Blog: Perspectives

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia 2016

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Human rights for LGBTIQ people everywhere. It's a straightforward declaration. Humans have rights and they should extend to everyone.

The Vicissitudes of Same-Sex Marriage in Colombia

On April 6th, 2016, the Colombian Constitutional Court ruled, once more, in favor of equal rights and full citizenship for LGBTI Colombians.  In a 6 -3 vote, the Court’s majority opposed a justice’s opin

Iranian Activists, Scholars and Artists Examine LGBTIQ Challenges in Iran

OutRight proudly supports the work of 10 scholars, activists, and artists who are raising awareness of the LGBTIQ community and its challenges in Iran.

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia 2016

May 17, 2016

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Human rights for LGBTIQ people everywhere. It's a straightforward declaration. Humans have rights and they should extend to everyone. Still, worldwide, some 2.8 billion people live in the nearly 80 countries that criminalize same-sex activities. Criminalize. Rest on this a second.

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Steps to Developing a Basic Security Plan

May 4, 2016

| Contributed by Laura Pirkl - Middle East and North Africa Program Intern for OutRight

As a continuation of our series about OutRight’s safety and security workshops, we’ll discuss where to start when developing a basic security plan. Please note, this post is not an exhaustive list. It is meant to be mixed and matched with other materials being shared online. The following is a starting point for any organization or individual in the beginning stages of creating a security plan.

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What We Learned Facilitating a Security Workshop in Guatemala

April 18, 2016

| Contributed by Laura Pirkl - Program Intern for OutRight

In March, OutRight facilitated a safety and security workshop in Guatemala for LGBTIQ activists. The workshop covered:

General Security Societal Security Physical Security Digital Security

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The Vicissitudes of Same-Sex Marriage in Colombia

April 8, 2016

| Contributed by Maria Mercedes Gómez - LAC Regional Program Coordinator

On April 6th, 2016, the Colombian Constitutional Court ruled, once more, in favor of equal rights and full citizenship for LGBTI Colombians.  In a 6 -3 vote, the Court’s majority opposed a justice’s opinion that denies the right of same-sex couples to civil marriage. A new ruling from the High Court is expected in the forthcoming weeks to declare that the refusal from judges and notary public for same-sex couples to access civil marriage is discriminatory.

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Fostering Inclusion: The Push for a Truly Global LGBTIQ Movement

April 5, 2016

| Contributed by Molly Stephens - OutRight Communications Intern

A portion of the OutSummit segment titled, “An Historical Analysis of 25 Years of Global LGBTIQ Activism,”  engaged panelists in the complicated question, “have we created a truly global movement?”  

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Transgender Individuals in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Detention Centers in the US

April 4, 2016

| Contributed by Laura Pirkl - Middle East and North Africa Program Intern for OutRight

When people come to the United States to escape violence, abuse and corruption in their own countries, some may have unrealistic or idealistic views of the country they seek refuge in. Others have a more realistic sense of what they may face. In either case, nothing prepares people for the torment and trauma they might experience if detained in ICE detention centers, least of all LGBTIQ individuals.

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OutRight’s Executive Director Joins CSW Reflection Panel at SIPA

March 30, 2016

| Contributed by Molly Stephens - OutRight Communications Intern

Following the 2016 UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) in conjunction with their United Nations Studies Working Group (UNSWG) and Gender Policy Working Group (GPWG) hosted a panel to reflect on CSW results.

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Raising LGBTIQ Perspectives in UN Sustainable Development Goals on Health and Rights

March 25, 2016

| Contributed by Suzanne Trimel - Director of Communications for OutRight

 

The U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will ultimately impact government policies and programs worldwide and determine the course of billions of dollars in aid funds. OutRight is working to raise LGBTIQ perspectives and experiences on health and rights concerns in order to move progress forward on gender equality and health—two of the SDG goals.

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Empowering LGBTIQ Activists Globally

March 22, 2016

| Contributed by Suzanne Trimel - Director of Communications for OutRight

A conversation among LGBTIQ activists at the UN Commission on the Status of Women on March 21 raised some of the key strategies they have used to help move progress forward across the world.

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Victory for LGBTI Activists in Botswana

March 19, 2016

| Contributed by Shehnilla Mohamed - Regional Program Coordinator for Africa

In a major victory for the LGBTI community in Botswana, the country’s Court of Appeals has ruled that it is not a crime to be homosexual.

The ruling on March 16 is a culmination of 11 years of court battles brought by a Botswana LGBTIQ organization against the government for refusing to allow them to be officially registered.

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The Challenges of Amassing Global Data on LGBTI People at CSW60

March 18, 2016

| Contributed by Suzanne Trimel - Director of Communications for OutRight

What are the challenges inherent in a forthcoming massive collection of data about the global LGBTI community? How can the United Nations ensure the collected data is used effectively to ensure that LGBTI people are not left behind in global development funding?

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Commission on the Status of Women Segment Discusses LBTI Stereotypes and Discrimination

March 17, 2016

| Contributed by Suzanne Trimel - Director of Communications for OutRight

At a United Nations discussion about stereotypes and discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and sex characteristics, Ivan Šimonović, Assistant UN Secretary General for Human Rights, was asked pointedly: What gives UN leadership the right to tell other countries what to do when it comes to LGBTIQ rights?

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Protecting Women Refugees in Europe

March 15, 2016

| Contributed by Laura Pirkl - Middle East and North Africa Program Intern for OutRight

With the influx of hundreds of thousands of people fleeing violence in the Middle East and North Africa, the UN Commission on the Status of Women speakers discussed the protection of women refugees and asylum seekers in Europe.

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International Women's Day and LBTI Human Rights at the United Nations

March 8, 2016

| Contributed by Molly Stephens - OutRight Intern

March 8 is International Women’s Day, a celebration of women's economic, political and social achievements. This year’s theme is "Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality," in recognition that empowering women and girls is central to achieving the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Security Training for LGBTIQ Human Rights Activists in Guatemala: Assesses and Confronts Risks

March 2, 2016

| Contributed by Suzanne Trimel - Director of Communications for OutRight

OutRight holds security risk assessment training for LGBTIQ activists in Guatemala

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