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Late last month, Hornet reported on the great work being done by gay wrestler Dave Marshall, who in his home country of Australia had dedicated himself to raising money for suicide prevention in an interesting way. Marshall had created an OnlyFans account, a platform whereby anyone can create content that “fans” are then able to subscribe to (usually adult-oriented content, but not always), and was donating a chunk of his proceeds to local charity Beyond Blue.
Since March, when the gay wrestler created his OnlyFans page, Dave Marshall had raised thousands to fight suicide, a cause near and dear to his heart after his father had taken his own life.
But after news of Marshall’s charitable work — and, more importantly, how he was going about raising those funds — got back to Beyond Blue, the organization reached out to him and said it could not accept his donations.
Beyond Blue has said Dave Marshall used the charity’s name to “promote the sale of products [offered] in the field of pornography,” and that all fundraising activities are supposed to be registered. The charity has asked the gay wrestler to remove all mention of the charity from his social media and wants to be sure “future consumers of your products are not given the impression their purchase is in any way supporting Beyond Blue.”
The ultimatum given to Dave Marshall was simple: He could remove all mention of Beyond Blue from his pages and not mention the organization, or they would offer him a full refund.
He chose the latter option. “I don’t want to be quiet about what I’m doing,” Marshall tells Gay Star News, “so it wasn’t the charity for me.”
Instead Marshall has found a different charity that is more than happy to accept his donations, despite the fact that they are garnered through his OnlyFans page. He’s since decided to double the money he got back from Beyond Blue (around $5,000 AUS) and gift it to Black Dog Institute, a 16-year-old organization dedicated to understanding and treatment of mental illness.
“It’s a cause that I am proud the help,” Dave Marshall says. “Now more than ever, I’m even more proud of the organization for accepting me and my donations.”
And for the record, the gay wrestler bears no shame surrounding how he makes his money. “At the end of the day, everyone makes money in different ways. It’s what you choose to do with it that can make a difference or not,” he says. “It’s money from my community that has supported and loved me, and it’s my way of giving back.”
What do you think of gay wrestler Dave Marshall giving back through his OnlyFans page?
Images from Dave Marshall’s Instagram account