Philanthropy is the one major reform left.

Yes, I said it- marriage equality isn’t the major outstanding reform left for Australia, LGBTI philanthropy is. As we debate LGBTI reforms in Australia, with marriage equality remaining front of mind, it is important to note that Australia has actually had a long history of progressive regulatory and legislative reforms, the majority of which were bipartisan.

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Who is Keith Haring?

Due to the extra challenges people from LGBTQIA+ communities have faced, and continue to face, there aren’t too many queer philanthropists kicking about in the history (aka cis, straight, white, male-story) books. If we were to count the philanthropists written about in said books who were in the proverbial closet the numbers may sky rocket, but I guess we will never know.

Because we have two types of grants and Memberships at The Channel (tax-deductible and non tax-deductible) we needed to distinguish between them. Since 'non tax-deductible' hardly rolls off the tongue, we thought this would be a good opportunity to pay homage to the rare and enigmatic beast that is the queer philanthropist.

Enter: Haring Grants and Memberships

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LGBTI Funding in Context

When we talk about LGBTI funding, what springs to mind?

In the context of Australia today we hear much about fundraising for marriage equality, and right now the “yes” campaign is the most immediate and visible.  Looking back further into our Australian history we see the rise of the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation, and a plethora of HIV/AIDS organisations for advocacy, support, treatment and beyond. However, how do we compare to international LGBTI funding? What is our specific context, and how does it differ from the overseas environment?

Let’s start with an understanding as to how little funding goes to LGBTI equality matters generally. And how the small amount that is raised is disproportionately distributed and benefits only a few developed countries.

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