Tragedy Strikes Alabama LGBTQ Resource Center

by | Dec 2, 2016 | Features, Regional

Tragedy has struck a major resource center for LGBT youth and adults in Alabama.  Free2Be headquarters in Huntsville was drastically damaged in the severe storms that passed through the state on Wednesday night.  It has been reported that the roof has collapsed and the entire building was flooded.  The Fire Department has forbidden access to the building.

James Robinson, CEO of Free2Be, said when he got into work Wednesday he didn’t realize how bad the storm damage was in their building. Robinson said right now they’re in crisis mode, just trying to create another safe space for their clients as soon as possible.

“We just moved in here, we moved in September and we were just getting settled and flowing smoothly, and everything, and the staff getting adjusted, we had bought all new furniture,” he explained.

“At first it was just water running on the carpet, but you walk into the hallway and first you begin to see the sagging ceiling tiles, that could burst at any moment,” said Robinson.

The HVAC on top of their building is falling through the ceiling, leaving the inside and the back of the building unstable.

“They said that if a spark had come off of that HVAC the building would’ve exploded,” said Robinson.

He said they probably won’t be let back in at all, and he believes the entire building will be condemned.

“Everything, this is a total loss for us, and right now we’re just planning what to do.”

Free2Be is a 501c3 non-profit based in Huntsville, Alabama and is the ONLY statewide organization that provides counseling and support groups for youth, young adults, transgender adults, as well as, public advocacy, professional development, and resource referrals.  The organization provides direct support services in Huntsville, Birmingham, Mobile, and the Shoals area with more to come including, Athens, Phenix City, Montgomery, and the Wiregrass.

The Free2Be Safe Anti-Violence Project provides help and support to LGBTQ people of Alabama when they need it most.  In times of tragedy, it is imperative that we come together to assist this vital organization so they can continue to support the LGBTQ+ community throughout the state of Alabama.  For more information on their immediate needs please follow their Facebook Page. Donations are being accepted on their website and a GoFundMe page has also been set up.  Please offer your support today!

Free2Be headquarters among those displaced by the storm