Lester (he/him) is OutRight's Senior Fellow - Emergency Research. He is a journalist and photographer who has reported in more than 40 countries. Lester began his career at Politico, where he covered the politics and policies of health care in Congress, the White House, and the Supreme Court. In 2013, he joined BuzzFeed News as its first international correspondent, pioneering a first-of-its-kind international LGBTQ rights beat.
Among other topics, Lester has covered the 2014 Sochi Olympics and Russia's "gay propaganda" law; discovered how Steve Bannon was building ties to senior figures in the Vatican; wrote about Iraqi activists rescuing LGBTIQ people from ISIS; and exposed the local politics behind anti-LGBTIQ crackdowns globally, from Uganda to Indonesia to Egypt. Lester was named the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association’s Journalist of the Year in 2015 and received a GLAAD media award in 2016. In 2020, Lester was named a Knight-Wallace Reporting Fellow at the University of Michigan.