QUEERelief Active Fundraisers
With the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic raging through India, 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. Pink List India has put together a list of NGOs working towards providing immediate relief for the queer community across the country.
Know any others helping the community? Tell us and we'll add them to our list!
Food Assistance for Transgender Community in Kashmir - Sonzal Welfare Trust
Sonzal Welfare Trust is raising funds to support the transgender community in and around Srinagar. The community has been hit hard by lockdowns and requires urgent assistance, particularly in the absence of a gharana system in the region.
Donations can be made to Sonzal Welfare Trust, Account Number 0185010100011038, IFSC JAKA0SATHOO (J&K Bank, Upper Sathoo).
Food Assistance for Transgender Community in Karnataka - Chaithra S
A collective of 100 transgender people from Davangere District, Karnataka is raising funds for daily ration and other essentials. Their livelihoods have been severely affected by the pandemic and the resulting lockdown. Many of them are elderly and some are living with HIV.
Each individual requires a kit of Rs. 2000 for a month. To donate, head to: https://milaap.org/fundraisers/support-transgender-people-3
Livelihood Assistance for Transgender Community in Manipur - All Trans Man Association
The All Trans Man Association is raising funds to support members of the trans community affected by the second wave of COVID-19 and associated lockdowns with food and livelihood relief.
To donate, head to this link: https://milaap.org/fundraisers/support-all-trans-man-association-1
Food Assistance for Transgender Community in West Bengal - ICCHAPURON
A group of 6 transgender individuals at Dinajpur have come together to initiated ICCHAPURON, a community-based kitchen supported by Dinajpur Notun Aalo Society and The Humsafar Trust.
To help their efforts, head to this link: https://milaap.org/fundraisers/support-joyita-mondal
Food Assistance for Transgender Community in Tamil Nadu - District Transgender Nala Sangam
District Transgender Nala Sangam, a collective of trans people in Thiruvallur, are raising funds for at least 150 transgender persons for their basic provisions like food, oil, salt, drinking water, masks, basic medical supplies and soap so that they can also stay at home and stay safe.
To donate, head to this link: https://milaap.org/fundraisers/support-sabitha-2
Food Assistance for Transgender Community in Karnataka - S Veena Sangama
S Veena Sangama is a transgender activist based in Bengaluru, Karnataka. She is organizing a drive across the city to distribute food to transgender communities, daily wage workers, elderly people, and other families and individuals affected by COVID-19. They are preparing 50 kilograms of rice everyday to prepare around 350 packs of food.
To donate, head to this link: https://milaap.org/fundraisers/support-s-veena-sangama
Food and Medical Assistance for Transgender Community in Kerala and Tamil Nadu - Kalki Subramaniam
Kalki Subramaniam is raising funds to support the basic needs of the transgender artist community in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, particularly the physically challenged, seniors and sick people as priority. This includes food and medical assistance to members who have lost livelihoods because of COVID-19.
To donate, head to this link: https://milaap.org/fundraisers/support-transgender-artists
Food Assistance for Transgender Community in Maharashtra - Trutiypanthi Samajseva Sanstha Shrirampur
Trutiypanthi Samajseva Sanstha, led by Disha Pinki Shaikh, is raising funds to support food and livelihood needs of 100 trans persons in Shrirampur in Maharashtra. They support individuals who have lost their means of earning daily wages as a result of the state-wide lockdown.
Donations can be made to Trutiypanthi Samajseva Sanstha Shrirampur. Bank Account No: 1410101606677. IFSC Code: CNRB0001410
Food Assistance for Transgender Community in Tamil Nadu - Grace Banu
Grace Banu is raising funds to provide 500 transgender folk artistes, HIV infected trans folx, and rural trans communities in Tamil Nadu with food relief. These communities have been left with no wages during the second wave, making it impossible to pay rent or afford food.
This fundraiser accepts foreign donations. Each kit costs Rs. 3000. To donate, head to: https://milaap.org/fundraisers/support-grace-banu-2
Shelter Assistance for Transgender Community in West Bengal - Moitri Sanjog
Moitri Sanjog Society is raising funds to build a long-term shelter for older, homeless trans people in rural north Bengal. The pandemic stalled the construction of the shelter, and at this last mile, they need support to help finish this crucial work.
This fundraiser accepts foreign donations. To donate, head to this link: https://milaap.org/fundraisers/support-transgender-people-1
Food and Medical Assistance for Marginalised Communities in Delhi - Human Solidarity Foundation
Human Solidarity Foundation, led by Dr. Aqsa Shaikh, is providing food kits to marginalised communities in Delhi. They also have a 24/7 COVID helpline for telemedicine calls and a charitable clinic for medical assistance.
To donate, GPay/PhonePe/PayTM 9891763903 or transfer funds to Human Solidarity Foundation, Account Number 50200053008793, IFSC HDFC0000578.
Food Assistance for Transgender Community in Chennai - Trans Community Kitchen
6 community members are coming together to prepare food for 300 people (mainly the homeless and other working class individuals) every Sunday in Chennai amidst new COVID-19 lockdowns in the city. Another kitchen is being set up at Tsunami Headquarters to serve 70 members of the trans* and disabled community.
They need Rs. 25,000 per Sunday to keep the kitchen running. To donate, DM Aruvi on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/trains_trans/
Livelihood Assistance for Transgender Community in Imphal - Santa Khurai
Santa Khurai is raising funds to set up a small business run by trans* persons to produce plates and bowls out of the wasted banana dry bark. The project aims at giving jobs to many trans* persons in the state in the aftermath of COVID-19.
This fundraiser accepts foreign donations. To donate, head to this link: https://milaap.org/fundraisers/support-transgender-people-2#
Food Assistance for Marginalised Communities in Mumbai - Youth Feed India and Helping Hands
Youth Feed India and Helping Hands are delivering ration kits with essential supplies to sex workers, daily wagers, and members of the trans* community impacted by the lockdown in Mumbai in coordination with grassroots organisations.
This fundraiser accepts foreign donations. Each kit costs Rs. 1000. To donate, head to this link: https://bit.ly/mumbaineedsyou
Food and Medical Assistance for Transgender Community in West Bengal - Samabhabona
Samabhabona is raising fundings to provide basic food relief and PPE kits to 700 trans folks in and around Kolkata for a period of three months. They also wish to cover healthcare for those from the community who are COVID positive.
Food and Medical Assistance for Transgender Community in Manipur - Ya All
Ya All is raising funds to provide ration assistance, medical care assistance, vaccination assistance, and mental health assistance to members of the LGBTQ+ community, people living with HIV, orphans and other marginalised communities in Manipur.
To donate, head to this link: https://www.ketto.org/fundraiser/help-sadam-vaccinate-buy-medicines-and-provide-mental-health-support
Food Assistance for Transgender Community in Pune - MIST and QueerBazaar
MIST and QueerBazaar are raising funds by selling masks to provide dry rations to members of the trans* community in Pune. In the first round of relief efforts, they have been able to support 100 trans persons.
To buy a mask, head to https://LGBTQ.co.in.
Shelter Assistance for Transgender Community in Mumbai and Delhi - Tweet Foundation
Tweet Foundation has a shelter in Delhi for trans men who need assistance. Individuals needing assistance can contact them at email@example.com. They are also raising funds to create a similar shelter in Mumbai for trans persons.
To donate, head to this link: https://milaap.org/fundraisers/support-shelter-for-transgender-persons-in-mumbai
Food, Medical and Mental Health Assistance for LGBTQIA+ Community - Keshav Suri Foundation
Keshav Suri Foundation is offering food relief, medical assistance and mental health assistance for the LGBTQIA+ community across India. They have a mental health counsellor on call and also support smaller grassroots organisations.
To know more about their efforts, head to this link: https://keshavsuri.foundation/covid-19-queerlife/
Food Assistance for Transgender Community in Tamil Nadu - Rakshika Raj
Rakshika Raj, a transgender nurse and social activist from Tamil Nadu, is raising funds for food relief for trans persons who have had their lives and livelihoods affected by COVID-19. She aims at providing relief to 800 individuals and families by providing groceries and financial support.
This fundraiser accepts foreign donations. Each kit costs Rs. 1000. To donate, head to this link: https://milaap.org/fundraisers/support-rakshika
Food and Medical Assistance for Transgender Community Across India - Parivar Bay Area
Parivar Bay Area is supporting grassroots organisations - Aravani Art Project, Greater Hijra Intersex Samiti, Moitri Sanjog, Trans Equality Society, and Transvision - with food supplies and sanitary preventive kits to help support communities in the COVID-19 pandemic. These distributions are already happening across 6 locations in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, and West Bengal.
This fundraiser accepts foreign donations. To donate, head to this link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/save-indian-trans-lives-covid-relief
Food Assistance for Transgender Community and Sex Workers in Jharkhand - People for Change
People for Change is raising funds to support 400 families of trans persons and sex workers in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand, for around four months with food, medicines and rent.
A ration kit for a family costs Rs.600. To donate, head to this link: https://milaap.org/fundraisers/support-people-for-change
Food Assistance for Transgender Community in Karnataka - Sangama
Sangama is supporting economically weak sex workers, sexual minorities and transgender persons across 10 districts of Karnataka with nutritional support given the impact of Covid-19. They plan to support at least 1000 every month.
Each nutritional supplement kit costs INR 250. To donate, head to: https://milaap.org/fundraisers/support-sangama.
Food Assistance for Transgender Community in West Bengal - Raja Dutta
Raja Dutta, an Odissi dancer and a transgender activist from Coochbehar, North Bengal, is raising funds for food assistance for trans sex workers in Coochbehar and Alipurduar.
Each kit costs around Rs 1500. To donate, head to this link: https://milaap.org/fundraisers/support-trans-people-3
Food and Medical Assistance for Transgender Community in West Bengal - Kolkata Anandam
Anandam Kolkata is raising funds for food assistance and vaccine assistance for members of the transgender community spread across the districts of Kolkata, Hooghly and North 24 Paraganas. This includes children of the female sex workers who have also lost work.
To donate, head to this link: https://milaap.org/fundraisers/support-kolkata-anandam-for-equality-and-justice
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!
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, raised Rs. 1,50,000 to support 150 gay men, male sex workers, queer folx, and non-binary folx during the COVID-19 lockdown.
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, raised funds to support 400 families of plantation workers in tea gardens.
Food Assistance for Transmen in North India - Nazariya
Nazariya QFRG provided food assistance to 11 transmen and their families across North India who have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 crisis.
Food and Wage Assistance to Trans Community in West Bengal - Samabhabona
Samabhabona (Baishamya Durikaran Samiti) provided a monthly package of Rs 2000 to trans persons in West Bengal for the months of April, May and June 2020.
Food Assistance for the Transgender Community in Pune - Mukul Madhav Foundation
Mukul Madhav Foundation provided members of the transgender community across Pune with Kindness Kits for ration and sanitation relief.
Food Assistance for Transgender Community in Chennai - Pharm Foundation
Pharm Foundation, run by trans* activist M Nila, raised funds to give dry rations to about 1000 community members living in the regions of Chengalpattu and Kanchipuram.
Food Assistance for Transgender Community in Mangalore - QueerSpaceSaga
QueerSpaceSaga raised funds to provide 300 ration kits to members of the trans* community and other marginalised communities in Mangalore.
Livelihood Assistance for Transgender Community in Cooch Behar - Sumi Das
Sumi Das raised supplies to support the transgender community in Cooch with needs face masks, sanitizer, Vitamin C capsules and other immunity booster medicines.
Shelter Relief for Transpersons in Bangalore - Nammane Summane
Nammane Summane raised funds to create a temporary shelter for intersex persons, orphans, transpersons, LGBTQ+ individuals, persons living with HIV, persons living with disabilities, senior citizens - it's open for all.
Food, Livelihood, and Medical Assistance for Transgender Community in West Bengal - Nadia Ranaghat Sampriti
Nadia Ranaghat Sampriti, a community-based organization, raised funds to support about 250 trans and gender-diverse people across Nadia, Hooghly, Murshidabad, and parts of North 24 Parganas districts in Bengal for at least the next three months.