With each step the LGBTI Equality Movement moves forward we are not always aware of the atrocities LGBTI and perceived LGBTI people around the globe are enduring. Many may not be aware that there are U.S. based groups exporting anti-LGBTI sentiments and indoctrinating locals in other countries to legalize hatred, physical abuse and even death against LGBTI persons. LGBTI people are facing rejection, discrimination and persecution simply for existing.
The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC.org) has spent the last 25 years documenting these violations of human rights and advocating on behalf of LGBTI persons by empowering people in their communities and holding their community leaders accountable via their consultative status in the United Nations as well as their partnerships with regional human rights monitoring agencies and civil society partners around the globe.
“We work for the day when people with diverse sexualities can flourish. We work for the day when all human beings are valued, and treated with dignity and respect. We work for the day when justice becomes a reality, everywhere.” Iglhrc.org.
In speaking with Ashton Giese, Development Associate at iglhrc.org he shared his thoughts about working at the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission, some recent accomplishments and how we can all show support for LGBTI Equality around the globe.
“Working for IGLHRC makes me constantly aware of how privileged I am to live in New York - I am so thankful to be here. Thus anything I can do to ensure that people are aware of those less fortunate - and can help those less fortunate - I am happy to do!”
Whether documenting violence in Indonesia, holding security trainings in Tunisia or advocating for changes to the legal system in the Philippines, the goal is to strengthen the power of local groups and recent accomplishments embody those efforts:
- Stopped Russia’s attempt to remove equal benefits for same-sex spouses of UN employees
- Organized an emergency campaign for Nepal’s major LGBT group, post-earthquake
- Powerful Human Rights Story About Two Iranian Gay Men Struggling for Acceptance Launches Today
- International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission Launches Indiegogo Campaign for Uganda's 1st LGBTI Magazine
First-Ever U.N. Security Council Briefing on Violence Against LGBTI People: Focus on ISIS in Iraq and Syria
“There’s more to be done” is a sentiment heard repeatedly and Ashton shares how to get involved:
“As business leaders, we would love to partner with you! Whether you want to educate your employees about LGBT issues abroad or simply give to a critical cause - we are continuing to look for sponsors for our 25 anniversary event. This year's annual gala celebrates our mission by honoring another LGBT group, Gays & Lesbians of Zimbabwe who also have served the community for 25 years. See the link for more information on the many celebrities already involved.”
“Also, as part of any sponsorship (see website), you will be able to give our estimated 250 guests free promotional items to place in our to-go bags on September 28th this year - and there are other opportunities to partner throughout the year.”
“Of course, we also have a Young Professional Engagement Committee (YPEC) that builds awareness, holds events and raises funds to support LGBT rights globally. Contact the Chairperson, Tushar Malik (email@example.com). For any and all questions and ways to volunteer, contact Development Associate, Ashton Giese (212) 430-6057 (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com)” Ashton, Tushar and other IGLHRC.org team members will be on hand to answer questions as they are our featured Non-Profit Spotlight at September’s M3.
Or chat them up at the 25th Anniversary: A Celebration of Courage a New York City Harbor Cruise.
Written by Ingrid Galvez,
Chair, Diversity & Inclusion Outreach Committee, NGLCCNY
Organizational Development Consultant, Strategic Remedy Group
Interested in being featured? Please contact me at Ingrid@NGLCCNY.org.