Deystvie (LGBT Action)

Deystvie (LGBT Action) is an organisation which aims to better the lives of LGBTIQ+ people in Bulgaria – the European Union’s poorest member state and one of the lowest ranking countries in regard to respecting human rights and achieving full equality. 

Despite the extremely difficult context Deystvie is faced with, their mission is to achieve equal rights and social inclusion for the LGBTIQ+ community in Bulgaria via the means of legislative change and legal reform, as they believe this is the most effective and tangible way of cementing real change.

This month (May 2022) Deystvie turns 10 years old but it’s also the month in which funding for their long-standing legal programme ends.

Without this legal programme:

  • LGBTIQ+ Bulgarians at home and abroad would no longer have access to the only form of pro-bono legal advice and support for LGBTIQ+ Bulgarians
  • Deystvie may not be able to continue its pending trans cases
  • Deystvie may not be able to continue to change HIV prescription legislation in the country 
  • Deystvie may not have the opportunity to cement the bettering of over 100 000 rainbow families lives across Europe via their case in front of the Grand Chamber of the Court of Justice of the European Union .

The Rustin Fund is partnering with Deystvie to ensure that the legal programme can continue to exist and support LGBTIQ+ people that are victims of discrimination and violence. Your campaign donations will support vital activities such as:

Supporting Bulgaria’s LGBTQ+ community means supporting one of the most marginalised LGBTQ+ communities in Europe. Please consider donating to support Deystvie’s fight for full legal equality. A win in Bulgaria is a win for everyone! 

For more information on the all-important case in front of the Grand Chamber of the Court of Justice of the European Union (the case of Baby Sara), please visit the following link: https://en.deystvie.org/baby-sara-court-of-justice-eu

The Rustin Fund board of directors retains discretion over the use of funds.

MOLI

MOLI’s vision is more inclusive African societies reached through building African communities free from discrimination. As one of our strategic outcomes, we are contributing so partners in four Central and Francophone East African countries are duly equipped and supported to advance toward our vision through a set of various forms of support and resources we facilitate.

In terms of capacity building, MOLI plays a leading role to facilitate the strengthening and acquiring of skills at an individual and organizational level with ways of making an impact on the community as a whole.

About the Campaign

On our way to supporting the most marginalized in the society, there are barriers limiting access to education: a state-sponsored homophobia that fuels societal homophobia and diminishes the sense of agency in queer people; and families without the income to assist children’s education because the economy has suffered years of conflict. The ability to offer opportunities to everyone regardless of their social background, identity, or sexual orientation will strengthen the community in Burundi.

The scholarship fund will be offering an opportunity to community members to further their studies:

  • Six to twelve months vocational training on technical skills in electricity, plumbing or mechanics enable them to make a living,
  • Three years bachelor studies at local higher learning institutions as an enhancer to construct their own careers on their road to financial independence.

$480 for a full scholarship (including housing and living expenses) for a 6-month vocational training program; and a range from $1800-$2200 for a full scholarship (including housing and living expenses) for a year of university education.

The program seeks to reduce the incidence of violence based on SOGIE, mitigate socioeconomic barriers and exclusions based on sexual orientation and gender identity by facilitating LGBT youth to access educational opportunities so that they can enter the workforce! 

The Rustin Fund board of directors retains discretion over the use of funds.

Creme de la Creme House of Fame (CDLC)

Nigeria Trans/Non-Binary Community about to lose Shelter 

Creme de la Creme House of Fame (CDLC) is a transgender (trans)-led advocacy and community service organization based in Abuja, Nigeria.  Established in 2016, our aim to improve the lives of Nigerian trans and non-binary individuals, with a focus on health services access, safety and security, human rights and educational opportunities.  Over the past four years, CDLC has provided safe shelter and health services for hundreds of trans and non-binary persons in Lagos and Abuja respectively. Due to extreme transphobia in Nigeria, LGBTI persons are often “kicked out” of their families and homes, and left to fend for themselves. CDLC was formed by our community to assist others in dire need.  

For the past three years, with the asssitance of several individual and institutional donors, CDLC has been operating two safe houses (one in Abuja and one in Lagos) and offered over 100 Trans/non-binary persons refugee and relief from the extremes of transphobia in Nigerian society.  We offer safe temporary short term housing for those in need, a safe space for others to socialize and find community, and access to gender affirming health services.  We also work to assist our community members in securing job skills training, employment and educational opportunities. These relatively modest homes have been life savers for so many.  

During COVID, with such severe restrictions and lockdowns, the economy plunged and many in our community had few safety nets to fall back on.  As well, several of our individual donors have struggled to support us financially.  Also, as a result of upcoming federal elections, the Nigerian Parliament is currently debating a “cross dressing” bill that would criminalize trans and non-binary people.  Putting all these factors together, our community is very scared.  

We have an urgent need to cover the rent of our safe houses.  We owe our landlords rent (which is pre-paid once per year) and are in need of $6400 to cover rent for these community centers/homes. While the upkeep of the safe house require additional funds (e.g. food, electricity, water), we aim to work within the community to cover those costs as we have in the past.

Creme de la Creme House of Fame is keen to partner with the Rustin Fund and others during Pride Month 2022 to support trans and non-binary communities in Nigeria.  Can you assist us with a tax deductible contribution in paying the rent?  $10, $50, $100, $1000…any amount would be greatly appreciated.

Check us out at:

Intagram: @cdlcf

Twitter: @cdlc_foudation

Facebook: Crème de la crème house of fame foundation

The Rustin Fund board of directors retains discretion over the use of funds.

Fulcrum Ukraine’s LGBTQ+ Community

Fulcrum, founded in 2009, promotes the rights of LGBTQ+ people in Ukraine. It is one of the most visible and active LGBTQ+ organizations in the country, focusing on community mobilization efforts, advocacy, and public awareness campaigns. Despite significant gaps in the protection of the LGBTQ+ people, Ukraine has one of the largest and most vibrant communities in Eastern Europe with a wider range of freedoms than most countries in the region. 

The war that started when Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24 has devastated the country and LGBTQ+ communities, who were already marginalized. Many have been forced to flee Kyiv and Kharkiv, two of the biggest cities with largest LGBTQ+ communities in Ukraine, to seek safety in the west of the country. The situation is even more severe for transgender individuals, who are unable to access the support they require, and some are denied border crossing and facing violence and gender discrimination. As a response, and since day one of the conflict, Fulcrum has been working to protect its community. They have set up two LGTBQ+ shelters in Lviv offering accommodation and support to approximately 100 individuals. They have rented non-residential spaces and adapted them to offer acceptable living conditions, including the purchase and installation of boilers, heaters, washing machines, showers, WiFi, beds, and other basic necessities. 

The Rustin Fund is partnering with Fulcrum to raise funds for this urgent cause. Your campaign donations will support vital activities such as: 

Evacuation of LGBTQ+ persons from areas at risk of continued military attacks

Providing temporary and safe housing at one of 2 shelters for LGBT+ people in Lviv, including internet access, food, clothes, and hygiene products

Logistical and legal support to leave Ukraine for other safe EU countries in cooperation with other LGBTQ+ charities

Medical and psychological support and supplies, including referrals and access treatment for HIV positive persons

Financial support, especially to those who lost jobs

Ukraine’s LGBTQ+ Community Needs Your Support. Please consider donating to support Fulcrum and help keep LGBT+ Ukrainians safe. Stand with Ukraine!

The Rustin Fund board of directors retains discretion over the use of funds.

RUSTIN FUND

We here at the Rustin Fund operate as an all-volunteer organization so that all of your funding can do directly to LGBTI organizations all over the globe.  We do still have a few expenses, however, such as website hosting and credit card processing fees.  If you would like to donate to the Rustin Fund’s operations so that we can continue to direct all campaign contributions directly to organizations in low- and middle-income countries, please donate on this page. A donation made on this page may also go to one of our partners at the board’s discretion.