Rainbow Riots is a politically and religiously independent, non-profit organisation advocating for human rights for LGBTQ people globally, using arts and culture as our 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 was founded in Stockholm, Sweden in 2012 by artist and activist Petter Wallenberg as an international network fighting injustice and violence against LGBTQ people. Since 2015 Rainbow Riots is also based and registered in Kampala, Uganda where we work with our Ugandan team 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 show that LGBTQ people are to be found everywhere, throughout history and are part of our common human narrative.
Through the most difficult times LGBTQ people of the world have created a resilient counter-culture. This is our heritage and our responsibility as a community – to fight hatred with creativity.
In 2017 we released the music album Rainbow Riots, produced and composed by Petter Wallenberg and featuring queer voices from the world’s most dangerous countries for LGBTQ people, from Uganda to South Africa, Jamaica and Malawi. The album is a creative way to give an international platform for the voices who are being silenced. The first single “Equal Rights” featuring Jamaican rapper and activist Mista Majah P is part of an official campaign to raise awareness about the UN’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development and since the launch Rainbow Riots has been championed by media all over the world from the BBC to Dazed who called Rainbow Riots “the zenith of international queer activism.”
All proceeds from the Rainbow Riots album go to Rainbow Riots Organisation’s work to fight inequalities against LGBTQ people in Uganda and internationally.
Rainbow Riots is a movement using music, arts and culture as a tool for empowerment. With this as our ethos, we have established Rainbow Riots as an organisation in Sweden and Uganda with the manifesto to creatively fight for equality for LGBTQ people the world over. We are dedicated to let the silenced voices be heard, loud and clear. We believe that if you can make the world listen, you can make the world change.
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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.