Pakasipiti Zimbabwe combined fun and sports with LBT rights; they organized soccer tournaments, while also giving workshops and trainings focused on safety and security.
Furthermore, they collected experiences from professional football players following a group discussion on ‘gender verification testing in sport.’
Solace Brothers Foundation (SBF) in Ghana worked together with LGBT community members to develop a training manual for current and future community leaders. Up until now they trained 20 leaders representing LGB members and civil organizations, while even more participated in the development of the manual. SBF expects to continue the trainings and expand these activities to other regions across Ghana.
NEXUS Youth Network held its first Unity Cup Badminton Tournament in Semarang, Indonesia. 36 people participated in the tournament, which also marks the launch of an independent, community-led badminton club. With our funding, this club enables LGBTI people to practice their sport in a safe environment. In the long run, NEXUS hopes to increase visibility of LGBTI people and their acceptance within Indonesian society.
Association pour la Valorisation de la Femmes (AVAF) in Cameroon organized several educational, sports and recreational activities over a ten-month period. More than 300 lesbian women participated, which significantly exceeded expectations. Educational talks focused on several relevant topics, such as coming out, sexual relationships between women, and genital mutilation.
L’initiative Mawjoudin pour l’égalité established a multifunctional social space in Tunisia. Around 10-15 people visit this space on a daily basis, and they can be themselves and socialize with others. Also, every month Mawjoudin organizes workshops and hosts bi-monthly music and cinema clubs. The space also functions as an office, which can also be used by partner organizations and self-employed community members.
In the second half of 2016, PlanetRomeo Foundation supported another 8 projects in 7 different countries. With these projects, the Foundation helps to:
– organize LGBT sports activities in Indonesia and the far east of Russia;
– establish safe spaces in Armenia, Tunisia and a country in Eastern Africa;
– start an LGBT legal support framework in 3 cities in Ukraine;
– support LGBTI youth in Bosnia and Herzegovina with their coming-out process.
These projects receive funding adding up to almost € 36,000.
Lighthouse NGO established a hotline for LGBTI teens in Ukraine, with support from PlanetRomeo Foundation. Currently, they receive 10 calls per month. Lighthouse continues to promote this service actively throughout the country, contributing to a slow but gradual growth towards a better environment for LGBTI youth in Ukraine. Since the project started in May 2016, the number of participants in their LGBTI Teens Union group has grown from 30 to 150 people.
Find out more about Lighthouse NGO here.
Today, PlanetRomeo Foundation launched a 10-day campaign primarily targeted at PLANETROMEO members. The campaign focuses not only on raising funds, but also on raising awareness. It features short videos of four LGBTIs and one ally, who all initiated projects on improving LGBTI equality, funded by PlanetRomeo Foundation. Each of them tells their story about their initiative and their personal commitment to achieving their goals.
With this campaign, the Foundation accomplishes two objectives: it shows how brave and important these funded projects are; and that the Foundation is determined to continue and expand its support to even more heroes similar to them.
Unión GTH Vegana joined the LGBT Pride Parade 2016 in Concepción de la Vega. They celebrated Pride and acknowledged the harassment suffered on a daily basis by sexual minorities, not only in the Dominican Republic, but also in the rest of the world.
“We want to show that we too are citizens and part of society with the motto ‘Yo también soy’ [I am too].” Find out more about Unión here.
In Kingston, Jamaica, Pride in Action rolled out its Playing for Change project at the University of the West Indies. They established a permanent LGBTQ focused safe gym space. With PlanetRomeo Foundation funding, sports equipment was purchased and fitness, yoga and dance exercise sessions were organized. Also, an entire day of sports was held, bringing together 68 members of the LGBTQ community.
The Playing for Change program addresses the apprehension felt by many LGBTQ university students to join regular sporting and fitness activities. They may have feared experiencing stigma or discrimination for not behaving according to gender ‘norms’. One participant mentioned: “… It’s been really great to have a space and equipment where I can work out without feeling intimidated, because the gym on campus has a homophobic vibe…”. More information can be found on our project page.