GiveOut enables individual donors to give through a single platform to support LGBTQI causes worldwide. Our grants reflect the diversity of the global LGBTQI movement. Using the donations we receive, GiveOut will provide grants to activists and their organisations working around the world to improve the lives of LGBTQI people.
We are in the process of developing our grant-making policy and procedure. The grant recipients below form part of our test portfolio. We are not yet in a position to accept proposals for funding.
AsEAN SOGIE CAUCUS
Location: Southeast Asia
Focus: Grassroots LGBTQI groups
There are currently major concerns in the global LGBTQI movement around the provision and protection of rights for gender and sexual minorities in Southeast Asia. In Indonesia, for example, the situation for LGBTQI people is worsening, with raids on LGBTQI gatherings, proposals to criminalise same sex relations in a revised Criminal Code and the establishment of anti-LGBTQI task forces.
By funding regional organisations, such as ASC, GiveOut is able to direct resources where they are urgently needed. ASC's work focuses on:
- Raising awareness by mainstreaming SOGIESC (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression and Sex Characteristics) issues across the region;
- Lobbying governments and non-state actors for inclusion of LGBTQI issues in human rights efforts;
- Leveraging and engaging with UN systems and ASEAN mechanisms on human rights issues;
- Strengthening capacity of local LGBTQI activists to do advocacy and campaigns;
- Fostering movement building by facilitating collaboration among LGBTQI groups;
- Building strategic alliances at every level of activism
ASC supports activists with less access to resources and opportunities for training by providing small activity grants for seminars, workshops and trainings, and GiveOut’s funding will go to the ASEAN SOGIE Caucus’s small grants project. ASC is based in Manila, and receives technical and substantive support from OutRight Action International and funding from Arcus Foundation.
Your donation will help the ASEAN SOGIE Caucus to fund local Southeast Asian activists and their important work. Follow the link to donate:
Focus: Trans and gender non-conforming communities
It is well documented that trans issues remain an underfunded area of LGBTQI charity and advocacy work. As part of GiveOut’s commitment to providing funds across the global LGBTQI movement, we believe that support for TransWave will help to fund an inadequately financed part of the global movement.
TransWave is a Jamaican advocacy organisation focusing on trans and gender non-conforming issues. Established in 2015, it is Jamaica’s first non-profit organisation solely dedicated to focusing on promoting the health and wellbeing of the transgender and gender non-conforming communities.
Their programme areas include:
- Legal gender recognition
- Non-discriminatory and gender-affirming healthcare
- Access to affordable transition-related healthcare
They also have a health and wellbeing programme, TransActive, for trans men and women, and a monthly support group for members of the local transgender and gender non-conforming communities.
We're very happy and excited to be receiving this grant from GiveOut. We are pleased that GiveOut sees the work we're doing and have given us the opportunity to access funding that allows us to carry out much needed advocacy. - Neish McLean, Co-Founder of TransWave
Your donation will have a real impact on the lives of trans and gender non-conforming people. Follow the link to donate:
MELUSI SIMELANE AND ZELECA JULIEN through TCEN and Kaleidoscope Trust
Location: The Commonwealth, Swaziland, Trinidad and Tobago
Focus: LGBTQI discrimination and community-building
Amplifying the voices of activists doing vital work for their local LGBTQI communities is a central part of GiveOut's mission. 36 of the 53 Commonwealth member states criminalise same-sex activity. With the support of GiveOut donors, two LGBTQI activist members of The Commonwealth Equality Network (TCEN) participated in the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London. By attending CHOGM, Melusi Simelane, Zeleca Julien and other activists like them had a meaningful impact on the discrimination faced by LGBTQI people across the Commonwealth.
Melusi Simelane is Communications & Advocacy Officer at Rock of Hope, an organisation working towards the creation of an inclusive society that enables the highest quality of life for minorities and LGBTQI individuals in Swaziland, free from stigma and discrimination. Rock of Hope works mainly in health advocacy in Swaziland and recently had the opportunity to contribute to the UPR (Universal Period Review) of the United Nations Human Rights Council. As well as health, Rock of Hope's focus is now on policy reform, sensitisation and community mobilisation.
A big thank you to GiveOut for their support. I am a great believer in the idea, ‘We all do better when we all do better!’ We cannot achieve anything on our own. - Melusi
Zeleca Julien is the Chairperson of I Am One, an organisation that works around building community and providing safe spaces, education and expressive platforms of empowerment for LGBT people in Trinidad and Tobago. I Am One uses art, culture and research as tools to connect with individuals on all levels of community building. Their national and regional projects such as Trinidad and Tobago Pride Arts Festival, The King Conference and the ‘Your Story’ Research Project directly engage with community in necessary and important ways.
The Pride Arts Festival provides a safe place for hundreds of people to interact, share ideas and build sustainable community. The ‘Your Story’ is key in understanding specific needs, identifying gaps and analyzing possible trends in our community, especially now that the sexual indecency laws were deemed unconstitutional. The King Show and Conference focus on trans masculinity and stud culture, which is heavily under researched and discussed in the Caribbean. I Am One has been, on the whole, self-funded since it incorporated in 2014, and although their projects have survived with limited resources, this greatly limits their capacity and production. Funding can greatly assist them in building a sustainable community.
I Am One very much appreciates getting the opportunity to come to London and participate in CHOGM. It is very important that LGBT organizations from the Global South are a part of these conversations and meetings of inclusive development. I attended government and civil society meetings, as well as presented in the Keynote Session of the Women’s Forum as part of I Am One’s work with The Commonwealth Equality Network (TCEN). Thank you GiveOut and your donors for supporting I Am One and we look forward to a continued relationship. - Zeleca
The grant was managed by Kaleidoscope Trust, which is a founding member of The Commonwealth Equality Network and acts as its Secretariat. The Commonwealth Equality Network (TCEN) is an initiative comprising 46 NGOs in 44 countries working collectively to champion equality and inclusion for LGBT people across the Commonwealth. Significantly, it is the only LGBT organisation officially accredited by the Commonwealth.
Your donation will go towards supporting activists and advocates having a tangible impact on an international level. Follow the link to donate: