State Department launches text donation campaign for LGBT rights

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

The U.S. Department of State recently launched a campaign to text donations for a fund to advance LGBT rights around the world.

Donated dollars go to the mGive International Response Equality Fund, to “further programs and initiatives aimed at advancing human rights, fostering equality, advocacy, protection and dialogue to ensure human rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered persons around the world.”

Donors can send $10 by texting the word “PRIDE” to 80000.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton set the stage for the creation of the fund with her landmark “human rights are gay rights” speech on Human Rights Day in December 2011 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Collections involve a partnership between the U.S. government and the mGive Foundation.

Foundation executive director Jenifer Snyder said the organization creates every day philanthropists.

“Nearly 100 percent of adult Americans have a cell phone. Giving to those in need, like victims of human rights violations, is only four clicks away,” she said.