San Francisco â€“ Equality Federation, the national coalition of state-based lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender political advocacy organizations, has partnered with the National Youth Advocacy Coalition (NYAC) to raise funds to help LGBT families and youth impacted by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. The LGBT Hurricane Katrina fund, administered by NYAC, has been created to ensure that LGBT youth and families, among the most vulnerable members of our community, receive the critical support they need to regain stability in their lives.
â€œEquality Federation is pleased to join with the National Youth Advocacy Coalition to urge lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans to donate money directly to help the members of our community whose lives were torn apart by Hurricane Katrina,â€ said Toni Broaddus, Equality Federation Executive Director. â€œWe are especially mindful of the fact that LGBT families are often overlooked by agencies dedicated to helping families, and it is important that these families have a place to turn for help.â€
â€œIn America, there are dramatic moments that forever shape our national identity. History remembers those times when we come together in the face of adversity, putting aside our differences to overcome tragedy,â€ said Craig Bowman, Executive Director of the National Youth Advocacy Coalition.
â€œThousands of families have absolutely nothing to go home to and hundreds more people are still looking for their families,â€ Bowman added. In Louisiana, in Mississippi and in Alabama the devastation is so unimaginable, so complete, that solutions seem impossible.
â€œLike so many of our fellow citizens, however, we believe in the indomitable spirit of Americans,â€ Bowman said. â€œWe are awed and humbled by the spirit of community that has emerged in our country in countless ways over the past few days; and with this Fund, we honor the courage and hope shown by so many who are still suffering,â€ he added.
The coalition consists of national organizations working at the grassroots level to affect positive social change for LGBT citizens. Contributions to this fund are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed under law and will support humanitarian relief for LGBT youth and families from the devastated areas. These funds will be distributed directly to local organizations in the best position to ensure strategic and high-impact disbursement of the emergency funds.
Individuals can contribute securely and with confidence now at http://www.nyacyouth.org/.
Donors will be able to find out more about the impact of their gifts in the coming weeks on a new blog being launched on the NYAC website.
PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS INCLUDE (as of 1 September 2005):
More groups are welcome and are signing on all the time.