Many LGBTQI individuals continue to suffer through difficult situations, lacking the access to sufficient, beneficial resources.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic has ravaged every society throughout the world, there is no hiding from the effects of the pandemic. The effects were not directly from the disease itself but rather the consequences that entail from it. From March 2020 until present, many countries still impose mandatory lockdown. Even now, although some precautions are beginning to be removed around the world, individuals are still experiencing the effects of COVID-19. These effects are felt by every person in society, but some may have felt it more, especially the LGBTQI community; members of this community often have less social security nets than other members of society.
APCOM commits to helping the community survive COVID-19 and it has done so by setting up emergency funding for the LGBTQI community. The campaign was first funded by APCOM staff members who donated their salaries to kick off the fund, followed by generous outside donors joining in the campaign.
APCOM has created the campaign “THB19 fighting Covid-19” (19 บาท ต้าน โควิด-19) and has promoted it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media platforms through partners such as Voice TV, the NOK, the TestBKK page, Facebook page, along with LGBTQI influencers to share on their respective social media platforms. APCOM has used these funds to give to community-based organizations throughout Asia so that they can help distribute these funds to those in need.
In Thailand, the organizations that that have benefit from the funding are
Bangkok Rainbow donated essential packages and pocket money for immigrants affected by COVID-19 and also helped to fund testing and treatment services for PLHIV.
Sangsan Anakot Yawachon helped indigenous, stateless youth affected by COVID-19 through empowerment activities and a scholarship ceremony.
Service Worker in Group (SWING) has utilized APCOM funds to help support sex workers affected by the pandemic.
Payoon Sri Trang helped the LGBTQI community in the Trang province, especially helping to provide access in medical treatment and facilitation for HIV and social stigma prevention.
Be Visible Asia gave out COVID-19 protection necessities such as non-perishable food and face masks to the entertainment worker and LGBTQI community.
Pink Monkey Organization distributed 100 emergency packs to communities.
HON helped by giving out essential packages filled with necessities to 100 people that came to test at HON testing clinic, PLHIV, and homeless people.
Rainbow Ratchaburi gave out 50 relief packages to families that had PLHIV, MSM, transgender individuals, and sex workers.
To support APCOM’s mission to help LGBTQI communities, please donate via bank transfer or via Paypal:
Via PayPal: If you already have a PayPal account, please log in to your account and click send payment to APCOM@APCOM.ORG. In the “Note” section, please give us your full name and email address; please indicate that it is for “CoronaAPCOMpassion.”
Via Bank Transfer:
Account name: APCOM Foundation
Bank name: Bangkok Bank
Bank address: 87/2 No. 114, 1st Floor, All Seasons Place Retail Center, Wireless Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan Bangkok 10330, Thailand
Account number: 911-0115-33-5
SWIFT code: BKKTHBK