IRQR – Iranian Railroad for Queer Refugees recently published its Iranian Queer Watch Report. This report gives an extensive view on the current state of Iranian queer human rights and their challenges in Iran and abroad. In the report it is stated that “…Western countries, of course, that have standards of equality for sexual minorities, should be expected to provide opportunities for very vulnerable individuals to gain entry because of their sexual identity…”. The Iranian Queer Watch Report is funded by PlanetRomeo Foundation.
In the second quarter of 2015, PlanetRomeo Foundation supports another 9 projects by: Straights for Rainbow in Omsk, Russia, Pakasipiti Zimbabwe, the Lithuania based Sapfo Collective, Lindenfeld Association in Romania, MOLI in Burundi, Czech organization TransFusion, Full Cycle – a student initiative in Kenya, Insight Ukraine and Mithra Foundation in India. All projects receive funding adding up to a total of €38,558.
PlanetRomeo, main supporter of PlanetRomeo Foundation presents the first ever Gay Happiness Index on the occasion of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT), May 17. The GHI is the result of a worldwide survey in which 115,000 gay men from 127 countries were questioned. For the first time insight is given into gay living situations, how gay men feel and how they are treated, comparable on a country level. The survey was conducted in cooperation with the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany.
PlanetRomeo sets a precedent by making the detailed results, on a country level, available as open source and downloadable for free. PlanetRomeo adds: “We hope that the data are helpful for everyone who takes part in the fight for human rights for LGBT people worldwide”.
5 new projects received PlanetRomeo Foundation’s support in quarter 1, 2015: Off The Records Productions in Jordan; Suncity Africa Foundation in Kenya; the Hungarian Civil Works Association with their documentary film project ‘Hot Men Cold Dictatorship’, and two Ugandan organizations, named Lake Victoria Youth and Queer Youth Uganda. All projects received funding adding up to a total of €23,475.
In the last quarter of 2014, PlanetRomeo Foundation supported 6 new projects by: Mideast Youth in Bahrain, Transgender Resource Center, Hong Kong, GLAS Foundation in Bulgaria, Triumph BI East-Africa in Uganda, FEPADE, based in the Democratic Republic of Congo and a film project about two gay actors in India. All projects received funding adding up to a total of €29,080.