Out & Proud Diamond Group
Rainbow International awarded grant funding to the Out and Proud Diamond Group in 2014 and 2015. Out and Proud Diamond Group is an organisation of African gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights activists with chapters in London and Amsterdam.
OUT AND PROUD DIAMOND GROUP was a shortlisted nominee for the Community Organisation Award for LGBT at the National Diversity Awards 2015.
The group campaigns for LGBT human rights and offers support to those fleeing persecution because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The group comprises activists from a wide cross-section of African countries including Gabon, Gambia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Cameroon, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda and Jamaica – all countries known for persecuting LGBT people and abusing rights.
The mission of Out and Proud Diamond Group is to ensure the preservation of human dignity, freedom and justice, and the “promotion of LGBT human rights and equality for LGBTI persons in Africa and other countries where LGBTI persons are persecuted”.
The group campaigns and stages peaceful protests to highlight LGBT rights violations in Africa and other regions of the world. The group is currently working to set up research centres in several African countries to conduct research on LGBT rights issues.