From Disaster Relief

How Can We Help the LGBT Community in Nepal?

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal on April 25. An estimated 7,250 deaths, 14,100 persons injured and 3 million people needing food assistance according to the United Nations. The effects of the earthquake have been devastating for the people and country of Nepal including our LGBT sisters and brothers. The Blue Diamond Society, Nepal’s LGBT organization is working tirelessly to provide water, food, medicine and shelter for those who have lost their homes and for those who are denied safe space in relief camps. Among the most vulnerable are persons who are living with HIV and transgender persons.

Sunil Pant, a leading LGBT activist with the Blue Diamond Society who was the first openly gay member of Nepal’s Parliament, has sent an appeal to LGBT organizations around the world asking for us to contribute to the Blue Diamond Society’s relief efforts. He reports that the immediate needs are tents, clothes, blankets, umbrellas, water, food and medicine, fuel for the generator and the Blue Diamond Society’s vehicle for about 4 to 6 months. Read more