OutRight Now: January 2018

We fought relentlessly for the rights of LGBTIQ people in 2017 View this email in your browser

OutRight Now January 2018. OutSummit.

Hi Supporter,

As we embark on 2018, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the accomplishments of OutRight in 2017. Last year was certainly a challenging year for LGBTIQ human rights worldwide.

In 2017, we saw an assault on human rights globally and multiple crackdowns on LGBTIQ people. We also saw a rollback on commitments to the global LGBTIQ community, and human rights at large, by the new US administration. But we also saw resistance — in the US and around the world to Trump’s racist, sexist, Islamophobic and xenophobic policies.

Throughout the year that OutRight has been relentlessly fighting for the rights of LGBTIQ people everywhere. Our commitment to the pursuit of equality and justice is as steadfast as ever.

From safety and security trainings, media trainings, research and documentation, advocacy at the global, regional, and national levels, and campaigns, OutRight has employed every means possible to combat growing anti-LGBTIQ sentiment worldwide. Here are a few of those accomplishments:

OutRight has been partnering and working across continents supporting and hosting security/safety trainings from the Philippines to New York City.

We trained 1000 police officers in the Philippines where now local stations that underwent training proudly showcase Rainbow stickers outside their offices.

We produced a monitoring report which looked at the representation of sexual orientation and gender identity issues in Arabic-language media. We also produced a media training guide for use by journalists, and subsequently conducted a media training in Beirut for Arabic-language journalists with the Arab Foundation for Freedom and Equality to sensitize them to SOGI issues, and to push back against homophobia and transphobia in the media.

Our research team, in collaboration with MSMGF, produced the only report on sexual orientation and gender identity issues as they relate to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

In the Caribbean, we helped to register four organizations, who now will have access to secure more resources and support for their work.

I am excited to keep this momentum going in 2018. This year we will need to commit to more community organizing, to speaking up for human rights institutions, and for LGBTIQ organizations to work together to have more power and influence.

The road ahead is one of struggle, but the LGBTIQ community is resilient, and we will prevail.


Jessica Stern,
Executive Director,
OutRight Action International