Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 3 / 18 January 2018

LGBTQ center in Alabama seeks help after losing building to storm damage

Storm damage at Free2Be (Photo: WHNT TV)

Storm damage at Free2Be (Photo: WHNT TV)

An LGBTQ community center in Alabama is homeless after a heavy storm this week wrecked its building.

In an email to the Bay Area Reporter, James Robinson, CEO of Free2Be in Huntsville, Alabama, said that the building’s roof collapsed, and with that and the “rain damage, we’ve lost our entire 3,600 square foot office space, with everything.”

A Gofundme site has been launched to help raise $50,000 for Free2Be raise, which provides counseling, advocacy, and other services.. As of Saturday, $1,245 had come in.

“LGBTQ Alabama needs your help!” Robinson said on the fundraising site. “We are the ONLY agency in Alabama that specialized in the provision of FREE therapy to LGBTQ survivors of violence. We help everyone that comes to us.  We need to reopen quickly so that our clients do not go without support.”

The B.A.R wrote about Free2Be in a recent story about the fears LGBTs across the country have with the election of Republican Donald Trump as president. Trump’s victory and strongly anti-LGBT cabinet have stoked worries about loss of funding for LGBT causes, among other concerns.

Robinson told a local Huntsville TV station, “We just moved in here, we moved in September and we were just getting settled and flowing smoothly, and everything, and the staff getting adjusted, we had bought all new furniture. … This is a total loss for us, and right now we’re just planning what to do.”

— Seth Hemmelgarn, December 3, 2016 @ 6:04 pm PST
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