Submit a Request for Help or Offer Support to Hurricane Victims


During times of crisis, OUTCOAST offers the LGBTQ community (and allies) a safe space to reach out for support, volunteers, and resources.

Following Hurricane Irma, over 6.5 million Floridians are without homes, power, water, and/or supplies.

On any given day, LGBTQ community members are at an elevated risk for illness, homelessness, financial despair, and substance abuse over heterosexual, cisgender people. And in times like these, those risks are amplified.

For these reasons, it is more important than ever before to offer support to fellow neighbors, business owners, and friends.

OUTCOAST has created a page specifically designed for community members to offer and ask for help following Hurricane Irma.

Click here to submit or post a request or an offer of support.

We have a few basic guidelines to adhere to:

  • Business solicitations are not allowed.
  • If you are offering transportation services to people in need, you must hold a valid license, registration, and insurance.
  • You must be a member or ally of the LGBTQ community to request or offer support.
  • Posts must include all details (location, interests, support needed, support offered, limitations, etc).
  • You are responsible for contacting interested party. OUTCOAST is simply providing the communication vehicle.
  • Listings not conforming to the guidelines will not be published.
  • Listings will automatically be removed after 30 days but may be extended upon request. Entries not conforming to the guidelines will not be published.
  • By posting a request or offer on www.outcoast.com, you agree that you will not hold OUTCOAST, LLC liable for volunteer and transportation services offered or provided, nor will you hold OUTCOAST, LLC responsible for injuries sustained while providing or receiving services.

Written by Rachel Covello

Rachel Covello is an award-winning speaker, writer, diversity consultant, and LGBT advocate. She is the Founder of LGBT Equality Alliance, a Chester County, PA nonprofit organization, and CEO of OUTCOAST, an online marketing and concierge platform marketing the Gulf Coast as an LGBTQ-inclusive place to VISIT, CELEBRATE, and LIVE.

Rachel is also an avid event photographer and has captured photos for LGBT organizations around the world, including the IGLTA, NGLCC, NLGJA, and Out & Equal.

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