Highlights of Our Work in 2018

In 2018, we worked to hold the line as the assault on human rights globally continued and we stood strong seeing some steps forwards in advancing human rights for LGBTIQ people everywhere. We celebrated the repeal of India’s colonial-era ban on same-sex relations. We saw the referendum in Romania fail to constitutionally ban same-sex marriage. We watched the Caribbean Court of Justice declare Guyana’s Cross-dressing law unconstitutional.

But, the increase in discrimination, racism, sexism, Islamophobia and xenophobia made LGBTIQ people globally even more unsafe. Members of our community suffered acutely from Russia to Azerbaijan, Tanzania, Indonesia and beyond in arrests, arbitrary detentions, criminal prosecutions and torture.

In 2019, together we will need to commit to more community organizing, activism, resilience, and be for intersectionality to band together in unity to have more power and influence as well as support each other in advancing human rights for LGBTIQ people everywhere.

Special thanks to all of our interns, partners, supporters, donors, and everyone working to advance human rights for LGBTIQ everywhere... you help make our work possible.

Below are highlights of our work in 2018:



OutRight's 4th Annual Advocacy Week and OutSummit saw global LGBTIQ voices from 36 Countries advocate at the United Nations for their human rights with government representatives and UN officials.


This year started the OutRight United Nations Fellowship. A 12-month program that supports LGBTI human rights defenders from around the world to harness the New York-based United Nations (UN) system to add value to their existing work. Meet our UN Fellows and the work they accomplished throughout 2018: Kim Windvogel, Neish McLean, and Xeenarh Mohammed.

ASIA Project

OutRight Action International partnered with EnGendeRights (EGR) in the Philippines and Women and Media Collective (WMC) in Sri Lanka to address barriers to domestic violence protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) persons. Family violence is the primary source of violence for lesbians, bisexual women and trans (LBT) people in Asia because of family norms, religious beliefs, and cultural myths and stereotypes about homosexuality, lesbianism, and gender non-conformity. Learn more »



OutRight released primers / short guides throughout the year to help LGBTIQ activists with their work:

Activism and Resilience: LGBTQ Progress in the Arabic-speaking States in the Middle East and North Africa Region was a joint research initiative with the Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality. The report finds that while the legal and social contexts differ across the four countries, there are commonalities in the strategies activists have used to respond to challenges. Download Report

Civil society organizations have changed the course of history by organizing together to ensure that all human rights violations are taken seriously in key international documents. The Crimes Against Humanity treaty drafting process is moving quickly in the UN process, and now is a critical time to get involved. This toolkit was created to give information for how civil society can get involved. Download Toolkit

OutRight Action International’s report, The Global State of LGBTIQ Organizing: The Right to Register, seeks to answer these questions and determine the possibility of legal registration for LGBTIQ organizations globally. OutRight’s research finds that legal registration for LGBTIQ organizations is severely restricted globally and the result is that LGBTIQ human rights defenders work with fewer resources and face more danger. Download Report :: Download the Summary

International Best Practice Guide To Equality On Sexual Orientation And Gender Identity

This guide shows how a variety states have implemented these charters through introducing laws and policies which promote and protect the equality of all citizens. It is intended to offer tools and ideas which can support states considering how to ensure equality for sexual and gender minorities. As there is no one way to ensure equality, this guide explores different countries that have initiated different solutions suitable to their national contexts. Download Report


OutRight partcipates in many events throughout the year focusing on the global international LGBTIQ movement, here a shortlist of events we host annually:

  • Celebration of Courage this year honored LGBTIQ activists at the United Nations for their couragoues work in advancing LGBTIQ human rights both internationally and in the United States.

  • OutRight's Caribbean partner, Kenita Placide, proudly joins 2018 NYC Pride as one of the Grand Marshals with Billie Jean King, Tyler Ford, and Lambda Legal. OutRight joined other leading organizations recognized to lead the NYC Pride March 2018. See more

  • In partnership with CUNY School of Law, OutSummit 2018 again pushed pushes the boundaries for global LGBTIQ activism during our one day conference in New York City by bringing together a line up of speakers to discuss and reflect on current issues being faced by the global LGBTIQ human rights movement.