Our Current Work

Courageous activists on all continents stand up for the rights of LGBTI people  today, make it clear that human rights are universal and indivisible, that LGBTI rights are human rights.

The Hirschfeld-Eddy-Foundation supports this struggle through concrete aid and donation appeals, international and domestic events as well as asproviding information to those responsible for foreign policy, international cooperation and human rights work.

Direct Aid: We support LGBTI organizations in the global South and Eastern Europe, organise human rights conferences, or initiate projects to increase acceptance and strengthen the human rights protection of LGBTI people. The projects and events are made possible through donations and co-operations. The money that we receive from donations is transferred completely to our cooperation partners. That way, for example, projects in Nicaragua, Istanbul, and Israel and an Iranian exile organization have been supported.

International lobby work: Information provision, awareness raising and the fight against judicial persecution are the core aspects of our international work. Together with partner organisations as well as foundations and NGOs, we organise human rights conferences  in east European states, such as in the Ukraine or Latvia. Furthermore, we support LGBTI activists in their lobby work for the decriminalisation of homosexuality, such as in December 2008,  in New York  in the context of the UN General Assembly.

Information and Research: In Germany, the Hirschfeld-Eddy-Foundation initiates conferences or panel discussions, presents  publications on the theme of  human rights, carries out important lobby work and cooperates with foundations, human rights organisations or universities. Thus, we were able to publish the German edition of the Yogyakarta Principles. Raising the awareness of the human rights of LGBTI people in various fields is of special importance to us. Sexual minorities have so far not been an issue in developmental policy and cooperation. We want to change that. We work here together with party-affiliated foundations and federal departments. In addition, we bring the issue into the central media covering development policy.