Recently, a study was conducted by Spectra Project and Columbia University, and 270 LGBTQ individuals participated.

  • 46% are facing life threats,
  • 42% say their greatest needs are shelter, food and clothing,
  • 50% need education and legal counsel,
  • 26% need health services,
  • 52% do not speak the local language.

About Us

We serve LGBTQ individuals in the MENA region

Spectra Project is a U.S.-based organization, which supports LGBTQ minorities of the MENA (Middle East and Northern Africa) region. Spectra Project was founded in 2016 based on a commitment to ensure a better life for others by providing access to basic emergency support, health facilities, education and safety.

Spectra Project is a humanitarian organization. It is non-political and non-religious. Our goal is to improve the lives of minorities, especially the most vulnerable, including people of different sexual orientations, genders, gender expressions and religions/religion sects.


I really need help. No one supports me. Winter is coming and I don’t have anything.  I’m a barber but I can’t find a job because I can’t speak Turkish. It’s hard to find a partner and loneliness is killing me. Please help me!

Syrian Refugee

No job. No house rent. There’s always a death threat. My file is too late.

Syrian Refugee

I’ve graduated from the Department of English Literature and I speak three languages. I still can’t find a job; just for being Syrian, gay, and living in a country like Turkey.

Syrian Refugee

I am from Cameroon West Africa. I ran to turkey after receiving a lot of death threats because I am gay. Please, I greatly need your help so I can move where I can freely live in a place where I can be proud of who I am.

Cameroon Refugee

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