Among those affected are individuals from the queer community, which is already marginalized, and even more so now. Due to unclear laws, lack of rights, and social restrictions, the queer community finds it hard to seek help from non-queer initiatives for safety reasons, whether it's due to family conditions or professional reasons.
Strawberries queer party launched in Dublin in October 2019. We combine electronic music and art to enhance the experience for attendees. We have hosted 3 sold out parties with some of Ireland's best music selectors and designers. In solidarity with LGBTQ+ people affected by the Beirut blast Strawberries will host a takeover on HÖR radio Berlin on October 10th to raise much needed funds for Queer Relief Fund who have been rehousing and providing financial aid to those in need.
Queer Relief Fund is an independent initiative launched by Sandra MELHEM, club owner and queer activist for over 10 years.
The initiative now includes a group of prominent figures in the queer community in Lebanon, ranging from club owners, artists, nightlife figures, safe space providers and designers to people in the medical field. Queer Relief Fund are constantly involved with the queer community and help in any way we can whenever something comes up.
The absence of a competent government (before and even more so now) led Lebanese people to fend for themselves and come up with community-based initiatives in order to help each other. Since the queer community was never a priority for the government, and is definitely not one now, Queer Relief Fund have decided to support the community themselves to help it get back on its feet fast.
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