No less than 12 new projects in 10 different countries are supported by PlanetRomeo Foundation in the last quarter of 2015. These projects are helping to strengthen local LGBT communities in 3 cities in Macedonia, launch an online counseling website for LGBTs in Algeria, set up safe spaces in the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Cameroon, and organize LGBTI themed educational activities at schools and universities in Mexico and Pakistan. A full overview can be found in our Supported Projects section. The total amount of funding this quarter adds up to almost €50,000, a new milestone for PlanetRomeo Foundation.
In quarter 3 of 2015, PlanetRomeo Foundation supports another 6 projects by:
Cangkang Queer in Medan, Indonesia, EQUAL GROUND in Nawala, Sri Lanka, Youth on Rock in Bwaise, Uganda, Jinsiangu in Nairobi, Kenya, Karnataka Sexual Minorities Forum in Bangalore, India and Pride Equality International, a Sierra Leonean initiative that focuses on LGBTI refugees, also based in Madrid, Spain. All projects receive funding adding up to a total of €26,433.
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: Social Project for Transgenders ‘LAVERNA’ 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”.