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.

How can we help the LGBT community in Nepal in the aftermath of this earthquake?

First, please consider a donation today to the Blue Diamond Society that is being administered by the Rainbow World Fund. The Rainbow World Fund is the world’s first and only all­ volunteer LGBT­based humanitarian aid organization based in San Francisco. I have visited the Rainbow World Fund’s office and met with its founder Jeffrey A. Cotter. Since its founding in 2000, Rainbow World Fund has donated over $4 million dollars in humanitarian aid to people in need around the world on behalf of the LGBT community. 100% of contributions go directly to humanitarian aid.

Second, please hold the people of Nepal and the relief efforts in your thoughts and prayers as they strive to survive and rebuild their lives, home and country. As you know, LGBT persons and their families are often among the most vulnerable in a society due to persecution, discrimination, poverty and violence. Our LGBT sisters and brothers become even more vulnerable in times of disaster. Thank you for your compassion and generosity. We are all God’s children and one human family.