Hello friends, neighbours, allies!
The Social Justice Co-operative and a coalition of allies (primarily trans, two-spirit, and queer folks) have been working together since April 2020 on this 2SLGBTQ+ Mutual Aid initiative to support folks who are in financial need during the pandemic and beyond.
We need each other now more than ever. The only way through this mess is together. Solidarity is critical. Folks in our community are disproportionately likely to be lacking family support, living in precarious conditions, facing discrimination surrounding employment, etc.
Sometimes our neighbours can’t pay to have their needs met - but their needs are no less essential. 2SLGBTQ+ folks are likelier than average to be facing financial precarity. We want to be able to respond, whether or not someone is in a position to reimburse us.
But, we don’t want volunteers to end up in a position where they’re torn over whether or not they can personally afford to absorb the cost of fulfilling a request for help.
So, we started this Mutual Aid Fund to help us provide support in situations where no one involved has the capacity to absorb the costs.
These communities tend to face disproportionate resource scarcity and are most often missed by existing support programs.
If you have the capacity to give, we humbly request your support in our efforts to show up for our most vulnerable neighbours. We are so grateful for whatever you can offer -- whenever you can offer it. And please make sure to reach out when you need a hand too. We've set a goal for a bit of fun, as a starting point, but we'll keep going!
All our love & solidarity to you and yours,
The 2SLGBTQ+ Mutual Aid Team