Underfunded LGBTQ groups are making a difference in the Korean LGBTQ community thanks in large part to the private donations and support of LGBTQ-ers and allies. They are reliant upon your support and involvement so that they can continue to provide valuable services to the LGBTQ community and carry on in their fight for equality. -By Kim Thompson
All around the world homelessness, bullying and suicide rates are serious issues that LGBTQ adolescent groups face, and the same applies here in Korea. As such, DDing Dong has been established as a multipurpose Youth Crisis Support Center for sexual minorities that supports, protects and provides the necessary mental health and physical resources that are so necessary to the survival of LGBTQ Korean youth. It is also working to set up a professional safe house that operates 24 hours a day. In order to do so they rely upon the time, material, food and financial donations from LGBTQ-ers and allies.
You can support DDing Dong by becoming a DDing Dong Chunsa (“Angel”).
To become a monthly donor, visit their website for more information about how to volunteer or donate and how these donations and efforts will be put to good use.
Solidarity for LGBT Human Rights of Korea (HaengSeongIn)
HaengSeongIn serves as an LGBT human rights advocacy group in Korea that champions the equal human rights of sexual minorities in Korea. Allies are welcome to join. By financially supporting them you are helping them continue to operate their space and library/resource center, campaign for LGBT equality in Korea and provide workshops and forums for the community.
KQCF (The Korean Queer Culture Festival)
The KQCF organizes Pride in Korea and also runs the Korea Queer Film Festival (KQFF). They are able to do so thanks to the generous time and financial donations of others. The KQCF is able to run solely due to the volunteer efforts of their staff and the financial donations of individuals and queer/allied groups. They accept donations year-round and use the funds to finance and provide (the very costly) Pride events in Korea every summer both in Seoul and Daegu.
For more information on supporting the KQCF, go to their website and click “English” in the top right corner. Information on how to donate is at the bottom of the page.