UN and Regional Mechanisms

We work through the United Nations and regional human rights bodies to move the needle forward on human rights protections for LGBTIQ people everywhere.

We work to consolidate the right to non-discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. We hold governments accountable by ensuring international condemnation of human rights violations, country by country. We make sure the concerns and perspective of LGBTIQ people are included in the conversation and debates taking place at the intergovernmental level.

We are the first and only U.S.-based LGBTIQ human rights organization to obtain consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). This position makes us the natural convener of groups and activists coming to New York to conduct advocacy on LGBTIQ issues at the United Nations.

We play a strong convening role during the Commission on the Status of Women, which happens in March every year, and during the Third Committee session of the General Assembly. We advocate to include a concern for sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression generally, and on specific resolutions such as the extrajudicial executions resolution, the resolution on women human rights defenders, and the resolution on bullying in schools.

In December every year, we host a large delegation of LGBTIQ activists and allies for a week of strategizing and advocacy meetings with UN missions and staff that takes place around the celebration of International Human Rights Day at the UN. We are among the groups that draw attention to the human rights situation for LGBTIQ people on this day.

Our organization is a founding member of the UN LGBT Core Group, a group of 19 countries, the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights, the European Union, and Human Rights Watch. The group works to bring visibility and support for LGBTIQ people in the UN’s political processes. Our active participation in the Core Group has been key to keeping the focus on the human rights reality for LGBTIQ people worldwide.

Through our ECOSOC status, OutRight is also uniquely placed to support UN funds and agencies in integrating LGBTIQ concerns into existing programmatic work. We facilitate meetings between LGBTIQ experts from around the world with UN agencies and secretariat staff to ensure input on programmatic realities and impact.

Over the years, OutRight has built significant expertise in supporting local LGBTIQ groups in submitting so-called shadow reports to UN treaty monitoring bodies, the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process at the UN Human Rights Council, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and the various special procedures set up to oversee human rights compliance.