Advent & Host Brent – 80s Diamonds in the Deep

Schedule / Vendor Directory

The full schedule and teleports to each vendor’s location are available at the links at the top of the page!

Please take time to visit each of our sponsor’s/vendor’s locations. It helps us, and it helps them, AND you’ll find some free goodies and super deals if you do!…