Three days after supertyphoon Yolanda devastated many parts of the Visayas group of islands, Bisaya lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organizations have been forming partnerships to also lend a hand.
With “Abag Leyte”, Bisdak Pride Inc. partnered with the Redemptorist Center for Social and Ecological Concerns (REMSEC) to accept donations in cash or in kind for organized relief operations in areas affected by Yolanda.
“We would like to help reach those in areas that even now remain not reached by any relief operations,” said Roxanne Omega Doron, executive director of Bisdak Pride Inc., which was formed in 2005 to help unify LGBT organization in the Bisaya-speaking populace.
Drop off points for in-kind donations are at:
Redemptorist Compound, R. Aboitiz Street
Cebu Larsian barbecue stall, a local tourist destination that serves puso (hanging rice) and specially made pork barbecue.
Meanwhile, cash contributions may be deposited to:
Branch: PS Bank – Cebu Jones
Account Name: Bisdak Pride Inc.
Account Number: 109-11200206-5
On Wednesday, November 13, there will also be a special variety show at Handuraw Pizza at Gorordo Ave. Foremost LGBT actor in Cebu, Badidi Labra, will render her comedic acts to entertain guest as part of the post-Yolanda fundraising efforts. The partner organizations for this event are: ACT-UP, Ligaya sa UP Cebu, and Kabataan Party List. Those who want to contribute may bring anything (cash or in-kind) when they watch the show.
Already, to ensure the proper delivery of goods to those in need, partnerships were already formed with local government units concerned, as well as other agencies like the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
Earlier, in response to the earthquake that ravaged Bohol, Bisdak Pride Inc. partnered with Abag Bohol Network is composed by STAND Alumni Foundation, Parodees Tees, Abante Barangay, 6K Crossing and Bohol United Society of Artists.