Outright's Response To Covid

COVID-19 Global LGBTIQ Emergency Fund

OutRight launched a COVID-19 Global LGBTIQ Emergency Fund to offer emergency financial resources to LGBTIQ organizations around the world who are serving people impacted by COVID-19, and support OutRight’s work to document and respond to the impacts of the crisis on LGBTIQ communities. Read more about the fund, including how to donate, here. 

So far we have raised and distributed over $1 million to 125 organizations. Three rounds of COVID-19 Global LGBTIQ Emergency Fund grants have been released.

You can look into our findings from the applications and grants here:

We opened a new call for proposals in February 2021, click here for more details. Application closing date is April 16, 2021 



We are extremely grateful for the generosity and solidarity of the Founding Partners of our Emergency Fund: Calvin Klein, Inc., Dunn Family Charitable Foundation, Gilead Sciences, Inc., and Microsoft Corp.

In addition to Founding Partners, fund supporters include: 2K, Akamai Technologies, Boston Consulting Group, Canadian Government, Capital One, Channel Foundation, Council for Global Equality, Deloitte Services LP, Deutsche Bank, Dreilinden, Henry M. Jackson Foundation, Horizons Foundation, Hunter Boot, Nomura Holdings America, Oak Foundation, Open Society Foundations, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble Company, Rainbow Railroad, Salesforce, Sellen Community Foundation, Stonewall Community Foundation, Visa, Warner Music Group, Wellspring Philanthropic Fund, and several institutions that have chosen to remain anonymous.


Report Documents Amplified Impact of
COVID-19 on LGBTIQ People

OutRight Action International released a pioneering report, “Vulnerability Amplified: The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on LGBTIQ people”, documenting effects of the pandemic on LGBTIQ people. While the COVID-19 pandemic leaves no country and no individual unaffected, drawing on almost 60 rapid research interviews conducted with LGBTIQ people in all regions of the world during the early stages of the pandemic, the report overwhelmingly shows that the challenges faced by LGBTIQ people as a result of the virus and surrounding containment measures are specific and amplified compared to the broader population.

Download report here. Listen to BBC news about report here.






In order to stay connected, share insights and raise awareness about the LGBTIQ movement, about progress and challenges we are facing around the world during a time when in person meetings and events are not possible, OutRight launched OutTalks. OutTalks is an ongoing webinar series hosted by OutRight staff, featuring LGBTIQ activists and allies from around the world. See a current schedule and recordings of past OutTalks here

Checkout the COVID related webinar here.