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Though many western countries have come to embrace equal rights and protections for LGBTQ citizens, other world governments have not been so progressive; that’s where the Rainbow railroad comes in.
Similar to how the Underground Railroad helped African American slaves to escape to freedom the Rainbow Railroad is a nonprofit that has been helping hundreds of LGBTQ people from around the world escape their oppressive governments.
Over the course of the last 5 years, the organization has facilitated the evacuation, transportation, and resettlement of almost 550 people. In the last year alone the group helped to rescue 198 people.
The organizations’ website reads,” In countries all over the world, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) people live in basic fear for their freedom, their safety, and their lives. They often have nowhere to turn because their government and police not only tolerate but encourage this brutality. Rainbow Railroad exists to help these people get out of danger to somewhere safe. The mission of Rainbow Railroad is to help LGBTQI people as they seek safe haven from state enabled violence and persecution.”
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