Join us as we honor five Asian Human Rights Advocacy organizations that, along with IGLHRC staff in the region, have bravely produced a groundbreaking study designed to bring to light the realities of violence against LBT people throughout Asia where sometimes even the act of researching the subject is illegal. Together we celebrate Gay Japan News, KRYSS Malaysia, O Pakistan, Rainbow Rights Philippines, and Women's Support Group Sri Lanka with the Felipa de Souza award. We are also honoring human rights leader and staunch supporter Todd Larson with the Special Recognition Award!

May 12, 2014
6:30 to 9:30pm

Art Directors Club
106 West 29th Street
between 6th and 7th Avenue
New York, NY 10001 ‎USA


Maulik Pancholy

As my friendship with this organization continues to evolve, one thing has remained consistent: I am still shocked when I learn of the many dangerous and life-threatening situations in which LGBTQ individuals find themselves around the globe. From the effect of harassment and bullying on youth in Guyana, to the shocking murder of a leading LGBT activist in Cameroon, the stories I hear (and in part only have the chance to hear thanks to the work of IGLHRC) continue to bring me to tears…and to action. I was particularly shocked and dismayed to learn about the December 2013 decision by the Supreme Court to reverse the July 2009 ruling of the Delhi High Court decriminalizing gay sex between consenting adults in private. In the world’s largest democracy, and in its second largest country, how can it be that gay sex is illegal? How can a government declare millions of individuals to be criminals in this stage of our history? How can we just stand by? India and many other countries in Asia continue to force our communities into the shadows and restrict the freedom to love whomever one chooses, to simply be yourself. I am proud to be affiliated with an organization that says enough is enough, that all human rights are to be upheld, for all individuals. I would be delighted if you join me on Monday to honor the leadership, perseverance and tenacity of the 2014 honorees, the organizations that worked tirelessly to report the realities faced by LBT individuals in Asia—Gay Japan News, KRYSS Malaysia, O Pakistan, Rainbow Rights Philippines and Women’s Support Group Sri Lanka—and IGLHRC’s former Board Chair Todd Larson. They truly embody the same spirit and gift of leadership I’ve witnessed from IGLHRC over the past few years. The fact that many of these organizations work in secret out of fear demonstrates more than just their bravery. It serves as a reminder of just how much more work needs to be done. I hope you will join me in supporting IGLHRC even after the last cocktail has been poured. Together we can continue to strive for Human Rights for Everyone, Everywhere. Sincerely, Maulik Pancholy Honorary Event Chair