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Summer Newsletter 2020
Dear Friends,

The world has changed in indescribable ways since our last newsletter and finding the right words is extremely difficult. The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted life for nearly everyone in the world, but marginalized groups are facing the harshest consequences during the crisis. LGBTI+ people, in particular, are facing a range of threats to their health, safety, and livelihoods. 

In response to the crisis, our board came together and agreed we needed to do something to help support LGBTI+ groups that were struggling due to the pandemic. We decided to pledge $7,500 through matching funds to three groups globally. Together, with other angelic troublemakers and global champions, we launched three campaigns in support of amazing work being done to support LGBTI+ groups and communities around the world. Please read below for more information on our campaigns.

Thank you to everyone who contributed. Our thoughts are with you and our amazing and resilient community during these tough times, and we hope that you and your loved ones are safe and caring for one another. 

Sending light and love, 

The Rustin Fund Board 
Amanda, Craig, Hua, Kent, Mark Covey, Tapiwa and Mark Canavera
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In Loving Memory of Yves Yomb

Two months ago, the Rustin Fund was deeply saddened by the death of Yves Yomb - a founding member of Alternatives-Cameroon, one of the first and most dynamic LGBTI organizations in Cameroon.  Based in Douala, Yves was the former Executive Director of Alternatives, serving thousands of LGBTI persons in Cameroon with health and rights programming, as well as helping to build movements of LGBTI persons throughout West Africa.  Yves was a humble but bold and brave leader, always championing his community in an extremely homophobic context.  
In honor of his life, on what would have been his 45th birthday (August 23), the Rustin Fund has teamed up with Alternatives-Cameroon to host a matching grant fundraiser.  The Rustin Fund has committed to match donations (up to $2500), towards supporting activities of Alternatives.  Yves championed younger people, and there are plans to set up a scholarship fund in his honor.

Please join us in reaching our goal of $5,000 to be raised in Yves honor.
Learn more about Alternatives Cameroun
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Summer Campaigns
Thai TGA
Our amazing Board member Hua Boonyapisomparn celebrated her 40th birthday by fundraising for the organization she helped start over 10 years ago in Thailand before she relocated to the U.S-Thai TGA, now "The Foundation of Transgender Alliance for Human Rights" or "TGA". TGA is a leading organization advocating for gender legal recognition for trans people in Thailand. TGA supports transgender individual’s access to information and justice and also helps other organizations understand the issues that trans people face in Thai society.

Hua has helped raise over $2,300 and the campaign runs until the end of August. If you'd like to make a donation, please  visit:
 https://www.facebook.com/donate/282356359643687/

Watch TGA's 10 years Anniversary video (In Thai with English Subtitle): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHLgc_7ZG9
Donate Here


Brújula Intersexual
Mexico-based Brújula Intersexual makes intersex issues visible by denouncing human rights violations experienced by intersex people. They collaborate with National Human Rights organizations to develop policies that protect intersex people from discrimination and that protect their Human Rights. Brújula stands against medically unnecessary surgeries, which intersex infants and minors are subjected to without their fully informed consent. These surgeries violate their right to self-determination, bodily integrity and physical autonomy.

Brújula has stepped up to support the intersex community in Mexico and the region and is working to provide basic needs during this urgent time. We were extremely excited to raise over $5,000 in donations, which was matched by our board with an additional $2,500! Thank you to all who donated and huge shout out to  Sean Saifa Wall!
 
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JFLAG COVID-19 Relief
COVID-19 has affected many LGBTQ people in Jamaica with seven in every eight persons indicating they had financial, social, mental or emotional impact on them. In April, an online survey conducted among over 200 LGBTQ people found that due to COVID 24.24% of LGBTQ people have lost their job; 29.29% are unable to afford to pay rent, utilities and other bills; and 30.3% are unable to buy groceries.

As a result, J-FLAG launched The #GiveOneHelpOne campaign to raise funds to prepare and distribute care packages with food and toiletries to LGBTQ Jamaicans who are in need.  They were able to raise over $4,000 and the Rustin Fund matched that donation with an additional $2,500. Thank you to all who donated and assisted with the campaign!

 
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