Help us save lives: We’re matching up to $100,000 for Rainbow Railroad
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Editor’s note: This post has been updated to reflect the fact TPG has extended the offer to match up to $100,000 in donations to Rainbow Railroad.
Amin was just 17 and living in Chechnya when armed kidnappers broke into the beauty shop where he was working. Soldiers put a bag over his head and he was thrown in the trunk of a car. He ended being held for weeks along with other men — beaten and tortured, and thinking of suicide. When he was finally released, he’d lost everything. What was his supposed crime? Being gay.
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Amin was eventually rescued by an organization that is close to our hearts at The Points Guy — Rainbow Railroad. Rainbow Railroad rescues LGBTQIA+ individuals, and they saved Amin. He is now living as a free, out man in Canada.
It’s just one of the many stories that inspired us at TPG to get involved in this important organization.
But we need your help. Brian Kelly and The Points Guy team are matching donations up to $100,000 to Rainbow Railroad. We’ve now extended the offer, and are currently raising money for Rainbow Railroad through the end of the month (Aug. 2021), matching dollar for dollar up to $100,000.
It’s one of the most concrete ways you can celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community.
Rainbow Railroad helps gay, lesbian and trans people escape attacks, kidnappings or even murder in places like Chechnya and Uganda. According to the organization, they help rescue people facing “persecution based on their sexual orientation, gender identity and sex characteristics.”
TPG is proud that Rainbow Railroad has named us its No. 1 corporate sponsor in the United States. To date, TPG has directly contributed and helped raise over $620,000 and sent over two million miles to Rainbow Railroad, which has saved 70 individual lives from persecution and violence. We’d love to be able to donate the full $100,000 to Rainbow Railroad, but we need your help.
Featured image courtesy of Rainbow Railroad.
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