At Skepchick, our thoughts are with those who have been affected by the horrific shooting in Orlando. As the death count climbs to 50 (which means this would potentially be the deadliest shooting in US history), many are already asking how they can help the victims and Orlando’s LGBT community. Here are a couple ways to get involved:
- The Center offers counseling services to the LGBT community in Orlando. These services will be crucial to the community following the mass shooting. To donate, click the “Donate” button in the upper right-hand corner of their website.
- The Zebra Coalition in Orlando also offers mental health services to LGBT youth in Orlando, many of whom may now be scared to get involved in their local LGBT community. Donations can be made here.
- Lastly, we recognize that the ability to donate blood currently excludes those who fall under the FDA’s outdated restrictions on blood donations (gay men who have not been celibate for the past year). There are reports that blood donation organization One Blood is lifting that ban on donations at their centers, but One Blood has Tweeted that this is not true. There is currently a severe need for O Negative, O Positive and AB Plasma blood donors following this tragic event. If you are able to donate blood (especially if you are in Orlando,) please call One Blood at 1-888-936-6283 to schedule an appointment.