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Dear Supporters of ILGA,
Every year, ILGA works with hundreds of activists and grassroots organisations to advocate for equality. We are a federation of nearly 1500 LGBTI organisations from over 150 countries around the world, making us a community-owned organisation.
We empower these activists and organisations: training them in advocacy skills, bringing them together to in ground-breaking conferences, and providing them with cutting-edge research on laws ans societal attitudes about LGBTI persons.
In many places around the world, it is not safe to be who you are. 70 countries continue to criminalise love between men, and in 44 of these countries the law applies to women, too. 369 trans lives were lost to violence in 2018. Countries around the globe, with Tanzania being only the most recent example, continue to target sexual and gender diverse people.
But LGBTI people are fighting for equality. This year, India and Trinidad and Tobago deciminalised love. The World Health Organisation recognised that being trans is not a mental disorder. Intersex voices are finally being heard.
In 2019, there is much planned to help advance equality for LGBTI people. Here are a few:
- ILGA will host 4 advocacy weeks in Geneva, bringing activists from around to world to raise their voices at the United Nations, impacting change
- We will provide support for nearly 200 LGBTI activists to attend the ILGA World Conference in Wellington, Aotearoa / New Zealand, where they will receive much-needed training, strengthen networks, and strategize as a global movement
- We will publish the 2019 edition of the well-known ILGA State-Sponsored Homophobia maps and report, and other crucial tools used by activists
ILGA is so grateful to our donors and funders: people like you!
The average cost for an activist to advocate for equality at the United Nations is $3,000. Without your support, ILGA would not be able to help these activists.
We ask if you can participate in our 40th anniversary campaign, by committing to
Your donation enables LGBTI activists to keep on fighting for equality. The results of their advocacy is change.
In Gratitude this #GivingTuesday.
André du Plessis,
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