Past public health emergencies have proven that vulnerable communities are made more vulnerable in times of crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic is no different. Challenges in accessing justice, health, education, employment, and other essential services have become magnified, leaving many individuals deprived of essential needs and the means to survive.
Senior Adviser for Global Advocacy Paul Jansen talks to Kwanzaa Vinaa and Ryan Korbarri in Jakarta about the particular impact of COVID-19 on trans women in Indonesia, such as losing work on the streets, not being able to access government support due to lack of ID documents, and rising violence.
Grace Poore talks to her friend of 33 years, Dipti Ghosh, about the first queer march in Washington in 1987, about pandemics from past years, South Asian queer girls virtual happy hour, missing her coffee shop and listening to live music on Instagram.
Today OutRight Action International has joined an unprecedented coalition of 12 global equality organizations to express our grave concern that “while COVID-19 is indiscriminate, the impacts of state responses to it are not”.
OutRight TV becomes "OutRight Love Connection", as Executive Director Jessica Stern talks to friend and former Outright board member Monroe France about getting sick with COVID-19, and what that was like for him as a single man living alone.
OutRight TV, Executive Director Jessica Stern reunites with Karamo Brown of Queer Eye to chat about being a former OutRight board member, our connections to the global LGBTIQ movement, and the Fab Five coming to OutRight.
OutRight's Sr Communications Manager, Daina Ruduša, speaks to Tina Kolos Orban from Transvanilla in Hungary about Prime Minister Orban's growing authoritarianism, using COVID19 as an excuse to amass more power, and Tina finding sanctuary on a farm.
MJ Moneymaker, OutRight's digital communications manager chats with Kim Windvogel, a former OutRight Religion Fellow, about South Africa's five-week military quarantine, not showering for 36 hours, South Africans standing up for their rights and our gratitude to all the artists who are creating art 'providing everything for us'.
Asia program project coordinator Ging Cristobal speaks to Lini Zurlia from Jakarta, Indonesia about virtual group drinking, and how she can't wait for this pandemic to be over so that they can protest in the streets, and the inspiring blue sky which has emerged in Jakarta at this time!
With 90 countries in lockdown and nearly four billion people sheltering at home from the COVID-19 pandemic, domestic violence has become an epidemic within an epidemic. In response, UN Secretary-General Guterres called for a global “ceasefire” on domestic violence, lending high-level support to this long-standing demand.
Em Rubey speaks to Bella Fitzpatrick in Ireland about the difference between working from home and staying at home and trying to work during a pandemic, about Hugo the dog being Bella's saviour during this time, getting kinda sick of banana bread, and people aching to show kindness.
The Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans, and Intersex (LBTI) Caucus is an informal coalition of over 300 representatives from every region of the world working to advance gender equality internationally, regionally, nationally, and locally.
UN Program Officer Luiza Drummon Veado talks to Tushar Malik from India, who now lives in Amsterdam, about the lack of infrastructure and systems for lockdown in India, practicing self-care, Tushar's Facebook cooking show and new plant babies, and an extrovert's need for human connection.