Invitation: Media Briefing - Global LGBTIQ Human Rights Defenders in NYC - December 7, 2017


27 November 2017

Media contacts:
Rashima Kwatra,, +1 (917) 859-7555

(New York) – OutRight Action International, the LGBTIQ human rights advocacy organization, will host a media briefing with global LGBTIQ human rights defenders on Thursday, Dec. 7  at  3:00PM  in New York City.

The advocates working on a variety of LGBTIQ issues from domestic violence to health and security will speak on the theme: “One Step Forward, One Step Back: The Shifting Landscape of LGBTIQ Human Rights

Issues to be highlighted:

  • What is contributing the the global crackdown on LGBTIQ people?
  • Legislative wins and progress for LGBTIQ human rights

Activists at the roundtable include:

Kenita Placide - Caribbean Advisor for OutRight Action International. She is a human rights, HIV and LGBT activist from St. Lucia.

Azza Sultan - A leading LGBTIQ activist working in the Nile Valley area (Egypt and Sudan).

Georges Azzi - Co-founder of Helem, a Lebanese non-profit organization working on improving the legal and social status of LGBT people, and is the Executive Director of the Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality.

Kimberly Zieselman - An intersex woman, lawyer, and the Executive Director of interACT: advocates for intersex youth, and has more than twenty years of experience in advocacy and nonprofit management.  

Julia Ehrt - Executive Director of Transgender Europe (TGEU) organization. She has been involved in trans activism for more than 10 years. She has considerably shaped TGEU’s advocacy work, policy and organisational strategy.

Neish McLean - The Co-Founder and Executive Director of TransWave Jamaica as well as the HIV Coordinator and Project Manager at Equality for All Foundation Jamaica Ltd (J-FLAG). He oversees TransWave Jamaica's advocacy initiatives that are aimed at promoting transgender health and well-being.

Ging Cristobal - A lesbian feminist activist since 1997, Ging joined OutRight Action International in 2008 as Project Coordinator for Asia and the Pacific. Ging is one of the co-founders & members of the ASEAN SOGIE Caucus, a coalition of LGBT groups in Southeast Asia advocating for the inclusion of SOGI in the ASEAN. The work is focused on issues on police education on LGBTI rights, LGBT migrant workers in ASEAN and legislative advocacy work an ASEAN.

The briefing will be followed by a Q&A. Immediately after the briefing journalists will have an opportunity for one-on-one interviews with the activists and OutRight regional experts.

Additionally, journalists can schedule a meeting with Joy Belmonte, the Vice Mayor of Quezon City, Philippines on the 8th and 9th of December. She has been working successfully to institutionalize LGBTIQ human rights at the city level.


  • WHAT: Media roundtable with global LGBTIQ activists and NGO leaders in NYC
  • WHO: Advocates from Egypt, Lebanon, Jamaica, the Philippines, the European Union, and the United States.
  • WHEN: 3 PM Thursday, Dec. 7
  • WHERE: 80 Maiden Lane, Suite 1505, New York, NY, 10038

To RSVP for the briefing or to schedule an interview with activists at another time during the week, please contact Rashima Kwatra,, 917-859-7555.

The week of advocacy begins on Monday, December 4th and wraps up on Saturday, Dec. 9th with a daylong conference OutSummit: Pushing the Boundaries of Global LGBTIQ Activism, which brings together leading LGBTIQ experts from the US and globally to discuss the most cutting edge issues impacting LGBTIQ communites.

Press coverage is welcome. Please visit: for details and RSVP to



Every day around the world, LGBTIQ people’s human rights and dignity are abused in ways that shock the conscience. The stories of their struggles and their resilience are astounding, yet remain unknown—or willfully ignored—by those with the power to make change. OutRight Action International, founded in 1990 as the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, works alongside LGBTIQ people in the Global South, with offices in six countries, to help identify community-focused solutions to promote policy for lasting change. We vigilantly monitor and document human rights abuses to spur action when they occur. We train partners to expose abuses and advocate for themselves. Headquartered in New York City, OutRight is the only global LGBTIQ-specific organization with a permanent presence at the United Nations in New York that advocates for human rights progress for LGBTIQ people.