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Gay Commandos Lend Aid in Haiti


A gay couple working on the ground in Haiti has launched the website to rally support from the gay community and provide medicine, food, and tents to those affected by the region's devastating earthquake.

Montgomery used to live in the impoverished nation, and he founded an AIDS orphanage in the coastal town of Jacmel. When he and partner Nate Guidas were unable to get in touch with the orphanage, they raised more than $10,000 from family and friends and boarded a plane for the Dominican Republic.

The children in Montgomery's orphanage weren't hurt, he says, but the local hospital had collapsed. Because of that, Montgomery says, he and Guidas spring into action.

"We're on a mission to help as many people as we can with medicine, food and tents for shelter," Montgomery said in an e-mail statement. "We're buying the supplies across the border in the Dominican Republic and running them by boat into the parts of Haiti that aid is still slow to get to. When a country is as poor as Haiti was before the quake, even the biggest relief effort is not enough. So we're stepping up to the plate and hoping that the gay community can join us."

Back in 1993, Montgomery made headlines with his highly publicized interruption of President Clinton's 1993 World AIDS Day speech. Montgomery felt Clinton wasn't living up to his campaign promises, and he shouted at the president that he wasn't taking sufficient action against the disease.

Montgomery legally changed his name to "Luke Sissyfag" (he changed it back in the late '90s) to protest the government's discrimination against gays and lesbians.

In 2005, Montgomery launched the website, an early push for Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential run.

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