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Help LGBTIQ Organizations Globally Respond To Covid-19 Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic affects communities everywhere. However, those already vulnerable, like LGBTIQ people, are more affected in times of crisis than the general population. Research and data analysis undertaken by OutRight shows LGBTIQ people experiencing devastation of livelihoods, increased food insecurity, barriers to health care and access to life-saving medications, rising unemployment, homelessness and increased domestic violence. At the same time, we are witnessing a decrease in resources as LGBTIQ organizations struggle to meet the new demands of their communities, while also fighting for financial survival. OutRight launched the COVID-19 LGBTIQ Emergency Fund in April 2020 to respond to the urgent and ongoing needs of LGBTIQ people and communities around the world, particularly where poverty is deep, healthcare systems are under resourced and humanitarian interventions may exclude the LGBTIQ population.
The unprecedented global health emergency has had, and continues to have, disproportionate effects on LGBTIQ people. Many have had few to no resources for help. In response, OutRight took immediate action to support LGBTIQ communities and organizations who are on the frontlines of responding to the crisis.
Since early days of the pandemic LGBTIQ people have felt disproportionate effects of COVID-19 and corresponding containment measures, facing 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. More than a year since the pandemic began, LGBTIQ communities globally continue to face severe hardship, including inequitable access to vaccines.
For these reasons, we ask you to help us provide urgent support. OutRight invites donations at all levels. Your gift of $25, $50, $1,000 or more can make a big difference in the lives of LGBTIQ people and organizations around the world that are struggling to survive.
With your help, contributions to OutRight’s COVID-19 Global LGBTIQ Emergency Fund are applied in two ways:
Seventy-five percent of the funds raised - the overwhelming majority - are distributed as grants ($5,000 to $20,000) to grassroots LGBTIQ organizations on the frontlines around the world. Grants are provided to communities that are most in need, and with the least access to resources. Grants address urgent issues, such as:
- Healthcare for LGBTIQ populations impacted by COVID-19;
- Food and housing to LGBTIQ people impacted by coronavirus;
- Emergency services for LGBTIQ survivors of domestic violence; and
- Documenting violations of the human rights of LGBTIQ people during this time of crisis;
Twenty-five percent of the funds raised support OutRight’s direct COVID-19 response, including: administering the Fund and issuing grants to grassroots organizations globally; collecting data about the impact of COVID-19 on LGBTIQ communities globally; advocating for equitable and LGBTIQ-inclusive emergency relief efforts by governments and United Nations agencies; launching OutRight TV interviews that elevate the voices and stories of LGBTIQ people globally who are responding to the crisis; hosting a webinar series about a variety of issues related to COVID-19 and the LGBTIQ community; and other COVID-related work.
Since its launch in April 2020, OutRight has received more than 2,500 applications to the Fund from communities in need in 131 countries, totaling over $38,000,000 in support requests. As of May 2021, we have released 125 grants totaling $1 million USD, to organizations in 63 countries. We invite you to read our briefing papers sharing insights and data from our Emergency Fund here and here.
More than a year after the pandemic took hold over the world, needs remain urgent and immediate in many places. Given the deepening crisis, OutRight’s work on comprehensive COVID-19 relief continues to ensure that the global LGBTIQ community has a place to turn to access emergency humanitarian relief.
As of June 2, 2021, more than $4 million USD - slightly over 10% of the $38M in requests received - has been donated to OutRight’s Fund, and grantmaking is ongoing. OutRight continues to fundraise to close the gap between need and support. You can help.
When we look back on this time in our history, we will be measured by our capacity for kindness and compassion and our ability to mobilize together to respond collectively to the needs of our communities – local and global.
Donate to the COVID-19 Global LGBTIQ Emergency Fund
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Research & Insights Reports
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COVID-19 Related Webinars
Thank you to our supporters
OutRight is extremely grateful for the generosity and solidarity of the supporters. We could not have the impact we do without their leadership and contributions.
With support from
2K, Akamai Technologies Foundation, Barclays, Boohoo Group, Boston Consulting Group (BCG), Canadian Government, Capital One, Channel Foundation, Council for Global Equality, Critical Role Foundation, Deloitte Services LP, Deutsche Bank, Double Dutch, Dreilinden, GiveOut, Groupe Dynamite (Dynamite & Garage), Henry M. Jackson Foundation, Herman Miller, Horizons Foundation, Hunter Boot, Humanity United, JAMF, Nomura Holdings America, Oak Foundation, Open Society Foundations, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble Company (P&G), Rainbow Railroad, Salesforce, Scotiabank, Sellen Community Foundation, #StartSmall, Stonewall Community Foundation, Twitter, Visa, Warner Music Group, Wellspring Philanthropic Fund, World Bank Group's Community Connections 2020 Campaign, and several institutions that have chosen to remain anonymous, along with 300+ individual donors.
OutRight is deeply grateful to the Partnership for Global LGBTI Equality (PGLE), a World Economic Forum Lighthouse Project, for its collaboration in widely promoting the Fund, and to the following institutions for their pro bono assistance in reviewing Fund applications: 2K, Barclays, Google, JAMF, JPMorgan Chase, EY, Microsoft, Nomura Holdings America, Out for Good/Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Open Finance NYC, Procter & Gamble, Salesforce, Scotiabank, Verizon, Warner Music Group.
Finally, many thanks to Global Citizen for selecting OutRight as one of its Equity Network Partners, and for calling on companies and philanthropists worldwide to contribute to OutRight’s Emergency Fund as part of Global Citizen’s 2021 Recovery for the World campaign.