As a community, we have a duty to continue to stand up and fight for our LGBT+ siblings at this challenging time. That's why All Out launched the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund.
In a matter of weeks, we worked with donors and foundations to raise over US$200,000 to support LGBT+ communities facing immediate danger.
Now more than ever, we have a duty as a community to protect our LGBT+ siblings who are at the sharp end of this pandemic. 😷 All Out’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund is helping LGBT+ groups around the world pay for essential needs such as food, soap, face masks, medications, and rent for safe shelter. . 👉 Go to the link in our bio and donate today to help immediate life-saving support get to the most vulnerable LGBT+ communities. . #lgbt #lgbti #lgbtq #lbtqia #lgbtrights #lgbtrightsarehumanrights #covid #corona #covid19 #corona2020 #coronarelief #coronahelp #donate #donatetoday #donatetodaysavealife
Over the following weeks, we remitted funds to over 60 groups in about 30 countries. Across the world, All Out members' donations have literally saved lives - food, protective equipment, soap, shelter, medication, legal support, emergency transportation, and much more have all been provided to our LGBT+ community at this incredibly challenging time. Here are some examples:
It is with great thanks to @AllOut and @AHRC for making sure LGBTQQ Refugees in Kakuma receive food during this period of COVID-19 pandemic.— Refugee Coalition of East Africa (@RefCEA) 9 mai 2020
Not forgetting the Leadership that coordinated with Refugee Coalition of East Africa for the great work.#EndCOVID19 #COVID19 #Coronavirus pic.twitter.com/zp1Vxx2H37
Here’s what some of our partners have said:
Eswatini Sexual and Gender Minorities (Eswatini)
“Thank you so much! We are beyond Grateful. We have been losing much sleep over not being able to provide masks and thermometers. We've been trying desperately to get food donations to try and sustain our housed community members through this crisis. Your Gift addresses all of today's gravest concerns.”
Justin Hilton, Founder, SafePlace International (Greece)
“I want to thank All Out for focusing attention on the needs of extremely vulnerable LGBTIQ refugees in the Kakuma refugee camp. So few resources make it up to that remote part of Kenya and the needs of our community there are so great. The food assistance and other things that your funds will supply there will be greatly appreciated.”
Steve Roth, Executive Director, Organization for Refuge, Asylum and Migration (ORAM)
“We are managing to deliver food and other materials to the beneficiaries. This fills us with deep joy and satisfaction. The situation in Ecuador is getting worse every day, with an increase in the number of infected people, deaths and the collapse of our health system. The government's management has been really disastrous, and we are living through the worst economic crisis in our history. You have been an oasis in the midst of so much disease, death, poverty and pain.”
Pamela Troya, Executive Director, Acción Igualitaria (Ecuador)
"I had lost hope, and I was living a life full of despair and anxiety, no food, no rent, no friend to speak to. Thank you, Steven and the entire team, at VEHRA for remembering us by reaching out to All Out for support."
A member of VEHRA in Uganda who benefited from the food, medication, PPE, and rent money they provided
And that's just the tip of the iceberg. We also provided emergency support from this fund to groups in Cameroon, Colombia, Costa Rica, France, Kenya, Mexico, Tanzania, and the UK.
A huge “thank you” to all the donors and foundations who jumped in with generous support. We’re incredibly proud of what your support has enabled at this deeply challenging moment for our community.