My name is Urooj, and I lead Advocates for Youth’s efforts to help young people fight homophobia and transphobia around the globe. In too many countries, LGBTQ youth face discrimination that threatens their lives and their access to sexual and reproductive health and rights including access to HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment.
Recently, I was in Pakistan to meet with LGBTQ youth activists and allies. They shared with me heartbreaking stories of when they were rejected by their family, their community and harassed by the police. But what struck me most was their courage and love for each other. They are working hard to create a brighter future, and I am so honored to work alongside them.
On Give OUT Day donate to help me raise $5,000 to support LGBTQ youth activists who are fighting harassment and life-threatening laws around the globe.
Advocates for Youth provides training and support around the world to keep the doors open at youth-led resource centers. These centers provide support and encouragement to LGBTQ youth, many of whom have nowhere else to turn in communities where it’s not safe to be who they are.
Donate today and be an ally in places like Nigeria, Jamaica, Uganda and Pakistan where LGBTQ youth activists face intimidation and violence. Your gift today supports their work and lets them know they are not alone.
Thank you from my heart!
Associate Director, International Youth Health and Rights
Advocates for Youth