Another 4 projects supported by PlanetRomeo Foundation

In their recent July meeting the Foundation board decided to grant support to another 4 projects for a total amount of 8,342 euro. The supported projects are  Human Rights First Rwanda Association (Rwanda), Acciongay (Chile), Libertas (Kosovo) and PROUD (Czech Republic). For more information please visit our Supported projects section.

Suggest a Project campaign: 9 projects, € 40,150 donated!

PlanetRomeo Foundation’s Suggest a Project! campaign turned out to be a huge success. In January PlanetRomeo Foundation asked the PlanetRomeo community for help in finding new projects. More than 1,500 suggestions were received! We were thrilled by the level of interest and commitment shown by so many PlanetRomeo users to our goals. Thank you!
The Foundation’s board carefully selected 70 of these suggestions and invited them to make a funding request. Now we are pleased to announce the 9 new projects chosen for support by PlanetRomeo Foundation.

  • LISTAG in Istanbul, Turkey received a donation of € 5,000 for its documentary film project My Child in which parents of LGBT individuals share their experiences.
  • Canadian organization Iranian Railroad for Queer Refugees (IRQR) will start its Iranian Queer Watch project in which it will report on human rights violations against queers and sexual minorities in Iran. They will receive a € 5,000 donation.
  • In Lahore, Pakistan, the Foundation board decided to support Educare Foundation with € 4,500 to enable LGBT students to continue their higher education.
  • New Delhi based Equal India Alliance will roll out its Straight, But Not Narrow project to 20 university campuses throughout India. The project focuses on gaining straight support for the LGBTQ community among students. We are contributing € 3,900 to this initiative.
  • In Tegucigalpa, Honduras, the Asociación Jóvenes en Movimiento receives € 5,000 to launch Radio Diver-Gente – an online platform and radio program reaching out to the LGBT community nationwide.
  • Grupo Gay da Bahia in Salvador, Brazil also receives € 5,000 in support of their work, through training and information, to reduce anti-LGBT violence inflicted by local police officers.
  • Le Refuge is a well-known French organization that helps young men and women (18-25) who are victims of exclusion because of their sexuality. They receive € 5,000 for their branch in Réunion.
  • In Ghent, Belgium, Çavaria operates the Holebifoon, a help and information line for the LGBT community which recently lost its government funding. We made a € 5,000 donation to this initiative.
  • Neema MCC in Nairobi, Kenya receives € 1,750 for its Undugu (Brotherhood) project which aims at building self-esteem and creating social networks within the local LGBTI community.

Projects supported in January and February 2012

Projects supported in January and February 2012

Indian organization Jeevan develops art and media projects with a focus on social and environmental renewal. Songs of the Carvan will be India’s first cd-collection of the rich heritage of songs from the Hijra community. Hijras (or transgenders) have great importance in religious and mythological texts but face a great deal of exclusion in today’s Indian society. This audio and book project will be created in close cooperation with the Hijras to help raise awareness about the community and their art. We are supporting this project with a contribution of €m4,700.

Dutch Platform Status Quo is preparing a pilot for a new Amsterdam based tv-series called Queer Amsterdam. The plot is based around several LGBTQ characters and their day to day lives, loves, work, ethnicity, biological gender, sero or economic status. We are supporting them with € 1,000.

Other Sheep Afrika-Kenya is a Nairobi based organization which focuses on capacity building for women and young people to increase awareness of human rights, sexuality and gender identity. Raising the self-awareness of the LGBTI community and reducing homophobia are key objectives of its work. We have contributed € 2,000.

Thank you for your suggestions!

Response to our Suggest a Project! campaign in January has been overwhelming. More than 1,500 suggestions were received! We are very excited about the interest and commitment shown by so many people to our goals.
This means the board of the Foundation now needs some time to consider all your suggestions. If you suggested a project and gave us your contact details we will notify you before the end of February whether or not the project has been invited to make a funding request.
Later in March we will announce which projects have been granted support by PlanetRomeo Foundation and we will tell you more about their activities.

Fundraising campaign at GAYVENTION

PlanetRomeo Foundation took part in this year’s GAYVENTION in Hamburg and with support from the organizers we successfully raised a total amount of € 2,175. Donators were able to choose which cause they wanted to support.

Hein & Fiete ‘Safety Crew’

The Hein & Fiete Safety Crew are a familiar sight in gay Hamburg as they go out and about raising awareness about safer sex & sexual health. € 914 was raised for their distinctive new uniforms. So now they can bring a touch of glamour as well as good advice to Hamburg’s gay scene.

Safe Houses for Iraqi Gays

Iraq is one of the most dangerous places for LGBT people on the planet. Harassment, beatings, arrest and murder are all too frequent occurrences. Sadly gays are not top of the list of priorities for most people and many NGOs. Iraqi LGBT is an organization that works courageously to provide a network of safe houses for LGBT people who are at risk. € 369 was donated towards the running costs of their safe houses.

Uganda & Malawi

One of the priorities of the Foundation is gay rights, and a large part of the money we receive in donations is used to directly support diverse organizations and causes around the world. Earlier this year we donated € 2,000 via OutRage! to support the struggle of LGBT people in Uganda, and to help Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, the couple who were arrested and put on trial in Malawi. € 891 of this contribution was raised at GAYVENTION.