Funds raised on this page will be going directly to the victims and families affected by the horrific shooting at Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub. Equality Florida is working with local organizations – who are also helping to raise funds – to ensure the money is distributed properly. Thank you for the support!
You can also visit http://www.eqfl.org/news/pulse to get more information on vigils, counseling, and blood drives happening across the state. We’re also posting updates on Equality Florida’s Facebook page here: www.facebook.com/equalityfl
Support Victims of Pulse Shooting
This is the official Pulse Victims Fund page for Equality Florida, the state’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization. Equality Florida is collecting contributions via this GoFundMe page to support the victims of the horrific shooting at Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub.
Regarding distribution of funds, we are working with a team of attorneys and experts, including the National Center for Victims of Crime, which deployed funds in both Chattanooga and Aurora, to ensure funds are distributed correctly.
Please contribute and share this page. #WeAreOrlando
Ida Vishkaee Eskamani is a Development Officer with Equality Florida, she resides in Orlando, Florida.
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To ensure transparency, GoFundMe has requested we answer the following questions:
1. Who you are:
Equality Florida, a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization and the state’s LGBT civil rights organization: eqfl.org
2. Where you’re from
Founded in St. Petersburg, Florida, with staff and offices across the state including in Orlando, Florida.
3. Your relationship to the parties you’re raising funds for
We are advocates for the LGBT community in Florida.
4. How the funds will be spent (be specific as possible)
Every penny raised will be distributed directly to the victims and their families. We are working with a team of attorneys and experts, including the National Center for Victims of Crime, which deployed funds in both Chattanooga and Aurora, to ensure funds are distributed correctly.
Equality Florida statement on mass shooting at Orlando gay club:
We are reeling from the tragic news that a gunman opened fire on the 2am capacity crowd at Pulse leaving 50 people dead and over 50 injured according to Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer.
We are heartbroken and angry that senseless violence has once again destroyed lives in our state and in our country.
Gay clubs hold a significant place in LGBTQ history. They were often the only safe gathering place and this horrific act strikes directly at our sense of safety. June commemorates our community standing up to anti-LGBTQ violence at the Stonewall Inn, the nightclub that has become the first LGBTQ site recognized as a national monument.
We have received a steady stream of emails and messages from those seeking to help or to make sense of the senseless. We make no assumptions on motive. We will await the details in tears of sadness and anger. We stand in solidarity and keep our thoughts on all whose lives have been lost or altered forever in this tragedy.
The amount of love and compassion felt around the world towards the victims and their families of the Pulse shooting is a testament to the incredible good is in the world. Thank you for your contributions.
We are currently working to raise as much as possible for these victims and their families, as well as distribute the fund as fast as possible. We have a team of attorneys and organizations who are experts in this process facilitating next steps. We will be setting up a hotline soon for all victims and their families to begin this process.
We currently do not know the total costs for all of the victims and families, and will continue to fundraise for these families in hopes of covering medical costs and funeral arrangements.
Thank you for supporting our Orlando community.