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.
Rent and Ration Assistance to Trans Community in Tamil Nadu - Grace Banu
Three months after the imposition of a complete lockdown across the country to fight back against COVID-19, the transgender community in Tamil Nadu has been left to fend for itself.
Initial support has dried up - but there seems to be no end in sight to the community’s problems. Today, Grace needs your help to raise funds to support rental expenses and ration relief for more than 200 transgender persons across Tamil Nadu.
Food Assistance to Trans Community in Kashmir - Sonzal Welfare Trust
Sonzal Welfare Trust is working towards providing 150 families with dry ration kits to enable them to survive for the next two months. Each two month kit costs Rs. 2500 and contains essentials like rice, pulses, oil, salt, and sugar alongside sanitation items like soap.
Your support will be invaluable in ensuring that our most vulnerable community members, especially the elderly and those living with HIV, can stay home and stay safe during this lockdown. Please do consider lending us a helping hand in these difficult times!
Ration and Medical Relief to Trans Community in Mangalore - Queerspace Saga
Queerspace Saga is the first ever queer space in Mangalore. They have reached out to trans folx after knowing that they haven't had any relief since COVID19 has begun. They have been trying to provide our trans folks with ration and medication. Each kit costs Rs. 1290 and they are trying to reach 100 trans identifying individuals who have not received any support.
Food Assistance for Trans Community and Marginalised Groups in Mumbai - Guftagu Cafe
Café Guftagu is an open and inclusive dialogue café that started in February 2020 providing safe space to the LGBTQIA+ community in Mumbai. Using their existing modest infrastructure, they are planning to start a community kitchen to provide 5000 meals to the people who are in need due to this crisis. They will be reaching out to daily wage earners, transgenders, sex workers, and other similar groups who have lost their employment.
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.
Education and Ration Assistance for Children 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, in Manipur access education during the COVID-19 lockdown.
They are also raising funds to help at-risk orphan children and youth, focusing on PLHIV (People Living with HIV/AIDS) orphan children and youth with ration relief. To donate, contact Santa Khurai at +91 8415925251.
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.
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.