THANK YOU FOR AN AMAZING FIRST YEAR
Thank you so much for supporting GiveOut in our first year as a charity.
With persecution in Indonesia, anti-gay ‘task forces’ in Tanzania, and a rising number of trans murders globally, 2018 has seen LGBTQI people under attack around the world.
But this year has also seen key victories for LGBTQI rights, including the decriminalisation of same-sex relations in Trinidad and Tobago and India, and the World Health Organisation declassifying gender dysphoria as a mental illness.
As our Executive Director Rupert Abbott and Sri Lankan activist Rosanna Flamer-Caldera wrote in a recent opinion piece, “at the centre of these struggles – the thread connecting these victories – is the courage of LGBTQI activists around the world, defending their communities and campaigning for equality.”
And this is why GiveOut has been established: to bring more resources into the global LGBTQI movement, supporting grassroots activism worldwide.
Having secured charity status this time last year, appointed new trustees and recruited our Executive Director, GiveOut launched in London in March.
With active social media channels, our new website went live in May, so supporters can stay up-to-date with our work and donate online.
Thanks to the generosity of individual and corporate donors, GiveOut has fundraised more than £200,000 in financial and in-kind support this year.
We established corporate partnerships with The Boston Consulting Group and the events company Camm & Hooper, with more to follow in the New Year.
And we have launched two brand new funds to support trans activism and LGBTQI activism in Asia, sponsored by Antonia Belcher and Suki Sandhu, respectively.
At our ‘Autumn Activate’ event in October, we announced our first portfolio of grants to 16 LGBTQI human rights organisations around the world.
From training grassroots activists in Southeast Asia and building movements in East Africa, to raising the visibility of trans communities in the Caribbean and campaigning for decriminalisation of same sex relations in Sri Lanka, our supporters know that a donation to GiveOut has impact across the LGBTQI movement globally.
And we are already seeing impact. With GiveOut's support, TransWave, Jamaica’s first trans organisation, is increasing the visibility and acceptance of the trans community, mobilising around Jamaica Pride, publishing a newsletter and creating engaging social media content.
Through The Commonwealth Equality Network, we supported activists from Eswatini and Trinidad & Tobago to campaign around the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London. As a result of this and other advocacy, the UK government committed to support efforts to decriminalise same-sex relations across the Commonwealth and provide new funding for LGBTQI groups.
In recognition of this early impact and innovation, we were absolutely delighted to win the 2018 Third Sector ‘Breakthrough of the Year’ Award.
To end an amazing first year, we launched the GiveOut Christmas Appeal and we are counting on your continued support!
Thank you so much.
Wishing you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
The GiveOut Team
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GiveOut is a charity registered in the UK with the Charity Commission for England and Wales (Registered Charity Number 1176434).