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GATE’s 2022 Annual Report

Our Donors overview

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“We are honored to be a part of GATE’s success story, and happy to see the expansions you have reported in your funding and projects. At RCF, we are committed to investing in the global trans and gender diverse communities, by providing long-term flexible funding so that GATE is able to stay sustainable and effective.”

Oliver Anene, Program Officer, Robert Carr Fund

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“Thank you for sharing the GATE 2022 Annual Report and allowing us to get an insight into your broader work, the challenges posed by the anti-gender movement and the continuing growth, achievements and successes of GATE and your national partners. We are extremely privileged and proud to work with you.”

Gavin Reid, Lead, Community Engagement Community Rights and Gender Department, The Global Fund

2022 GATE’s Accomplishments

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“With the rise in anti-rights movements across the globe came a wave of hatred and bigotry towards TGDI people on a scale unseen in living memory. […] Our communities are resilient, and we are doing our utmost to ensure that we respond to their needs and provide development opportunities that will ultimately facilitate sustainable growth at all levels of organizing, from local grassroots groups to national organizations and regional and global networks.”

Rikki Nathanson, Board Chairperson, GATE


Covering Asia and the Pacific, Eastern and Southern Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, and Western Europe, GATE’s response to the anti-gender movement resulted in:

  • two webinars and one report on Global and Regional AG mobilizing
  • a country-specific report on Mapping AG movements in the UK

GATE fostered alliances between intersex bodies in the Global South by providing a safe space for intersex movements and activists to come together and discuss sex variations and intersex issues at the regional level. This included:

  • two webinars on Intersex Bodies: Global South Alliances in Latin America and the Caribbean; and in Africa
  • two memoirs compiling articles written by the panelists on the topic of “We, the intersex people from the Global South”

In order to collate perspectives and agendas around intersex politics and the arts, GATE invited intersex activists to craft public statements of art for the INTERstates of the Art Campaign.


To increase health access and health rights amongst TGDI communities, GATE’s work focused on:

  • the participation in the community consultation to start the development of the first WHO Guidelines on Gender Affirming Care
  • conducting a qualitative study resulting in the Trans and Gender Diverse Values and Preferences report – this study informed the WHO Consolidated Guidelines on HIV, viral hepatitis, and STI prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and care for Key Populations
  • promoting the inclusion of TGDI people at the World AIDS Conference, including hosting the Trans Networking Zone, organizing a satellite session on HIV National Strategic Planning, and presenting a session on Intersex People and Sexual Rights

GATE continued our work with organizations and activists across the globe to strengthen TGDI movements by:

  • conducting two surveys, one on the capacity needs of trans communities to respond to AG movements and a second on the impact of AG movements globally and the facilitating role of social media
  • launching GATE eLearning Institute, which provides free training and mentorship directly to trans activists
  • holding workshops and webinars and producing publications to provide trans communities with the tools to engage meaningfully with the new Global Fund Grant Cycle 7 (GC7)
  • coordinating humanitarian assistance to TGDI Organizations and activists in Ukraine, including enabling the provision of hormone supplies

In 2022, GATE launched our new Strategic Plan 2022-2026 in order to better respond to the needs of TGDI communities across the globe. This included:

  • recruiting 6 new board members with expertise on specific topics that will benefit GATE overall
  • growing our staff from 5 to 9 members, enabling us to expand our programming efforts and increase our engagement with our communities
  • increasing our regranting efforts to national TGDI organizations by 42%, with our fundraising efforts increasing our overall budget by 28%

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“2022 has been a challenging but fulfilling year for GATE, its staff, stakeholders, and the communities we serve, with many essential outcomes being achieved, including those set out in our Strategic Plan. These achievements would not have been possible without the continued support from our donors, our stakeholders, and TGDI communities from across the globe. We thank you, and for 2023, we pledge our commitment to continue serving you to the best of our ability.”

Erika Castellanos, Executive Director, GATE

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