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.
We received sad news on Sunday, December 30, 2018 that our office — affectionately monikered ‘Rainbow House’ — was engulfed in fire late in the evening. The fire which caused severe damage and destruction to the building and its contents.
Though the property did not belong to us, it became our home where we worked and made history having staged most of our first pride events there. As staff and community members stood there that night while the fire blazed our spirits fell. It’s even more a damper on our spirits and significant impediment on our work given Rainbow House was a safe space for the community. It was there we held many activities to build community, educational sessions around laws and policies and human rights, document human rights violations, convene support groups for transgender and non-gender conforming persons and discuss issues such as self stigma and internalized homophobia and transphobia and violence perpetrated against LGBT people. Already, this is hampering our ability to undertake these and related activities at low cost.
While investigations are still ongoing, there is evidence that the severity of the fire means we have lost most of our files, equipment, furniture and other supplies (cumulatively 90% damage). From our calculations of the contents in the building that were destroyed, we estimate we will need about US $50,000 – US $60,000 to recover them and achieve some level of normalcy in our operations.
*The cost of the damage to the building is not known.
We are very grateful to the support that we have received thus far from everyone. We are slowly resuming operations on will continue to fundraise to restore all we lost to effectively operate and under the critical work we must do for the local LGBT community.
Please make a donation to help us restore and continue our operations to ensure protection of the rights of LGBT people in Jamaica.
We are also open to other forms of support. Interested persons and organisations can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Funds are being raised by Rustin Fund for J-FLAG. All donations received will go directly to J-FLAG in Jamaica to recover what was lost and does not, in anyway, include costs for damage to the building.
Join us in celebrating 10 years, and support us as we embark on the next 10!
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.
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.
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!
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: email@example.com
Idea & Animation of Campaign Video: Matthew Khoury & Naif Shaqqur
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.
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.
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.
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.
Support Health and Human Rights Advocates in Cameroon, West Africa
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.
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.
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.