Across distinct regions and cultural contexts, from country to country, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI)efforts in the Global South and East have mobilized to combat injustice, demand their rights, improve their well being and live their lives freely and openly. Despite their significant contributions to civil societythrough advocacy, community building, policy reform, arts and culture, and direct services, to name a fewmany of these groups survive on meager budgets and with little to no institutional support.
In 2011, Funders for LGBTQ Issues published its third edition of A Global Gaze: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Grantmaking in the Global South and East (2010), a report on grantmaking to communities in the Global South and East. The report documents that giving to LGBTI communities in the Global South and East has increased by 35% since our last report in 2007. Although the increase is significant, the report notes that “these numbers, while they represent an increase in the number of grants, dollars, and grantkmakers, are dangerously insufficient” in a current global economic and political context in which there is “a competing stream of support for LGBTI-related issues: U.S.-based evangelical Christian entities…” supporting state-sponsored persecution and punishment of LGBTI people. Download the report to learn more.
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