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Task Force provides comprehensive Web-based resources for Hurricane Katrina survivors and those seeking to assist relief efforts

Date: 
September 08, 2005

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force provides comprehensive Web-based resources for Hurricane Katrina survivors and those seeking to assist relief efforts

WASHINGTON, Sept. 8 — The full scope of the damage inflicted by Hurricane Katrina will likely take months to ascertain. What is immediately clear is the enormous suffering experienced by hundreds of thousands of people throughout Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi who have lost loved ones, been displaced from their homes and disconnected from their families. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, which extends its condolences to all those who have suffered loss caused by Hurricane Katrina, is providing resources for people wishing to donate funds and help survivors in need of the most basic support, or for those seeking services in their area.

These resources can be found at http://www.thetaskforce.org/katrinaaid or by clicking on the links below.

These resources provide information on how the various relief efforts are directing the funds received; some seek to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people specifically, while others seek to help all victims of the hurricane.

Also included on the Task Force Web site are resources for people from the affected region who may be in need of direct services, including information about how LGBT community centers in the region are assisting people displaced by the hurricane, and resources to meet the needs of HIV-positive individuals.

The resources on the site will be updated regularly with additional resources, including, shortly, a page of guidelines detailing how to make shelters safe for transgender evacuees.

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