The Power of Blockchain in Pursuit of Equal Rights

The LGBT Token empowers the global LGBT community to leverage its economic potential in order to pursue equal rights

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Putting HIV Tests on the Blockchain
News / November 20, 2019
  The LGBT Foundation is putting HIV Self Tests on the blockchain.  Perhaps obviously, HIV testing is identified as the first step in ending HIV.  Among those living with or at risk of HIV, marginalized populations and young people are often least likely to obtain life-saving prevention and treatment services--this is what our program looks to address. read more ...
LGBT Token Is Live, Rolling Into A Beta Launch, During World Pride on Hornet
News / June 27, 2019
  The LGBT Foundation released its wallet to select Hornet users during World Pide on Thursday, June 27th, during the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots at World Pride New York.  In a quest to always bring the latest technological advancements to its community, Hornet is the first release partner for the LGBT Token and has integrated the LGBTF Wallet. Hornet is the world’s premier gay social network with 25 million users and is an excellent partner for the first pilot rollout of the token. read more ...
Bringing Blockchain to the Mainstream, LGBT Foundation Wallet within Hornet Social Network
News / March 29, 2019
How to make blockchain and crypto reach the mainstream?     2018 was the year when Blockchain and Bitcoin were on the cover of every newspaper and common at dinner tables.  2019 the conversation has moved back from mom and dad talking over meatloaf about digital currency to developers trying to solve the tough problem, how to make it easy and businesses how to distribute it to consumers. read more ...
News / June 7, 2018
HONG KONG / BERLIN, June 05, 2018 – The LGBT Foundation, backed by Hornet Networks, and OST, are pleased to announce a new partnership to launch an ecosystem powered by OST blockchain technology, to empower, connect and support LGBT+ people all over the world. read more...
LGBT Foundation appoints Sean Howell its first CEO
News / May 22, 2018
The LGBT Foundation, the world’s only token and blockchain initiative aimed at empowering the LGBT+ community, has appointed its first CEO, Sean Howell. ... read more
News / April 10, 2018
The LGBT Foundation, an organization that aims to harness the power of blockchain technology to deliver equality for the global LGBT community¹, today published its ‘Pink Paper’ that provides further details complementing its previously released White Paper. The LGBT Pink Paper outlines opportunities and strategies for blockchain to leverage the US$4.6T “Pink Economy” to improve equal rights and acceptance for all LGBT members worldwide. Since the launch of the white paper in January, LGBT Foundation has collected community feedback and closely tracked the evolving cryptocurrency regulatory environment in order to compose the much-anticipated pink paper. read more…
LGBT Foundation Leads by Example in Response to Evolving Cryptocurrency Regulations
News / April 4, 2018
HONG KONG — The LGBT Foundation, which aims to harness blockchain technology for the benefit of the global LGBT community, has announced a new strategic approach in response to the evolving cryptocurrency regulatory environment. In order to ensure compliance and security of its future users, the LGBT Foundation will depart from the conventional approach of a public token sale ahead of its platform launch. LGBT Foundation will instead focus on readying its infrastructure to ensure acceptance of its cryptocurrency tokens (LGBT Tokens) as a regular form of payment for goods and services at launch. (Read more...)
Revry Global Streaming Service Joins LGBT Token Launch Program
News / March 20, 2018
HONG KONG  – The LGBT Foundation ( today announced its partnership with Revry (, the premiere digital media network for the inclusive 21st century queer community, to drive both the adoption of the LGBT Token in day-to-day life for consumers and businesses, as well as global acceptance of the LGBT Community[1]. Harnessing the power of blockchain technology to tokenize the Pink Economy (a combined GDP of USD 4.6 trillion[2]), this partnership marks a major step in pursuing the Foundation’s mission of attaining equal rights for the LGBT Community, introducing LGBT Tokens to a combined user base of over 100 million. (Read more...)  
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News / February 20, 2018
Recent years have seen great advances in countries across the world in the march towards equality for members of the LGBT community – same sex marriage is legally recognized in 26 countries while openly LGBT politicians now occupy leadership roles. However, there is still work to be done. Those who identify as LGBT continue to face discrimination, repression, and worse in many societies around the world.

The LGBT Token

The LGBT Token cryptocurrency is issued by the LGBT Foundation, a nonprofit organization with the mission to bring crypto to the global pink economy in order to leverage the underserved 4.6 trillion USD market. The LGBT Foundation will drive the adoption of the LGBT Token as a method of payment in everyday transactions for businesses both digital and physical. To jumpstart this, Hornet Networks, the sponsor of the LGBT Foundation, will adopt the Token among its 25m users—some 10% of the LGBT community worldwide—and accept the LGBT Token as a means of payment for its services.

Goals of the LGBT Token

LGBT Identity Management

Enable LGBT members to verify and protect their identities, especially in countries where they face repercussions.

Pink Economy

Harness the economic might of the worldwide LGBT community by implementing a viable payment system for goods and services.

LGBT Impact

Set aside a portion of Tokens every year to generate funding to tackle LGBT discrimination, oppression, and inequality on a global scale.

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LGBT Token Network Accelerator Program

To jumpstart successful adoption of the LGBT Token, the Foundation will establish a Network Accelerator Program to help businesses incorporate it into their payment models, including setting aside Token grants to support mutually beneficial partnerships.

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LGBT Token Network Accelerator

To jumpstart successful adoption of the LGBT Token, the Foundation will establish a Network Accelerator Program to help businesses incorporate it into their payment models, including setting aside Token grants to support mutually beneficial partnerships.

Become a Partner

LGBT Token Partners

The LGBT Foundation

The Foundation is a not-for-profit organization with the mission to create the LGBT Token cryptocurrency and utilize blockchain technology to achieve equal rights and acceptance for all members of the LGBT+ community worldwide. The LGBT Impact branch of the Foundation will give back to the community by supporting causes and organizations that aim to advance the rights of the LGBT community around the world.

Protect the Community

Help members of the global LGBT community protect their identities in all transactions with blockchain technology.

Understand the Economy

Fully define and understand the scale and scope of the worldwide pink economy in order to help it grow.

Harness its Potential

Use the power of the pink economy to help champion LGBT causes around the world by giving back.

Sean Howell
LGBT Foundation CEO and LGBT Impact
Christof Wittig
Founder and CEO of Hornet
Alim Dhanji
Llew Claasen
Alex Conway
Technical Advisor
Miguel Moscoso
Marketing | Business Development
Andreas Barhainski
Creative Director & UX Design Lead
Alisha Grauso
Editorial Lead
Anne Dorman
Anna Kim
Legal Counsel
Scott Benson
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Andres Wydler
Managing Director
Erik Lamontage
Senior Economist UNAIDS
Paulo Trezentos
CEO Aptoid
Vinny Lingham
Ceo Civic
It’s really important for the LGBTQ community to become self-sustaining. Cryptocurrency like the LGBT Token will give it the opportunity to on a greater scale.
Damian Pelliccione
CEO & Co-Founder, Revry
There’s a ton of work to be done and I’m super optimistic that with organizations like the Foundation, like the Token idea, we can make a massive difference and accelerate leveling the playing field.
Andres Wydler
Executive Director, StartOut
It’s exciting that the Foundation and its approach really does bring everyone together.
George Ayala
Executive Director, Global Forum on MSM & HIV
With the Foundation and LGBT Token, we can leverage something that is capitalistic to benefit the entire community and find a sense of solidarity together.
Sean Howell
Co-Founder, President & Chairman, Hornet Networks
I’ve read many, many crypto white papers and I have yet to see a single one as bold as this idea, or that speaks to such specific needs of the LGBT community. I really believe in it.
Erik Lamontagne
Senior Economist, UNAIDS


One of the major challenges currently facing most cryptocurrencies is that they are not yet viable in a real world setting, or for utility use on a daily basis. The LGBT Foundation aims to overcome that hurdle by working with businesses and partners that have agreed to adopt the LGBT Token as part of their everyday transactional business models.

Example Use Case

Hornet Wallet

Hornet pledges to build an initial wallet as a showcase for other launch partners, including simple private key storage and backup capabilities, as well as QR code and NFC support. The wallet will allow Hornet’s 25 million users to send and receive money to and from one another, as well as purchase services and goods via Hornet. The goal is to provide a simple and intuitive interface so users can use their wallet without having any prior expertise with cryptocurrencies.

Feature 1

Send Money

The wallet will allow users to send and receive money…

Hornet LGBT Token

Feature 2

Simple to Use

…by using an existing username or scanning a QR code.

Feature 3

Safe Transactions

Transactions are fast, safe, and easy.

Example Use Case

Ticket Purchase

Hornet has trusted relationships with event venues in many major cities including Paris, Sao Paulo, Taipei, and Hong Kong and aims to enable ticket purchases through various vendors using LGBT Token.


Feature 1

Find an Event

Find an event through Hornet’s partnership and exclusive event listings.

Feature 2

Share Your Info

Share the info you want and nothing more with a secure ID.

Feature 3

Get Access

Get your digital ticket once your identity and Token wallet are approved.

Feature 4

Stay Protected

You now have access to the event while keeping your identity protected.

Example Use Case

LGBT Impact

The LGBT Impact program will select individuals and nonprofit organizations that provide services to the LGBT community to receive support. The Foundation and its advisers will conduct careful audits before listing any proposed organization, but Token holders can submit projects to allow for a wide spectrum of supported initiatives.


The LGBT foundation will share a list of projects to be supported.


Token holders who donate can also suggest projects to the community.


Token users can directly support the suggested projects by using LGBT Token.


The LGBT foundation will share a list of projects to be supported.


Token holders who donate can also suggest projects to the community.


Token users can directly support the suggested projects by using LGBT Token.

The Blog

April 24, 2020
New Study Mapping Prevalence and Harm of So-Called "Conversion Therapy" on LGBT+

A new study prepared by the LGBT+ Foundation maps the global prevalence of so-called "conversion therapy" perpetuated against LGBT+ persons.

March 24, 2020
Queer Blockchainers Unite: QryptoQueer

QryptoQueers are people passionate about blockchain, cryptocurrency and/or distributed ledger technology (DLT) and members of the LGBT+ Community

December 8, 2019
PrideLife and LGBT Token Partner to Deliver Innovative Social and Cyber Solutions, Expanding Access to dotLGBT

The first LGBT Certified domain registrar and the first LGBT cryptocurrency initiative help to support and empower the global LGBT community grow its online footprint with .lgbt domains. 

December 1, 2019
Putting HIV Tests on the Blockchain

The LGBT Foundation Launches HIV Self Tests on Blockchain. Putting HIV tests on the blockchain increases access and is a costs effective way to reach key populations.

October 10, 2019
World Mental Health Day 2019: Focus On Suicide Prevention For LGBT

Increased minority stress, often in the form of rejection and discrimination, is thought to be the primary reason for the adverse mental health outcomes observed among LGBTQ youth

September 21, 2019
Promise Of Blockchain4Good Gets More Relevant With Hornet (dApp) Milestone

Hornet expands the release of LGBT Token and wallets from its beta group to its entire community platform—where regular users could become contributors. 

June 27, 2019
LGBT Token Is Live, Rolling Into A Beta Launch, During World Pride on Hornet

The LGBT Token launches in beta during World Pride on Hornet

June 11, 2019
Botswana High Court Rules to Decriminalize Same-Sex Relations

With this ruling Botswana joins Angola, Mozambique, India, Trinidad and Tobago and other countries around the world which have also recently struck down similar colonial-era laws.

May 17, 2019
Asia Passes Gay Marriage in Taiwan, First Country to Approve Marriage Equality

Gay marriage passes Taiwan, making it the first country in Asia to move toward equality!

May 6, 2019
The LGBT Happiness Study is the Global Survey on Happiness, Sex and Quality of Life of LGBTI

The LGBT Foundation and the United Nations launch massive study on LGBT happiness, sex and quality of life.

April 22, 2019
First Gay Dollar in Circulation, from Canada Mint, the Gay Loonie

Canada launches official tender the equality dollar.

April 17, 2019
Banks and LGBT Inequality: Same Sex Mortgage and Housing Discrimination

A major two decade study by the National Academy of Sciences shows same-sex couples face 73% more likelihood to be denied a mortgage than straight couples.

April 4, 2019
EU Parliament Condemns Brunei; Faces International Backlash From Businesses on Top of Celebrity Boycott

Major companies join growing boycott of Brunei-owned businesses following Sharia law calling for stoning of homosexuals.

March 28, 2019
Bringing Blockchain to the Mainstream, LGBT Foundation Wallet within the Hornet Social Network

Bringing blockchain to the masses remains an exercise in usability and simplification.

March 20, 2019
European Union Calls For LGBT Rights In Singapore Through Free Trade Deal

The European Parliament pushes LGBT rights while signing Singapore free trade deal.

March 1, 2019
Kenya’s LGBT Discrimination Costs Economy $1.3 Billion, 1.7% of GDP

A culture of anti-gay discrimination is costing Kenya $1.3 billion per year.

January 30, 2019
Advancing LGBT is Key to Canada's Economic Growth, says Government

LGBT and women are going to be critical to driving Canada's future economic growth.

January 16, 2019
What is a Supplier Diversity Program? Adding LGBT Diversity to the Blockchain and to Supply Chain Procurement

A Supplier Diversity program is a proactive program by governments and the private sector which encourages the use of minority-owned businesses.

January 9, 2019
Corporations in Mexico Supporting LGBT in the Workplace Double, the Country is Leading Over the United States on LGBT Rights.

Mexico is the Latin American economic heavyweight and is leading on LGBT issues.

January 1, 2019
LGBT Women Face Higher Economic Inequality in America

America’s 5.1 million LGBT women face lower pay, frequent harassment, compromised access to health care, and heightened violence.

December 19, 2018
After Court Ruling Decriminalizing Homosexuality, Pink Dollar Set to Boost India’s Economy

In September India’s Supreme Court struck down Section 377 of the penal code and decriminalized homosexuality while advancing fundamental human rights.

December 12, 2018
Slush Festival Keynote: How Can the LGBT Community Leverage Blockchain?

The LGBT Community has an agenda for equality and has long included revolutionists; today technologist Christof Wittig, CEO Hornet joins those to share the strategy of the LGBT+ Foundation at Slush Fest, Helinski.

November 14, 2018
Japan's Pink Economy Set to Boom and Give New Traction to Regional Human Rights

With its bamboo thicketed mountains, cherry blossom groves, and coral powder beaches, it’s easy to forget that Japan islands are volcanic and largely filled with uninhabitable wilderness, ...

November 9, 2018
The LGBT Foundation Sets The Path to Launch Its Wallet and Token on the Hornet Community Platform

One of the first milestone integrations of the LGBT Token is with the Hornet Community Platform.

October 2, 2018
How Can Technology Support Diversity?

Data shows that a diverse workforce drives innovation.  The arguments around diversity and innovation can seem obvious--business needs to attract, engage, and retain the best people and cultivate an environment for team members to be their best selves.

September 3, 2018
How Open Source Blockchain Can Be Used For Good

Among the most promising technology with the potential to be used for good is the open source format behind blockchain technology.

August 21, 2018
Identifying and Reaching the Hidden $1 Trillion LGBTQ+ Economy

Sometimes all it takes to make a difference is a different perspective. That is evident in two recent projects addressing the LGBTQ+ community.

June 5, 2018
LGBT Foundation and OST announce partnership to launch global LGBT+ ecosystem

The LGBT Foundation and OST are pleased to announce a new partnership to launch an ecosystem powered by OST blockchain technology.

May 22, 2018
LGBT Foundation appoints Sean Howell its first CEO

The LGBT Foundation, the world’s only token and blockchain initiative aimed at empowering the LGBT+ community, has appointed its first CEO, Sean Howell.

May 11, 2018
How Social Activists Are Tapping Into Emerging Tech to Solve the World’s Problems

Society could solve some of the biggest global problems that plague marginalized communities with technology. Numerous companies are doing just that.

April 19, 2018
Why the “Pink Economy” is the Future of Tech Industry Growth

There’s a paradox when it comes to LGBTQ people’s involvement with the inception and growth of the tech industry.

April 10, 2018
LGBT Foundation Releases ‘Pink Paper’ Outlining Economic Potential of the LGBT Token

Further expanding on its vision to empower the LGBT community and businesses

April 4, 2018
How LGBT Customers Became the Most Undervalued Economy in the World

The global LGBT community would have the 4th-largest GDP in the world if it were a country. Why has it been so overlooked as an economic demographic? 

April 4, 2018
What Is The LGBT Token? An Animated Introduction

Curious to learn more about the LGBT Token? Allow our whimsical video to explain.

March 28, 2018
LGBT Foundation Leads by Example in Response to Evolving Cryptocurrency Regulations

March 24, 2018
An Interview With Revry Co-Founder & CEO Damian Pelliccione

This week we spoke with Damian Pelliccione, co-founder and CEO of Revry, the LGBT Token's first official business partner.

March 20, 2018
Revry Global Streaming Service Joins LGBT Token Launch Program

March 10, 2018
How Cryptocurrency Is Fueling Social Activism Around the World

Crypto and blockchain are changing the economic game and activists everywhere are tapping into its potential as a force for good.

March 3, 2018
An Interview With Hornet Co-Founder, Chairman & President Sean Howell

This week we spoke with Hornet co-founder Sean Howell, also the chairman and president of LGBT Foundation sponsor Hornet Networks.

February 23, 2018
An Interview With StartOut Executive Director Andres Wydler

This week is project advisor Andres Wydler, executive director of the San Francisco-based StartOut, a national nonprofit that empowers and supports LGBTQ entrepreneurs.

February 23, 2018
An Interview With UNAIDS Senior Economist Erik Lamontagne

We’ll be introducing you to that team in a series of interviews for LGBT Foundation. First up is project advisor, UNAIDS Senior Economist Erik Lamontagne.

February 17, 2018
3 Monumental Ways LGBT Token Could Impact The World

It’s hard now to even picture how a cryptocurrency coin that caters to the LGBT will manifest itself. What will it do? How could it possibly help the you and the greater LGBT community?

February 14, 2018
An Interview With Global Forum on MSM & HIV Executive Director George Ayala

One of the best things about being part of the project team launching the LGBT Foundation and preparing for the LGBT Token Sale is the people involved.

February 13, 2018
Crypto Terms Dictionary: What Do They All Mean?

The language of cryptocurrency is a strange new land for most of us, full of unfamiliar terms and complicated vocabulary.

February 9, 2018
Taking the LGBT Token on the Road

We’re thrilled to invite you to a roadshow event to learn more about the LGBT Token, a blockchain technology specifically designed to advance equal rights and the acceptance of the LGBT community.

February 6, 2018
6 Ways Cryptocurrency Is Better Than Regular Banking

You’ve probably heard quite a lot lately about cryptocurrency. If you’re like most people, it’s also not something you’re terribly familiar with.

January 25, 2018
The LGBT Token White Paper  –  A Blockchain Response to Discrimination and Inequality

You might be wondering when we’ll release the white paper or — if you’re not a member of the crypto community — why we even need to present the information in a white paper at all.

January 13, 2018
An Open Letter From The LGBT Foundation President And Hornet CEO

On behalf of the newly formed LGBT Foundation, I would like to invite you to join us in our mission to empower the LGBT community by contributing to the planned LGBT Token project, designed to help achieve equal rights and acceptance for the LGBT community around the globe.

January 13, 2018
An Open Letter From The LGBT Foundation Project Lead

I’m Ben Kubota, the project lead for the ICO of the LGBT Foundation.

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