Thursday, April 7, 2016

OutRight Fights to Protect and Advance LGBTIQ Human Rights

Every day, LGBTIQ people’s human rights and dignity are abused around the world in ways that shock the conscience. The stories of LGBTIQ struggles and resilience are astounding, yet remain unknown – or willfully ignored – by those with the power to make change. Without a groundswell of pressure, particularly from countries where LGBTIQ equality has progressed, these attacks on individuals’ fundamental identities will continue unabated.

That’s where OutRight Action International comes in!

With expertise, connections and experience gained over two and a half decades, OutRight fights to protect and advance LGBTIQ peoples’ dignity and human rights as part of the global human rights movement. We empower people on the front lines, hold leaders accountable and measure our impact through positive change in people’s lives.

Check out why the new name change to 
OutRight Action International

Some recent accomplishments of OutRight Action International:
  • Launched a graphic novel, “Yousef & Fahrad” about a love story between two men in Tehran, gaining global and regional media coverage & digital shares, with over 9000 actively engaged users online, including over 7000 users inside Iran
  • Co-organized the first meeting of the United Nations Security Council on LGBTIQ rights, to discuss the brutal killings by ISIS of those alleged to be homosexual
  • Spearheaded the first global OutSummit to bring activists together to learn from movement leaders during our annual week of advocacy at the United Nations
  • Partnered with Caribbean LGBTI organizations on a media-monitoring project that shows how media reinforces negative stereotypes and likely incite anti-LGBTIQ violence
  • Organized safety and security trainings for activists in Tunisia and Guatemala, with a series of trainings to follow in 2016 
  • Produced 3 short videos exploring how LGBTIQ Africans are excluded from mainstream social, political & economic activities
  • Worked with the United Nations Development Program to lay the groundwork for an index to measure LGBTI inclusion globally
  • Contributed to a UN shadow report on Intersex issues in Chile that has caused the Ministry of Health to stop intersex infants from receiving “corrective” surgeries

Be sure to drop your business card for a drawing of a ticket to the Annual Celebration of Courage at the UN at the April M3!

Written by Ingrid Galvez,
Chair, Diversity & Inclusion, NGLCCNY
Organizational Development Consultant, Strategic Remedy Group

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