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Rainbow Railroad Is Helping LGBTQ+ People Flee Persecution

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Rainbow Railroad helps LGBTQ+ people escape countries where they face imminent danger because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

The Canada-based organization works to solve a multi-layered problem that goes beyond LGBTQ+ persecution — they’re also responding to a global refugee crisis. Refugees already face mounting challenges, but anti-LGTBQ+ legislation only adds to the obstacles. The organization addresses both challenges together.

The organization has been praised for helping 70 Chechen men resettle in response to anti-gay purges in Chechnya beginning in 2017. Since 2006, Rainbow Railroad has helped more than 800 persecuted LGBTQ+ people from 38 countries travel to safety.

In this episode, Branden Harvey sits down with Rainbow Railroad executive director Kimahli Powell to learn about the extent of the persecution LGBTQ+ people face around the world and the inspiring ways the organization provides transportation and support to bring people to safety.


Guest: Kimahli Powell, executive director of Rainbow Railroad

Learn more about Rainbow Railroad’s work on their website, follow @rainbowrailroad on Instagram, and donate to Rainbow Railroad’s important work to bring LGBTQ+ people to safety


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May 3, 2021

The Rainbow Railroad Is Helping LGBTQ+ People Flee Persecution

In countries where same-sex intimacy is illegal, the LGTBQ+ community faces violence and discrimination from their families, communities, and governments. Rainbow Railroad is helping LGBTQ+ people escape.
According to the UNHCR, at the end of 2020, there were nearly 26.4 million refugees around the world forced to flee their homes because of war, violence, conflict or persecution. Almost half of them are under the age of 18, some are members of the LBGTQ+ community—and each has a unique story.

5 Ways to Make a Difference for Refugees

According to the UNHCR, at the end of 2020, there were nearly 26.4 million refugees around the world forced to flee their homes because of war, violence, conflict or persecution. Almost half of them are under the age of 18, some are members of the LBGTQ+ community—and each has a unique story.

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