Alturi, short for the name of WWII codebreaker Alan Turing, seeks to “educate and engage individual supporters who want to help improve the lives of LGBTI people around the world.” The website offers international LGBTQ information and provides ways to get involved in the struggle for equality.
The stories of abuse and oppression from international LGBT people on the Alturi site are harrowing. One comes from Demetra and Vitali, two friends from Kyrgyzstan who were beaten and raped by multiple police officers after being detained for suspicion of theft. Another comes from Christine Pohl, a transgender woman from the Czech Republic who survived a suicide attempt and now wants to encourage acceptance in her home country.
If these stories don’t inspire you to action, nothing will. Though Alturi makes it easier for supporters to help by signing petitions and volunteering with partnering organizations, it can be hard from potential donors to target aid to some countries, so streamlining donations is key to the mission.
The Washington Blade spoke with co-founder Stephen Roth, who said the goal of Alturi is to get potential supporters connected with those in different countries who are already doing the work on the ground.
“Ultimately it’s about connecting people to these organizations and then creating a channel to fund them and support them,” he said.