Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 11 / 15 March 2018

LGBT giving to Haiti continues

As recovery efforts continue in Haiti, many LGBTs continue to be generous.

The American Red Cross LGBT Haiti Relief Fund has already raised more money than huge corporate donors. Within a week, the community has raised over $150,000 for the fund, according to a statement from Olivia Companies.

Talia Frenkel/American Red Cross

Donors and activists helped reach out to LGBTs, and there’s been a “massive” e-mail campaign to the members of Olivia and two other LGBT cruise companies: Atlantis and RSVP. Donations of cruises, an upgrade auction, and matching funds all were contributed by the cruise companies as pledges came pouring in, according to Olivia. An American Red Cross spokesman verified the information.

The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission and other groups could also join the initiative.

“We are inspired to see so many groups coming together to help earthquake survivors in Haiti,” Nan Buzard, senior director of international response and programs for the American Red Cross, said in the statement. The LGBT community “has done an outstanding job of raising funds to support the American Red Cross’s relief work in Haiti,” where a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck January 12.

To contribute to the fund, visit:

The San Francisco-based Rainbow World Fund, the LGBT-oriented group which has so far seen more than $90,000 in donations for Haiti, has also sent out a reminder of several upcoming fundraisers in the city:

“Reach Out” at Infusion Lounge, 124 Ellis Street, tonight [Thursday, January 28] from 6-8. There will be a short program with an auction, and happy hour. The minimum donation is $35.

The AIDS Housing Alliance/SF 6th Anniversary Party benefiting Haiti is Friday, January 29, at Trigger, 2348 Market Street from 6-9 p.m. Featured guests include BeBe Sweetbriar and Heklina.

The Edge is having a drag show and beer bust Saturday, February 6 from 4-7 p.m. at 4149 18th Street.

To donate to Rainbow World Fund online, go to

— Seth Hemmelgarn, January 28, 2010 @ 4:47 pm PST
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