Findings of OutRight's Research on the Impact of COVID-19 on LGBTIQ People Presented in Upcoming Webinars


12 May 2020

Media Contact: Daina Ruduša,, +1 (917) 622-1865

Findings of OutRight's Research on the Impact of COVID-19 on LGBTIQ People Presented in Upcoming Webinars

On May 7, 2020, OutRight Action International released a pioneering report, “Vulnerability Amplified: The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on LGBTIQ people”, documenting effects of the pandemic on LGBTIQ people. The report overwhelmingly shows that the challenges faced by LGBTIQ people as a result of the virus and surrounding containment measures are specific and amplified compared to the broader population. 

We will be sharing findings from the report in three upcoming webinars, which media representatives are welcome to join. 

1. Deep Dive into OutRight's Research into the Impact of COVID-19 on LGBTIQ People


  • Jessica Stern, Executive Director, OutRight Action International
  • Amie Bishop, Senior Research Advisor, OutRight Action International, author of “Vulnerability Amplified: The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on LGBTIQ people”
  • Jelena Vasiljevic, Capacity Development Manager, ERA – LGBTI Equal Rights Association for Western Balkans and Turkey, Serbia
  • Davis Mac-Iyalla, Executive Director of the Interfaith Diversity Network of West Africa, Ghana
  • Lua Stabile, Director of Institutional and International Relations, Libertarian Union of Travesti and Trans Women, Brazil
  • Neish McLean, Caribbean Program Officer, OutRight Action International 

Time: Friday, May 15, 11:00AM-12:30PM EST
Location: Zoom Call
Please register here


2. UN LGBTI Core Group's 2020 IDAHOBIT Event “The Impact of COVID-19 on LGBTIQ People”


  • Opening remarks by the Missions of Argentina and the Netherlands 
  • Panel Discussion - Moderated by Jessica Stern, Executive Director of OutRight Action International 
  • Victor Madrigal-Borloz - Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Khawla Bouaziz - Secretary General of Mawjoudin We Exist for Equality
  • Billie Bryan - Founder and President of Colours Cayman
  • Closing remarks by the Missions of Uruguay and Spain

Time: Monday, May 18, 11:00AM EST 
Location: Zoom webinar
Please register here by 10AM EST on 15 May


3. Lessons from OutRight's COVID-19 LGBTIQ Global Emergency Fund

The results of OutRight's research report are reinforced by initial data from applications to our COVID-19 Global LGBTIQ Emergency Fund. Within a month of opening for applications, OutRight received over 1,500 requests for help from LGBTIQ organizations across the world, the vast majority requesting resources to alleviate food and shelter insecurity. Join this webinar to hear more about the applicants and the first two rounds of grants from our program staff and grantee partners.

Time: Thursday, May 21, 11:00AM-12:30PM EST
Location: Zoom webinar
Please register here

A full schedule of webinars can be seen here. For questions or for individual interview requests, please contact Senior Communications Manager Daina Ruduša,, +1 (917) 622-1865



OutRight Action International works at a global, regional and national level to eradicate the persecution, inequality, and violence lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer (LGBTIQ) people face around the world. From its offices in 7 countries and headquarters in New York, OutRight builds capacity of LGBTIQ movements, documents human rights violations, advocates for inclusion and equality, and holds leaders accountable for protecting the rights of LGBTIQ people everywhere. OutRight has recognized consultative status at the United Nations.