OutRight Action International Celebrates 25th Anniversary With A New Name!

The Celebration of Courage Gala on September 28th marked the 25th anniversary of OutRight Action International, formerly known as the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC). Our new name and tagline -- Human Rights for LGBTIQ People Everywhere-- reflects the inclusion of all communities that face persecution for their sexual orientation and identity. Plus, OutRight (for short, no acronym) is easier to pronounce than IGLHRC!! We unveiled our new name and logo along with award recognitions for distinguished members of the LGBT community.

Moises Kaufman, Tony-and-Emmy-nominated director and playwright, hosted the event and introduced the Special Recognition Award to Tim Stephenson of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. The law firm has achieved same-sex marriage victories, assisted trans individuals with legal issues and won asylum for persecuted LGBTIQ people.

Juliana Huxtable, a former legal assistant for the ACLU's Racial Justice Program and a fixture in the Brooklyn nightlife and DIY scene, received our first Inspiration Award to an artist.

Our founder, Julie Dorf, presented Chesterfield Samba, director of Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe, the Felipa de Souza award. Samba has worked in the area of LGBTI rights for 10 years.

GALZ, which also was formed in 1990,  provides a network for gay men and lesbians in Zimbabwe and continues to make LGBTIQ rights part of the nation’s broader human rights movement. His organization is known for bravely resisting the administration of President Mugabe, which has been relentless in its efforts to persecute LGBTIQ persons.

Jill Sobule, singer-songwriter best known for the 1995 single "I Kissed a Girl" and "Supermodel" from the soundtrack of the 1995 film “Clueless,” gave a wonderful performance of a humorous song about the meaning of immigration in U.S. history.

Over the past 25 years, we have won increasing support at the United Nations and from governments around the world. We have worked alongside members of the LGBTIQ community across the world to help identify solutions and institute policies that advance the rights LGBTIQ individuals. Nevertheless, much work lies ahead of us to ensure this freedom and equality for LGBTIQ people everywhere.

Check out pictures from our event!