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This is the official Pulse Victims Fund page for Equality Florida, the state's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization. Equality Florida is collecting contributions via this GoFundMe page to support every single victim of the horrific shooting at Orlando's Pulse Nightclub. This includes victims’ families, survivors, and those in the club who may not have suffered physical injury but in need of support.  

For information regarding how funds will be disperesed directly to the victims' families and survivors, please refer to below links: 
English:  http://www.eqfl.org/transparent
Espanol:  http://www.eqfl.org/Transparencia

We are working with the National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC) to distribute the contributions via their National Compassion Fund ( http://nationalcompassionfund.org/ faq/). 

The Fund was first proposed by victims and families from past mass casualty crimes across the country, including 9/11, Columbine, Va Tech, NIU, Aurora, Oak Creek, and Newtown. After they experienced stressful and prolonged negotiations attempting to collect money donated in their names, they asked the National Center for Victims of Crime to partner with them to develop a new model of giving—one that genuinely serves victims, donors, and the wider public.

NCVC has made available emergency deployment of short-term disbursements from our fundraising efforts, and connected victims with the immediate funds available via state and federal resources. We are committed to raising as much as we can to ensure long-term support for the victims’ families and survivors. The money raised towards this fund directly supports the victims families and survivors, NCVC does not charge any fees for this service. 

We ask all victims to call this hotline to begin this process: 
VictimConnect Resource Center
855-4-Victim (855-484-2846)
http://victimconnect.org/

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Esta es la página web oficial del fundo para las víctimas de “Pulse.” Esto fundo ha sido creado por el organization “Equality Florida”, el organizacion estatal para los derechos civiles de lesbianas, gays, bisexuales y transexuales (LGBT). Equality Florida está recogiendo las contribuciones a través de esta página de GoFundMe para apoyar a cada víctima de los disparos horribles en la discoteca de “Pulse” en Orlando. Esto incluye las víctimas familiares, sobrevivientes y las personas en el club que no han sufrido daño físico pero que necesitan apoyo. 

Estamos trabajando con el Centro Nacional para Víctimas de Crimen (National Center for Victims of Crime) (NCVC) para distribuir las contribuciones a través de su Fondo Nacional de la Compasión (http:// nationalcompassionfund.org/ faq/). 

El Fondo primero fue creado por las víctimas y familiares de los crímenes siniestros en el pasado, incluyendo 9/11, Columbine, VA Tech, NIU, Aurora, Oak Creek y Newtown. Después de que experimentaban negociaciones prolongadas y estresantes tratando de recoger el dinero donado en su nombre, pidieron el Centro Nacional para Víctimas de Crimen para para desarrollar un nuevo modelo para las donaciones — un modelo que sirve genuinamente a las víctimas, los donantes y el público en general. 

NCVC ha comenzado la dispersión de los fondos a corto plazo de las víctimas de “Pulse” y estan conectando las víctimas con los fondos inmediatamente disponibles a través de recursos federales y estatales. Estamos comprometidos a recaudar todo lo que es posible para garantizar el apoyo a largo plazo para las familias de las víctimas y sobrevivientes. El dinero recaudado en eso fondo esta apoyando a las familias de las víctimas y sobrevivientes directamente.


Le pedimos a todas las víctimas que llamen a este numero telefónico para comenzar el proceso: 
Centro de Recursos “VictimimConnect”
855-4-víctima (855-484-2846
http://victimconnect.org/

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Please contribute and share this page. #WeAreOrlando

For the latest information, visit: 
-facebook.com/equalityfl 
-eqfl.org/news/pulse 
-  http://www.eqfl.org/news/pulse/spanish 

Ida Vishkaee Eskamani is a Development Officer with Equality Florida, she resides in Orlando, Florida. 

A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION FOR THE EQUALITY FLORIDA INSTITUTE MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES (WWW.800HELPFLA.COM) BY CALLING TOLL-FREE WITHIN FLORIDA (1.800.435.7352). REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. REGISTRATION #CH7992. 
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To ensure transparency, GoFundMe has requested we answer the following questions: 

1. Who you are: 
Equality Florida, a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization and the state's LGBT civil rights organization: eqfl.org

2. Where you're from
Founded in St. Petersburg, Florida, with staff and offices across the state including in Orlando, Florida. 

3. Your relationship to the parties you're raising funds for
We are advocates for the LGBT community in Florida. 

4. How the funds will be spent (be specific as possible)
Every penny raised will be distributed directly to the victims and their families. We are working with a team of attorneys and experts, including the National Center for Victims of Crime, which deployed funds in both Chattanooga and Aurora, to ensure funds are distributed correctly. 

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Equality Florida statement on mass shooting at Orlando gay club:

We are reeling from the tragic news that a gunman opened fire on the 2am capacity crowd at Pulse leaving 49 people dead and over 50 injured according to Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer.

We are heartbroken and angry that senseless violence has once again destroyed lives in our state and in our country.

Gay clubs hold a significant place in LGBTQ history. They were often the only safe gathering place and this horrific act strikes directly at our sense of safety. June commemorates our community standing up to anti-LGBTQ violence at the Stonewall Inn, the nightclub that has become the first LGBTQ site recognized as a national monument.

We have received a steady stream of emails and messages from those seeking to help or to make sense of the senseless. We make no assumptions on motive. We will await the details in tears of sadness and anger. We stand in solidarity and keep our thoughts on all whose lives have been lost or altered forever in this tragedy.

Graphic designed by local artist Tony Chevy.

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