GIVEOUT AND J-FLAG LAUNCH UK FUNDRAISER FOR 'RAINBOW HOUSE'

SUPPORT NEEDED AFTER FIRE DESTROYS JAMAICA'S LGBTQI COMMUNITY HUB

 
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March 13, 2019

(LONDON)— GiveOut and J-FLAG, Jamaica’s leading LGBTQI human rights organisation, are fundraising in the UK to re-establish 'Rainbow House', the office space and LGBTQI community hub in Kingston, Jamaica that was destroyed by fire at the end of 2018.

“We have received an outpouring of support from the LGBTQI community globally, our allies, partners and donors, offering condolences and asking how they can help,” said Jaevion Nelson, Executive Director of J-FLAG.

What we really need at this difficult time is financial support. We are delighted to be partnering with GiveOut to fundraise in the UK.
— Jaevion Nelson, Executive Director of J-FLAG

Jamaica has been described as the “most homophobic place on Earth”, with J-FLAG receiving more than 250 reports of human rights violations against LGBTQI Jamaicans between 2011 and 2017. Notwithstanding this, attitudes are changing as a result of the work of J-FLAG and others, and the country celebrated its fourth annual Pride festival last year.

Rainbow House was the operational base for the first Pride celebrations in Jamaica, with many of the early Pride events hosted there. The space became a hub for LGBTQI community organising and was home to J-FLAG and its partner organisations, including WE-Change (for LBT women), TransWave (for trans and gender non-conforming persons) and Equality Youth (for LGBTQI youth and allies).

On 30 December 2018, Rainbow House was destroyed by fire. While the space itself was rented,

J-FLAG and the other groups lost equipment, computers, files, supplies, furniture and other essential resources for their work. They are counting on the LGBTQI community globally to help them with the costs of re-establishing the hub.

“When we heard that Rainbow House had been destroyed, we wanted to do everything we could to help, especially since TransWave, a partner organisation of J-FLAG, is one of our grant partners,” said Rupert Abbott, GiveOut’s Executive Director.

“We will be fundraising in the UK, enabling our community and allies here to give in solidarity to support the LGBTQI community in Jamaica."

How to donate

To help re-establish Rainbow House, visit www.totalgiving.co.uk/mypage/RainbowHouseJamaica Individuals will be able to choose whether Gift Aid can be claimed on their donation, meaning GiveOut – as a UK registered charity – can claim an extra 25p for every £1 given, and direct all of this to J-FLAG.

To arrange interviews and for more information, please contact:

GiveOut

Callum Jackson, Grant-making and Communications Officer, at callum@giveout.org or on +44 7885 705170.

J-FLAG

Jaevion Nelson, Executive Director, at jaevion@jflag.org; General enquiries, at admin@jflag.org or on +1 876 946-2113.

Notes

J-FLAG (@EqualityJA, jflag.org), founded in 1998, is the foremost human rights and social justice organisation working for LGBTQI people in Jamaica. To build a Jamaican society that respects and protects the rights of everyone, J-FLAG is committed to promoting social change, empowering the LGBTQI community, and building tolerance for and acceptance of LGBTQI people. Since 2012, the organisation has been operating under five broad objectives: increase public tolerance and understanding of LGBTQI people; transform J-FLAG into an effective umbrella group to improve services to the LGBTQI community; create the foundation for legal reform; increase organisational sustainability; and increase community mobilisation and engagement.

GiveOut (@GiveOut_Org, giveout.org) is a UK-based charity raising funds for LGBTQI human rights activism worldwide, ensuring that activists and their organisations have more of the resources they need to defend their communities and campaign for change. The charity enables individual donors to give tax efficiently in one place to support a broad portfolio of activist-led country, regional and international organisations. Registered in the UK with the Charity Commission for England and Wales (Registered Charity Number 1176434), GiveOut won the 2018 Third Sector Award for ‘Breakthrough of the Year’.

 

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