How to help homeless LGBT Jamaicans

Demolition of abandoned house where homeless homosexual men were living. (Photo courtesy of Jamaica Observer)
Demolition of abandoned house where homeless homosexual men were living. (Photo courtesy of Jamaica Observer)

Some money and plenty of encouragement have flowed in for Jamaicans who are seeking to help a group of homeless LGBT men and boys who have been hounded out of their homes and temporary shelters by family, police and homophobic attackers.

One activist reports, “We are now beginning to think medium-term for the funds. Some of the homeless youngsters have expressed a desire to continue their schooling. We want to help but they need to be in a home so they can actually focus, so we are looking at boarding facilities.”

A planning meeting is scheduled for next week.

Meanwhile, a tax-deductible method of contributing to the cause has been set up in the United States.  Similar arrangements are in the planning stages in Canada and the United Kingdom.

For people in the United States, tax-deductible contributions can be made via PayPal at the website of the Open Arms Metropolitan Community Church in Rochester, N.Y.  To make sure the contribution goes where you want it to, add a notation that the donation is for  “Homeless LGBT Jamaicans.”

Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, Erasing 76 Crimes. Contact him at info@76crimes.com.

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