Show your support with IDAHOBIT

May 17 is the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT). On this day, worldwide attention is drawn to homophobia and discrimination based on sexual and gender diversity. Will you help?

On May 17, 1990, homosexuality was officially removed from the list of diseases by the World Health Organization. Until then, homosexuality was classified as a mental illness. Since 2015, IDAHOBIT has been celebrated on this day.

Unfortunately, it is far from safe. Almost everywhere in the world, LGBTIQ+ people face hatred, violence, and discrimination. In many countries, this is even increasing. Last year, for example, Uganda passed a new anti-LGBTIQ+ law. Ghana is about to do the same.

Emergency fund for LGBTIQ+ activists

The law in Uganda ranks as one of the strictest in the world. Since then, it has been extremely unsafe for queer people in Uganda and the countries surrounding it. We see this reflected in the requests for our emergency fund.

We started the fund for queer activists in danger who need quick help. For example, when they have been seriously threatened, mistreated or evicted from their office or home. Last year, we received the most requests for emergency funding from East Africa compared to anywhere else. We were able to help 41 people and their organizations.

Direct support

Nancy and Joseph from East Africa are two of the activists who have received support from our emergency fund. Nancy’s office space was raided and she ended up in jail. She was evicted from her home and had to go into hiding. With our emergency fund, we provided therapy and a new safe home.

Joseph, who leads an LGBTIQ+ organization, also faced a robbery. He and his team members were beaten up and their homes and office were looted. We provided not only a new workplace with secure equipment, but also housing and therapy. Moreover, we initiated a conversation between Joseph’s organization and local administrators. Joseph: “Thanks to this conversation and their protection, our security has increased.”

Donate now

Especially now, the work of courageous LGBTIQ+ activists is important. Your donation provides immediate support in life-threatening situations.