A Mutual Aid Fund was created on March 13th on GoFundMe by Amita Swadhin in response to the growing instability of funds and welfare access to those most at risk: Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) within the LGBTQ Population, but mostly those within the non-binary, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming groups.
“We are prioritizing LGBTQI+, non-binary, gender fluid, and gender non-conforming people of color because we often have less ties to familial support networks, we have historically been simultaneously overlooked and surveilled by welfare state systems, our needs have been surplus to mainstream political formations, and we tend to work in the gig economy.”
The Fund has currently gained over $125,000 in support and is looking to make it to $250,000 as the need for the pay-outs has increased into the millions. A minimum of $220,000 is needed to process the first round of payouts at $100 to each recipient.
LGBTQ Leaders and Allies have come together to help share and focus their efforts toward this specific relief fund in order to show their support for those in high risk situations. The Fund has been shared over 13.6k times and 1.3k people have donated anything they could to the efforts.
From the comment section:
“I am trans, and I have a stable income for the first time in over a year. I’ve seen my roommates and queer family struggling because of covid related unemployment, so I was really glad to see someone putting a fund together to help folks out.” – Artemis donated $50
“rRedistributing funds to those in need is so important! thank you for doing this work of organizing. we will get through this pandemic by supporting each other.” Em donated $20
“I donated because I am fortunate enough to have a job that will enable me to come through this crisis financially intact. We are all in this together! I wanted to support our communities and figured that this was one of the easiest ways to give.” Shivaun donated $100
HOW WE CAN HELP
We at FTM Magazine want to contribute in any way that we can. We have back issues in surplus that we’re packaging along with promotional stickers and keychains for $25 per pack. 100% of the profits from these will be donated every Friday or until we’ve run out.
We also have Digital Copies of the Magazines available HERE and will be donating 100% of the profits from all digital back issues sales to this fund.
In addition, the next 200 Full-Year Subscriptions we sell, we’re able to split the profits and donate $20 per subscription to The Fund with an anticipated donation reach of $4,000.
We know that incentives aren’t needed for folks to donate to those in need if they’ve got the funds but this is our way of turning what we’ve got into something that others can use. Together we can make sure that folks within our community aren’t left behind and are able to make it through this worldwide pandemic.
For those of you in the Media / All Other Media Platforms – We encourage you to share this specific relief effort and help us focus our strength in numbers toward our most vulnerable community members.