Resources after the Orlando Tragedy

#WeAreOrlandoAt a time when we are proudly celebrating our LGBTQ identities and community, we woke on Sunday morning to the horrifying news that at least fifty queer and trans people, including many people of color, were killed in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. As we mourn the lives that were lost and hold our loved ones tighter, we are also questioning yet again what safety means to us.

Read more of NQAPIA’s statement at http://www.nqapia.org/wpp/nqapia-mourns-orlando-shooting-victims/.

Scroll through this page to find statements from more organizations, where you can donate to victims and families in Orlando, and where you can receive counseling support.

COUNSELING/SUPPORT

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  • Call the Desi lgbtQ Helpline for South Asians at 908-FOR-DEQH (908-367-3374) for free, confidential, culturally sensitive peer support, information and resources for LQBTQ South Asian individuals, families, and friends by South Asian volunteers.
  • Youth may call the Zebra Coalition hotline at (407) 228-1446 to speak to a counselor.
  • The GLBT Community Center of Central Florida is referring folks to First Unitarian Church at 1901 E. Robinson St., Orlando, FL 32803 for grief counseling.
  • The University of Central Florida LGBT student hang out space, Pride Commons, is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., with group counseling available from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. daily.
  • Find more counselors and additional resources at eqfl.org/news/pulse.
  • Join the NQAPIA family—a broad title that includes NQAPIA staff, NQAPIA board members, federation members, and LGBT Asian/South Asian community organizers—for a call to support each other through the many responses, dimensions, emotions, and developments about the tragic Orlando shooting. We had phone calls on Monday, June 13 and Thursday, June 16. Read our notes of feedback, resources, and potential next steps at bit.ly/NQAPIA_orlando.

Click here to find additional healing tips and tools on how to process everything with those around you.

DONATIONS

Pulse NightclubDonate directly to the victims and families of the horrific Orlando Pulse Nightclub Shooting at https://www.gofundme.com/PulseVictimsFund. Equality Florida is working with a team of attorneys and experts, including the National Center for Victims of Crime, to ensure every penny is distributed correctly. Donate towards their $5 million goal on GoFundMe.

To support our LGBTQ AAPI community, we appreciate any donations to NQAPIA.

STATEMENTS