The LGBTQ+ Community in Beirut Needs Your Support. Here’s How to Help
Them Magazine speaks to Dayna Asha, a local organiser in Lebanon, offering aid to Beirut's most marginalised populations. The queer community is among the hardest hit groups of society, falling through the cracks of government support. Dayna Asha responded to this need and transformed her collaborative art space into a "haven" for groups suffering the most - "queer folks, single mothers, and refugees". Asha discusses the impact of the Beirut blast on the already suffering LGBTQ+ community and how we can help, from all over the world.
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I reached crisis point — our family had no support ... Parents reveal challenges of caring for disabled children during lockdown
Four parents of disabled children tell their firsthand accounts of how life has changed for them since the Covid crisis, with school closures and the withdrawal of essential support systems. Routines, which can be of the utmost importance for these families, were upturned. Despite schools being advised to stay open for vulnerable children, many in fact did not, leaving families isolated, often shielding. Shocking statistics show that 76 per cent of families had all support withdrawn in the first months of lockdown and 80 per cent of parents reported their mental health had deteriorated.
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Naomi Osaka shines a light on racial injustice with face masks at US Open
Naomi Osaka is using the visibility of her platform in tennis to raise awareness of events close to her heart. In the US open last week, she wore a face mask featuring the name Breonna Taylor, a black woman shot to death in her own home by police. Osaka said she had another 6 masks with names of police brutality victims, one for each round of the tournament. Osaka wants to bring attention to the continued genocide of black people at the hand of the police, particularly to the majority white sport. “As a black woman I feel as though there are much more important matters at hand that need immediate attention, rather than watching me play tennis", Osaka explained.
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