COVID-19 #QUEERelief: Support grassroots LGBTQ+ organisations across India this Pride Month

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As the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic rages across 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 living with their parents have lost all forms of physical safe spaces.

Pink List India is collaborating with Youth Feed India and Helping Hands Charitable Trust to support grassroots organisations in delivering urgent food relief to queer and trans persons all over India. In our first phase, the Pride Fundraiser aims at raising funds, procuring, and distributing emergency ration kits to vulnerable members of the LGBTQ+ community in 12 cities across 8 states.

This includes trans persons who rely on begging or sex work to earn daily wages, folk artists who have lost opportunities to perform amidst lockdown, people living with HIV who are particularly immunocompromised, and children who have lost support systems and networks of care during or before the pandemic.

Each ration kit costs INR 600 (USD 8) and contains essential food supplies — rice, dal, aata, salt, sugar, tea, spices — intended to last a group of four individuals for up to two weeks. The kits will be locally sourced and distributed by grassroots organisations featured on our QUEERelief page to ensure that relief reaches those who need it most in the quickest ways possible.

Our initial goal is to ensure that 2000 kits are delivered over the course of Pride Month. We will focus on communities that have traditionally been denied access to government assistance, either because of a lack of formal identification or structural discrimination. Collaborating with Youth Feed India and Helping Hands Charitable Trust, we will try to reach as many individuals as possible in these difficult times.

About Pink List India

Pink List India works at the intersection of politics, technology, and queerness to advocate for the rights of LGBTQ+ individuals in India. Since its inception in 2019, Pink List has worked towards creating a list of Indian parliamentarians who have spoken up on LGBTQ+ rights, put together a hackathon on building resilient anti-discrimination policies, and supported queer-led COVID-19 fundraisers. Know more about our work on Instagram, Twitter, or our website.

About Youth Feed India

In 2020, a group of young Indians from 6 cities came together to create Youth Feed India to address the hunger crisis amidst COVID-19 lockdowns. Over the course of six months, YFI delivered more than 75,000 emergency ration kits to 3,00,000 people in one of the largest citizen-led food relief programs in the country. Know more about our initiative on Instagram, Twitter, or our website.

About Helping Hands Charitable Trust

Helping Hands Charitable Trust is a Mumbai-based non-profit that has worked towards providing relief across the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. This includes delivering dry ration packages, serving cooked meals at community kitchens, and procuring PPE kits for medical professionals and sanitation workers. Helping Hands has also reunited lost children, arranged emergency medical care, helped in providing residential facilities for stranded individuals and procured food for stray animals. Know more about our work on Instagram, Twitter, or our website.

As the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic rages across 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 living with their parents have lost all forms of physical safe spaces.

Pink List India is collaborating with Youth Feed India and Helping Hands Charitable Trust to support grassroots organisations in delivering urgent food relief to queer and trans persons all over India. In our first phase, the Pride Fundraiser aims at raising funds, procuring, and distributing emergency ration kits to vulnerable members of the LGBTQ+ community in 12 cities across 8 states.

This includes trans persons who rely on begging or sex work to earn daily wages, folk artists who have lost opportunities to perform amidst lockdown, people living with HIV who are particularly immunocompromised, and children who have lost support systems and networks of care during or before the pandemic.

Each ration kit costs INR 600 (USD 8) and contains essential food supplies — rice, dal, aata, salt, sugar, tea, spices — intended to last a group of four individuals for up to two weeks. The kits will be locally sourced and distributed by grassroots organisations featured on our QUEERelief page to ensure that relief reaches those who need it most in the quickest ways possible.

Our initial goal is to ensure that 2000 kits are delivered over the course of Pride Month. We will focus on communities that have traditionally been denied access to government assistance, either because of a lack of formal identification or structural discrimination. Collaborating with Youth Feed India and Helping Hands Charitable Trust, we will try to reach as many individuals as possible in these difficult times.

About Pink List India

Pink List India works at the intersection of politics, technology, and queerness to advocate for the rights of LGBTQ+ individuals in India. Since its inception in 2019, Pink List has worked towards creating a list of Indian parliamentarians who have spoken up on LGBTQ+ rights, put together a hackathon on building resilient anti-discrimination policies, and supported queer-led COVID-19 fundraisers. Know more about our work on Instagram, Twitter, or our website.

About Youth Feed India

In 2020, a group of young Indians from 6 cities came together to create Youth Feed India to address the hunger crisis amidst COVID-19 lockdowns. Over the course of six months, YFI delivered more than 75,000 emergency ration kits to 3,00,000 people in one of the largest citizen-led food relief programs in the country. Know more about our initiative on Instagram, Twitter, or our website.

About Helping Hands Charitable Trust

Helping Hands Charitable Trust is a Mumbai-based non-profit that has worked towards providing relief across the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. This includes delivering dry ration packages, serving cooked meals at community kitchens, and procuring PPE kits for medical professionals and sanitation workers. Helping Hands has also reunited lost children, arranged emergency medical care, helped in providing residential facilities for stranded individuals and procured food for stray animals. Know more about our work on Instagram, Twitter, or our website.

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