J-FLAG seeking funds to rebuild office destroyed by fire

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J-FLAG seeking funds to rebuild office destroyed by fire

Monday, January 21, 2019

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-sexuals and Gays (JFLAG) has set up an online fundraising campaign to raise money to rebuild its office — affectionately monikered 'Rainbow House' — after a fire engulfed the building, causing severe damage last month.

In an email to supporters and the media this morning, the organisation asked for donations through a GoFundMe webpage, seeking to raise US$60,000. As of this morning, it has generated US$1,200. J-FLAG estimated the value of the files, equipment, furniture and other supplies destroyed in the December 30 fire at US$50,000 to US$60,000.

"This has put a severe damper on our spirits and is a significant impediment on our operations. Rainbow House was a safe space where lots of social activities were hosted for LGBT Jamaicans to build community, discuss issues such as self-stigma and internalised homophobia and transphobia and violence against LGBT people, educational sessions around laws and policies and human rights, document human rights violations, and support groups for transgender and non-gender conforming persons," the organisation said.

"Please contribute to our efforts by making a donation and encouraging your friends and family to donate as well to help us rebuild and continue our work to protect the rights of LGBT people in Jamaica," J-FLAG urged.

To make a donation, visit: https://www.gofundme.com/rebuildingjflag

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