By guest blogger Laura Pirkl, Middle East and North Africa Program Intern for OutRight.
In a world where conflict is spreading, more and more people are being forced to flee their homes. Worldwide, we are in the midst of the worst refugee crisis since World War II with 60 million people forcibly displaced, according to the United Nations.
In these situations everyone suffers and is vulnerable, with some groups facing greater risks.
Contributed by Flora Wolpert Checknoff - Intern
"We cannot have any movement without love. Love is a radical act. -Cece Mcdonald...#cc16"*
Contributed by Maria Mercedes Gómez - LAC Regional Program Coordinator
In a major victory for intersex rights, the Chilean Ministry of Health has ordered the suspension of "normalizing" treatments for intersex children, including irreversible surgery, until they reach an age when they can make decisions on their own.
Contributed by By guest blogger Alan Msosa
This highly charged debate has been dominated by a loud majority calling for rejection of homosexuality, with a minority urging recognition and protection of human rights for LGBTIQ people
Contributed by MJ Moneymaker - Digital Comms Manager
This year, we've had a lot of changes. For one, we changed our name to OutRight Action International after 25 years of advocacy as IGLHRC. We honored our 25 years of history with our annual "Celebration of Courage." What hasn't changed is our commitment to human rights for LGBTIQ people everywhere.
Contributed by Suzanne Trimel - Director of Communications for OutRight
How can we measure the degree to which lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people are included – and, as likely, excluded – from the lifeblood of societies around the world?
Contributed by Frank Corazza - Outright Intern
We hosted 39 LGBTI rights advocates from every region of the world for meetings with more than 25 governments and four UN agencies in and around the United Nations. The human rights defenders also attended OutSummit.
Contributed by Alison de Handel - OutRight Intern
“It’s a gold-plated week for an activist- making our network stronger and our connections more influential.”
“Shelters are thought of as encouraging women to disobey their husbands and daughters to disobey their parents. This leads to the presumption that a shelter is a place where a group of immoral women reside without a male guardian and is thus likely a brothel!”
At a panel discussion in New York City on Nov. 24, the explanation above was given as to why the Iraq central government does not authorize local NGOs to run shelters in the country.
Contributed by OutRight
OutSummit – Pushing the Boundaries for Global LGBTIQ Activism one day conference is assembling a line up of speakers to represent all the letters of our community. Keep checking back regularly additions to the list.
Contributed by By Ging Cristobal - Asia Program Coordinator
For five days in November, 26 LGBTIQ activists from 8 provinces in Indonesia joined OutRight and its partner, Arus Pelangi, for a training session in the country.
On November 20, Transgender Day of Remembrance, the Permanent UN Missions of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador and Uruguay, joined by OutRight Action International and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, discussed the progress of human rights for LGBTIQ people in Latin America at a special event at UN Headquarters in New York.
President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda is an example of what is wrong with many countries in sub-Saharan Africa and why human rights frequently take a back seat. Museveni refuses to relinquish his hold on power.
On February 18, Ugandans will go to the polls to elect a new leader. But the chances are very high that they will end up with Museveni as president again. If successful, he will begin his fourth decade in office in the east African country.
At the main plenary panel of the 2015 conference of ILGA-Europe, OutRight Executive Director Jessica Stern joined fellow activists from around the world in addressing the benefits and challenges of cultivating alliances and other partnerships in the work of the LGBTIQ movement. The four-person panel, held on October 30 in Athens, shared its title with the overall event: “Many voices, one movement—Together, mobilised for a just society.”
The struggle for human rights for the LGBTIQ community in Zimbabwe is difficult and contentious, to say the least, given the government of Robert Mugabe’s long history of hateful and threatening rhetoric. Chester Samba, director of Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) and a partner of OutRight’s, is among the courageous activists who has been engaged in this struggle for more than a decade.