Building a Rainbow Network
In our mission to assist LGBT people in places around the world where their lives are particularly difficult and where they face extraordinary homophobia, we have made some important steps forward by establishing and strengthening contacts in additional countries.
Uganda, Jamaica, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala are a few of the most homophobic countries in the world. Gay, lesbian and trans people are despised, persecuted and often hurt, beaten up or even killed. They live in societies that not only offer no protection, but where homophobia is deliberately incited by politicians and churches. An everyday life unimaginable for us, which is a perpetual reality for LGBT people in those places.
Many of them are trying to flee their homelands. But where to? Borders are closed and illegal escape routes are often life-threatening. Only very few individuals manage to get to safe countries where they can apply for humanitarian asylum. But what happens to the others? What about those who have no chance of ever getting a visa, who barely have enough to survive, let alone money to travel. Our outreach is to benefit those who cannot flee and must struggle to survive under terrible circumstances.
In addition, the Corona pandemic is also putting us to the test, because the very people we are in contact with and support are particularly badly affected. Some of them lose their income overnight because they are suddenly not allowed to leave their homes under threat of police violence. Others lose their homes because they no longer earn anything.
Thanks to our personal contacts and the existing relationships of trust, we can provide emergency aid by transferring money in an uncomplicated manner, in the certainty that it will be used in full and in accordance with the concrete needs on site for food, for rent, for medication and so on.
Above all, we have realized that sustainable help for LGBT people who have to live in homophobic societies is to provide them with education. Learning school knowledge and practical, vocational skills strengthens individual self-esteem and enables economic independence. In this way, an LGBT community can build a strong social network among themselves. And this, in turn, is the key to success and a basic sense of peace and belonging even within a hostile environment.
RAINBOW SUPPORT NETWORK
An aid and support network for homosexual, bisexual and transgender people in places around the world where they face discrimination, imprisonment, torture or even death.