Campaign raises funds for ISIS refugees in Lebanon

Refugee's plea via All Out: "ISIS forced me to flee my home. Now I have nowhere to live and my life is in danger. Can you help give me a safe place to stay?"
Refugee’s plea via All Out: “ISIS forced me to flee my home. Now I have nowhere to live and my life is in danger. Can you help give me a safe place to stay?”

The online advocacy organization All Out is raising money to provide safe accommodations in Lebanon for LGBT refugees who have escaped from territory controlled by ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

“Sleeping on the streets in Lebanon when you’re gay or trans can be really dangerous – there’s a huge risk of being beaten up or sexually assaulted,” explains Samir, a gay Syrian refugee.

All Out, which is providing help to refugees by working with IRAP (Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project) in Lebanon, raised $6,600 to house Samir for a year, so it expanded its goal, seeking support for more gay and trans refugees.

Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. After his retirement from paid newspaper work in 2011, he launched Erasing 76 Crimes and helped with the Spirit of 76 campaign that assembled a multi-national team of 26 LGBTI rights activists to advocate for change during the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., in July 2012. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, including the Erasing 76 Crimes news site and the African Human Rights Media Network. Contact him via Twitter @76crimes or by email at info@76crimes.com. Mailing address: 21 Marseille, Laguna Niguel CA 92677 USA.

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