OutRight Action International

Human Rights for LGBTIQ People Everywhere

aka IGLHRC   |   NEW YORK, NY   |  www.outrightinternational.org

Mission

To secure the full enjoyment of the human rights of all people and communities subject to discrimination or abuse based on the basis of sexual orientation or expression, gender identity or expression, and/or HIV status.

Ruling year info

1996

Acting Executive Director

Maria Sjodin

Main address

216 East 45 th St 17 th Fl

NEW YORK, NY 10017 USA

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Formerly known as

INTERNATIONAL GAY AND LESBIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION

EIN

94-3139952

NTEE code info

Lesbian/Gay Rights (R26)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (Q01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (P01)

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United Nations

OutRight works at the international, regional and national levels to research, document, defend, and advance human rights for LGBTIQ people around the world. We partner directly with human rights defenders, allies and organizations to produce reliable data on the experiences of LGBTIQ people around the world, and support research-based advocacy and capacity-building to promote the human rights LGBTIQ people everywhere.

United Nations Program - OutRight’s core areas of work is advocating for the advancement of the rights of LGBTIQ people at the United Nations. OutRight plays a strong role in official UN calendar events throughout the year, as well as in its Human Rights mechanisms, working to ensure UN institutions recognize that human rights standards apply to everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression and sex characteristics. We also bring LGBTIQ activists directly to the table.

Population(s) Served
People of African descent
People of Asian descent
People of Latin American descent
People of Middle Eastern descent
Sexual identity

OutRight supports LGBTIQ organizations in Sub-Saharan Africa and works with mainstream human rights organizations to promote dignity and influence positive changes in laws, policies, attitudes, and beliefs that cause discrimination against LGBTIQ people on the continent.

Currently, OutRight's flagship program in Africa centers on ending sexual orientation and gender identity change practices (so-called conversion therapy) in Nigeria, Kenya, and South Africa.

OutRight’s pioneering report, Harmful Treatment: The Global Reach of So-Called Conversion Therapy, exposed that conversion practices aiming to change, divert, convert or suppress the sexual orientation and/or gender identity of LGBTIQ people, including with physical and psychological force, are prevalent across the world. Including, and especially, across Africa. These practices are the epitome of LGBTIQ-phobia, as they show the extent of unacceptance of LGBTIQ identities, and the extent to which people will go to change and eliminate LGBTIQ people.

OutRight works with a coalition of partners - Equal Rights in Nigeria, The Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya, and Access Chapter 2 of South Africa - to build an evidence base on the nature, extent, and characteristics of conversion practices in Africa, primarily in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa; to raise awareness on the harmful impact of these practices on the lives of LGBTIQ persons, to equip civil society to identify cases and provide support to victims and survivors, and to advocate for a complete ban of these practices.

OutRight believes that change happens at different levels and sees the value of working in diverse spheres of influence. The Africa Program works at all levels: grassroots, national, regional, continental, and global to affect change.

Population(s) Served
People of African descent

Our work in Asia promotes acceptance of sexual and gender diversity at all levels of society. Our staff includes the regional coordinator from Malaysia who is based in the United States and a project coordinator based in the Philippines.

Several Asian countries— Myanmar, Malaysia, Pakistan, Singapore and Sri Lanka, among these—have laws criminalizing intimacy between same-sex couples. Even in countries without such laws, those who challenge sexual or gender norms confront state and community discrimination and violence. Through research that we coordinated in several countries, we have found that LGBTIQ people also face high levels of violence within their families. Many people cannot report violations and are forced to lead double lives and suffer in silence.

To increase access to justice and protections for LGBTIQ people, our staff is developing ways to track and ultimately change discriminatory laws, policies and practices. We monitor anti-discrimination bills as they are being drafted, push for inclusive language and implementation of laws prohibiting domestic violence, and develop legal and non-legal strategies to improve police responses and responses of human rights monitoring bodies.

We work to increase the visibility of Asian activists, respond to human rights emergencies, and actively bridge local, regional and international activism to achieve equality and justice.

Population(s) Served
People of Asian descent

In recent years, the LGBTIQ community and civil society have grown in strength and number in the Caribbean. Numerous organizations have been formed and obtained legal registration and thus have supported their local communities and have been advocating for change.

Additionally, OutRight has helped to support the registration and formation of the region's first transgender network and contributed to strengthening partnerships in the region. In turn, OutRight has seen activism and visibility increase in the region.

While over half the countries still criminalize same-sex relations under so-called “buggery laws” left over from British colonial rule, since 2016 Belize and Trinidad and Tobago have overthrown these colonial legacies, and cases have been launched by civil society and individuals in St. Vincent & Grenadines, Jamaica, Barbados, and Dominica, as well as at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

However, changing legislation alone does not lead to genuine inclusion of LGBTIQ people in society, nor does it change societal perceptions. To address this, OutRight's current programs in the Caribbean – established and conducted in close collaboration with local activists – focus on tackling gender-based violence, challenging deeply ingrained and outdated expectations of gender roles which lead to violence against those who do not fit the narrow parameters, and training service providers on LGBTIQ inclusive services. OutRight continues to support civil society efforts to decriminalize same-sex relations and promote the formation of legal gender recognition procedures, particularly through advocacy at national, regional and international levels.

Population(s) Served
People of Caribbean descent

Outrights work in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) has focused on Iran, Iraq, and Turkey. We partner with local groups in various countries in the region as part of our international solidarity work.

Along with activists in the region, we work to raise attention to – and stop – human rights violations based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. OutRight has an extensive Iran program to support the efforts of the Iranian LGBTIQ community and their allies. We have produced a diverse set of resources in Persian to combat homophobia in the media, and to offer legal and religious analyses and perspectives in support of tolerance, and to challenge cultural and social narratives that dehumanize individuals because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. OutRight also has close partnerships with LGBTIQ groups in Turkey, to support the ongoing struggle of the activists to gain equal rights and protection under the law.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people
LGBTQ people
LGBTQ people
LGBTQ people
People of Middle Eastern descent

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Advocate: We advocate globally, regionally, and nationally— from the United Nations to individual countries – to advance LGBTIQ rights. Sometimes our advocacy take the form of giving advice -- i.e. to donors, United Nations agencies, NGOs, and others -- on strategic, sensitive, and safe approaches to defending and advancing LGBTIQ human rights
Connect: We are a convener and connector of activists, advocates, governments, multilateral agencies, NGOs, donors, and other existing and potential allies.
Research: We vigilantly monitor and document the discriminatory and life-threatening conditions LGBTIQ people face to spur action and stop human rights violations when they occur and hold perpetrators accountable.
Resource: We access, provide and leverage resources to strengthen the capacity of partners and activists throughout the Global South. The resourcing can be in the form of funds, trainings or other ways we can bring capacity to our partners.

OutRight is a human rights organization and will continue to have human rights at our core. In addition to human rights, we are looking to systematically explore our ability to penetrate the other two pillars of the international community as entry points for advocacy: the right to development along with peace and security.
● Development: In 2016, the United Nations adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to tackle the causes of poverty. The SDGs offer a unique opportunity because LGBTIQ people have historically been left out of the development framework. LGBTIQ people are not named specifically in any of the adopted goals, but its 'leave no one behind' framework offers significant inroads for our concerns, especially during the implementation of the SDGs over the coming 15 years.
● Peace & Security: We will be building on developments around safety and security globally, both generally and in LGBTIQ issues, e.g. at UN level working with the Security Council and at country level through our safety and security trainings and small grants program. Humanitarian programming in disaster, conflict, and post-conflict national reconstruction are vital forces that historically have overlooked the specific needs of LGBTIQ people, but there is no excuse or need for this ongoing exclusion.

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OutRight Action International

Board of directors
as of 09/15/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms Jenny Pizer


Board co-chair

Mr Aalap Shah

Michael Conway

United Talent Agency

Tim Lane

Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, University of California