RESPONDING TO A CRISIS
Meet the Grantees of OutRight’s COVID-19 Global LGBTIQ Emergency Fund
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, OutRight knew that LGBTIQ people would be severely affected, because in times of crisis the most marginalized communities tend to suffer disproportionately. We knew too well that LGBTIQ people everywhere experience higher levels of discrimination, violence, and exclusion, and that these vulnerabilities are amplified when a crisis unfolds. We also knew that humanitarian responses tend to take a binary gendered approach, choose unsafe spaces (such as police stations) for distribution of supplies, and use non-inclusive definitions of “family,” thus excluding LGBTIQ people.
With thirty years of experience and on-the-ground partnerships, OutRight was in a great position to mobilize quickly to ensure life-saving support would be available for our communities worldwide. In April 2020 we launched the COVID-19 Global LGBTIQ Emergency Fund.
We had a modest target of raising $30,000. We raised over $1 million. Within six months we had distributed $967,000 in small grants, making this the biggest global COVID-relief fund for LGBTIQ people.
The majority of these funds would not have been made available to LGBTIQ communities if it hadn't been for OutRight's relentless and creative approach and the incredible generosity of our donors. An astounding $500,000 came from corporate gifts and more than 300 individuals also donated. Through 121 grants to organizations in 63 countries we have reached over 50,000 people!
We can't tell you the impact receiving this help has had on each of the organizations supported and people reached, but we can share a few stories. This briefing paper introduces some of the grantees of the fund, and shows their dedication, resilience and creativity in supporting their communities in a time of dire need.
Published on December 22, 2020 | OutRight Action International an LGBT human rights organization