What would you do if your life was at risk for being you?


the crisis in chechnya

our response 

In response to the confirmed reports of abductions, detentions, enforced disappearances, torture and deaths targeting over 200 gay and bisexual men in Chechnya, Rainbow Railroad immediately went to action to assist those in danger. Rainbow Railroad has been working closely with the Russian LGBT Network, a non-governmental organization currently leading the campaign to rescue those facing danger in Chechnya.

As of March 2018, numerous individuals have escaped into safe houses in Russia, and would like to leave the country. Rainbow Railroad is providing direct travel assistance and has already negotiated safe travel for 57 individuals with a commitment to supporting everyone of them.

This includes asking the Canadian government to provide direct assistance to LGBTQ people who need our help in Chechnya and other countries by way of emergency visas. We are currently in active communication with the government. Rainbow Railroad is the only organization in the world providing this direct assistance, as it has the unique capacity to respond to this and other similar crises that may occur.


We help LGBT people escape persecution and violence 

In countries all over the world, lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-identified (LGBTI) 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. In the spirit of and with homage to the Underground Railroad, the mission of the Rainbow Railroad is to help LGBT people as they seek safe haven from state enabled violence, murder or persecution. Through funds collected by people like you, we’re able to support, provide information, and help to arrange safe transportation for these LGBT people to somewhere in the world where they can live their lives in safety.

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Our MAJOR supporters


Upside down tree foundation

Grant Supporter

The Winnipeg foundation changed the future of the organization in 2015 with the biggest donation ever of over $400,000. Watch the Shaw TV Winnipeg interview with director Carmyn Aleshka to hear about why they support us. Watch

td bank & AEROPLAN

Grants & Miles

TD Bank has been a supporter since a phenomenal grant as part of World Pride that allowed us to build the capacity of the organization. Aeroplan has joined in their support by together donating millions of miles and hundreds of thousands of dollars to help get LGBT people to safety.

ELTON john aids foundation


Recognizing that many of the people we help are HIV positive, the EJAF has donated over $150,000 to help get at risk LGBT people in the Caribbean  to safety and care

The Points Guy

Fundraising Campaign

Rainbow Railroad has teamed up with The Points Guy to help save lives. Through a dedicated Prizeo campaign, TPG has solicited cash donations from readers — with proceeds directly benefitting Rainbow Railroad's life-saving work. Plus, each donor is entered to win a grand prize of 500,000 points from The Points Guy himself. You can enter now at Prizeo.com/ThePointsGuy

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