Birmingham LGBT Centre has launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds to help support isolated LGBTQ+ people this Christmas and winter. Since opening in 2013, Birmingham LGBT Centre has held a party on Christmas Day so members of the LGBTQ+ community will not have to spend Christmas Day alone.
The centre has been unable to do this for the past couple of years due to Covid-19 but this year they will be opening their doors again and holding a Christmas Day party, the full details of which – including how to RSVP – can be found in Scene‘s previous article.
What’s more, as a charity they are aware that “many of our service users have been affected by the cost of living crisis, with some people having to choose between heating and eating,” says Maria Hughes from Birmingham LGBT. So, from January the centre will be offering a warm space in the café area several times a week. They hope to be able to provide people with blankets, hot water bottles, blanket hoodies and hot drinks.
In order to do so, they are asking for support to cover the costs of Christmas gifts, food and transport for the Christmas party. Your donations will also help Birmingham LGBT to provide blankets, flasks and hot water bottles to help keep people warm during the cost of living crisis.
You can donate via the GoFundMeLink. “If you’re able, please donate and let members of the LGBTQ+ community know that someone is thinking of them this Christmas,” explains Maria.