Read the briefing paper posted by Philanthropy Ohio discussing the local impact of the Orlando Tragedy and suggests ways for funders to support their local LGBTQ communities. Below is a snapshot:
Subject: Understanding and responding to the needs of Ohio’s local LGBTQ communities post-Orlando
- The Orlando mass shooting has ongoing implications for individuals and organizations comprising Ohio’s LGBTQ community
- Acknowledgment of the impact and opportunities to connect with others are critical to the healing process, but may be difficult to find for many LGBTQ Ohioans
- The aftermath of Orlando continues to strain the capacities of local LGBTQ organizations and leaders
- Funders can support local LGBTQ communities by providing resources to build and strengthen infrastructure
Early this summer, LGBTQ communities across the nation were painfully reminded of the many challenges that remain. On June 12, 2016, Pulse, an LGBTQ nightclub, was attacked on Latin night during Pride Month. The massacre claimed 49 lives and wounded 53 others, nearly all of them LGBTQ and Latinx young adults. Many in the philanthropic sector have sought information about opportunities to support Orlando. The national philanthropy affinity group, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, released both a statement and resource guide with recommendations for grantmakers interested in supporting the Orlando community. A number of funders across the country have since directed funds to Orlando, launched community fundraising efforts, and made statements in support of the Orlando LGBTQ community and LGBTQ people generally. In March of this year, Funders for LGBTQ Issues announced a new targeted, place-based effort to increase the dialogue about foundation funding for LGBTQ people living in Ohio, naming Kristi Andrasik of the Cleveland Foundation and Brian Schultz of Foundation Center Midwest as the inaugural Ohio LGBTQ Funding Ambassadors. Less than three months into our new role as Ohio LGBTQ Funding Ambassadors, we found ourselves working to maintain focus on the needs of Ohio’s LGBTQ community while grappling to comprehend the horrific crime committed against our community in Orlando. Since June 12, we have been in communication with LGBTQ colleagues, LGBTQ-serving organizations, and local funders to understand the impact of Orlando and offer support; yet we know there are still many with whom we have not yet connected, and many who may not yet know that we exist as a local resource. After convening Northeast Ohio LGBTQ nonprofit leaders to gain a deeper insight into the local impact of Orlando, the issues most important for local funders to be aware of, and the opportunities for local funders to respond, we have compiled the following briefing for Ohio’s philanthropic community.