OutRight Now: June Newsletter

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Dear friends,

It's been a busy, exciting and impactful Pride month! We started the month with P&G and iHeart Radio's “Can't Cancel Pride”, featuring world class performers and queer icons, and giving OutRight a global stage to elevate our work. And we ended the month with the tremendous announcement from the White House appointing OutRight's Executive Director Jessica Stern as the Biden Administration's new Special Envoy for International LGBTQI+ Rights.

Pride month is ending, but the essence of Pride is always present. While June is symbolically marked as Pride month to commemorate the Stonewall riots, Pride events globally take place year-round. I'm so pleased to share with you that, supported by Google.org, OutRight has just published a new briefing paper, “Pride Around the World”, which provides a global snapshot of what Pride looks like and means in different countries. We hope this report will provide activists and allies around the world with a deeper understanding of the challenges that Prides face and the incredible resilience of our movement.

Throughout this Pride month OutRight's COVID-19 Global LGBTIQ Emergency Fund became a premier vehicle for the private sector to support the global LGBTIQ community. Numerous brands chose to support OutRight with their unique Pride lines - Boohoo Group, Critical Role, Groupe Dynamite, Herman Miller, Hunter Boot, Levi Strauss & Co, Michael Kors, and Waterdrop. These and others also leveraged their campaigns and platforms to elevate OutRight’s work and the global issues we tackle, including Google.org, Groupon, Microsoft, Scotiabank and XBox.

As companies of all sizes continue to deepen alignment between their stated values and global practices when it comes to advancing LGBTIQ equality, we hope that these partnerships serve as inspiring examples for others to replicate and scale.

Elise Colomer-Cheadle
Director of Corporate Engagement


  • On June 15, 2021, MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett made a significant gift to OutRight Action International, along with 285 other equity-oriented organizations. Their generous support will enable OutRight to accelerate our work to advance the safety, security, and rights of LGBTIQ people globally.
     
  • As part of the Arabic Media Program, OutRight in partnership with Transat, held a media training especially for trans people. While usually the program works with journalists, on this occasion we focused on training trans and non-binary activists empowering them to report about themselves. The training focused on effective interview skills, how to handle difficult questions, and ensure respectful coverage. The training was attended by 15 activists from 7 different countries from the Middle East and North Africa.
     
  • On June 2, 2021, Google.org announced USD $2 million in support for OutRight Action International’s Covid-19 Global LGBTIQ Emergency Fund. Google.org's support, which also includes $1 million in Ad Grants, is transformative, doubling the Fund's reach and impact!
     
  • OutRight has started issuing a new round of grants to LGBTIQ organizations on the frontlines through our Covid-19 Global LGBTIQ Emergency Fund.

Get to Know Us

Cäcille Ealy

Cacille Ealy

Cäcille Ealy is OutRight's Development Associate. She is responsible for working with and supporting individual donors. She is also OutRight's database guru and mailing master.

Originally from Indiana, Cäcille now calls New York's Upper West Side home.

She likes to decompress through meditation, changing her hair color, and sharing her unique insights on fashion.

 

OutRight in the Media

  • CNN breaks the news that Executive Director Jessica Stern is appointed as the new Special Envoy for LGBTQI+ Rights.
     
  • Executive Director Jessica Stern is interviewed by the World Economic Forum about the impact of COVID-19 on LGBTIQ people, and OutRight's Emergency Fund.
     
  • USA Today quotes Executive Director Jessica Stern about the importance and meaning of LGBTIQ flags during Pride month.
     
  • The Big Issue interviews OutRight about how to be an effective LGBTIQ ally.
     
  • PinkNews showcases Michael Kors’ Pride line which supports OutRight.

Term of the Month

Ally

People who identify as cisgender and straight, and believe in social and legal equality for LGBTIQ people are allies.

Sometimes the LGBTIQ acronym also includes the letter A which, depending on the context, can refer to either allies, asexual people, or both.

 

Get Involved

  • To revel in the Pride month energy a little longer, tune into recordings of our Pride With A Purpose™ Instagram live series for some fun, engaging conversations!
     
  • Pride month may be ending, but the global LGBTIQ community needs allies every day. Read our new article about how to be an effective LGBTIQ ally!
     
  • Donate to OutRight's COVID-19 Global LGBTIQ Emergency Fund to support LGBTIQ organizations working on the frontlines to help LGBTIQ people disproportionately affected by COVID-19. $100 pays rent for a month, $25 helps 1 person with food for a month, $15 funds over 24 hours of internet connection for an LGBTIQ community center.