2017 Trust Conference Action

'Help LGBTQI People Escape Persecution and Violence'

Kimahli Powell, Executive Director, Rainbow Railroad (Canada)



Protecting LGBTQI rights around the globe.

The Problem

Around the world, approximately 80 countries have anti-homosexuality laws, and many more have other laws that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. In too many countries around the world, LGBTQI people are routinely arrested, denied basic human rights, and are being brutally attacked, tortured or even murdered.

There are a small amount of brave human rights defenders and civil society groups trying to fight for LGBTQI rights in these countries, providing a lifeline for support. However, for those not able to get access to these organisations, life in their home country is unbearable. For these individuals, a plane ticket issued quickly can mean the difference between life and death.

The Action

Since its founding in 2006, Rainbow Railroad has funded travel for over 300 individuals – with a record 81 people travelling to safety in 2016 and 150 people this year. We are a small organisation whose success is dependent on a worldwide network of volunteers and philanthropists.

Currently the organisation does not accept government funding. Its success is dependent entirely on private citizens, corporations and foundations.

Demand for our service is currently outpacing our ability to respond and we are seeking help to expand our networks and sources of funding and other support to help Rainbow Railroad to meet demand. Many LGBTQI lives from all around the world depend on it.

What help is needed

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