Violence, stigma, and discrimination still threaten the lives of LGBTQ+ people around the world.

Nearly a third of all nations class LGBTQ+ people as criminals. Homosexuality is still punishable by death in 12 countries. This can make it impossible for the LGBTQ+ community – still one of the groups most affected by the HIV epidemic to get the healthcare they need.

This injustice is driving up infections and ultimately killing people.

Transgender couple Lorraine and Quincy sitting next to each other in an embrace. Quincy is the Founder of Guyana Trans United.

Transgender women face 34 times the risk of HIV than other women. Men who have sex with men are at 25 times the risk of heterosexual men – and are less likely to know their HIV status.

Healthcare is a human right. But fear of recrimination and violence are keeping people from seeking basic services like HIV testing.

Learn how The Rocket Fund is creating a brighter future for LGBTQ+ people.

What we’re doing

It’s not enough, even for the numbers we know about. And, given how many people are essentially forced into hiding, those numbers are likely to be much higher. We have a long history of partnering with the LGBTQ+ community. We’ve made it our  mission from the start to uplift their rights, health and wellbeing around the world.

We’re doing this by...

  • using our reputation to build global will and increase funding

  • sparking social change – arguing for and protecting legal rights to drive forward justice and equality with LGBTQ+ people around the globe

  • raising awareness and making sure more LGBTQ+ people know about the services they can – and have the right to – access

  • growing the capacity of healthcare workers and organisations who provide all these intersecting services – including mental health and virtual services.

Our Ambition

Decriminalize same-sex behaviour in 12 focus countries
Strengthen the capacity of local LGBTQ+ civil society to advocate for changes
Enhance funding for the LGBTQ+ community to address health/rights equity
Increase government and donor budgets by $50M to support HIV care

Our Ambition