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OutRight Launches Fund To Aid Helem

By Charlotte Robinson, August 11, 2020
OutRight Action International has launched a campaign to support Helem, Lebanon's oldest LGBTQ organization that was heavily damaged in the devastating explosion in Beirut that destroyed entire neighborhoods, killing over 200 people & leaving hundreds of thousands homeless & unable to meet their basic needs. Helem is working to rebuild their LGBTQ community center while struggling to support LGBTQ people who have been affected by the explosion. Helem's staff & volunteers are engaging in city-wide relief efforts but need funding to continue to do so. Tarek Zeidan, Executive Director of Helem stated, “Helem's staff & volunteers have joined the relief effort in Beirut & are working to remove debris, help set up community kitchens & dispense emergency aid to members of the community who have been affected by the explosion. The blast has left more than 300,000 individuals homeless. These funds will go towards helping secure shelter as well as to support our food distribution program which has benefited more than 800 individuals to date.” Jessica Stern, Executive Director of OutRight Action International concluded, “OutRight’s mission is to work with local LGBTIQ organizations around the world to promote LGBTIQ equality. When crisis strikes, it is our duty & honor to do what we can to support local activists. This fund will support Helem to recover & rebuild so they can resume their work toward achieving a more equitable future for all LGBTIQ people in Lebanon.” 100% of all funds raised will be passed on to Helem to use for the support of the LGBTQ community in Lebanon, the center's relief efforts & any other urgent needs on the ground resulting from this catastrophe.
For More Info: outrightinternational.org
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