In 2015, Fortune Feimster--a comedian who, in addition to her many appearances on Chelsea Lately and Last Comic Standing is now developing her own series with funny woman Tina Fey--did a little PFLAG role reversal: instead of her mother supporting her, she traveled home to Belmont, North Carolina to support her mom...and PFLAG Gaston.
After the chapter ran into an issue with a local restaurant owner who declined to allow his business to be used for a fundraiser for the chapter (stating he didn't work with partisan or contentious groups), Fortune traveled home to support her mom, Ginger, participating in the second annual Charlotte Pride Parade.
Fortune one bettered herself: she paid for the float and even rode on it for the parade! And she also set up a crowdfund for the chapter, which in the end raised close to $3,000 for the chapter.
Quoted in the Gaston Gazette, Feimster said, “Since they were running into some obstacles Feimster with mother Ginger and brother Jay and I believe their work to be imperative to the gay community, I decided to step in and help. Because I support any group that supports me.”
“It’s always good to be supported and that works both ways,” said Ginger Feimster, in the same Gazette piece. “(Fortune) is very vocal, but she’s also very respectful, in a very positive way.”
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