Equality Champions are at the core of everything that All Out does.
All Out's Equality Champions are people from around the world – people just like you – who make a monthly donation to power our campaigns. Whenever there's a major attack on LGBT+ people, this support is what allows us to jump into action instantly. Our work would be impossible without them.
Here's just one example of how Equality Champions power the fight for LGBT+ rights around the world:
In April of 2017, a terrifying message came from partners in Russia: gay men were being kidnapped and killed in Chechnya. More than 100 men had been arrested under suspicion of being gay. They were being held in an illegal prison and tortured. At least three men had been murdered.
All Out was one of the first groups to mobilise with partners on the ground in Russia. There's simply no way we could have jumped into action so quickly without the steadfast support of our most dedicated members: Equality Champions.
With their support, we were able to help collect over 2 million signatures demanding justice for the Chechen men who were captured and tortured.
When attempting to deliver the signatures, our activists were detained by police in Moscow. But we were determined to keep fighting.
We were able to act fast and rally All Out members to speak out for the release of our activists. Once they were out, we didn't stop there.
All Out members collectively funded our partner's emergency evacuation costs for those at risk in Chechnya. Dozens of people whose lives were at risk were relocated to safety.
This type of work boosts the unbelievable strength and defiance of LGBT+ activists who risk so much in their fight for justice in Chechnya and Russia. But none of it would have been possible without the ongoing support of Equality Champions.