Rural Queer Community Care
We are building resilient and joyful rural LGBTQ communities entails that radical act of community care. As a rural queer community we take care of each other through acts of love, creativity, and resistance. We take care of each other by building a community where we are seen, visible, and powerful.
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Rural QTBIPOC/LGBTQ+ Mutual Aid Fund
A mutual aid relief fund for rural QTBIPOC/LGBTQ+ people, living on Abenaki territory of the Wabanaki confederacy in so-called Southern Vermont, elsewhere in Vermont, Southwestern New Hampshire, and the rest of rural New England.
In response to the ongoing impacts from COVID-19 we have organized a Rural Community Care Support Network. During this time we are all needing support from each other. Mutual aid is one way to build community, resiliency, vulnerability, and connection.
We have seen many mutual aid efforts throughout the region. This mutual aid network is specifically to support our rural LGBTQ+ community.
Out in the Open is maintaining is mutual aid list and does our best to connect those offering support to those asking for support.
While we cannot guarantee that the level of support requested by an individual or family will be provided, we will continue to do our best to match those who have needs with those who are offering support. At the very least we are working to connect, break isolation, and build a vibrant supportive LGBTQ+ community in this time and always.
If you are needing support or able to offer please fill out the spreadsheet or reach out to Eva at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Phone tree- Care network
Breaking isolation is creating a culture of care means touching each other in concrete connection. Reminding each other we are not alone and making space to know each other more deeply. Our phone tree will function two fold. Volunteers will take the lead of having between 5-10 phone numbers of community members to call semi-regularly. Once a month + additionally for Out in the Open events and programming updates. During these check-ins, if a community member expresses a need, the volunteer will contact Eva to support in coordinating material support.
Want to get called? Want to volunteer to call folks
Let us know here
Email email@example.com to get involved and with more questions.
Rural QTBIPOC Binder Give-A-Way
In Partnership with Shapeshifters
Out in the Open is partnering with Shapeshifters for some binder giveaways for our Rural QTBIPOC community members! Our rural Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color community deserve access to resources that makes us feel whole and supported.