ADDED ON: 06/05/2022

Mexican LGBTQ group rallies support for beach ‘paradise’ battered by storm

6/3/22 | NBC News

When Hurricane Agatha battered a Mexican beach hamlet popular with LGBTQ residents and visitors earlier this week, members of the community sprang into action to help the town rebound. Zipolite, located on the enchanting southern Pacific coast of Oaxaca state, found itself directly in the path of the storm on Monday. The storm touched down only about six miles (10 kilometers) west of the town as a Category 2 hurricane, damaging buildings and filling the beach with debris. By Thursday afternoon a GoFundMe campaign had already raised over $21,000 to be used “for the reconstruction of this paradise,” the GoFundMe page said. Zipolite Diverso, a group of over 30 LGBTQ-owned and LGBTQ-inclusive small businesses, organized the fundraiser to address such immediate needs as food and water and to help the community rebuild in coming months. “None of us were expecting to have such a large response,” said Ricky Castellanos, one of the fundraiser’s organizers and the owner of a bed-and-breakfast that was damaged in the storm. Castellanos said the donations could help “provide sustainable services to people who won’t be able to get back on their feet right away.”

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