Partners in Pride

Partners in Pride is a global campaign to champion health and human rights for LGBTIQ communities in Africa. 

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Stigma and discrimination against LGBTIQ communities create barriers to accessing healthcare and social services, with significant impacts on the availability of HIV testing, care, treatment, and support. LGBTIQ organizations in Africa are a lifeline for their communities.

The Stephen Lewis Foundation currently supports 15 partner organizations to reach 31,000 people annually through our LGBTIQ Africa Initiative. We are launching Partners in Pride to expand this reach and meet the urgent need to support more LGBTIQ communities across sub-Saharan Africa.

Partners in Pride is an opportunity for Canadians to help protect human rights and health of LGBTIQ communities.

With your support, our LGBTIQ partners will reach more people with:

• vital healthcare;
• support for prevention and treatment of HIV;
• psychosocial support;
• legal services;
• economic support and more.

These organizations are human rights defenders working at the forefront of a global movement for LGBTIQ rights. 

Partners in Pride's COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund

The COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating the discrimination and violence that LGBTIQ communities face in many parts of sub-Saharan Africa. There are numerous reports of police using restrictions to justify raids on LGBTIQ shelters, and of general community violence. Community members who must isolate with transphobic and homophobic families face emotional and physical harm. Vital systems of support are disrupted for LGBTIQ community members living with or vulnerable to HIV.

 

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Partners in Pride has established an Emergency Response Fund to urgently raise $200,000 to help our 15 partners respond to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The funds raised will directly support our partners' needs, including:

• Laptops, cell phones, airtime and data for staff, peer supporters, and counsellors providing urgent legal and psychosocial support;
• Motorbikes to deliver medications and food to isolated people living with HIV;
• Personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline staff delivering essential HIV services;
• Sanitation supplies for shelters and clinics;
• Staff salaries and rent to maintain safe office spaces and deliver vital programming.


LGBTIQ Africa Initiative

HOYMAS Kenya meeting

Of the 54 countries on the African continent, more than 30 have laws that criminalize sexual relations between men, and 24 countries have similar laws that apply to women. These laws, often the legacy of colonialism, are reinforced by political, religious, and community leaders who promote homophobia and transphobia.

Over the last three years, the Stephen Lewis Foundation has built partnerships with 15+ LGBTIQ organizations in 5 countries and supported them to reach 31,000 individuals a year with vital support. To learn more about the work of our LGBTIQ partners and the LGBTIQ Africa Initiative click here.

For more information about how you can support Partners in Pride, please email: slfpride@stephenlewisfoundation.org.

 

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The Stephen Lewis Foundation is a member of the Dignity Network, a network of Canadian organizations interested in human rights for LGBTIQ communities around the globe. To launch Partners in Pride, the Stephen Lewis Foundation is pleased to have received the generous pro-bono support of the Toronto-based communications firm, Navigator.