HOW WE HELP
The LGBTQ Center of Bay County Inc. currently operates the only dedicated all-inclusive lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and straight-allied (LGBTQ+) youth program in the Panhandle of Florida.
Why are culturally competent, allocated resources for the LGBTQ community necessary?
LGBTQ youth experience high rates of homelessness, making it more difficult to reach them during an emergency.
High rates of isolation for LGBTQ seniors means they are more likely to be alone, and less likely to have familial resources that can support receiving emergency messages and accessing resources.
Access to HIV medication or hormones can be limited or nonexistent as providers are unavailable or undervalue the importance of maintaining these regimens and shelter accommodations are often not compliant with appropriately affirming gender identity.
The LGBTQ population has a significant lack of trust with emergency responders and health care systems that have discriminated against them before.
Nontraditional structures of families are frequently disrespected by emergency or recovery services resulting in families that become separated or are unable to access appropriate resources.
That’s where the LGBTQ Center of Bay County steps in! With your help, as we rebuild we will be providing services to those that are traditionally overlooked and have unique needs. Equality Florida has agreed to help us raise the funds necessary to rebuild our Center. Equality Florida is a trusted community institution that understands the needs of the LGBTQ population,
All monies raised will be used to rebuild the Center and used to help individuals and families begin to rebuild their lives. With the help of our generous community we hope to provide direct assistance with shelf stable food, furniture, housing assistance and more. The Center’s community partners will coordinate support for homeless youth, seniors, people living with HIV, hate crime survivors, Center volunteers, and those devastated by the storm.