The event will raise funds before, during and after the event through donations and it's sponsors. ILRF commits to financial transparency and 100% of the proceeds to support numerous organizations on the ground in the areas most affected and to global support organizations committed to decriminalizing and assisting at risk LGBTQI+ individuals.
A partial list of current confirmed organizations include:
🇨🇦 🇺🇸 Canada / USA
Rainbow Railroad is an organization that protects LGBTQI individuals and enables them to live in freedom and safety in their own country. The organization is focused on providing solutions for LGBTQI people who need immediate assistance because they are facing a serious threat to their lives and safety.
The Humsafar Trust
The Humsafar Trust (HST) was founded in April 1994 by reputed journalist Ashok Row Kavi, to reach out to LGBTQ communities in Mumbai Metro and surrounding areas. After much networking and advocacy with the Mumbai Municipal Corporation it became the first openly Gay Community Based Organisation to be allotted space in a Municipal building in Mumbai.
Queer Youth Uganda
Queer Youth Uganda was founded in 2006 to empower LGBTQ Youths in Uganda and ensure their full participation in human development. Its founder, Sam Opio (Leticia), has been involved at local, national and international level and also participated in different forums, such as the African Commission for Human and People's Rights, and Human Rights Council Geneva. Through her participation, she has contributed towards the SOGI working group in Geneva, where in 2010 she presented statements against countries with harmful laws in relation to the LGBTI community. She has also been involved in campaigns against the Anti Homosexuality law in Uganda, is a board member for Pan African ILGA.
HOUSE OF RAINBOW
🇬🇧 UNITED KINGDOM
House of Rainbow started is a safe place for LGBTIQ+ people of faith in a hostile context.
In 2006, Reverend Jide Macaulay started House of Rainbow as a weekly gathering for LGBTIQ+ Christians in Lagos, which the media soon described as 'Nigeria's First Gay Church'.
Intimidation and death-threats followed but this only highlighted the need for a support for LGBTIQ+ people of faith in Nigeria and elsewhere. Jide returned to the UK to develop House of Rainbow as a global organisation, based in London but delivering project work around the world.
Today, House of Rainbow supports sister organisations in twenty-two countries in Africa and the Caribbean and has become a leading, global advocate for LGBTIQ+ people of faith.
It has also pioneered dialogues between LGBTIQ+ people and religious leaders to break down barriers and build understanding.
The Initiative for Equal Rights
(TIERs) is a Nigeria-based registered non-for-profit organisation working to create a society where human rights are guaranteed regardless of status, identity, orientation and affiliation. They exist to protect, uphold and promote the rights and humanity of all Nigerians through advocacy, empowerment, education, and the provision of safe platforms of convergence. The organisation was founded in 2005 as a response to the discrimination and marginalisation of sexual minorities in both HIV prevention programming, human rights protection, advocacy, and mainstream human rights work.
The African Queer Youth Initiative (AQYI) is a group of motivated, dedicated, and resourceful young people across Africa, working with a mission to amplify the voices of queer African youths and ensure that the rights and general well-being of African LGBT+ youths are respected, guaranteed and promoted.
Le Marchand De Rêves
An artistic movement based in Beirut which aims at providing a space of freedom for queer and non queer people to meet and celebrate their differences.
The purpose of the platform is not to be defined. It could mean something different to each person. To some it’s just fun, a focal point for a night out and a celebration of youth and freedom dressing up in their favorite costume. To others it was a means of expression of the self, a space to be and feel safe, for others it's a place for self-exploration and new discoveries.
Whatever, it is hoped through many artistic activities: costume parties, queer movie screenings and art performances to capture the freedom in a country that does everything to take it away,
KAKYO Project began with the desire to provide healing justice through space and to empower queer creatives.
The space is built on a diverse, anti-oppressive, inclusive, supportive, dynamic, anti-racist, trans-positive, queer-positive framework.
Empowering creatives, bringing people together while also healing and transforming afro queer lives in East Africa.