In Memory of Yves Yomb – a founding member of Alternatives-Cameroon

Two months ago, the Rustin Fund was deeply saddened by the death of Yves Yomb – a founding member of Alternatives-Cameroon, one of the first and most dynamic LGBTI organizations in Cameroon.  Based in Douala, Yves had formerly been the Executive Director of Alternatives, serving thousands of LGBTI persons in Cameroon with health and rights programming, as well as helping to build movements of LGBTI persons throughout West Africa.  Yves was humble but bold and brave leader, always championing his community in an extremely homophobic context.

 

In honor of his life, on what would have been his 45th birthday (Aug 23), the Rustin Fund has teamed up with Alternatives-Cameroon to host a matching grant fundraiser.  The Rustin Fund as secured funding to match donations (up to $2500), towards supporting activities of Alternatives.  Yves championed younger LGBTI people, and there are plans to set up a scholarship fund in his honor.  Your donation will serve to support this effort, as well as continuing the visionary work Yves did in Alternatives/Cameroon.
Please joint us in reaching our goal of $5000 to be raised in Yves honor.
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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
 
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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.