Rainbow Railroad launches #60in60 campaign to help save at-risk LGBTQ people

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11/10/2020

Rainbow Railroad, the Canadian-based international organization that helps LGBTQI people around the globe escape violence and persecution, has launched its #60in60 campaign, which aims to raise $600,000 in the last 60 days of 2020 to save 60 people’s lives. The campaign, whose tagline is: “You can save an LGBTQI life,” will be releasing videos and other multimedia content telling the stories of some of the people the organization has helped over the years. The campaign ends on Dec. 31, 2020. Founded in 2006, Rainbow Railroad has helped more than 900 people escape from the nearly 70 countries where homosexuality and same-sex intimacy are criminalized to other countries that serve as safe havens. Since January, the organization has relocated 49 people and helped provide almost 400 others with shelter, food, and essentials, as well as resources and legal counsel, and support for local partner organizations that serve the LGBTQI community. Through the annual #60in60 campaign, organizers hope to double the total number of people that Rainbow Railroad is on target to help by the end of 2022. Currently, the organization fields about 3,000 requests for help each year. But their ability can be limited by financial constraints, as the cost of helping one person relocate to another country is about $10,000.

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