We are devastated by the violence in Orlando. Our hearts are with the victims and their families and friends. While we continue to celebrate love and pride through this project, we must also take whatever immediate action we can to help those directly affected, create change and end violence and discrimination against the LGBTQ community. It still happens every day. 

Here's what you can do:

Make A Donation:

Equality Florida has started a GoFundMe campaign to support the families and victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting. Donate here.

Planting Peace has started a CrowdRise campaign to help victims and their families with medical bills and funeral costs. Donate here.

This CrowdRise relief fund supports a number of charities and organizations that are working to help the victims and their families, as well as human rights advocacy and gun control. Donate here.

Several LGBT centers in Florida have partnered to run an emergency hotline and provide grief counselors at the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida. You can support their efforts on their GoFundMe page. 100% of donations will go directly to the victims and their families. Donate here.

Advocate for Gun Control

Contact your representatives and let them know we need gun control now.  Use these links to find out who to contact:

http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/
http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
http://www.contactingthecongress.org/

Sign the White House petition to ban the AR-15 from civilian ownership.

Reach out if you or someone you know needs help

The local GLBT Center of Central Florida has a crisis hotline set up in the aftermath of the attack. Call if you need a shoulder to lean on: 407-227-1446.

The Trevor Project Hotline is always available for LGBTQ youth, and is open to anyone in need of support at this time. You can call them at 866-488-7386.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is here to help. Just call: 800-273-8255.

The National GLBT Center has a national hotline, a youth talk-line and an online peer-support chat. For the national hotline, dial 888-843-4564.

End the Ban on Sexually Active Gay Men Donating Blood

An archaic FDA policy bans gay men who have had sex with another man in the last year from donating blood. Sign the petition to overturn this regulation here.

 

Thanks to the Huffington Post for originally posting this information. 

Photo: Chris Urso