Lil Nas X Helps Raise $500K For HIV Organizations Through Faux Baby Registry
The rapper helped raise funds for various organizations affiliated with the Gilead COMPASS Initiative, an HIV/AIDS advocacy group based in the South.
March 29, 2022 at 11:09 pm
The 22-year-old rapper unveiled his “baby registry” last September alongside his MONTERO album, with each song on the 15-track project being linked to at least one charity. Fourteen of these nonprofits are affiliated with the Gilead COMPASS Initiative, an organization that “works to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Southern United States.”
So far, COMPASS organizations have helped upwards of 175,000 people gain access to appropriate healthcare, and they also help lead HIV advocacy efforts throughout the South. Just last year, the initiative expanded to three new states (Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Kentucky) and helped recruit new organizations to serve as grantees (i.e., affiliates).
“Communities all across the South, like my home state of Georgia, are being transformed by the work of COMPASS grantees,” Lil Nas X said of the initiative. “The Montero baby registry was created to send resources to grassroots groups serving the most vulnerable. Funds raised will go to people living with HIV and inspire a new generation of leaders who will keep pushing for HIV education and one day, a cure.”
With Lil Nas X‘s help, COMPASS grantees listed on the Montero baby registry raised about $500,000. The news was broken earlier today in a statement by a grantee known as The Normal Anomaly Initiative, “a Houston-based nonprofit dedicated to assisting Black, queer+ people with overcoming barriers.”