Published October 16, 2012
Awards , Global Equality Leadership Award , LGBT rights , United Nations
Tags: 2012 Global Equality Leadership Award, Ambassador Susan Rice, Bisexual, Gay, Gender Identity, Human Rights, IGLHRC, Julie Dorf, Lesbian, LGBT, Mark Bromley, Michael Guest, sexual orientation, Susan E. Rice, Transgender, United Nations
We would like to thank everyone who attended the award ceremony and reception for Ambassador Susan E. Rice, especially our gracious hosts. For those of you who were not able make it, you can view some photos from the event.
Ambassador Rice’s remarks, at the event, were not only moving, they were humorous, determined, and and most of all genuine. So glad that the LGBT community has an ally with her principles and drive. Stay tuned for a short video of the award ceremony.
All photos by Noah Devereaux
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Published March 22, 2012
Law , LGBT rights
Tags: Bisexual, Gay, Gender Identity, Human Rights, IGLHRC, Inter-American Court, International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), Jesscia Stern, Karen Atala, Lesbian, LGBT, Lisa Davis, Transgender
“Based on both American regional standards and international jurisprudence, the Court has ruled that LGBT people must live free from discrimination, whether as parents or in any other aspect of their lives.”
-Jessica Stern, Director of Programs IGLHRC
(New York, March 22, 2012) — On Tuesday, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights condemned the Government of Chile for its 2003 Supreme Court ruling which stripped Karen Atala, a lesbian mother and judge, of custody of her three daughters on the basis of her sexual orientation. The 2003 ruling determined that if her daughters remained in her custody, they would be in a “situation of risk” due to their “unique family.” This is the first time the Inter-American Court of Human Rights has ever heard a case specifically regarding sexual orientation or gender identity.
The Court’s landmark ruling found that Chile not only violated Atala’s right to equality and non-discrimination but affirms for the first time in its history that sexual orientation and gender identity are protected categories and such discrimination violates international law. It represents a historic victory for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights in Chile and around the world. Continue reading ‘LGBT Rights Upheld in Historic Inter-American Court Ruling’
Published December 16, 2011
Tags: ADL, Amnesty International, Arcus Foundation, Bisexual, Family Equality Council, Gay, Gender Identity, Global Rights, Hilary Clinton, HRC, Human Rights, Human Rights First, IGLHRC, Immigration Equality, Lesbian, LGBT, National Center for Transgender Equality, National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, NCLR, Out and Equal, sexual orientation, State Department, Task Force, Transgender, White House
Repost from The Office of Public Engagement
Earlier this week, President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton articulated the first-ever U.S. Government strategy to direct all federal agencies engaged abroad to ensure that U.S. diplomacy and foreign assistance promote and protect the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons.
These actions represent a continuation of the Obama Administration’s commitment to safety, justice, and equality for LGBT people everywhere. President Obama expressed this commitment earlier this year at the United Nations General Assembly, when he said “No country should deny people their rights because of who they love, which is why we must stand up for the rights of gays and lesbians everywhere.” And since January 2009, Secretary Clinton has strongly and consistently championed a comprehensive human rights agenda — one that specifically includes the protection of LGBT people. Continue reading ‘Dignity For All: Reactions from LGBT and Human Rights Organizations’
Published February 2, 2011
Tags: Africa, Bisexual, David Kato, Gay, Gender Identity, Human Rights, IGLHRC, Lesbian, LGBT, Transgender, Uganda, Vigil
When: February 3, 2011 4:00 pm
Where: Dag Hammarskjold Plaza (E 47th street and Second ave). Vigil will be followed by a procession to Uganda House 336 East 45th Street.
Who: The keynote speech will be delivered by Val Kalende, Board Chair of Freedom and Roam Uganda, an LBT organization in Uganda.
Recently added speakers include:
Christine Quinn, Speaker of the New York City Council
Additional speakers include:
* Cary Alan Johnson (International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission)
* Reverend Kapya Kaoma (Public Research Associates)
* Amanda Lugg (African Services Committee)
* Kagendo Murungi (Wapinduzi Productions)
* Pastor Joseph Tolton (Global Justice Initiative)
* Dr. Cheikh Traore
* Invited guests include United States and New York City government officials.
* Speaker list in formation.
On Thursday, February 3rd, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) and other concerned organizations* will hold a peaceful vigil near the Ugandan Mission to the United Nations in New York City to remember the life of David Kato, Ugandan LGBT human rights defender, murdered on January 26 in his home. View the facebook event page.
The vigil will honor his struggle for human rights for all people, regardless of sexual orientation or g ender identity. Join us in mourning David and showing the Ugandan government that there must be no more violence and discrimination against LGBT Ugandans.
ACT UP/New York
African Services Committee
American Jewish World Service
The Foundation for AIDS Research
Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
Center for Constitutional Rights
Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies
Center for Women’s Global Leadership
Council for Global Equality
Freedom and Roam Uganda
Gay By God
The Gay Men’s Health Crisis
Global Forum on MSM & HIV
Global Justice Ministry
Health Global Access Project (GAP)
House Of Rainbow Fellowship
International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center
LGBT Rights Program at Human Rights Watch
National Black Justice Coalition
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
The New York City Anti-Violence Project
None on Record
Political Research Associates
The Queer African Youth Networking Center
Queers for Economic Justice
Sexual Minorities Uganda
Stonewall Community Foundation
St. Paul’s Foundation For International Reconciliation