Ruby Rose Has Been Criticised For Donating To An LGBTQ Center’s Hurricane Fund

31 August 2017, 12:46 | Updated: 19 November 2018, 14:16

Ruby Rose
Woodrow Whyte

By Woodrow Whyte

The OITNB star has been forced to defend her donation.

Ruby Rose has been forced to defend herself after she donated money to LGBTQ Disaster Relief Fund in Texas following the terrible events that have happened since Hurricane Harvey hit earlier this week.

The OITNB star donated $10,000 to the fund which is run by the Montrose Centre, a Houston-based queer advocacy centre, reports the HuffPost. On the fund's website, it asks for donations to "help individuals and families begin to rebuild their lives through counselling, case management, direct assistance with shelf stable food, furniture, housing and more. The Center’s dedicated case management team is on call to help homeless youth, seniors, people living with HIV, hate crime survivors, and those devastated by the storm." 

It also states that, "the Montrose Center will focus primarily on empowering the LGBTQ community to rebuild after the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey, we serve all people in need regardless of their sexuality."

That point is important, as much of the criticism directed at Ruby was because people thought she was discriminating against non-LGBTQ people with her donation. Ruby shared some of these comments via her Instagram and responded with a statement about why and how she decides to donate money.



Ruby's response in full:



Ruby followed that with a very succinct tweet about what people should be doing instead of spending their time under commenting on her Instagram.



All the criticism of Ruby is completely undermined by the simple fact the LGBTQ Disaster Fund will be used to help all people, not just the LGBTQ community. Time for people to move on and focus on the important stuff: actually helping people who's lives have been affected by this awful tragedy.