Google.org Donates $2 million to OutRight's Covid-19 Global LGBTIQ Emergency Fund

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

2 June 2021

Media Contact: Daina Ruduša, commsteam@outrightinternational.org, +1 (917) 622-1865

 

Google.org Donates $2 million to OutRight's Covid-19 Global LGBTIQ Emergency Fund

Google.org has announced USD $2 million in support for OutRight Action International’s Covid-19 Global LGBTIQ Emergency Fund.  

OutRight launched the Covid-19 Global LGBTIQ Emergency Fund in April 2020 to support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, and Queer (LGBTIQ) organizations around the world responding to the disproportionate effect of COVID-19 on LGBTIQ communities. Since the early days of the pandemic LGBTIQ people have faced devastation of livelihoods, increasing homelessness and food insecurity, rising levels of domestic and family violence, scapegoating for the crisis, isolation from communities, and exclusion from relief efforts.

In the first year, OutRight distributed USD $1 million in grants from the Fund to over 125 organizations in 63 countries, reaching 50,000 people. Since the Fund’s launch in April 2020, OutRight has received more than 2,500 applications from communities in need in 131 countries, totaling over 38 million USD in support requests.

Executive Director of OutRight Action International, Jessica Stern, comments:

“Google.org's support for OutRight's Covid-19 Global LGBTIQ Emergency Fund is truly transformative, doubling its reach and impact. Thanks to the contribution from Google.org, OutRight will be able to serve tens of thousands of LGBTIQ people in need around the globe, providing a lifeline at an incredibly challenging time.”

With Google.org's funding, OutRight will be able to support at least an additional 100 LGBTIQ organizations in over 60 countries, reaching tens of thousands of people. In addition, Google.org is providing $1 million in Google Ad Grants to support OutRight’s advocacy for LGBTIQ human rights globally. 

The Emergency Fund was launched with generous support from founding partners Calvin Klein, Inc., Dunn Family Charitable Foundation, Gilead Sciences, Inc., and Microsoft Corp.

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OutRight

OutRight Action International works at a global, regional and national level to eradicate the persecution, inequality, and violence lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer (LGBTIQ) people face around the world. From its offices in 7 countries and headquarters in New York, OutRight builds capacity of LGBTIQ movements, documents human rights violations, advocates for inclusion and equality, and holds leaders accountable for protecting the rights of LGBTIQ people everywhere. OutRight has recognized consultative status at the United Nations.