European Union gives €500,000+ to help LGBTI people in Brazil start their own businesses and Over $150,000 Raised For Homeless Teens With Pizza4Equality

By Junior Mayema,

LGBT refugees and asylum seekers in transit countries such as South Africa, Kenya, Turkey etc… are dying in miseries, silence and dire poverty, they don’t have the resources to sustain themselves, including us who are now in  so called safe havens for LGBT people, we still face many terrible situations that makes it very hard for us to even find durable housings and start rebuilding our lives.

We need such initiative here in the USA where religious people are giving millions to support attacks on LGBT people not only here, they are sending extremist missionaries to Africa for the export this same extremism but no one is helping LGBT refugees and asylum seekers and homeless LGBT youth.

Here is one amazing news below so far so good :

European Union gives €500,000+ to help LGBTI people in Brazil start their own businesses

Micro Rainbow International secures funding through the European Union for a three-year project to help lift LGBTI people in Brazil out of poverty

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European Union gives €500,000+ to help LGBTI people in Brazil start their own businesses

Micro Rainbow International secures funding through the European Union for a three-year project to help lift LGBTI people in Brazil out of poverty
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Not-for-profit social enterprise Micro Rainbow International (MRI) has announced that is has received funding from the European Union for a three-year project to help alleviate poverty among the LGBTI communities in Brazil.

A proportion of the funding will be used to help LGBTI individuals set up their own businesses.

Recognizing that LGBTI people face barriers in entering the workplace, other parts of the funding will be used to enable LGBTI-focused NGOs to offer staff training to private businesses and employers on sexual orientation and gender identity issues.

Founded in 2012 by social entrepreneur and LGBT activist Sebastian Rocca, the London-based Micro Rainbow International is dedicated to creating the ‘tools, programmes and policy recommendations that enable LGBTI people to step out of poverty, everywhere’, according to a statement on its website.

Besides helping LGBT refugees in the United Kingdom, MRI has carried out extensive work in Cambodia and Brazil. Research undertaken in the latter country last year found that 61% of LGBT people are unemployed and living in poverty.

The remaining 39% of respondents were mainly in low-paying jobs, with sex work being the most common form of income for trans respondents.

MRI has now secured €518,909 (approx. US$550,000) support from the European Union through the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR).

Founded in 2006, EIDHR has the task of promoting democracy and human rights in non-EU countries. Between 2007-2013 it had an approximate budget of €157million per year, and has helped fund more than 1,200 projects in over 100 countries.

In a statement, MRI said that it will be working in close partnership with Brazil’s ASTRA Rio, Grupo Arco Iris (GAI) and other local NGOs to distribute the funding.

Speaking about the funding, Rocca said in a statement: ‘According to a local NGO, Grupo Gay da Bahia, one LGBTI person is murdered every 26 hours in Brazil and most of the victims also appear to live in poverty.

‘This is shocking to me. Brazil is far from being a tolerant, equal and inclusive society towards LGBTI people. This project will tackle social attitudes and change people’s lives. We are thrilled.’

‘Our research shows that far too many lesbian, gay and bisexual people hide their sexuality in the workplace for fear of being discriminated and/or fired,’ Rocca went on to tell Gay Star Business.

‘We are planning to support LGBTI people to set up small businesses, access skills training opportunities and train local employers on the barriers that LGBTI people face in accessing employment and in the workplace.

‘Our preliminary investigations show that big corporations might be relatively more willing to engage with us, which is welcomed because a high number of LGBTI employees could benefit from our project.

‘However, we also want to target small and medium size businesses, those businesses that are at heart of the local community, those which can have a great impact in changing the negative social attitudes that too many people still hold in Rio towards LGBTI people.’

Majorie Marchi, President of ASTRA, Rio de Janeiro, said that finding ways for LGBTI people to earn a living will have a significant effect on combatting discrimination: ‘This is the time to celebrate one of the most important moments for the low-income LGBT population in Rio.

‘Access to credit, employability and other forms of self-support guarantee emancipation, empowerment and full citizenship, which are extremely necessary to fight homophobia in Brazil.’

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Bigotry is the number one cause of LGBT youth homelessness, we must get these young people out of streets to show those bigots that we are united and we care for our community members.

Religious extremist parents are rejecting their own children from their own wombs(wombas) and kicking them out to become homeless, we must show them that we won’t tolerate bigotry in all of its shape or form.

We need more campaign like this one below :

Over $150,000 Raised For Homeless Teens With Pizza4Equality

Posted: 04/13/2015 5:21 pm EDT Updated: 3 hours ago

In an inspiring example of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community uniting against discrimination, one man has helped to raise almost $150,000 to support homeless youth.

#Pizza4Equality, launched by activist Scott Wooledge, is a fundraising response to thenearly one million dollars raised for Memories Pizza after owners of the Indiana business stated they wouldn’t cater a gay wedding and then claimed they had to shut down their restaurant due to threats and harassment.

But Wooledge isn’t alone. He’s teamed up with The Food System, which is sponsoring pizza parties across the country to screen “The Homestretch,” a doc about youth homelessness, and Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund to help raise even more money and awareness about homeless youth.

“I started #Pizza4Equality nine days ago,” Wooledge told The Huffington Post. “Will Thwaites and The Food System came up with #HateFreePizza parties independently. I believe we were all simultaneously inspired by Memories Pizza story. #Pizza4equality action was to ask for donations to True Colors Fund to help homeless youth. And we’re just about to break 4,000 donors and $150K.”

Wooledge adds, “There’s lots of ways to help homeless youth and a public pizza party of support is a fantastic compliment to what #Pizza4Equality has accomplished so far. I’ve spoken to the people at True Colors too and they love the pizza party idea too as a way to raise awareness on the topic. It was True Colors’ suggestion that any monies raised go to help local groups helping homeless youth, not to True Colors.”

These groups are aiming to match the money raised by Memories Pizza by April 29 — the first national #40toNoneDay as marked by the True Colors fund.

“There is much disgust and consternation in the LGBT community over a viral fundraiser effort, that has as of this writing, earned $842,387,” Wooledge notes on the GoFundMe page. “Many have lamented, ‘If only our cause could raise that much money that fast.’ I say, yes, we can.”

The Homestretch” airs tonight on PBS at 10pm ET.
There’s also an impact campaign sponsored by National Network for Youth andNational Associations for Educators of Homeless Children and Youth related to the film that is working with policymakers and advocates across the country to change the current definition of homelessness to include youth.

Why not throw your own pizza party and donate to #Pizza4Equality?

Head here for more info about #Pizza4Equality .


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