We are very aware that as challenging as times may seem in the USA, LGBT people in other locales may have it much worse. As we read about the crisis in Chechnya we learned of Rainbow Railroad and their efforts to help LGBT persons being persecuted there and around the globe. We wanted to help so we created our rainbow pins and READ MY LIPS t-shirts to support the cause. 10% of proceeds from these items will be donated to the Rainbow Railroad.
"Rainbow Railroad receives hundreds of requests for help every year from countries where LGBT individuals are open targets of violence.
Because the volume of requests is so high, we focus our efforts on assisting LGBT people who have faced physical violence or face an imminent threat of violence, imprisonment, or death.
We have been successful in helping individuals from the Caribbean, Africa and Middle East where we have local networks to support and validate cases.
Board member, and refugee, Gareth Henry tells CityTV his harrowing story escaping persecution.
At any given time, Rainbow Railroad is working on 30-50 open cases, confirming their details, putting them in touch with local resources and helping them identify safe routes for escape. As the situation worsens in many parts of the world, these numbers continue to grow."
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