We are a group of women who created this gofundme to support our dear friend-- a queer Latinx survivor, a sex worker with two decades in the industry, a writer, artist, and advocate. She has been struggling with houslessness after being heavily impacted by the pandemic, and left displaced and unable to work. She needs financial support for rent, food, basic necessities, and low-income mental health resources. This fund will help keep her housed and provide short term relief, as part of a long term plan for her emotional resilience and wellness. We’re keeping her identity anonymous to protect her safety and privacy.
Sex workers, especially those like our friend from low-income backgrounds, are currently one of the groups being completely failed during this crisis. They receive zero government help, and have nothing coming in. They are not eligible for a $1200 stimulus check, unemployment, or the extra $600 in pandemic assistance that’s been helping many people survive. Even nontraditional safety nets are difficult to access, as many amazing mutual aid efforts are also unfortunately overwhelmed with requests for help. Like many others, they are given the option to work or become homeless; to risk their own health or be left without any financial resources.
Individual giving is a fast, powerful way to redistribute resources, and immediately offer support to individuals in need. It springs from radical traditions of mutual aid and self-reliance, from cultivating community care and the practice of gifting resources to those struggling in the margins.
We know you are inundated with fundraisers, and need is at an all time high. Please know that even $3, $5 or $10 will move her closer to stability. We love small donations (as well as big ones)! We are grateful for every person taking time to visit this page.
Thank you for participating in loving extended community and imagining a kinder more equitable future.
If you feel moved to support in other ways please reach out to us at:
thehelpofcommunity2020 [at] gmail.com
- Toby Kramer
Organizer and beneficiary
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