Support Puerto Rico's LBGT Community After Maria

Support Puerto Rico's LBGT Community After Maria

From TRANSLucent Project

Funds raised by this campaign will go directly to TRANSLucent's efforts to rebuild lives of LGBT residents in Puerto Rico, like those of Yayi and Beba. Thank you so much for your support. No amount is too little!

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Special Fundraising Campaign to Assist Hurricanes Maria and Irma Victims

In the aftermath of Hurricanes Maria and Irma, the TRANSLucent Project, with the help of the DuPont Social Club friends and family and you, is helping those in Puerto Rico's LBGT community get back on their feet.  We all have seen the devastation left by these two powerful hurricanes in Puerto Rico and heard of the challenges of getting infrastructure back online. 

Funds raised by this campaign will go directly to TRANSLucent's efforts to rebuild the lives of its community.  The attached video is of Yayi and the two pictures included are of Beba's roofless home.

ABOUT the TRANSLucent Project

TRANSLucent was established to identify and train leadership in Puerto Rico's community of TRANSWomen by creating a "safe space" for participants to gather and meet, while participating in a formal training program.  TRANSLucent works with HIV+ and HIV- TRANSWomen, building on FOUR aspects of our participants' lives:

  • Self-esteem;
  • Sense of belonging to a community;
  • Claiming legal rights; and
  • Caring for their health.

The last component incorporates their participation in the clinic's programs for medically-supervised hormone therapy, PrEP therapy or HIV care, nutritional and mental health services.  All services are provided on a sliding-scale basis, based on their capacity to pay.  The majority of our participants receive care with NO financial obligations to our clinic. 

The vast majority of our participants are low or very-low income.  Our outreach efforts after Maria and Irma have identified more than a dozen women who have either lost their homes entirely, or lost most of their possessions to flooding or rain damage.  Most of them are still lacking access to electricity and safe drinking water.  Thanks to the bonds developed at TRANSLucent, most of the participants who lost their homes have been able to temporarily move in with other participants so they do not have to be homeless or live in overwhelmed shelters. 

TRANSWomen in Puerto Rico must deal with unique challenges in the treatment they receive from FEMA and other state/municipal agencies when requesting support services.  Their needs are just as great as anyone else and unfortunately, they do NOT have a cadre of volunteer organizations and church groups lining up to help.   

The TRANSLucent Project specifically receives funding from AIDS United, the Elton John Foundation and the Puerto Rico Department of Health.  Centro Ararat is a Puerto Rico Department of the Treasury certified not-for-profit organization with 16 years of providing services to persons living with HIV.  Since Puerto Rico is not a part of the IRS system, Centro Ararat does not have 501(c)3 tax-exempt benefits. 

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