The Global Equality Fund was launched by the U.S. Department of State in December 2011 as a key component of the Obama Administration’s commitment to respond to the critical and global need to support civil society in protecting the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons. Funded by governments, foundations, and corporations, and managed by the Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, the Global Equality Fund supports programs advancing the human rights of LGBT persons around the world.
Specifically, the Global Equality Fund provides critical emergency, short-term, and long-term assistance to advance and protect the human rights of LGBT persons in over 50 countries worldwide.
The Department continues to pursue partnerships with foreign governments, foundations, and corporations in this important effort. Current Partners of the Fund include: Chile, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, the Arcus Foundation, the John D. Evans Foundation, LLH: the Norwegian LGBT Organization, the MAC AIDS Fund, Deloitte LLP, Royal Bank of Canada, Hilton Worldwide, Human Rights Campaign, Out Leadership, and USAID. Please click here if you are interested in partnering to advance the work of the Fund.