PlanetRomeo Foundation is an independent, registered non-profit established in 2009 to contribute to the fight for equal rights and opportunities for LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) people. With the support of PlanetRomeo BV, the company behind PLANETROMEO, the Foundation is uniquely placed to draw strength from one of the largest online platforms.
PlanetRomeo Foundation envisions a world without discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics; a world in which lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people have the same rights and opportunities as anyone else; a world which values and respects differences in sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics.
Their support focuses on achieving societal change in order to improve the position of LGBTI people throughout the world, with an emphasis on the most disadvantaged regions and communities. They also focus on mobilizing and activating the LGBTI community in those challenging contexts. They do not initiate projects theirselves, and they set out to be a stepping stone and fill funding gaps between zero funding and access to larger grants.
PlanetRomeo Foundation supports projects and initiatives under the following themes:
PlanetRomeo Foundation supports (initial) essential steps in community formation and organizing. These steps are crucial to the process of empowerment and a prerequisite to further community development and activism, and building critical mass to evoke change. Community Organizing focuses on joint efforts, not personal development. The Foundation aims to fund initiatives at an ignition point, where LGBTI people come together to organize themselves in the interest of their communities and to develop common goals. Community Organizing can take place offline and online.
Every day, all around the world, LGBTI people suffer from bullying, discrimination, exclusion, violence, imprisonment, even execution, and are generally at risk for their safety and their lives. PlanetRomeo Foundation supports initiatives that provide (temporary) basic Shelter facilities for LGBTI people, especially in those countries and regions where their safety and wellbeing is most at risk. Shelter projects can provide refuge and support around the clock, during the day or specific time slots. Activities in the shelter, that further support LGBTI people can be eligible for funding too.
Sports & Culture
PlanetRomeo Foundation believes sports and cultural activities can make a positive impact on other aspects and areas of people’s lives. The Foundation provides funding to projects that play a distinct role in mobilizing, connecting and strengthening local, disadvantaged LGBTI communities, or making these communities more visible.