Dear Friends, First thing’s first: Happy Pride to our many supporters who are celebrating, remembering, protesting and advancing LGBTI rights across the world! With recent marriage equality excitement in Ireland, Mexico and even Greenland, we can’t help but feel the anticipation building across the United States as we await the Supreme Court's decision (tomorrow?!). Whatever is decided, we will be even more motivated to fight for the rights of LGBT people across the world. Over the next month, we are launching exciting initiatives by our regional programs in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East and North Africa: With LGBTI activists in theCaribbean, we have monitored media coverage of LGBTI issues in five countries—Belize, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, and St. Lucia. Our report, while shocking, may come as no surprise. We found news coverage about LGBTI communities to be largely unbalanced inaccurate and critical. Our goal is to reverse this trend and encourage fairness. To do so, we have created an accompanying media guide and will engage journalists to reinforce the values of accuracy and equality. Our Africa program is completing production of three two-minute videos that will explore the political, social and economic dynamics that prevent LGBTI Africans from accessing their basic human rights. From different perspectives, the videos feature community members, activists, scholars and officials explaining why homophobia and transphobia are un-African. Finally, I am THRILLED to give you an advance look at a film trailer to accompany the release of a graphic novella “Yousef and Farhad” – our very first. The novella – to be released in the coming weeks – is the moving story of two Iranian gay men who are banished by their families when their relationship is exposed yet find love with one another. Designed for the families and friends of LGBTI Iranians, I look forward to sharing the graphic novella soon. With warm wishes for Pride Month, Jessica Stern Executive Director P.S. We are getting a grant from CREDO Mobile - but your vote determines how much we get -- up to $100,000! Voting is only open until June 30th. It takes a few seconds to vote for the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission - simply check the box that says "CREDO Action Member" when you click submit and your vote will count. VERY IMPORTANT: You must first sign a petition to ensure your vote is counted, for example to defend Planned Parenthood or another of CREDO's petitions for progressive causes such as environmental protection or access to reproductive healthcare.
Published on June 26, 2015 | OutRight Action International an LGBT human rights organization