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Donate To to the COVID-19 and LGBTQI People in South Africa GoFundMe Campaign

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Donate Your Material to the Archive

The GALA Archive is a living archive. This means that we never stop collecting. GALA has an ongoing collections policy that covers queer African history, as well as contemporary news and events.

Do you have documents, posters, flyers, photographs, t-shirts or other items you would like to donate? Do you want your story, or that of your organisation, recorded and/or preserved?

Your stories and contributions are important. Help us document the present in order to preserve the past.

Your contribution matters.

Please contact our archivist, Linda Chernis – linda.chernis@wits.ac.za if you would like to donate to the archive, or if you would like to know more about how/why. 

Donations of books with queer content are welcome additions to the Cooper-Sparks Library that is housed at the GALA offices.

Donate to the COVID-19 and LGBTQI People in South Africa GoFundMe Campaign

COVID-19 has had, and will continue to have, a devastating impact across communities in South Africa. A pandemic such as this only heightens pre-existing barriers to safety, security and services. A number of communities have been particularly hard hit, including the LGBTQI+ community.


As we know, certain members of our diverse community are more marginalised than others. For many, it is difficult to talk about need, let alone ask for help. LGBTQI+ people are resilient and would, by and large, prefer to have a job and to be independent and self-sufficient. Yet, with the economy scaling down, employment has become a key concern, and without a stable income and access to conventional support structures such as families, country of origin communities or religious organisations, many LGBTQI+ people are struggling to pay rent and put food on the table. Some are not eligible for state support (for example, because they are migrants or asylum seekers) while others are struggling to navigate state bureaucracy – a traumatic experience even without the added pressure of COVID-19. With scarce access to housing that is both affordable and safe, many LGBTQI+ people are slowly being driven to destitution. The reality is that, for many in our community, survival is now on the line.


We have been receiving urgent requests for crisis support. With increasing frequency, we are hearing from LGBTQI+ people who have no food, no means of paying their rent, no money for basic items (e.g. sanitary materials) and no means of accessing testing or healthcare centres.


It is with this in mind that the GALA Queer Archive has lent its voice and support to the African LGBTQI+ Migration Research Network (ALMN), the Fruit Basket, Pachedu and the Holy Trinity LGBT Ministry. We know that, as a community, our diversity is our strength; there are many among us who would like to extend a helping hand, but are unsure of how to do so. This initiative is a dynamic, community-centred approach to keeping LGBTQI+ people afloat. While this single campaign will not be able to address massive and persistent structural inequalities, it aims to offer a lifeline in a moment of crisis.

To date, the campaign has managed to raised ZAR38 846.00 and has provided 75 individuals with crisis payments.
 

We appeal to you to continue to support this worthy initiative. Donations will go directly to LGBTQI+ persons in need. Priority will be given to the most marginalised, including but not limited to, LGBTQI+ asylum seekers and refugees, LGBTQI+ sex workers, and trans and intersex people.

For more information, click here.

Donate to the Organisation

GALA is a non-profit organisation that relies solely on funding. Any and all donations are welcome. We appreciate your support.

You can donate to:
Bank name: Investec
Account name: Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action Trust
Account number: 100 1183 4713
Branch name and code: 580105
Type of account: Current
Swift code: iveszajjxxx

Or via SnapScan.

*Please note that GALA is a registered not for profit trust with S18A status, meaning that neither you nor GALA pays donations tax, and that donations are deductible from your taxable income.