Responding to a Crisis: Insights from OutRight’s COVID-19 Global LGBTIQ Emergency Fund 2021

In recent months, news increasingly highlights growing COVID-19 vaccine access in many places, lifting of pandemic-related restrictions, and a return to some semblance of normalcy. However, LGBTIQ people continue to face a crisis within a crisis, posing the biggest challenge for our communities around the world at this moment.

In April 2020 OutRight launched the COVID-19 Global LGBTIQ Emergency Fund to offer emergency support to LGBTIQ organizations serving LGBTIQ people impacted by COVID-19. Within a month of opening the Fund for applications, over 1,500 appeals for help from 131 countries were received – together requesting more than USD $12 million in support.

Due to continued fundraising and generous donations to the fund, and continuing calls for help from LGBTIQ communities, in April 2021 OutRight launched a new call for applications. This time we received 1500 applications, from 115 countries, with requests totaling $18 million.

This briefing presents insights from the applications to OutRight’s COVID-19 Global LGBTIQ Emergency Fund in April 2021, the themes and asks represented in them, showing a deepening crisis facing LGBTIQ people.

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OutRight is extremely grateful for the generosity and solidarity of the Fund’s supporters. We could not have the impact we do without their leadership and contributions. A list of contributors can be found here.