35% of countries still criminalise same-sex acts, just 14% allow same-sex marriage and adoption, and only 24% protect LGBTIQ+ people from hate crimes. (ILGA, 2019). LGBTIQ+ people additionally have disproportionately poor health outcomes including, but not limited to, HIV, impacts of COVID-19, and inadequate health care for transgender people.
These figures are just the tip of the iceberg.
Even in countries that perform ‘relatively well’ in relation to the above statistics, LGBTIQ+ communities still contend with a vast array of challenges and hurdles such as inadequate mental health support, low representation, marginalisation, and homophobia. In short, there is a long way to go in the fight for equity and equality for LGBTIQ+ people and communities.
Those fighting and advocating for LGBTIQ+ rights, justice, and wellbeing are often significantly under-resourced to achieve their goals, with many initiatives and organisations contending with limited capacity, expertise gaps, and financial constraints. Indeed, less than 0.026% of global philanthropy is directed towards LGBTIQ+ initiatives.
This under-resourcing results in organisations and initiatives not having the capacity, opportunity, or bandwidth to focus on developing or delivering on strategic objectives. Instead, their work is (understandably) focused on the immediate need of their clients and communities. It’s a significant challenge for many organisations to ‘get out of the weeds’ and focus on the big picture, long-term planning and growth that would allow them to create greater impact.
123+ addresses the under-resourcing of LGBTIQ+ advocacy by helping to build capacity of initiatives and organisations through bespoke, strategic, consulting support, as well as the provision of tools and knowledge via an open-source platform. In short, we equip LGBTIQ+ initiatives around the world to create more effective outcomes.
The circular diagram below outlines the difference 123+ wants to make in the world and how its actions can demonstrably bring about this change.
A world that is safe and equitable for LGBTIQ+ people and communities.
Number of initiatives achieving their intended goals.
Rights, access, safety, protections, and wellbeing for LGBTIQ+ people and communities.
Number of initiatives having the capacities they need to effectively achieve their intended goals.
(123+'s key outcome metric)
People, organisations, and governments leading initiatives to achieve the above goals.
Number of initiatives utilising and applying 123+'s services and support
Initiatives to have the necessary capacities and resources to achieve their goals.
Number of initiatives discovering and accessing 123+'s services and support
Knowledge, skilling, strategy, people, money, processes, etc.
· Size of the 123+ network.
· Number of resources collated.
· Capacity of direct support available within the network.
123+ centralises knowledge, resources, and support into a central location for all LGBTIQ+ initiatives to equitably utilise.
· Compile tools, resources, and opportunities for all LGBITQ+ initiatives.
· Build a global network of people and organisations who want to help support and build capacity of LGBT initiatives.
· Provide equitable, direct capacity building support to initiatives.
123+ is powered by spur: and spur:org:
spur: creates strategies that move people to action.
We're a strategy, design, and venture studio focused on positively affecting human actions—and measuring the outcome. We work with organisations and communities to create a world that is fair, sustainable, and well across topics such mental health, climate change, biodiversity, extremism, accessibility, equal rights, fake news, LGBTIQ+ right, gender gap, future meat, plastic, refugee health, overconsumption, corruption, foster care, and water—to name just a few.
Our work is part science and analysis, part art and design, but at the core of our work is tangible, measurable outcomes. We have no interest in vanity metrics or projects that are designed to “tick a box”. Our work must demonstrably create outcomes.
We don’t just deeply understand the reality of mental health and LGBTIQ+ rights, but more importantly what it takes to move people to action—a far more challenging task.
spur:org is the multi-award-winning, charitable arm of spur: where we design mental health projects and campaigns to change the world.
800,000 people suicide globally each year. Our campaigns aim to reduce this number by making it an easier option for people to take positive action than to suicide.
spur:org is responsible for ground-breaking and record shattering projects such as #OLDMATE, Soften the Fck Up, and How is the World Feeling?
spur:org is a DGR-1 status charity registered with the ACNC, with spur: donating 5% of all revenue and 20% of employee time.
He / Him
Lee is a seasoned innovator and strategist, with deep experience working on impact projects around the world—particularly in mental health education, and access.
He is not only passionate about instigating social change, but ensuring that this is change is both profound and measurable.
Lee is a Global Laureate Fellow, D&F Academy Fellow, and Australian representative to the G20 Youth Entrepreneurship Alliance.
She / Her
Olivia is passionate about social enterprise and disruptive approaches to social change. With international experience, she is invested in maximising the impact of agency-driven projects.
Olivia also has particular interest in increasing access to quality education for young people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds with her own social enterprise The Unknown Project.
He / Him
Sean has a passion for driving social change through innovation.
Sean is Project Associate for the 123+ project, which allows him to combine his interests in social innovation, LGBTIQ+ rights advocacy and legal reform.
Sean is also President of the UQ Law Society and has worked at a number of legal, community and social organisations including as the State Director of IMPACT Social Enterprise.
He / Him
Ravi is a marketing generalist with experience working across corporate, not-for-profit, and government industries. He is passionate about equity, social justice, queer advocacy, and making a difference in the community.
Strategic communication, community engagement, and stakeholder management are his core foci of interest. He puts people at the center of his work, enjoys meeting new people and hearing new perspectives. He is also the Strategic Communications Coordinator at VicHealth.
From its founding in 1975, Chemonics has worked in more than 150 countries to help clients, partners and beneficiaries take on the world’s toughest challenges.
Chemonics also thinks big about applying lessons learned across all of their projects, about bridging the gap between segregated technical fields and about forging partnerships that unite the world’s best minds to solve its toughest problems.
Rational Games is a social business, that invests time, talent and money in initiatives and individuals that make creative use of games and play to bring people together to build a more peaceful world.
They measure their success by the amount of time and funding we invest in curating innovative initiatives that make a clear contribution to conflict resolution.
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