The Leonard-Litz Foundation is pleased to announce it has awarded a Covid Relief grant to the Caribbean Equality Project. Based in Queens, the non-profit organization is a principal resource for Black and Brown queer and transgender people who have been significantly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic that has ravaged New York City. The Caribbean Equality Project will use the $15,000 grant to provide emergency relief to its LGBTQ community, including those who are undocumented, refugees, asylum seekers, unemployed, homeless, and those experiencing food insecurity.
The Leonard-Litz Foundation was established to fund partner organizations in the northeast U.S. that are working to improve the lives of the LGBTQ+ population, with an emphasis on intersectional LGBTQ+ advocacy. Caribbean Equality Project, serving one of the world’s most diverse neighborhoods and regions, advocates for LGBTQ+ and immigrant rights, gender equity, racial justice, mental health and ending hate violence in the Caribbean diaspora.
Mohamed Amin, Executive Director of the Caribbean Equality Project, notes, “Many of our community members have lost their employment, but don’t qualify for unemployment based on their undocumented, refugee, and/or asylum status. Many have little to no family support and are living in the NYC shelter system.”
The Caribbean Equality Project was founded in 2015 as a response to the anti-LGBTQ+ hate in Richmond Hills, Queens. Elevating and empowering LGBTQ+ Caribbean communities in order to be free of violence, oppression and discrimination, the nonprofit provides public education, community organizing, civic engagement, storytelling, and cultural and social programming. As a result, they foster deeper community partnerships and greater family acceptance.
We invite you to learn more about the Caribbean Equality Project and other Leonard-Litz Foundation grantees and help us support the important work they are doing for our community.