amplifund: new initiative TO support LGBTQ campaigning & media activism

14 June 2019

Gay Times and GiveOut have announced a new philanthropic initiative, AMPLIFUND, which aims to support LGBTQ activists around the world in their campaigning and media work. The initiative was launched in the Benjamin West Theatre at The Royal Academy, London.

Two organisations, J-FLAG based in Jamaica and IraQueer in Iraq, will be amongst the first global partners to receive grants under AMPLIFUND. The initiative will be funded by Gay Times’ corporate partnerships, subscriptions and individual donations.

Through the fund, Gay Times aims to bring more diverse voices to the forefront of mainstream LGBTQ media. To complement the launch of AMPLIFUND, Gay Times is rolling out a UK-wide ‘out of home’ media campaign in collaboration with Grey London, MediaCom and ClearChannel, to challenge the perception of LGBTQ experiences both in the UK and internationally. The campaign will also explore how we think about charitable giving and supporting our community around the world.

CEO of Gay Times, Tag Warner said:

“I believe this is a step-change not just in UK-based LGBTQ charitable thinking, but also in how we understand, create and distribute media around the world for our community. I fundamentally believe that we all want to be seen for who we are. AMPLIFUND will enable our partners to continue their work, empowering queer people to feel understood, recognised and heard in all the places we call home.”

Executive Director of GiveOut, Rupert Abbott said:

“GiveOut is working in new and innovative ways to bring more resources into the LGBTQ human rights movement, which is woefully under-resourced. We are thrilled to be partnering with Gay Times in establishing AMPLIFUND, to support LGBTQ activist groups around the world in their media work and campaigning.”

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