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GAY TIMES’ mission is to create a world where LGBTQIA+ people thrive. Together, in collaboration with GiveOut, we are driving to increase the acceptance of global LGBTQIA+ communities. Here, we break down our Amplifund campaign, rooted in amplifying activist stories, and its ambition to provide vital resources and support to local LGBTQIA+ organisations.  

What is Amplifund and what does it do?

Amplifund is a partnership between GAY TIMES and LGBTQIA+ charity GiveOut, established to fight the inequality of LGBTQIA+ experience. With this initiative, GAY TIMES can provide financial and in-kind support to champion on-the-ground organisations spotlighting marginalised LGBTQIA+ voices. Working in collaboration with our chosen organisations, GAY TIMES will aid these vital platforms to help nurture and empower their message. 

Who are we working with?

Through Amplifund, GAY TIMES is working with global LGBTQIA+ organisations, largely outside of the UK, EU and USA, who are committed to strengthening their community. By lending out resources such as social amplification, mentorship, editorial partnerships, remote internships and joint creative projects, we can establish a symbiotic relationship focused on uplifting and mentoring LGBTQIA+ people. 

Working, in partnership with GiveOut, our fundraising is distributed to 37 grant partners. Together, we are building impactful relationships with organisations to support the projects they run. 

Below are two international partners GAY TIMES is currently collaborating with via Amplifund. 

Established in 2015, Bisi Alimi Foundation (BAF) are a non-profit organisation working to accelerate social acceptance of LGBTQIA+ people in Nigeria.

The Queer Muslim Project (TQMP) are one of the largest youth-led networks for South Asian queer people, Muslims and allies. An LGBTQIA+ Muslim-led organisation, based in India, TQMP advocate for intersectional representation and skills-based opportunities for its members. 

As a global media platform, we have a responsibility to use our resources and channels to bring funding, awareness and support to communities where it is needed.

A current example of an ongoing campaign of amplifying a partnered organisation would be our work with Iraqueer (Iraq’s first and leading LGBTQIA+ human rights organisation). You can read more about that here

Our advocacy, however, doesn’t just end there; GAY TIMES works year-round to drive our mission of creating inclusive campaigns. In 2022, we launched our ‘Incomplete without the T’ billboards across the UK in cities including, London, Manchester, Glasgow, Cardiff and more.

How can you get involved and support Amplifund?

There’s different ways to support our Amplifund initiative. You can support our campaign by donating here or why not attend our annual GAY TIMES Honours event where ticket fees are donated to our partnered organisations. Keep up to date with all things Amplifund by following our GAY TIMES channels for new features, fundraising and campaigns.