How To Donate To Victims Of The Orlando Massacre, From Within The US And Worldwide

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    Jun 16, 2016 11:47 PM GMT
    Sporty_G said
    Is there a way to help to victims in Orlando?
    Are donations being accepted by any reputable charities or organizations to specifically help the LGBT victims? Is it Red Cross, or Stonewall or a Go FundMe or a Trust Fund, etc.? Thanks.

    That's what Sporty_G wrote in a thread he started on this topic. But it hasn't been viewed an awful lot nor gotten many posts of advice. Nor are there any other threads actively discussing this issue.

    So I'm starting this post using different topic wording, and gonna repost some of my contributions to Sporty_G's thread. Better to have duplicate threads than not enough if it'll keep this important subject active.
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    Jun 16, 2016 11:47 PM GMT
    Here's some links, more to follow. Equality Florida began the Pulse Victim Fund on GoFundMe, has so far raised $4.9M, which is a record for any single campaign on GFM.

    http://www.eqfl.org

    https://www.gofundme.com/PulseVictimsFund

    https://represent.com/orlando/noh8-orlando-pulse-night-club-charity-tee-for-victims-and-families

    Here is a listing of other Go Fund Me campaigns in Orlando. The first listings are mostly for individual Pulse victims, also for participating community non-profit agencies, or in one case for the unemployed staff of Pulse, and in another for the Orlando Police Department's (OPD) Pulse response:

    https://www.gofundme.com/mvc.php?route=search&term=pulse
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    Jun 16, 2016 11:47 PM GMT
    The biggest single donation of $100,000 came from Go Fund Me itself. By waiving its transaction fee that money will instead be included in the total raised for the victims and their families. Here's more about the Go Fund Me campaign for the Pulse victims:

    http://www.clickorlando.com/news/pulse-orlando-shooting/orlando-gofundme-campaign-gets-donations-from-over-100000-people

    Parliament House of Orlando (a gay club complex and hotel where we've stayed) is running its own fund to assist the Pulse employees who are at least temporarily without income until their club reopens, if ever. Here's their home web site, but I don't see anything about helping Pulse. I saw the item somewhere online yesterday, but can't find it now, either in my email or Facebook, or maybe was a national news item. Perhaps someone else can find and post it.

    http://www.parliamenthouse.com
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    Jun 16, 2016 11:48 PM GMT
    The City of Orlando itself has established the OneOrlando Fund. Its biggest single donor so far has been the Disney Corporation with $1,000,000. The Fund will apparently not be helping individual victims directly, but will provide funds for:

    - Nonprofits that are supporting the victims and families
    - The LGBTQ, Hispanic, faith and other affected communities
    - Underlying causes of this tragic event
    - "Other needs [Orlando] cannot anticipate until we face them"

    http://www.oneorlando.org

    #orlandounited
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    Jun 17, 2016 12:49 AM GMT
    I used this link from above to order a NOH8 T-shirt for my husband today. 100% of the proceeds go to Orlando victims. I hope it'll help him deal with his depression following the massacre, that I discussed in another thread.

    https://represent.com/orlando/noh8-orlando-pulse-night-club-charity-tee-for-victims-and-families

    I'd also have already donated money in our name, but I'm waiting to see which groups offering help to Orlando have exhibitor booths at our Stonewall Street Festival this Saturday. Then I'll just write a check in person and also sign any related petitions and condolence books. Having the hands-on interactive experience of donating during Pride may mean more psychologically to my husband than telling him I sent money over the net. Equality Florida and HRC usually do staff exhibitor booths.

    A condolences scroll will be signed by us tomorrow, at a public memorial conducted by the City of Fort Lauderdale. The City will formally deliver the scroll to the City of Orlando.

    On the topic of my husband's depression, BTW, he's already doing a little better. By coincidence he had a scheduled checkup with our primary care physician this morning (Thur, 6-18 ). When the doctor routinely asked how he felt, my husband avoided mentioning the depression. So I, sitting right there, brought it up.

    The doctor (who's gay himself and has a nearly 100% gay practice) said he's seeing that a lot, and it's not surprising after such an event. He was reassuring and said to let him know if it doesn't begin to clear up in a week or so. We both felt better hearing the doctor address it, and I think that was a big factor in my husband improving today.

    And my thanks to the guys who made considerate suggestions about this in my other thread (with only one notable but not surprising exception). It gave me some good ideas that I'm now implementing. And it helps ME, too, to have a plan of action to focus on. Even this thread serves that double purpose for me. Because I've shown it to him to let him know that "we" are trying to get the word out about Orlando assistance, on RJ and elsewhere, and that activity helps give him a sense of doing something, rather than just sitting and brooding.
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    Jun 17, 2016 1:20 AM GMT
    The NOH8 T-shirt. Pictured here in black. Also available in a grey color now called heavy metal. An improvement over their insensitive initial name for the shade, gun metal. icon_eek.gif

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    https://represent.com/orlando/noh8-orlando-pulse-night-club-charity-tee-for-victims-and-families
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    Jun 17, 2016 12:36 PM GMT
    If you're in the Fort Lauderdale area you might want to consider attending this indoor memorial service at 1 PM today, Friday, 6-17.

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    Jun 17, 2016 12:45 PM GMT
    Donate by joining Pink Pistols - the LGBT gun club.

    http://www.pinkpistols.org/

    Membership is up by 50% since the Orlando tragedy. Animals will think twice about taking on a group that defends themselves. We can't let Obama/Hillary grab our guns either....because democrats can't keep LGBT safe.

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    Jun 17, 2016 2:20 PM GMT
    The idea of being in a loud, dark club with alcohol, drugs (which we know are rampant there), testosterone and concealed assault rifles sounds way worse than the current state. Ask the black clubs in Chicago, DC, NY how that works when good and bad patrons both attend the same confined space with guns to "protect themselves from the bad guys". People will just not go out to clubs if they know that half the attendees have assault weapons.

    Instead, I propose venues actually add several TRAINED, armed security guards at the entrances/exits instead of just a buff gym queen at the door checking ID.

    S2Ki saidDonate by joining Pink Pistols - the LGBT gun club.

    http://www.pinkpistols.org/

    Membership is up by 50% since the Orlando tragedy. Animals will think twice about taking on a group that defends themselves. We can't let Obama/Hillary grab our guns either....because democrats can't keep LGBT safe.

    2016_06_15_shootback_3_0.jpg

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    Jun 17, 2016 2:24 PM GMT
    S2Ki said
    Donate by joining Pink Pistols - the LGBT gun club.

    The topic here is donating to the Orlando victims. It's not about increasing the body count in favor of "our side". The better solution is to reduce the count of ALL the bodies, by reducing weapons proliferation in the US.

    I might note that in public shootings, innocent bystanders are frequently the victims, who were neither the perpetrators nor their targets defending themselves. Get the excess weapons OFF US streets! And then the issue of defending ourselves would be made moot.

    It's bad enough I find myself carrying a cell phone with me everywhere - now I have to carry a clumsy gun, too? I'm sorry, but your weapons obsession should not be made an obligatory practice for me, too. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jun 17, 2016 2:25 PM GMT
    "Instead, I propose venues actually add several TRAINED, armed security guards at the entrances/exits instead of just a buff gym queen at the door checking ID."

    SANITY! Thanks, woodfordr

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    Jun 17, 2016 6:03 PM GMT
    This is too important a subject to have it fall off the top...and likewise, completely inappropriate for political flame baiting....
    If you can't help RJ members or the victims in Orlando, here in the forums, then please go learn how to own and use a firearm responsibly, safely and LEGALLY. Go take a self defense/martial arts class, or participate in "active shooter" and other personal safety trainings....but do something constructive.icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jun 17, 2016 6:48 PM GMT
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    S2Ki said
    Donate by joining Pink Pistols - the LGBT gun club.

    The topic here is donating to the Orlando victims. It's not about increasing the body count in favor of "our side". The better solution is to reduce the count of ALL the bodies, by reducing weapons proliferation in the US.

    I might note that in public shootings, innocent bystanders are frequently the victims, who were neither the perpetrators nor their targets defending themselves. Get the excess weapons OFF US streets! And then the issue of defending ourselves would be made moot.

    It's bad enough I find myself carrying a cell phone with me everywhere - now I have to carry a clumsy gun, too? I'm sorry, but your weapons obsession should not be made an obligatory practice for me, too. icon_rolleyes.gif


    Why bless your heart.....you're poor ignorant little heart.

    Don't you know that contraband laws don't work?

    Ever hear of a black market?

    Mexico offers open borders + easy gun access.

    Do the math.

    Speaking of contraband, drugs are illegal....and waaaay more than 49 people in Orlando will die this year from drugs. How many families suffer shame and silence? Where is the LIBERAL OUTRAGE at the DRUG PUSHERS who get these kids started on heroin, crack, etc...often right in these clubs targeting 20 somethings. Where are the democrat political hacks promising tougher laws for drug dealers?? Oh yeah, Obama is LETTING THEM OUT OF JAIL.