Word just came over twitter that the main queer organization serving Port au Prince was devastated by the earthquake. The members of SEROvie were having their weekly meeting in the capital when the earthquake hit, killing 14 of their members. Only two people attending the meeting survived. Survivors sent out emails to the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission asking for help. SEROvie specifically serves gay men (men who have sex with men) and the transgendered community (primarily trans women). They are one of the only organizations that have made any public statement about serving the transgendered community, a group that we saw be marginalized and put in peril during Katrina by many of the same US based aid organizations now in Haiti. Their work includes important education about gay rights, HIV prevention, and support groups for both gay and transgendered people; they also help with gay and trans sex workers rights.
If you would like to give money to SEROvie please click here.
The US based Rainbow World Fund, which works in HIV prevention, has partnered with Cares to help with LGBTQ appropriate services to Haiti. 100% of donations go directly to Haiti BUT to make sure they go to Haiti and not the general pool, please mark your donation “for Haiti”. click here to donate.