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Helping LGBTQI+ individuals to live free from persecution

Online-Seminar with non profit Rainbow Railroad on 13 July 2023, 14:00 - 15:00 CEST

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Join our conversation with the human rights organisation Rainbow Railroad

Around the world, individuals struggle for acknowledgement and tolerance of their sexual orientation. Rainbow Railroad, a human rights group, is advocating for LGBTQ+ rights globally and supporting those oppressed and persecuted for expressing their gender identity. During our online seminar, they will glimpse their daily efforts.

Jan Schepanek, Head of Personal Investing & Advisory Germany at Fidelity, talks to Dane Bland, Head of Development at Rainbow Railroad, about the organisation's work. Learn more about:

  • the biggest challenges why sexual orientation is still a reason for persecution in certain countries
  • how the organisation supports people practically
  • stories of people helped by Rainbow Railroad



Our Guest: Dane Bland

Dane is a not-for-profit leader focused on translating development activities to social betterment, political action, advocacy, and systemic change.

Dane is a Certified Fundraising Executive that brings a decade of nonprofit experience, raising over $35 Million through corporate and foundation partnerships, major gifts, and multi-channel mass-market campaigns. He is deeply committed to volunteerism, community management, political activism, advocacy, and philanthropy. On top of a depth of experience in fundraising, Dane brings expertise in communications, digital marketing, direct marketing, and media relations.

Dane is a graduate of the Trent University Business Administration Program and Seneca College Fundraising Management postgraduate certificate program.

Dane is a board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Greater Toronto Area and serves as the Vice-President of Public Relations. He is also a member of the board of governors for 4th Line Theatre, and has been a CFRE Ambassador since 2019. 


About Rainbow Railroad

Rainbow Railroad was founded in 2006 to protect and rescue LGBTQ+ people who are persecuted, discriminated against or threatened in their home countries because of their sexual orientation.

The organisation supports political change and helps persecuted people escape violence.

Homepage Rainbow Railroad