Fourteen From Haiti AIDS Group Among Dead
January 19, 2010
Fourteen men who were counselors or clients of SEROvie, Haiti's largest organization aiding HIV-positive gay and transgender people, were killed in last week's earthquake, according to the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission. SEROvie's leader, Steve La Guerre, was one of only two survivors and managed to e-mail IGLHRC. "We were having our usual support group meeting on a quiet Tuesday afternoon when the worst happened," La Guerre wrote. "I can't even describe the horror as the ceiling and the wall of the conference room started to fall and the chaos started. It is now more than ever that SEROvie and ACCV [Civic Action Against HIV] are needed to provide the quality services we provide to our beneficiaries: food, clothes, and any type of help. Light a candle for these souls and for Haiti. Lord help us." Cary Alan Johnson, executive director of the commission, said a Web page has been set up to collect contributions, and all funds "will go directly to our friends and colleagues in Haiti." For more information, visit https://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/1870/t/10454/shop/custom.jsp?donate_page_KEY=5868.