When people come together, each one committed to do their part to advance equality, things can really change. Whenever human rights defenders, communities and allies at every level join forces, they have a profound impact on many LGBTI lives around the world.
It is this belief that drives ILGA forward in its restless strive towards equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people across the world: every inch of support counts, and empowers our efforts to represent and raise the voices of LGBTI movements and communities worldwide.
This is why we are left speechless by the extent of generosity many of you have put into supporting our work.
In December 2016, The Yogscast - a network of broadcasters who produce gaming-related video content – partnered with Humble Bundle and the Tides Foundation for their traditional Christmas charity drive, also known as the Yogscast Jingle Jam.
ILGA was among the organisations that gamers could decide to support, and what happened went beyond our belief: thousands of persons chipped in, granting more than US$ 300,000 in donations to the organisation!
All our words could not express the gratitude we feel for such an exceptional work. But this wasn’t the first time that this gaming powerhouse decided to partner with us. In the aftermath of the horrific Orlando shooting that claimed the lives of 49 persons and left injured 53 others, Yogscast decided to support the work of an international organisations working to advance LGBTI human rights, and turned to ILGA.
Thanks to a t-shirt and two charity livestreams organized by Yogscast Kim (with Yogscast Caff) and Hat Films, they prompted dozens of amazing supporters to donate more than € 23,000 to ILGA, a worldwide federation of more than 1,200 member organisations from 131 countries campaigning for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights.
A few months after that, then, Kim and Hat Films joined us in Bangkok for the ILGA World Conference, where they delivered a Rainbow Talk explaining how Youtube and Twitch can be powerful tools to raise funds for human rights organisations.
Then, last but not least, came the Christmas charity drive, whose output is probably one of the most generous demonstration of support that ILGA has ever received by private persons. A breakdown of how these fundings will be used to support our programs will be available in the next few weeks.
We are immensely grateful for the support we have received, and to thank each and every one of the amazing persons that decided to stand by our side simply would not be enough.
The best way we can honour your generosity is to continue our work, and to do it with an ever-growing commitment: the struggle towards equality is sadly still far from over, and we pledge to be even more determined than ever in raising your voices – our voices - to stamp out human rights violations against LGBTI persons from the globe.
See for yourself what you are making possible!