The Telethon, Trans-formed

Photo courtesy of MTUG

This ain’t your grandad’s telethon! Starting at noon tomorrow, the Metro Trans Umbrella Group of St. Louis will stage a 24-hour variety show on Facebook and YouTube to raise money for MTUG’s many trans-oriented programs.

The telethon will have a bit of everything: Musician Kristen Goodman will play a set, designer Maxi Glamour will put on a creative makeup tutorial and a team of artists will be painting a mural live for 24 hours to auction off at the end.

The proceeds, gathered through ActBlue, will benefit MTUG, a 501(c)3 that serves more than 100 adults monthly. MTUG plans to use the funds to provide bus vouchers so individuals can attend the six support groups it offers. The staff also wants to hire a therapist and to help people pay for name-change costs. A new office space wouldn’t hurt either.

Tune in and toss some coin their way!

MTUG Telethon Live!, Sat. Dec. 9, noon, to Sun. Dec. 10, noon, connect on MTUG’s Facebook page or YouTube channel. More info on the website,

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