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The Real MainStream is the only LGBTQ-identified, intersectional, progressive publication serving Illinois and Iowa. We aim to serve marginalized communities including the LGBTQ, BIPOC, women, seniors, people of alternative faiths, and more. Learn how to get involved below:

The Real Mainstream is funded by advertising revenue, and a whole lot of donated time and goodwill.

We also function whenever possible like a nonprofit in spirit, often providing discounts and/or donations, especially to nonprofits and community groups.

In addition, we have needed to reinvent our entire operation because of COVID-19, an experience many of you can relate to. This has created additional costs and essentially rendered us into a brand new publication yet again.

For these reasons, we welcome additional support to achieve the goal of providing timely progressive, intersectional and LGBTQ-identified coverage to Illinois and Iowa.

Maybe you’re a philanthropist. Or a business that doesn’t think you need to advertise, but would like to help the cause of our work. Whatever your situation, we welcome your support.

How will your contribution be used?

• compensating contributing writers

• donating ad space to worthy and needy nonprofits

• improving our outreach throughout Illinois and Iowa, so that more readers can benefit from the work we invest to provide intersectional, progressive and LGBTQ-identified coverage

This service is constantly improving. Please help us keep on improving. Thank you!

Monthly Contribution

Help support The Real MainStream with a recurring donation in the amount of your choosing. Your support will go toward compensating writers or contributors, improving the website, or expanding outreach to the groups, readers and businesses we serve.

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One-Time Contribution

Help support The Real MainStream with a donation in the amount of your choosing. Your support will go toward compensating writers or contributors, improving the website, or expanding outreach to the groups, readers and businesses we serve.

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