Arcus Foundation

Stories of Impact

Read real-life stories of how individuals around the world are being affected by the work of Arcus grantees and are themselves helping realize advances in LGBT equality, and creating a more just and humane world.

  1. Less Than Human? The Ethics of Our Treatment of Others


    Humans have a long history of doing violence to one another.  And those of us who do not have blood on our hands have a remarkable knack for averting our gaze. This guest blog by David Livingstone Smith examines how we dehumanize others and how understanding this process may help us make the world a more hospitable place for both human and nonhuman animals.

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  2. LGBT Youth of Color Join Forces Against Homophobia, Prejudice in U.S.

    Stopped by New York police five times over the last five years, in New York City neighborhoods from the West Village to Park Slope, Mitchyll Mora weighs his options when he sees an officer on an upcoming street corner: “Do I cross before the corner or after?” he asks himself.

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  3. Faith Leaders Lift Up the Religious Case for LGBT Acceptance and Rights

    “Church wasn’t just church for me. It was family,” says Aubrey Thonvald, 31, who grew up in rural Willmar, Minnesota, where the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) was the center of her home life.

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  4. LGBT Groups Worldwide Step up Pressure on Human Rights

    Cameroon’s LGBT community has been demanding that authorities act to stop homophobic violence in the wake of the torture and murder of Eric Ohena Lembembe, 34, a journalist and executive director of the Cameroonian Foundation for AIDS.

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  5. Trans Health Care and Recognition Advance As Brave Activists Step Forward

    “I felt I was the only one like me,” says Musonda, 27, of his isolation at school in Zambia’s capital, Lusaka, where, self-identified as male from childhood, he silently wished he were treated as male by others.

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What We Support

The creation of a more just and humane world, based on diversity, equality, and fundamental respect.


The Arcus Foundation’s social justice strategy aims to enable individuals and families of every sexual orientation and gender identity, race, and ethnicity to live their lives with dignity and respect, and express their love and sense of self wherever they are in the world.

Read about the strategy or download the brochure.


The Arcus Foundation's social justice program focuses on maximizing impact in its three program areas: International Human Rights; United States; Global Religion.

The Foundation invites inquiries from organizations with projects falling under these areas. For more information on the submitting an inquiry, click the links below:

  1. Grant Forms
  2. Grantee Resources

Awarded Grants

Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
New York, NY $680,000

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