Layne “The Auctionista” Brings Awareness To International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia And Biphobia On May 17th Through Release Of New Youtube Series

Top Quote Canadian entertainer to release new YouTube series "The Helpless Butch". End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) May 08, 2019 - Canadian entertainer and philanthropist best known as Layne “The Auctionista” is raising awareness and celebrating International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia with the release of their new YouTube series “The Helpless Butch”. In the first episode, being released online May 17th, expert baker Stacey Bester (Sweet Bakery) teaches Layne the fundamentals of baking as they create a themed cookie from scratch. The cookie made in the episode will be sold at Sweet Bakery from May 13-17 with 100% of the proceeds going to Rainbow Railroad, an international charitable organization that helps lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals escape violence and persecution in their home countries.

    This passion for philanthropy comes as no surprise as Layne works with hundreds of non-profits across North America, helping them raise millions of dollars at charity gala events. As Canada’s Top-Ranked Benefit Auctioneer Specialist, Layne has been respectfully coined the “Philanthrotainer”. Layne has shared a stage with figures such as Sarah McLaughlin and basketball GM Masai Ujuri and has given PM Justin Trudeau a few laughs with their hilarious on-stage antics.

    When speaking to fundraising, Layne says, “I am devoted to sharing joy and making people feel appreciated and inspired to donate to charity. I want them to feel great about philanthropy, just as I do.”

    Trained at World Wide College of Auctioneering and a former Director of Development in the charitable sector, Layne applies their experience and profound niche knowledge to every aspect of fundraising planning and performance. As a top Benefit Auctioneer Specialist with over 1,000 events under their belt, Layne raises millions of dollars for charities every year and believes that “by inspiring giving, we make communities stronger”, which is why they have made a career of fundraising for decades. Through the development of LayneWay™ Fundraising Techniques, Layne travels across the country educating non-profit staff and volunteers; giving them a step by step breakdown on how to move the dial on philanthropy and make the most of their fundraising events. Layne also acts as a keynote speaker; engaging various audiences about the importance of breaking down barriers and the power of finding your voice.

    The Helpless Butch takes Canadian sweetheart Layne on a series of “how-to” adventures, with experts teaching this helpless butch how to do just about anything. Join Layne as they learn the fundamentals of baking, sewing, car maintenance and more with this hilarious half hour YouTube series, where the easiest of tasks might not be so easy. A clean-obsessed Layne using flour, eggs and food colouring? What could possibly go wrong? Pilot episode release date May 17th, 2019 on YouTube.

    In the spirit of the Underground Railroad, Rainbow Railroad’s mission is to help persecuted LGBTQI individuals get to safety as they seek a safe haven from state-enabled harassment and violence. Rainbow Railroad was founded in 2006 to provide an additional solution to address the global refugee crisis, to which LGBTQI persons are uniquely vulnerable. Rainbow Railroad provides support to LGBTQI individuals seeking safety with airfare and financial support that facilitates departure, travel, arrival and referral for settlement. Beyond direct financial assistance, Rainbow Railroad provides information, resources and advice for asylum claimants. Rainbow Railroad is a registered Canadian charity and US 501(c)(3) organization.

    Sweet Bakery is located in Brantford, Ontario and is home to expert baker Stacey Bester. With a made-from-scratch yet modern-approach to baking, Sweet Bakery boasts some of the best cupcakes in the province and serves a variety of gluten-free and vegan options, making it a go-to for anyone in the region. Stacey’s work can be seen in the TV show Sweet Occasions. Follow Sweet Bakery on Instagram at ( @ ) sweetbakerybrant or get more info at

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