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Funding Opportunity: Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Request for Statements of Interest: Promotion and Protection of the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons

The Global Equality Fund (GEF), managed by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) announces a Request for Statements of Interest (SOIs) from civil society to promote and protect the human rights of LGBTI persons. LGBTI persons face violence and discrimination in all regions. Violence targeting any vulnerable group undermines collective security. This request is seeking creative and new ideas to address violence and discrimination targeting LGBTI persons, which undermine society’s collective security, and programs that provide LGBTI communities with the tools to prevent, mitigate and recover from violence.

The GEF supports civil society organizations working to protect and advance the human rights of LGBTI persons globally. Partners of the Global Equality Fund include the governments of Argentina, Australia, Chile, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Uruguay, as well as the Arcus Foundation, the John D. Evans Foundation, FRI: the Norwegian Organization for Sexual and Gender Diversity, the M•A•C AIDS Fund, Deloitte LLP, the Royal Bank of Canada, Hilton Worldwide, Bloomberg LP, Human Rights Campaign, Out Leadership, and USAID.

Programs supported by the GEF are part of DRL’s overall marginalized populations program, which aims to support the human rights of persons with disabilities, racial and ethnic minorities, women and girls, LGBTI persons and other marginalized groups.

PLEASE NOTEDRL strongly encourages applicants to immediately access or in order to obtain a username and password. is highly recommended for all submissions and is DRL’s preferred system for receiving applications. To register with for the first time, Please refer to the Proposal Submission Instructions for Statements of Interest at:

The submission of a SOI is the first step in a two-part process. Applicants must first submit a SOI, which is a concise, 3-page concept note designed to clearly communicate a program idea and its objectives before the development of a full proposal application. The purpose of the SOI process is to allow applicants the opportunity to submit program ideas for DRL to evaluate prior to requiring the development of full proposal applications. Upon review of eligible SOIs, DRL will invite selected applicants to expand their ideas into full proposal applications.


Freedom House announces new program to help LGBTI people under threat

Repost from Freedom House.

As activists from around the world celebrate Human Rights Day, Freedom House is pleased to announce the launch of its newest global program: the Dignity for All: LGBTI Assistance Program, which provides emergency support for human rights defenders and civil society organizations working to advance the rights of LGBTI people who are under threat or attack for their work.

“Today, in more than 70 countries there are laws that treat lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people as criminals. These laws reinforce stigma and prejudice, and provide legal cover for serious human rights violations,” said Ariel Herrera, senior program officer for the Dignity for All program at Freedom House. “Dignity for All is able to help those who are victims of these pernicious laws or otherwise face serious threats to their personal security for their work in defending the rights of LGBTI people. Today, on Human Rights Day, we honor them. ”

The Dignity for All program joins Freedom House’s Lifeline: Embattled CSO Assistance Fund, an emergency assistance fund which supports embattled civil society organizations working on critical human rights issues. Together, these programs form a comprehensive rapid response mechanism that can provide emergency and preventive assistance to the most at-risk human rights defenders. The funds provide small emergency grants for temporary relocation, legal representation, prison visits, medical expenses, dependent support, security, equipment replacement, and other urgent expenses. Continue Reading

Supporting the Human Rights of LGBT People Globally

Last week in Stockholm, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) hosted a meeting of donor countries together with private foundations that support the human rights of LGBT people globally. The two-day meeting was the first time that such governmental foreign assistance and foreign policy people came together to explicitly encourage and enhance their financial and non-financial support for equality of LGBT people worldwide.

The meeting grew out of a conference hosted by the French government last year that was aimed at moving forward the UN Statement on Human Rights, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identity. The British, Dutch, Finnish, French, Norwegian, Swedish, and U.S. governments sent representatives, along with the approximately eight private and public foundations, including Hivos, the Dutch Humanist NGO, which co-organized the meeting with Sida.

The meeting resulted in the identification of six goals—including bringing more money into the sector—and the participants agreed to specific steps to move towards those goals. The governmental and non-governmental representatives will meet again in about a year to assess their progress, and will work towards including more governments in the process.

The Council for Global Equality was proud to participate in the meeting and to partner with the U.S. government to ensure that appropriate funding mechanisms are open to LGBT civil society. Towards that end, the Council worked with one of its funders, the Arcus Foundation, on a new report, “Saving Live, Promoting Democracy, Alleviating Poverty and Fighting AIDS: The Case for Funding Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Populations.” The report points out that currently, less than one one-hundredth of one percent of foreign assistance funds from donor countries reaches LGBT civil society, when this population is clearly one of the most marginalized groups, subject to grave human rights violations in many parts of the world. The Stockholm meeting was a very important first step in changing that statistic.

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