2012 International Fund Grants Awarded

Published on Sep 21, 2012

Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice is pleased to announce grants awarded this June through our International Fund and Social Change Opportunity Fund. A total of $531,000 was distributed to 46 grassroots groups* in 30 countries across Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East.

USA- New York

International Fund awardees include (clockwise from top left) Mitini Nepal, Lesbianas Independientes Feministas y Socialistas, Mujeres Al Borde, and GALANG Philippines, Inc.
Astraea grantee partners advance LGBTQI human rights in a number of key areas, including Transgender Human Rights Protections, Economic Rights, Safety/Anti Criminalization, and Family Protections. These groups use a variety of social change strategies, from policy advocacy to grassroots organizing and arts and cultural activism. We are pleased to bring on three new grantee partners and renew support to many long-standing partners.
*Some grantee names have been withheld due to security considerations.

Economic Rights, Employment, Livelihood
Our grantee partners engage innovative work to advance economic justice for LGBTQI communities. Some strategies include securing employment protections, creating opportunities for livelihood, empowering rural and urban working class/poor, lesbian/bisexual/transgender communities, and addressing broader economic inequities affecting LGBTQ communities.

GALANG Philippines, Inc
Quezon City, Philippines

LINK Davao Incorporated
Davao City, Philippines

Mitini Nepal
Kathmandu, Nepal

Movimiento de Acción Lésbica Feminista
Aguascalientes, Mexico

Family Protections
Securing LGBTQI family protections is important to many communities across the globe. Our grantee partners advance LGBTQI parental rights, and work towards the recognition of same-sex unions and alternate family structures.

Campaign Against Homophobia/Kampania Przeciw Homofobii (KPH)
Warsaw, Poland

Lesbian Organization Rijeka (LORI)
Rijeka, Croatia

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Taiwan LGBT Family Rights Advocacy
Taipei, Taiwan

Hubs and Networks
Connecting across borders, skills, and issues is a key part of strengthening local movements to build global movements. Our grantee partners host, convene, and train other LGBTQI organizations in their regions and countries. Working together, they are breaking isolation, and sharing resources, information, and strategies.

1er Encuentro Feminista LESBITRANSINTER Latinoamericano y del Caribe Venir al Sur
Asuncion, Paraguay

Chinese Lala Alliance
Beijing, China

Comisión Organizadora ELFLAC 2012
La Paz, Bolivia

Corporación Promoción de la Mujer/Taller de Comunicación Mujer
Quito, Ecuador

Grupo Latinoamericano de Estudio Formación y Acción Feminista (GLEFAS)
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Rompiendo el Silencio
Santiago, Chile

United and Strong
Castries, St. Lucia

Media, Arts and Cultural Activism
Using arts and cultural practices, media and video, our grantee partners empower LGBTQI communities by increasing their visibility, raising awareness of LGBTQI human rights issues, and preserving shared cultural histories. Across mediums, artists and cultural workers shape images of LGBTQI people and use art as a tool for social change.

Asociación Queretana de Educación para las Sexualidades Humanas, A.C.
Querétaro, Mexico

Chengdu Les’GO
Chengdu, China

China Queer Independent Films
Beijing, China

Colectivo Sentimos Diverso
Quito, Ecuador

Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action (GALA)
Johannesburg, South Africa

Labrisz Lesbian Association
Budapest, Hungary

les+ workshop
Beijing, China

Mujeres Al Borde
Bogota, Colombia

Mujeres Y Cultura Subterránea, A.C.
Nezahualcoyotl, Mexico

PA/F Space
Tokyo, Japan

Shanghai Nvai Lesbian Group
Shanghai, China

Side by Side LGBT International Film Festival
Saint Petersburg, Russia

Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD)
Georgetown, Guyana

Thai Youth Action Programs Foundation
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Racial Justice
Our grantee partners build solidarity and advance rights at the intersection of racial justice, sexuality, and gender. These groups fight for the recognition of rights and self-determination of black, arab, migrant, indigenous, and Roma LGBTQI people in their national contexts, as well as LGBTQI communities living under occupation.

alQaws for Sexual and Gender Diversity in Palestinian Society
Jerusalem, Israel

Aswat – Palestinian Gay Women
Haifa, Israel

Forum for the Empowerment of Women
Johannesburg, South Africa

Community Safety, Freedom from Violence/Criminalization
Our grantee partners lead a diverse range of campaigns to increase safety for LGBTQ communities and end many forms of violence. Some groups tackle hate violence and domestic and family violence. Others address institutional violence that endangers LGBTQI dignity and well-being. Many groups fight policies that criminalize aspects of LGBTQI people’s self-expression and livelihoods: consensual sex between same-sex adults, cross-dressing, and sex work.

Aireana – Grupo por los Derechos de las Lesbianas
Asuncion, Paraguay

Common Language
Beijing, China

Pembe Hayat LGBTT Dayanisma Dernegi
Ankara, Turkey

Red Lésbica ‘CATTRACHAS’
Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Rromnjako Ilo
Novi Becej, Serbia

Santamaria Fundacion GLBT
Cali, Colombia

Singapore, Singapore

Transgender Human Rights Protections
Astraea grantees partners are paving the way to secure human rights protections for trans* and gender non-conforming people. Addressing discrimination, they are securing access to comprehensive healthcare, ensuring the right to change gender markers on legal documents, and addressing violence and discrimination based on Gender Identity.

Gender DynamiX
Athlone, South Africa

Organización de Transexuales por la Dignidad de la Diversidad
Rancagua, Chile

Trans Bantu Association of Zambia
Lusaka, Zambia

Transgender and Intersex Africa
Pretoria, South Africa

Transgender Resource Center
Hong Kong, SAR