Happy Holidays and an Update from Jessica Stern


IGLHRC celebrates the conclusion of 2012 by giving you joyful tidings from the movement for LGBT rights globally.

On December 11th, IGLHRC co-organized the only major LGBT rights event to happen at the United Nations headquarters each year. In a room packed with nearly 500 diplomats and community members, Blas Radi (Argentina) described the world’s most progressive gender identity recognition law; Gift Trapence (Malawi) described progress toward the decriminalization of sodomy; and Olena Shevchenko (Ukraine) described the criminal charges she faces for protesting her country’s pending bill that would criminalize any reference to or expression of homosexuality with up to five years imprisonment.

The voices of Blas, Gift, and Olena were heard by countless numbers of people worldwide who watched the panel on UNTv, and amplified by the luminaries present: UN Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki-moon, and musical superstars Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Ricky Martin.

The UN Secretary General addressed corrupt police, abusive parents, negligent school administrators, and discriminatory employers when he stated,

“I am here to … demand action for true equality. Let me say this loud and clear: lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are entitled to the same rights as everyone else.”

We end the year reminded that with collaboration, with persistence, and with hope, working with friends like you, we can redefine the world to ensure that regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, we are entitled to human rights, for everyone, everywhere.

With warmth and solidarity,

Jessica Stern
Executive Director

P.S. Remember to make your tax-deductible donation today. Help us continue to work together for human rights for everyone, everywhere.

PP.S. For recent news analysis by IGLHRC staff, check-out the following:

Transgender Latinas Find a Refuge in Queens » (Jessica Stern; New York Times)

Human Rights Compromised in Southeast Asia » (Grace Poore and Ging Cristobal, Huffington Post)

As the Flames of Homophobia Burn Around the World (Damian Ugwu, Huffington Post)

UN Opens Doors to LGBT Rights (Blakeley Decktor, Huffington Post)

The Good Mother (Carrie Nelson, New Civil Rights Movement.com)