The unprecedented global health emergency has had, and continues to have, disproportionate effects on LGBTIQ people. As such, OutRight took immediate action to support LGBTIQ communities and organizations who are on the frontlines of responding to the crisis. Many have had few to no resources for help.

Since early days of the pandemic LGBTIQ people have felt disproportinate effects of COVID-19 and corresponding containment measures, facing devastation of livelihoods, increasing homelessness and food insecurity, rising levels of domestic and family violence, scapegoating for the crisis, isolation from communities, and exclusion from relief efforts. Over a year since the pandemic started, LGBTIQ communities are still not recovering. 

Can you help us provide this urgent support? OutRight is accepting donations at all levels; your gift of $25, $50, $1,000 or more can make a big difference.

With your help, the contributions to OutRight’s COVID-19 Global LGBTIQ Emergency Fund will be used in two ways.

Seventy-five percent of the funds raised - the overwhelming majority - will be distributed as grants to grassroots LGBTIQ organizations on the frontlines around the world (in all regions outside of North America and Western Europe). OutRight will provide grants ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 to LGBTIQ organizations that are addressing urgent issues, i.e.:

  • Healthcare for LGBTIQ populations impacted by COVID-19;
  • Food and housing to LGBTIQ people impacted by coronavirus;
  • Emergency services for LGBTIQ survivors of domestic violence; and
  • Documenting violations of the human rights of LGBTIQ people during this time of crisis;

Twenty-five percent of the funds raised will be used for OutRight’s direct COVID-19 response, including: administering grants to grassroots organizations through a simple and transparent process, collecting data about the impact of COVID-19 on LGBTIQ communities globally, advocating for emergency relief efforts by governments and United Nations agencies to include access to services for LGBTIQ people, launching OutRight TV interviews featuring LGBTIQ people globally responding to the crisis, hosting a weekly webinar series about a variety of issues related to COVID-19 and the LGBTIQ community, and other work. 

The first round of applications for the COVID-19 Global LGBTIQ Emergency Fund closed on April 30, 2020.  OutRight received 1,494 applications from communities in need in 131 countries, totaling over $12,000,000 in funding requests. So far, we have distributed 120 grants totaling almost $1 million, to organizations in 63 countries. You can read our briefing paper on insights and data from our Emergency Fund here and here.

Almost a year into the pandemic, we needs remained urgent and immediate in many parts of the world. Therefore, OutRight issued a new call in March 2021, applications to which closed on April 16, 2021.



Research & Insights Reports

  • Vulnerability Amplified Report
  • Meet Grantees of the Fund Report 
  • Insights from the Fund Report



Grantees & Calls for the Fund


COVID-19 Related Webinars 


When we look back on this time in our history, we will be measured by our capacity for kindness and compassion and our ability to mobilize together to respond collectively to the needs of our communities – local and global.

Donate to the COVID-19 Global LGBTIQ Emergency Fund

Many employers match individual contributions – double the impact of your donation by submitting a match request to your employer!


Thank you to our supporters 

We are extremely grateful for the generosity and solidarity of the Founding Partners of our Emergency Fund: Calvin Klein, Inc., Dunn Family Charitable Foundation, Gilead Sciences, Inc., and Microsoft Corp.


In addition to Founding Partners, fund supporters include: 2K, Akamai Technologies, Boston Consulting Group, Canadian Government, Capital One, Channel Foundation, Council for Global Equality, Deloitte Services LP, Deutsche Bank, Dreilinden, GiveOut, Henry M. Jackson Foundation, Horizons Foundation, Hunter Boot, JAMF, Nomura Holdings America, Oak Foundation, Open Society Foundations, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble Company, Rainbow Railroad, Salesforce, Sellen Community Foundation, #StartSmall, Stonewall Community Foundation, Visa, Warner Music Group, Wellspring Philanthropic Fund, World Bank Group's Community Connections 2020 Campaign, and several institutions that have chosen to remain anonymous, along with 300+ individual donors.


We also want to thank the Partnership for Global LGBTI Equality (PGLE), a World Economic Forum Lighthouse Project, for its collaboration in widely promoting the Fund, and the following institutions for their pro bono assistance in reviewing Fund applications: 2K, Barclays, Google, JAMF, JPMorgan Chase, EY, Microsoft, Nomura Holdings America, Out for Good/Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Open Finance NYC, Procter & Gamble, Salesforce, Scotiabank, Verizon, Warner Music Group.



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