UN and Regional Mechanisms

One of OutRight’s core areas of work is advocating for the advancement of the rights of LGBTIQ people at the United Nations. The United Nations (UN) is the birthplace of the International Declaration of Human Rights, as well as the organization from which fundamental international human rights law originates. The UN sets global human rights standards, and is home to international mechanisms and processes for ensuring they are adhered to by Member State parties to the numerous international legal human rights conventions and treaties.

OutRight plays a strong role in official UN calendar events throughout the year,  as well as in its Human Rights mechanisms, working to ensure UN institutions recognize that human rights standards apply to everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression and sex characteristics. We also bring LGBTIQ activists directly to the table.

OutRight is the only US based LGBTIQ organization which has recognized consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). This gives us year-round access to advocate for the human rights of LGBTIQ people directly with representatives of Member States and UN entities at the UN headquarters in New York. 

OutRight is a co-founder and current secretariat of the UN LGBTI Core Group, an informal group of 33 states and the delegation of the EU, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and non-governmental organizations Human Rights Watch and OutRight Action International, which collaborate to mainstream LGBTIQ equality at the UN headquarters in New York. 

OutRight also works at Regional Human Rights mechanisms, such as the Organization of American States and African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights.

Click here to view our complete list of submissions to the United Nations. 

See below for briefings, introductory documents to the United Nations and the UN New Yorker Newsletter.