$300 million pledged to supporting LGBT+ protections in America
A multimillionaire tech company has pledged $300 million to support LGBT+ equality in America.
Tim Gill of the Gill Foundation has said that he will “punish the wicked”, those who oppose legislation which protects the LGBT+ community.
The pledge comes as Gill is a staunch supporter of LGBT rights.
He grew up in a Republican family and made his millions after selling software start up Quark for $500 million 1992.
Since then, he has continued to make fortunes as a programmer.
He has now moved 60 percent of his assets into the Gill Foundation.
The foundation was created to help fund the fight against the persecution of LGBT+ people.
“It’s the religious right that decided to make marriage an issue.
“They worked tirelessly on it for decades, and they lost,” Gill explained.
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One of his main focuses as an activist is defeating religious liberty legislation.
In recent years, Gill has fought a proposed Religious Freedom Restoration Act in Georgia, which he defeated through founding a protest group – Georgia Prospers.
The group drafted an opposition petition which drafted major businesses including Coca-Cola to oppose the bill which was ultimately vetoed.
Speaking about his activism, Gill explained that he often feels discouraged by the disproportionate hate that the LGBT+ community faces.
“When I look around the country, I see people that are victims of hate crimes,” he said.
As well as funding campaigns, the Foundation has also been involved with politics.