In addition to following the news and calls to action regarding the war in Ukraine we have also spoken to LGBT+ activists from Ukraine and people in close contact with them. They are asking for two things: support for people in Ukraine and support for the military.
Here, we have compiled a diverse list of ways and organisations to support in Estonia, Ukraine, and Ukraine’s neighbouring countries where people are helping LGBT+ refugees. This list is not exhaustive and may change as we get new information. All references here are trustworthy.
SUPPORT LGBT+ UKRAINIANS
The European Pride Organisers Association (EPOA) is collecting donations for Kyiv Pride and Kharkiv Pride who are helping people on the ground and are arranging evacuations of LGBT+ people. It can be difficult as it is not possible to leave some cities, while others can’t escape as they don’t have a car or enough gas to reach the border. Many do not want to leave and want to protect their home instead. You can support all of them through the EPOA page.
All Out is collecting donations for organisations in Ukraine and in its neighbouring countries who are working on evacuations and relocations.
Insight LGBTQ is working on temporary housing, evacuations, food, medicine and other necessities in different regions across Ukraine.
Fulcrum is providing help with temporary housing, evacuations, and emergency assistance in Lviv, Kyiv, and Kharkiv.
Gender Z is helping with housing and other emergency aid in Zaporizhzhia.
Alliance Global is helping with shelter in Kyiv.
The Latvian organization Mozaika have set up an online store where you can buy shirts and sweaters with all the proceeds going to the EPOA fund which support LGBT+ organisations in Ukraine (see above). The orders should arrive in Estonia quite quickly.
In addition, you can share information about coming to Estonia and getting help here to anyone who might need it. Our summary also mentions LGBT-specific issues. We will update the overview as necessary.
SUPPORT THE MILITARY OF UKRAINE
The LGBT+ and human rights activists in Ukraine have told us that they need us to support their military so that they can successfully fight the Russian forces.
SUPPORT ORGANISATIONS IN ESTONIA WHO ARE HELPING UKRAINIAN PEOPLE
The Estonian Refugee Council, NGO Mondo, and the Ukrainian Culture Center are coordinating the evacuation of refugees to Estonia, helping them with their needs in Estonia, and also helping people inside Ukraine.
The Estonian Human Rights Center is offering legal aid to those applying for an getting international protection in Estonia.
The Rescue Association is collecting requested equipment for rescuers in Ukraine.
SUPPORT ORGANISATIONS IN OTHER COUNTRIES WHO ARE HELPING LGBT+ REFUGEES
Poland: Lambda Warszawa
LW is creating a center that offers information in Ukrainian and in Russian, support, mental help aid, and a safe resting place for LGBT+ refugees.
Donate here or via bank transfer:
Ul Żurawia 24 a
SWIFT (BIC): PPABPLPK
SORT Code: 17500012
Slovakia: Pride Kosice, Prizma ja Sapling
They are helping refugees with transport from the Ukraine-Slovakia border into Slovakia or further, connecting fleeing Ukrainians with organisations in other countries, helping with housing, psychological aid, and safe space.