Local Groups Help LGBT Victims of Hurricane Dorian in Bahamas

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09/11/2019

Local LGBT and LGBT-friendly organizations are joining forces to get much-needed funds and supplies to LGBT Bahamians whose lives were upended after Hurricane Dorian. Thousands of residents of Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands are relocating after the storm because they lack access to housing, food, and water. Among that population are presumed to be a significant number of LGBT people. Pride Fort Lauderdale and the Rustin fund are partnering to get help to LGBT victims as quickly as possible. “While there are already many organizations working in the Bahamas, LGBT+ people are still frequently overlooked in disaster relief responses,” said Charlie Rounds, who is managing the effort, in a pre-released statement. “In the wake of the first major hurricane of the season, many displaced LGBT+ persons in the Bahamas are urgently in need of safe and friendly temporary housing, as well as the basic necessities for survival.” The Rustin Fund for Global Equality, founded in memory of gay civil rights pioneer Bayard Rustin, is soliciting financial donations online. Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC) will distribute those funds to LGBT organizations in the Bahamas. Both the Rustin Fund and CVC work to empower LGBT people in developing countries actively.

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