QUEERelief Active Fundraisers
As the world imposes lockdowns to tackle the devastating coronavirus pandemic, the LGBTQ+ community faces unique challenges. Sex workers have lost their daily wages, trans people have no official ID for government schemes, and those in the closet stuck with their parents have no support systems. The Pink List has put together a list of NGOs working towards providing immediate relief for the queer community across the country.
Please donate if you can. Know any others helping the community? Tell us and we'll add them to our list!
Wage Assistance for Transgender Community in Hyderabad - Women and Transgender Organisations JAC
Women and Transgender Organisations Joint Action Committee have identified 200 transgender women who are especially vulnerable and are looking to provide them with a monthly basic income of Rs. 5000 for the next two months.
The beneficiaries have been prioritised to help those who are most at risk for COVID-19 (elderly or with existing health conditions), those who are HIV+ve and those with dependents. Funds will be transferred directly to their bank accounts.
Food and Wage Assistance to Trans Community in West Bengal - Samabhabona
Samabhabona (Baishamya Durikaran Samiti) is a registered trans led organisation working with trans rights since 2013. We are in collaboration with other trans-led groups in West Bengal, such as Moitrisanjog Society, Coochbehar, ASRAI (Baruipur) and Dinajpur Notun Alo Society trying to help our community during the COVID-19 lockdown.
We will provide a monthly package of Rs 2000 to 250 trans persons in West Bengal for the months of April, May and June 2020. The money will be given to the community partially in the form of rations and essential goods, and partially in cash. We are prioritising especially older trans persons who are living on their own, or are homeless and unable to provide for their own sustenance!
Food Assistance to Trans Community in Assam - All Assam Transgender Association
Assam’s first trans judge, Swati Bidhan Baruah, and the All Assam Transgender Association are raising Rs. 2 lakh to support members of the trans community, especially those whose livelihood depended on the daily earning basis, during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Food Assistance to Trans Community in Guwahati - Xomonnoy
Xomonnoy, an intersectional queer feminist group, is raising funds to support members of the trans community in Guwahati during the COVID19 lockdown. You can donate to their GooglePay number at 96789 91121!
Food Assistance to Queer, Trans, and Marginalised Communities in Manipur - Ya_All
Ya_All’s Khudol Initiative is providing assistance and reaching out to some of the most affected individuals and families which have not got support from any sources in Manipur as COVID-19 relief work.
We have reached out to 500 families across Manipur and wish to reach out to more: daily wage labourers, construction workers, LGBTI/Queer, people with disabilities, sex workers, people living with HIV, elders/single parents, orphan/children in homes, migrants.
Food Assistance for Transmen in North India - Nazariya
Nazariya is providing food assistance to 11 transmen and their families across North India who have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 crisis. We are supporting them with grocery supplies for three months and helping them find employment opportunities. Rs. 9000 can support a family for three months.
Food Assistance for PLHIV in Manipur - Santa Khurai
Santa Khurai, a transgender people’s rights activist from Imphal, and her adopted son, Boris are raising funds for helping at-risk orphan children and youth, and focusing on PLHIV (People Living with HIV/AIDS) orphan children and youth in Manipur.
These children are primarily at risk of starvation. Many are HIV+ and vulnerable to the COVID-19 outbreak. Along with the stigma and risks that getting infected with COVID-19 virus carries, these unfortunate children are also at risk of being doubly stigmatised given their HIV status. To donate, contact Santa Khurai at +91 8415925251.
Food Assistance for Adivasi Tea Workers in West Bengal - Prayatn
Prayatn, a group of students from Dooars region in West Bengal hailing from different tea gardens in the region, is raising funds to support plantation workers in tea gardens.
This is a queer-led fundraiser that has identified 10 tea gardens from Jalpaiguri district with around 200 households that need support. You can donate via Google Pay at 95479 14203.
Food Assistance for Sex Workers across India - National Network of Sex Workers
NNSW India is preparing food kits that shall last for a month for each sex worker. INR 1500 can feed one person for a month. This food kit shall help thousands of families already identified by the sex workers collectives in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra,Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Jharkhand. You can sedn donations to Saheli HIV/AIDS Karyakarta Sangh, Bank of India - Pune City. The account number is 050610100006972 and IFSC code is BKID0000506.
Food, Wage and Medical Assistance for LGBTQ+ Community across India - Humsafar Trust
During the lockdown, accessing food through public distribution system need a ration card may not be possible for the transgender community and other migrant LGBTQ+ persons. LGBTQ+ persons are more vulnerable to mental health issues due to lack of financial and social support mechanisms. People living with HIV (PLHIV) are facing poor access to regular Anti-HIV medications (ART) and health care services for HIV-related health complications. Humsafar Trust is raising Rs. 60 lakhs to help underprivileged LGBTQ+ community members to support the urgent needs of the communities.
Livelihood Assistance for Gay, Bi, and Non-Binary Persons across India - Collective
Sadam, an LGBTQI activist in Manipur, Esthappen, a queer playwright in Bengaluru, Daniel, a theatre professor in Mumbai, Kelvin, a banking professional in Mumbai, Vidur, a performance artist in Delhi, and Hitha, an educationalist in Bengaluru, are raising funds to support gay men, male sex workers, queer folx, and non-binary folx during the COVID-19 lockdown.
QUEERelief Success Stories
Thank you to everyone who shared our QUEERelief posts! Here are some success stories from across the country that have provided relief to vulnerable LGBTQ+ communities.
Food Assistance for Transgender Community in Hyderabad - MIST
Rachana Mudraboyina, Samantha, and Moses Tulasi with Team MIST raised ₹ 1,00,000 to support 100 trans people with emergency food supplies in Hyderabad!
Food and Sanitation Supply Assistance for Sex Workers in Mumbai - Prerana and Anchal Narang (Psychologist)
Psychologist Aanchal Narang, with anti-trafficking organisation Prerana, raised ₹ 3,21,645 to support food and sanitation relief kits to sex workers across Mumbai!
Food Assistance for the Transgender Community in Pune - Sarang Punekar
Trans activist Sarang Punekar raised ₹ 1,00,000 out of a target of ₹ 50,000 to help 50 members of the hijda community in Pune. The additional ₹ 50,000 raised was donated to Sassoon Hospital!
Food Assistance for Rural Transgender Community in Thootukudi (Tuticorin), Tamil Nadu - Grace Banu (Activist)
Grace Banu raised Rs. 7,50,000 to support 200 members of the trans community in Tamil Nadu's rural Thoothukudi district - including elders and those living with HIV - with rations for three months.
Food Assistance for Trans Community in Tamil Nadu
20 members of the transgender community in Tamil Nadu's Virudhunagar District raised Rs. 30,000 to cover costs for groceries and other necessities during the COVID19 lockdown.
Food Assistance for the Transgender Community in Chennai - Kanaga
Kanaga raised Rs. 10,00,000 to support transgender persons in Chennai for their basic provisions like food, oil, salt, drinking water, masks, basic medical supplies and soap.
Food Assistance to Trans Folk Artists in Tamil Nadu - Grace Banu
Grace Banu raised Rs. 2,50,000 to support 75 trans folk artists across Tamil Nadu who had lost their means of livelihood because of the lockdown.
Food and Wage Assistance to Sex Workers and Trans People in Karnataka - Sangama
Sangama raised Rs. 19,15,000 to support 500 sex workers and trans people across Karnataka with food and wage relief for two months!