BRUJULA INTERSEXUAL COVID-19 RELIEF

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Mexico-based Brújula Intersexual makes intersex issues visible by denouncing the human rights violations experienced by intersex people. In distributing information to and providing workshops for the general public as well as public servants, doctors, psychologists, and other professionals, Brújula Intersexual also collaborates with national human rights organizations to develop policies that protect intersex people from discrimination and that protect their human rights. Brújula Intersexual stands against medically unnecessary surgeries, which intersex infants and minors are subjected to without their fully informed consent. These surgeries violate their right to self-determination, bodily integrity and physical autonomy.

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In the time of COVID-19, the intersex community in Mexico and Latin America are facing exacerbated situations.  These include the inability to access essential medications–such as those necessary for Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia, an intersex variation–and difficulty accessing life-saving medical treatments for long-term issues resulting from intersexual genital mutilation and other medical conditions.

Brújula Intersexual has stepped up to support the intersex community in Mexico and the region and is working to provide basic needs during this urgent time.  Medical support can help to prevent death, prevent incapacitation from neglected health needs, and to reduce complications due to the lack of access to healthcare.  Brújula Intersexual is also working to support people’s food needs as well as their ability to communicate with friends and loved ones and to receive psychosocial support in this critical time.

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J-FLAG COVID-19 RELIEF

COVID-19 has affected many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people in Jamaica with seven in every eight person indicating it has had financial, social, mental or emotional impact on them. 
 
Over the last couple weeks, since the first case was reported, a number of people have reached out to us at J-FLAG, WE-Change, Transwave Jamaica and Equality Youth JA for assistance with food and other daily expenses. Through donations received, we were able to assist a little over two hundred persons in Kingston & St Andrew, St Catherine and St Elizabeth with care packages but, as you can imagine, this is not enough. 
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We desperately need your help to provide assistance to those who are unable to work and have lost their income and those who are homeless as this is a really difficult time for many people. 
 
In April, an online survey conducted among over 200 LGBTQ people found that due to COVID:
  • 24.24% of LGBTQ people have lost their job;
  • 29.29% are unable to afford to pay rent, utilities and other bills; and
  • 30.3% are unable to buy groceries.
 
The #GiveOneHelpOne campaign seeks to raise funds to prepare and distribute care packages with food and toiletries to LGBTQ Jamaicans who are in need.
 
We need your help to support those who desperately need our help. Your donation will go a far way in helping those who are in need during this time. 
 
Thank you so much for your kind donation. We truly appreciate your kindness and support in this difficult time.  
 
Regards,
Jaevion, Shawna, Neish & Raihn from 
J-FLAG, WE-Change, Transwave Jamaica and Equality Youth JA
 
#GiveOneHelpOne 

Rainbow House

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In a small country in Central Asia called Kyrgyzstan, the LGBT+ community is daily plagued with stigmatization and discrimination. They face limited access to social services, abuse from police, illegal detentions, blackmailing, domestic violence, physical attacks, rape and even torture. They lack safe environments where they can meet, socialize, talk or just simply be themselves.

Recent constitutional amendments, passed via a referendum, have strengthened the power of the state at both the cost of democracy and civic society. The state campaign advocating for the amendments was full of anti-LGBT messages, with particular focus on changing the definition of marriage from between two adults to between a man and a woman. A discriminatory bill, which seeks to criminalize the promotion of LGBT+ rights in a similar fashion to Russia, is making its way through parliament.

Safe spaces are vitally important for communities such as ours and that is why NGO Kyrgyz Indigo is raising funds for a “Rainbow House” (watch the video here). This community centre will offer:

  • a safe haven where excluded, abandoned or terrorized LGBT+ persons can find shelter;
  • a creative space where LGBT+ people can collaborate and fulfill their potential;
  • a learning environment where we can empower each other;
  • a secluded area for LGBT+ people to socialize without fear of being forcefully outed;
  • a secure base, financially sustainable, for us to continue helping LGBT+

Our desire to establish the Rainbow House comes not just in the face of the challenges mentioned above but also with the aim of making our society more inclusive and diverse, and foster a commitment to human rights and equal opportunities.

https://www.humanrightsfirst.org/resource/lgbt-issues-kyrgyzstan

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/04/kyrgyzstan-lgbt-community-fear-attacks-russia

 

 

What we need & what you will get

Creating and equipping the Rainbow House with all it needs to accommodate LGBT+ people in need and to enable us to continue standing up for their rights is expensive and resource consuming. We estimate the total cost to be around $100,000, of which so far we’ve raised $52,000.

Every dollar donated by you will move us closer to our main goal of creating a space where gay, lesbian, bisexual, intersex and transgender persons, as well as their allies and families, can freely express their sexual orientations and gender identities. It will be a space where diversity, equality, mutual understanding, respect and positive recognition are embraced, something crucial for the spiritual, intellectual and physical development of us all.

By donating to our cause you will be contributing tremendously to LGBT+ activism not only in Kyrgyzstan but also in Central Asia, as whilst the situation is difficult in our country, in the four other countries in Central Asia the situation is worse. For many, Kyrgyzstan is a refuge and the Rainbow House could be invaluable for their safety and wellbeing. You will also be actively playing a part in creating an inclusive country with equal rights for all.

Once the Rainbow House has been established, you are invited to visit our beautiful home, giving you the opportunity to witness a part of the world you might not have explored before. Alternatively, you could become a volunteer for Kyrgyz Indigo, helping promote equal rights in Kyrgyzstan.

This campaign is part of a series of ongoing fundraisers. If we raise just $7,000 more, the Rainbow House will become a reality! We know that Kyrgyz Indigo’s Rainbow House will be key to empowering the LGBT+ community to stand up for their rights and help transform Kyrgyzstan into a country that values diversity, respects human rights and appreciates the rule of law.

Thank you for your support!

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RUSTIN FUND

We here at the Rustin Fund operate as an all-volunteer organization so that all of your funding can do directly to LGBTI organizations all over the globe.  We do still have a few expenses, however, such as website hosting and credit card processing fees.  If you would like to donate to the Rustin Fund’s operations so that we can continue to direct all campaign contributions directly to organizations in low- and middle-income countries, please donate on this page. A donation made on this page may also go to one of our partners at the board’s discretion.