Rainbow Riots is a politically and religiously independent, non-profit organisation advocating for human rights for LGBTQ people globally, using arts and culture as tools. The organisation Rainbow Riots is registered both in Sweden and Uganda. The association is run by founder and managing director Petter Wallenberg.
Rainbow Riots is a non-partisan, non-profit organisation advocating for human rights for LGBTQ people globally, using arts and culture as our tools. The organisation is run by founder and creative director Petter Wallenberg, a Swedish artist, musician, author and human rights activist. Since 2015 Rainbow Riots has also had an office registered in Kampala, Uganda in order to build capacity in the fight for equality for the Ugandan LGBTQ community.
There are more than a hundred million people living in countries where being a minority with a different sexual orientation is punishable, sometimes by death. We are dedicated to showing that LGBTQ people are everywhere across the world and throughout history. We are an integral part of the human narrative.
Despite enduring extraordinarily difficult circumstances, LGBTQ people of the world have created a resilient counterculture. This is our heritage as a community and the call of arms of Rainbow Riots - to fight hatred with creativity.
In 2019 Rainbow Riots launched Uganda’s first LGBTQ community centre. The centre is a safe space that welcomes everyone in the Ugandan LGBTQ community. The creative expression at the core of the centre’s activities helps foster inclusivity within the community whilst also amplifying the voices of Ugandan LGBTQ people so they reach a wider, potentially global audience.
In 2019 Rainbow Riots also launched the music project ’Rainbow Riots India’, composed and produced by Petter Wallenberg in collaboration with India’s first openly LGBTQ singers and dancers. The project is part of the revolutionary movement behind the abolition of the law that criminalized homosexuality in India and Rainbow Riots’ founder Petter Wallenberg was invited to speak at India’s first legally recognized Pride festival in Mumbai 2019. The first single ’Love is Love’ was dubbed ”India’s first Pride anthem” by Indian media.
In 2018 Rainbow Riots launched its weekly web radio series, ’Rainbow Riots Radio’. The podcast featured ten unique episodes exploring groundbreaking queer stories from around the world. Each episode mixed engaging stories, investigative journalism, and spoken word poetry, backed by music composed by Wallenberg and queer artists from around the world. The Financial Times described ’Rainbow Riots Radio’ as ” smart and surprising stories”.
In 2017 Rainbow Riots launched the ’Rainbow Riots Festival’ in Stockholm, Sweden, which takes place regularly in collaboration with EuroPride and Stockholm Pride. The festival includes seminars, workshops, exhibitions and live performances and is the first time Ugandan, Indian, Malawian, Kenyan and Jamaican LGBTQ artists have ever performed on an international Pride stage. ’Rainbow Riots Festival’ has received significant media coverage including the cover of Sweden’s biggest newspapers Dagens Nyheter and Svenska Dagbladet.
In 2017 Rainbow Riots released the music album ’Rainbow Riots’, produced and composed by Petter Wallenberg featuring queer voices from the world’s most dangerous countries for LGBTQ people, from Uganda to South Africa, Jamaica and Malawi. The first single ’Equal Rights’ is part of an official campaign for the UN’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development. The album was championed by some of the world’s leading media outlets, from the BBC who called it ”the ultimate protest” to Dazed Digital who called it ”the zenith of international queer activism.” All proceeds from the album go to Rainbow Riots’ work to fight inequalities against LGBTQ people in Uganda.
Music, films and stage performances by Rainbow Riots have been featured at Pride parades and LGBTQ rights conferences around the world, including Sydney Mardi Gras, Mumbai Pride, Pride Uganda, Stockholm Pride and Hamburg Pride.
Rainbow Riots - Rainbow Riots
The album Rainbow Riots is composed and produced by Petter Wallenberg and features queer voices from some of the world’s most dangerous countries for LGBTQ people, such as Uganda, Jamaica, South Africa and Malawi. All proceeds go towards fighting inequalities towards LGBTQ people worldwide.
Equal Rights - Rainbow Riots
“Equal Rights” is the new single composed and produced by Petter Wallenberg as part of an official campaign for the UN‘s Global Goals For Sustainable Development. On the mic is Jamaican rapper and gay rights activist Mista Majah P and the message is clear – equal rights for LGBTQ people globally now!
“Equal Rights” is the first single from the album Rainbow Riots which is released June 16th, and is composed and produced by Petter Wallenberg and featuring queer voices from some of the worlds most dangerous countries for LGBTQ people.
I'm Coming Out - Petter Wallenberg & Rainbow Riots feat. Sushant Divgikar & Rainbow Voices Mumbai
Petter Wallenberg & Rainbow Riots - "Love is Love" feat Sushant Divgikar
Rainbow Riots - Unmask
Rainbow Riots - Set Me Free ft. Kowa Tigs and D Black
Rainbow Riots - Freedom
Rainbow Riots - Equal Rights