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BLgTUSA // The First 50 State Food Tour For Equality

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Support LGBT Community Centers, Buy A BLgT Sandwich! 

Click the fun green button to the right (or above on mobile) that says "Back This Project." Thanks for joining legend Edie Windsor in making it happen. Now, story time....

Hey, you made it! 

Are you hungry? We thought so. If you love equality + food as much as we do, you're in luck. We've created a twist on the classic BLT, to get people out for LGBT equality. Yes, that's right. We've created a brand spanking new sandwich - The BLgT

// HOW THIS WORKS // 

So what are we doing with this epic new sandwich? From May 22-Sept 22, 2015 (we like long summers), we're building 2 Unique BLgT Experiences.

    EXPERIENCE #1 // BLgT WITH US IN YOUR HOME STATE
  • BLgTUSA begins in Provincetown, MA on Memorial Day Weekend. We will change cities every 2-3 days (schedule below). Exact location in each city is TBD with our Partner Chefs. Alaska + Hawaii -- we have a special BLgT pop-up coming your way!
  • BLgTUSA friends will have the opportunity to play with us online, and in-person when we roll through town. You might even learn something new...
  • The BLgTUSA Truck will be a vehicle (heyyy, truck puns!) to share the stories of real people (activists, chefs, centers, you, your mom), spark local conversations about national issues, and get people out for equality in every state. 

 EXPERIENCE #2 // EAT FOR THE CAUSE ALL SUMMER LONG

  • We're partnering chefs with local LGBT community centers to get people out for equality. CenterLink, the network of LGBT Centers, is our incredible nonprofit partner connecting us to centers in your home state. 
  • Chefs commit to creating their own BLgT sandwich, and putting it on the menu for the duration of the 4 month BLgTUSA Tour. NOTE: The "g" is whatever chefs want it to be. Gouda, guacamole, a side cup of gazpacho... you get it. Expect a few chef "throw downs" for the cause. And YES! There will be a veg friendly option.
  • Proceeds from BLgT sandwiches go towards local LGBT Community Centers, that have and will continue to be, heroic boots on the ground. YOU will have the opportunity to support Centers locally by buying a BLgT sandwich in your home state ALL SUMMER LONG!

To get this summer party for a cause started, we need your support TODAY. Your contribution will go towards making the our BLgT Tour happen TOGETHER. Again, your Kickstarter dollars are not direct contributions to the Centers. They are the seed funds to make sure Centers receive promotion and proceeds this summer. LET'S DO THIS.

// LOVING THIS! WAIT, WHY? // 

Here are the Top Three BLgT Reasons we're spending 4 months together: 

  • We believe that policy action needs a dinner date and dance partner to change the hearts and minds of real people. People will step up + take action if it's FUN. 
  • Everyone needs to eat. Food is universal. Food brings people together.
  • Marriage equality has seen UH-mazing historic wins in the last 3 years (Edie Windsor + Robbie Kaplan...swoonnn). BUT! Jaw dropping numbers (below) show that reality is NOT SO HOT (or fair, or nice) for LGBT people in the US. Our Trans friends sadly know it best. And don't even get us started about the situation abroad... next time. We <3 data. Let's dive into the numbers!!

// JAW DROPPING NUMBERS // 

We feel you, boo. 

3% stat // http://lgbtmap.org/file/2014-national-lgbt-movement-report.pdf

Okay, deep breath. Dance break. Let's get down to business. 

// WHAT'S THE GOAL? HOW MUCH DOES THIS COST? //

  • GOAL // Our goal is to get 1 MILLION PEOPLE OUT FOR EQUALITY IN 2015. This means supporters (you!) backing us today on Kickstarter to make the BLgTUSA Tour happen. Sharing stories, online and in-person. Purchasing sandwiches, with proceeds to Centers. Giving time or donations to local LGBT nonprofits. Doing good, spreading love! 
  • COSTS // This is going to take some serious bling. We have different scenarios based on the amount of money we raise. Right now, our expected budget is $500,000. The $150,000 Kickstarter Goal will be offset by corporate sponsorship, and friends and family investment. 
  • MO' MONEY, SIGNIFICANTLY FEWER PROBLEMS // The more we raise on Kickstarter together, the less we have to rely on outside investment. It takes a village, people... HERE WE GOOOOO!

// IN IT TO WIN IT. WHAT NOW? //

You can make the BLgTUSA Tour happen with us by stepping up + supporting at any level. So. Many. Delicious. Rewards! 

// GAME TIME. WHO'S COOKING UP THIS GOODNESS? // 

We, Taryn + Peter, have been friends for 6 years. We co-founded GET//OUT together in 2014, to create fun ways to support equality. We live together, too. We thank our lucky stars every day to have a DREAM TEAM with us making things happen, most donating personal time + $:

Video Cast. Yes, these are real family + friends. SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR LOVES:

  • Cal Miller-Stevens + Sam Stevens (Taryn's cool parents <3)
  • Allie Esslinger (Cohen's Mom, see above)
  • Cohen (Allie's RIDICULOUSLY CUTE pug / team mascot) 
  • Eric Peckham (gluten free ninja, see above)
  • Kathryn Finney (rainmaker, she runs THIS)
  • The PlayLab Boys (Archie, Jeff, JOB, see above)
  • Trisha Johnson + Baby Lulu (one our surrogate NYC families)
  • Ty Tyshiro (Author, Taryn's former rad roommate)
  • Zeke Thomas (entrepreneur / DJ, he'll make you shake it ALL BLgT NIGHT LONG)

Are you still hungry? YESSS! Order your VIP BLgT now on the right side of this page (/top if you're on mobile) and cut the summer lines. Or Gas Up Your Home State! $10 to $10,000 -- your support means everything. Thank you for stepping up. Thank you for sharing the BLgT LOVE. We can't wait to see you this summer! For now, we'll see you on the socials...

We're @getoutgang on the instas, FB, and twitter. You can follow the tour behind the scenes online via our BLgTUSA tumblr

Order you BLgT today + #BLgTUSA ALL THE WAYYY!

-Taryn + Peter 

Risks and challenges

- Weather // It's summer. El Nino might hit North Dakota. Climate change is FOR REAL, so with the weather... you never know. That said, unless there's an apocalyptic summer snow, the show will go on.

- Logistics // The plan is to have partner chefs cook BLgTs in their own kitchens when we roll through town and set-up shop in front of their restaurant. If there are any last minute emergencies (see: "Kitchen Fires"), this might set-us back.

- Kitchen Fires // They happen. They're SCARY!! Hopefully they won't happen in our partner chef's kitchens when we're in town...

- Sickness // While we like to believe we have super human health powers, getting sick is a risk and having our team 100% healthy the whole time is a legit challenge.

- Truck Issues // It's a truck. They break. We have scenarios B and C if this happens, but mechanical issues might make us adjust the schedule.

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    BLgT for YOU • 1 BLgT! Cut the lines and we’ll have a VIP BLgT waiting for you when we come to your state. NOTE: ALL BACKERS Receive YOUR NAME on our BLgTUSA website!

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    BLgT for TWO + Postcard • 1 BLgT for you + 1 to gift! Cut the lines and we’ll have a BLgT waiting for you AND your +1 when we come to your states. Please note who we should gift your BLgT to. We’ll be in touch about your sandwich love. • Thank You Postcard from the road.

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    Gas Up Your Home State! EARLY BIRD RATE for first 250 Backers • Show some hometown love. Back one tank of gas in your favorite state and have YOUR NAME (listed by state) on The BLgT Truck! • Your own BLgT limited edition key chain. • Thank You postcard from the road.

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    Gas Up Your Home State! • Show some hometown love. Back one tank of gas in your favorite state and have YOUR NAME (listed by state) on The BLgT Truck! • Your own BLgT limited edition key chain. • Thank You postcard from the road.

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    Gas Up Your Home State + BLgT For You! (Save $5) • Show some hometown love. Back one tank of gas in your favorite state and have YOUR NAME (listed by state) on The BLgT Truck! • 1 BLgT for you! Cut the lines and experience the truck. We’ll have a VIP BLgT waiting in your city of choice. • Your own BLgT limited edition key chain • Thank You postcard from the road.

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    Gas Up Your Home State + BLgT For Two! (Save $10) • Show some hometown love. Back one tank of gas in your favorite state and have YOUR NAME (listed by state) on The BLgT Truck! • 1 BLgT for you + 1 to gift! Cut the lines and experience the truck. We’ll have a VIP BLgT waiting for you and special someone in your cities of choice. Please note whom we should gift your BLgT to. We’ll be in touch about your sandwich love. • Your own BLgT limited edition key chain! • Thank You postcard from the road.

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    Recipes + Road Stories Uncensored – Digital • Your own BLgTUSA Collector’s E-Book. Recipes from every chef. Stories and snapshots from the road. YOUR NAME (listed by state) on The BLgT Truck! • 1 BLgT for you! Cut the lines and experience the truck. We’ll have a VIP BLgT waiting in your city of choice. • Thank You postcard from the road.

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    Recipes + Road Stories Uncensored – Yes, A Book • Your own real BLgTUSA Collector’s Book. Recipes from every chef. YOUR NAME (listed by state) on The BLgT Truck! • 1 BLgT for you! Cut the lines and experience the truck. We’ll have a VIP BLgT waiting in your city of choice. • Thank You postcard from the road.

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    Everything But The Kitchen Sink • A VIP personalized tour of the BLgT Truck when we roll through your city! • Your own real BLgTUSA Collector’s book. Recipes from every chef. Stories and snapshots from the road, signed by the BLgT Tour Team with a personalized note. • YOUR NAME (listed by state) on The BLgT Truck! • 1 BLgT for you! Cut the lines and experience the truck. We’ll have a VIP BLgT waiting in your city of choice. • Thank You postcard from the road.

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    THE KITCHEN SINK • For real. YOUR NAME (or someone special) engraved on our BLgT KITCHEN SINK CLUB plaque, which will hang above our sink on the tour. We (+chefs!) wash our hands regularly, so we will think of you always. • A VIP personalized tour of the BLgT Truck when we roll through your city, where you can see, use, and take photos with your sink! • Framed photo of name above our sink, sent to you from the road • YOUR NAME (listed by state) on The BLgT Truck! • 1 BLgT for you! Cut the lines and experience the truck. We’ll have a VIP BLgT waiting in your city of choice. • Thank You postcard from the road.

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    THE KITCHEN SINK VIP • Everything in The Kitchen Sink above. PLUS your very own meet and greet with the BLgT Team and Chef in your city!!

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    BLgT Private Chef Dinner For (up to) 10 • DinnerLab x GET//OUT Exclusive Collaboration. Rally (or treat) the crew for a 4 course BLgT themed dinner! M-Th dinner date agreed upon with DinnerLab in one of 24 member cities. Food, bamboo serveware, plastic cups, butcher paper table clothes, white linen napkins, greyscale menus, service, and non-alcoholic bevs, and fun included. (Booze is not. Sorry boos.) Great for sharing with friends, family, and co-workers you actually like. • YOUR NAME (listed by state) on The BLgT Truck! • 1 BLgT for you! Cut the lines and experience the truck. We’ll have a VIP BLgT waiting in your city of choice. • Thank You postcard from the road. • NOTE: This dinner is a COMPLETELY SEPARATE (epic) experience from the BLgT Truck.

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    BLgT Private Chef Dinner For (up to) 20 • DinnerLab x GET//OUT Exclusive Collaboration. Rally (or treat) the crew for a 4 course BLgT themed dinner! M-Th dinner date agreed upon with DinnerLab in one of 24 member cities. Food, bamboo serveware, plastic cups, butcher paper table clothes, white linen napkins, greyscale menus, service, and non-alcoholic bevs, and fun included. (Booze is not. Sorry boos.) Great for sharing with friends, family, and co-workers you actually like. • YOUR NAME (listed by state) on The BLgT Truck! • 1 BLgT for you! Cut the lines and experience the truck. We’ll have a VIP BLgT waiting in your city of choice. • Thank You postcard from the road. • NOTE: This dinner is a COMPLETELY SEPARATE (epic) experience from the BLgT Truck.

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    Personal BLgT Truck Experience $10,000 • Hot BLgT damn! Game on. We’ll curate your corporate, university, or private event next summer as we roll through your city. Too many fun perks to list. Contact us directly to chat further.

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