What We Do

Guided by our values of integrity, equality, respect, diversity and partnership, we work to improve the lives of those who experience discrimination and abuse because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and to achieve a world with human rights for everyone, everywhere.

Our work requires the development of strong human rights movements globally, which is why building advocacy partnerships is at the heart of what we do. As partners, we work hand-in-hand with local activists to strengthen their capacity to confront human rights violations at home. We also connect our partners to the broader human rights arena—including the United Nations system and NGOs at the regional and global level. Together with our partners, we create visibility for human rights violations by monitoring and documenting abuses and by responding to human rights emergencies. We stand firm with those who seek to change discriminatory laws and policies affecting our communities.

Four critical goals shape our work: We advocate for the elimination of discriminatory laws, policies and practices, such as sodomy laws which empower police and other authorities to abuse, harass, extort, imprison and execute us. We support the enactment and implementation of anti-discrimination laws policies and practices to help build a world that is more equitable and fair. We strive to reduce family, community and state-sanctioned violence, publicly condemning all forms of violence against individuals because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. And we actively promote economic, social and cultural rights, such as those related to employment, housing, education and health.

Our work is critically needed; more than 80 countries still criminalize consensual same-sex intimacy. And every day in countries around the world, from Brazil to Botswana, Bulgaria to Bangladesh, those who challenge sexual or gender norms are arrested, forced into psychiatric "treatment" or marriage, denied basic job protections, health care, and parental rights, brutally attacked, tortured, and even murdered.

We bring a fluid understanding of identity to our work. We support people who experience violations to their rights on the basis of their actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. This means that we work with those self-identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI) and with those whose identities do not fit the LGBTI paradigm, such as those who call themselves tongzhi or hijra.

We work for the day when people with diverse sexualities can flourish. We work for the day when all human beings are valued, and treated with dignity and respect. We work for the day when justice becomes a reality, everywhere.