2020 Marks Our 30th Anniversary!
Founded in 1990, OutRight has been fighting for three decades for the rights of LGBTIQ people to be who we are and love whom we choose without fear of persecution, violence, or discrimination.
In that time the world has changed for LGBTIQ people. Colonial-era criminalization laws have continued to fall in countries across the globe. Ever more countries protect LGBTIQ people from discrimination, the number of countries recognizing same-sex partnership is on the rise, representation of LGBTIQ people and issues in the media have drastically improved, the United Nations is loudly and publicly calling for recognition of the rights of LGBTIQ people, and more. But it has not changed enough. 67 countries still criminalize same-sex relations, only 5 countries ban so-called conversion therapy, and a concerted backlash is on the rise under the guise of protection of “traditional values”. So-called “LGBT-Free zones” have been introduced in Poland, protections for trans people have been removed in the USA, proposals to introduce criminalization laws in Egypt and Indonesia are pending, and concerted state-sanctioned persecution of LGBTIQ people is on the rise in Tanzania, Egypt, Russia, and elsewhere.
Over the next 30 years, our fight needs to continue, not only to achieve more progress, but to safeguard that which we have already achieved.
Join us in reflecting on the key progress made for the human rights of LGBTIQ people around the world over the last 3 decades, and support us in pushing for genuine equality for all LGBTIQ people everywhere over the next 30 years and beyond.