OutRight Action International fights for human rights for LGBTIQ people everywhere. We are registered as a 501c3 non-profit in the US, have staff in six countries and work alongside LGBTIQ individuals across four continents in the Global South toward lasting change.
We were founded in 1990 as the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) and changed our name in 2015 to reflect our longstanding commitment to advancing the human rights concerns of all LGBTIQ people. Our full name is OutRight Action International, or OutRight for short.
OutRight is the only LGBTIQ organization that has a permanent presence to advocate at the United Nations Headquarters in New York for progress for LGBTIQ people. We have a major stake at the UN on human rights and hold special consultative status there, which allows us to bring to light the concerns of LGBTIQ people globally at this important world forum.
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OutRight envisions a world where LGBTIQ people everywhere enjoy full human rights and fundamental freedoms, exercise self-determination, form strong communities, and thrive personally and economically.
OutRight seeks to advance human rights and opportunities for LGBTIQ people around the world by developing partnerships at global, regional, and national levels to build capacity, document human rights violations, advocate for inclusion and equality, and hold leaders accountable for protecting the rights of LGBTIQ people.
LGBTIQ people are at the core of our work. OutRight honors the commonalities between and the different needs of LGBTIQ people. We emphasize that LGBTIQ identities and behaviors are intersectional with other markers of identity and experience such as race, gender, ethnicity, nationality, age, language, religion, economic background, and any other status. We strive to prioritize vulnerable groups within LGBTIQ communities.