LGBT Compassion in Action

RWF is the world's first and only all-volunteer, LGBTQ- based humanitarian aid organization. Our mission is to promote peace, unity and hope by leading the LGBT movement in participating in humanitarian relief efforts. RWF has donated over $4.1 million of life saving aid.

Donate today by Credit card or Paypal or send your check to 4111 - 18th Street, Suite 5, San Francisco, CA 94114.  Your donations are 100% tax deductible.
Dear RWF Friends,

For many in our community the unthinkable happened last week with the election of Donald Trump.


Both domestically and internationally, the United States LGBTQ community has achieved remarkable victories over the last eight years - the repeal of DADT, marriage equality, passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, the launch of the Global Equity Fund, and Presidential and UN declarations of support for LGBTQ rights to name just a few. In 2011, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared "Gay Rights are Human Rights," a decision that has had considerable impact worldwide.

We now face the loss of the very achievements for which we have spent nearly a decade fighting. Donald Trump ran a campaign brimming with the rhetoric of division, encouraging prejudice and hate toward some of the most vulnerable groups in society. In the days since his election there has been a tremendous upsurge in violence towards minorities and immigrants. His words and actions have been interpreted as a green light by many to commit racist, misogynist, homophobic and transphobic acts.   
Our greatest fear is that the forces of hatred will be even more emboldened by Trump and his administration enacting policies which will jeopardize the well-being of our already vulnerable global LGBTQ family. More than ever we need to remain dedicated to our core values of fraternity, love and compassion. 
The Rainbow World Fund is committed to continue to be a life line for our LGBTQ brothers and sisters by providing for the humanitarian needs of Ugandans fleeing persecution, by securing safe passage out of Iraq and Syria for those whose lives are in danger, and by funding the infrastructure of an "underground railroad" in Central America that allows imperiled transgender women start new lives. Through these and many other programs, we work to improve the quality of life for at-risk LGBTQ populations around the globe.
As we move forward into the unknown future we would love to hear from you. What are your thoughts on the impact of this election and how it will affect the LGBTQ and other minority communities?  Tell us what actions are you taking to combat homo- and trans-phobia, misogyny, racism, and xenophobia? 
Thank you in advance for helping us continue our work and change the world by putting our community's highest beliefs and values into action. Please donate now and put you tax deductible gift to work immediately by donating online.  


Meet Richard Lusimbo, a chief witness in the case against anti-gay American pastor Scott Lively. Lusimbo will speak about the terror the minister and his colleagues have unleashed against LGBTQ Ugandans and discuss the case being heard in Federal Court charging Lively with committing crimes against humanity. 

Ugandan human rights activist Richard Lusimbo.  

Richard Lusimbo, gained international attention when he was outed in 2013 and 2014 by a Ugandan tabloid for being gay. His picture appeared on the cover of the tabloid "Red Pepper," with the headline "Top Gays Speak Out: How I Became Homosexual." After receiving repeated death threats he had to leave his home and later leave the country to stay briefly in the United States. He has since returned to Uganda
and like other LGBTQ leaders there he lives under constant threat of violence in his home country.

Join us for an evening of conversation with Richard Lusimbo on November 17 from 7:30pm to 9pm at San Francisco's GLBT History Museum at 4127 - 18th Street. 
Facebook RSVP and event details are here.  

Don't have Facebook? RSVP here.  

Lusimbo protesting outside of a police station in Kampala.

RWF provides financial aid to support members of the Ugandan LGBTQ community who faced abuse and harassment following that country's passing into law and subsequent nullification of the Anti-Homosexuality Act in 2014. RWF aid is used to provide transitional safe housing, transportation to safety, medical assistance, as well as modest start-up funds for basic necessities for people to being new lives. Donate here to provide life sustaining aid to our brothers and sisters in Uganda.


Your continued generosity allows us to help many of people in need around the world furthering our mission of promoting peace, unity and hope by leading the LGBT movement in participating in local and humanitarian relief efforts.

Put your tax-deductible gift to work immediately by donating online
or mail your donation to Rainbow World Fund, 4111 - 18th Street #5, San Francisco, CA 94114.

Thank you for your help and compassion.


Jeff Cotter
Founder and President