ARKANSAS HAS A WINNER: It's Lucie's Place, which helps homeless LGBT youths.
Still more good news for Lucie's Place
, the small Little Rock nonprofit that works to help homeless LGBT youths.
We've written before about how a netroots campaign sprung up to benefit Lucie's Place as a concrete way to show displeasure with the Duggar reality TV show family
for spending $10,000 to support the cause of legal discrimination against gay people in Fayetteville.
The fund-raising campaign raised $30,000 for Lucie's Place (real money, it came through PayPal and credit cards, not pledges).
Now this: Tom's of Maine,
a maker of natural personal care products (toothpaste, deodorant), has announced that Lucie's Place is a winner in its 50 States for Good program for 2014.
The company is distributing $500,000 to help grassroots nonprofits in 50 states and Lucie's is the Arkansas recipient of $10,000.
David Koon wrote a cover story
about Lucie's Place in the Times
So, thanks, Duggars for $40,000 and counting to show love and acceptance of LGBT people in Little Rock, if not in Fayetteville.
The Duggars have been braying about their "victory" in the repeal of a Fayetteville civil rights ordinance. A petition drive to get TLC to drop their show continues to gain momentum. Attention has also been drawn
to son Josh Duggar's work as lobbyist for a national anti-gay organization seen as a "hate group" by some.