Our Model For LGBTIQ Human Rights Change
OutRight works at the international, regional and national levels to research, document, defend, and advance human rights for LGBTIQ people around the world. We partner directly with human rights defenders, allies and organizations to produce reliable data on the experiences of LGBTIQ people around the world and support research-based advocacy and capacity-building for LGBTIQ rights.
OutRight’s work operates on a continuum. We work to advocate for and influence change at all levels of power—national, bilateral, sub-regional, regional, and global. We call this interlocking spectrum of power the ladder of influence. To make our communities stronger, we want LGBTIQ rights to be integrated at every level of this ladder. OutRight’s value is in our ability to connect our partners to these different levels of power to push an agenda for change.
We fill research gaps, provide trainings to community members and allies to develop their expertise, and convene key stakeholders to exchange information on best practices related to ending violence based on sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, or sex characteristics. We vigilantly monitor and document the discriminatory and life-threatening conditions LGBTIQ people face in order to spur action to stop human rights violations when they occur.
Background / Our Story
In at least 72 countries globally, same-sex relations (let alone relationship recognition) between consenting adults remains illegal; penalties range from corporal punishment, to jail terms, to life imprisonment, to the death penalty. Discriminatory laws are found in both explicit terms, and in vague language related to morality, the policing of gender, and offenses against the so-called ‘order of nature.’ Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) people are subject to arrest, blackmail, and harassment on frivolous charges such as ‘loitering,’ ‘vagabondry,’ and ‘cross-dressing.’ Violence against those who are gender non-conforming are particularly frequent and widespread.
For 27 years, we have fought and will continue to fight to protect and advance the basic rights of LGBTIQ people everywhere as part of the global human rights movement. We empower people on the front lines, hold leaders accountable at the United Nations and regional human rights monitoring bodies and measure our impact through positive change in people’s lives.
When we began the fight for human dignity for LGBTIQ people, the cause did not have the visibility it has today. Nor had our community taken the strides toward equality and recognition we are seeing in many countries. But progress is uneven and this reality forms the core of our struggle. We strive for a world in which LGBTIQ individuals can live with dignity, achieve freedom and justice and are unencumbered by prejudice and discrimination to pursue their ambitions, wherever they are.