US$111.00raised of $7,500.00 goal goal
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“You cannot have queer liberation while apartheid, patriarchy, capitalism and other oppressions exist. It’s important to target the connections of these oppressive forces.”
—Ghaith Hilal, AlQaws for Sexual & Gender Diversity in Palestinian Society
We are organizing this fundraiser in support of our queer friends in Gaza, Palestine, who have organized themselves autonomously and formed a queer collective with more than 30+ all LGBTQIA+ folks from all ages and different backgrounds. We are fighting for our rights in a society that criminalizes and discriminates against them; for our freedom, safety, and the right to express our true selves. We chose the name "Hurriya" for our group which means freedom in Arabic because we want to provide the community with a safe place and leave behind the homophobia, transphobia, and queerphobia we have been encountered on all levels.
Palestinians have not been allowed to return to their own homes for more than 70 years. We live under brutal military occupation in the West Bank, under the blockade in Gaza, and as second-class citizens in Israel – we endure Israel’s discriminatory and racist policies every single day of our lives.
As many of you know, the situation in Palestine is critical as the conflict between Israel and Palestine rages on. This continues to worsen as the ongoing tirade of intense daily bombing and constant attacks on civilians in Gaza and the West Bank by Israeli military forces reaches for more than two weeks already.
At the moment, our community of Hurriya queer is trying to get emergency help and reach out to more people, which bears a great personal risk for each member. Many of us have already lost our jobs and live in precarious housing situations because of them being a part of the LGBTQIA+ community. With this fundraiser, we want to gather all support for the courageous efforts and stand in solidarity with our queer friends.
We are currently in need of emergency financial support because hosting meetings, reaching out to potential new members, and providing emergency accommodation cannot safely be done in their own homes. We need funding to rent a space where they can feel safe, we are already under extreme pressure, with an overstretched healthcare system, a collapsed economy, and extremely limited access to basic resources and services (including water, electricity, gas, etc.). In addition, the situation is seriously increasing the risk of transmitting COVID, which was already rampant in the Gaza Strip prior to the events of the last two weeks. The more people helping us, the more chance we can leverage for our community's survival.
Please consider donating and share this fundraiser across all your social media platforms. It would truly mean a lot to our little queer community. Let’s stand on the right side of history! #FreePalestine
- Delani Yusof Reese
- Campaign Manager
- Hurriya Queer Palestine
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