Support alQaws – Kickstart the Next 10 Years

Join us in celebrating 10 years, and support us as we embark on the next 10!
The Last Ten | Since forming ten years ago, alQaws has emerged as the leading grassroots Palestinian LGBTQ led movement supporting individuals, building up communities, and transforming society across divisions—colonial, cultural, social, economic, etc.
 
Our work began in Jerusalem with a handful of activists seeking space to gather and with a vision for a society that embraces gender and sexual diversity. It has grown to include centralized hubs of work and spaces in 4 cities (and expanding), and programs and projects that reach LGBTQ individuals, youth, and communities, as well teachers, families, mental health professionals, musicians, journalists, civil society organizations, and more.
 
alQaws Timeline/Major Milestones

Celebrating Ten | Today, alQaws is Palestinian society’s largest and most influential organization working on LGBTQ and broader sexual and gender diversity issues. Our strategies for social change emerge from local LGBTQ needs and experiences, and our programs are locally relevant. We work across four interlinked areas:

Counseling & Services: with our alKhat National Listening and Information hotline, TransFocus program and advocacy among mental health professionals.

Communities & Outreach: with youth groups, community spaces, outreach programs, and leadership and capacity building and queer parties.

Training & Advocacy: with trainings, advocacy with civil society organizations, high schools, professional networks, and families.

Culture & Media: with infographicssocial media campaigns, youth-oriented comics and music.

alQaws Youth Oriented Comic Series

The Next Ten | As we move forward into the next decade, we are committed to increasing our outreach to LGBT/queer Palestinian communities in more remote areas (outside the hubs we have established and thrived in), and increasing our visibility across our society to grow an even larger and more impactful movement.

Poster from alQaws’ social media campaign/ July 2017

3 Ways to Show Your Support:

1. Pledge what you can today

2. Sustain Your Support

Celebrate 10 years with a pledge $10 or more per month. Your ongoing support is so important to us that choosing the monthly option at any level means that you receive all the benefits for all levels!

3. Share this campaign with 10 friends

We value our connections to others above all else–friends, family, and social and professional networks drive the success of our work and keep us motivated in the face of hardship. Amplify what you can give and help us grow our network of support by sharing this campaign among your connections. Do you have 10 friends who can give $10? Do you have 10 friends who might together match your support of $500? Think of possibilities within your reach–let’s show the power of the crowd to support a queer Palestinian movement!

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Follow alQaws’ fundraising events in NYC (Sep. 24th – Oct. 5th) via our Facebook Page or be directly in touch with alQaws team for further details and/or for fundraising ideas: info@alqaws.org

Idea & Animation of Campaign Video: Matthew Khoury & Naif Shaqqur

The Equality Hub

In Under The Rainbow, a Nigerian lesbian narrates her journey of self-discovery. As she takes us through her experiences, we see firsthand what it is to be homosexual in an unforgivingly homophobic society, and the total alienation that can come from being despised, ostracized and ridiculed by the ones you love. This is a story of rejection and loss, but also a powerful story of triumph that comes with love.
This is not just any donation – this is your opportunity to play your role in ensuring that the moral arc of the universe bends towards justice.
Your support will help change hearts towards acceptance of LGBT people in Nigeria. We believe that visual storytelling has the power to create social change. It will help to make sure that the future generations of LGBT Nigerians don’t have to grow up in the same homophobic society that exists today.
We’ve already secured the funding to complete the film. That takes care of the first part of the overall project. The second part of the project is the engagement part – making sure that the people who need to see the film actually see the film.

 

Thai Transgender Alliance

Securing Equality for Transgender People in Thailand
This campaign aims to combat transphobia and promote acceptance by contributing to the organizing efforts of groups, including the Thai Transgender Foundation. The Thai Transgender Foundation advocates for an improved quality of life for trans people in Thailand, working to raise awareness and secure equality under the law.

The Rustin Fund for Global Equality is a fund of the Tides Foundation, which retains discretion over the use of funds.

ISLA

 

The Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa is a pan-African feminist organization based in Johannesburg. Its work is focused on strategic litigation to improve the human and sexual rights of women across Africa. The work is based on the belief that strategic litigation is a powerful tool for social change. The organization works to expand the pool of lawyers who can successfully promote human and sexual rights issues, and hold governments and institutions accountable for human rights violations.

Contributions to this campaign will go to the Rustin Fund for Global Equality, which supports the work of LGBTI organizations working in developing economies. We will recommend that proceeds from these donations go to ISLA.

HELEM & AFE

Support LGBTI refugees and other people impacted by crises across the Arab world
Support two organizations, HELEM and the Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality (AFE), which are based in Lebanon and work with LGBTI refugees and other people across the region.

AFE’s core purpose is enable lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people to become full, respected participants in societies across the Middle East and North Africa. Much of the work centers on HIV prevention and treatment, especially among men who have sex with men. It also documents the growth of the region’s gender and sexual freedom movements, and works on security and censorship issues that often inhibit freedom.

HELEM is a Beirut-based organization that works to protect and expand the rights of LGBTI people in Lebanon.

Contributions to this campaign will go to the Rustin Fund for Global Equality, which supports the work of LGBTI organizations working in developing economies. We will recommend that proceeds from these donations go to HELEM and AFE.

Alternatives Cameroun

Support Health and Human Rights Advocates in Cameroon, West Africa

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More LGBTI people are arrested in Cameroon than in any other country in the world. Since 1996, Alternates for Cameroun has been working to promote health and human rights for LGBTI people. Your contribution to this campaign will empower individuals and the community in their quest for tolerance, dignity, health, and security.

Contributions to this campaign will go to the Rustin Fund for Global Equality, which supports the work of LGBTI organizations working in developing economies. We will recommend that proceeds from these donations go to Alternatives Cameroun.

East Africa Chicken Farm

Providing Economic Independence to Lesbian Refugees in eastern Africa

Executed in partnership with the Mossier Social Action and Innovation Center, this campaign benefits lesbian entrepreneurs who are developing chicken farms in refugee camps. The farms create a foundation for economic growth, enabling LGBTI refugees to support their children and sustain their economic independence.

Contributions to this campaign will go to the Rustin Fund for Global Equality at Tides Foundation, which supports  the work of LGBTI organizations working in low- and middle-countries. We will recommend that funds from these donations go to the chicken farm.

Lavender Acres

Uganda’s First Trans-Owned Pig Farm Empowering Members of the LGBTI Community

Lavender Acres is a revolutionary project led by transgender people that brings the benefits of a pig farm’s operations–employment, business management experience, entrepreneurship, and food–to Uganda’s LGBTI community. Employees at Lavender Acres are trained in investing in their own sustainable businesses. This, in turn, will help LGBTI Ugandans become full, respected participants in their country’s economy.

Contributions to this campaign will go to the Rustin Fund for Global Equality at Tides Foundation, which supports  the work of LGBTI organizations working in low- and middle-income countries. We will recommend that proceeds from these donations go to Lavender Acres.

J-FLAG

PRiDE JAMAICA 2018

 

Centring LGBT People in Jamaica’s Future

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Jamaicans are gearing up for their fourth annual pride in Kingston from July 31-August 6, 2018 and they need your help to stand up against the homophobia and transphobia they face in their daily lives.

J-FLAG, the foremost LGBT organisation in Jamaica, needs your help to make this momentous occasion possible. Will you help them raise 60,000 USD to host a successful pride for the Jamaican LGBT community to celebrate and build a sense of pride and belonging in being LGBT?

Pride is an opportunity for LGBT Jamaicans to reflect on their journey, mark the strides, and chart the way towards a Jamaica where they are more respected, loved and accepted.

We would greatly appreciate if you could make a donation.

Your contribution will go a far way to bring the community together for another historic celebration as we continue to fight for greater tolerance for the LGBT community.

 Help us help J-FLAG provide a safe space for LGBT people in Jamaica to celebrate their pride. Every dollar you donate will help to make Jamaica a safer place for LGBT people.

Thank you for your support!

Contributions to this campaign will go to the Rustin Fund for Global Equality at Tides Foundation, which supports  the work of LGBTI organizations working in low- and middle-income countries. We will recommend that proceeds from these donations go to J-FLAG.