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posted Friday, December 7, 2018 - Volume 46 Issue 49
Global LGBTIQ voices from 36 countries heard at the United Nations
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Global LGBTIQ voices from 36 countries heard at the United Nations

NEW YORK (December 4, 2018) - OutRight Action International's Advocacy Week brings together almost 50 LGBTIQ activists from 36 countries from every region of the world to participate in the organization's 7th annual Advocacy Week at the United Nations (UN). From December 3 to 7, human rights defenders meet with government representatives and UN officials as they discuss the most pertinent issues in the field of international LGBTI human rights.

Advocates meet face to face with dignitaries from participating country delegations throughout the week. They will also meet with representatives from UN bodies like UN Women, the LGBTI Core Group, and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Jessica Stern, executive director of Outright Action International, comments on the significance of Advocacy Week, saying, 'Advocacy Week is where LGBTIQ voices and lived realities are amplified and delivered directly to the leaders and representatives who make international policy decisions. Activists from around the world have the chance to make the most of these meetings and come together with fellow advocates to strategize and learn from each other.'

Commenting on the importance of this week, OutRight UN fellow and executive director of the Initiative for Equal Rights (TIERs) Xeenarh Mohammed says, 'It is important that diverse activists are able to come together, to learn, grow, and push their interest at the international level. OutSummit provides just that, equipping activists with the tools they need to push back daily both at home and at the United Nations against false narratives, barefaced lies, and fear mongering against LGBTIQ people.'

Advocacy Week culminates on December 8 with OutSummit, a one-day global conference bringing together US-based and international activists to meet and discuss critical issues affecting the global LGBTIQ movement. This year's conference highlights some of the world's foremost experts and activists discussing the most cutting-edge issues impacting the global human rights movement.

Among this year's speakers are the following:

" Flávia Piovesan was elected commissioner of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights for a four-year mandate beginning on the January 1, 2018 and ending on December 31, 2021. Commissioner Piovesan serves as the Rapporteur for the Rights of LGBTI Persons and is in charge of the Unit on the Rights of Older Persons.

" Karamo Brown is the 'culture expert' on Netflix's reboot of 'Queer Eye,' where his job is to make over the mind and hearts of the people he is helping, by guiding them to figure out the root of their issues. Karamo worked as a licensed social worker and psychotherapist for nearly a decade.The father of two began his television career in 2004 on MTV's reality show 'The Real World: Philadelphia,' where he became the first openly gay black man to be cast on reality TV.

OutSummit workshops will cover current events on:

" The repeal of Article 377 in India, overturning the colonial-era ban on same-sex relations and the impact the decision will have in other countries

" Strategies for LGBTIQ media representation

" LGBTIQ people navigating religion and supported by spirituality

" Workshops on: courts, business, and the United Nations

OutSummit will be hosted at the City University of New York Law School and is organized in partnership with the Sorensen Center for International Peace and Justice.

To attend OutSummit, buy a ticket on the OutSummit website: https://www.outsummit.org/.

Every day around the world, LGBTIQ people's human rights and dignity are abused in ways that shock the conscience. The stories of their struggles and their resilience are astounding, yet remain unknown - or willfully ignored - by those with the power to make change. OutRight Action International, founded in 1990 as the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, works alongside LGBTIQ people in the Global South, with offices in six countries, to help identify community-focused solutions to promote policy for lasting change. It vigilantly monitors and documents human rights abuses to spur action when they occur. It trains partners to expose abuses and advocate for themselves. Headquartered in New York City, OutRight is the only global LGBTIQ-specific organization with a permanent presence at the United Nations in New York that advocates for human rights progress for LGBTIQ people.

Courtesy of OutRight Action International

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