International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission
|International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission|
|Motto||Human rights for everyone. Everywhere.|
|Purpose/focus||LGBT human rights|
|Headquarters||New York City|
|Key people||Co-Chairs: Todd Larson, Dorothy Sander|
The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) is a US-based international non-governmental organization that addresses human rights violations against lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, intersexuals, transgender people and people with HIV/AIDS. It is accredited by the United Nations and holds consultative status with that organization.
IGLHRC was founded by Julie Dorf in 1990, and incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1991. Though initially focused on human rights abuses in Russia, the organisation is now active in many parts of the world, including the Americas, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. IGLHRC is headquartered in New York City with satellite offices in Buenos Aires, Johannesburg, and Manila.
In 2010, IGLHRC has also contributed in forming "An Activist's Guide" of the Yogyakarta Principles in Action.
Felipa de Souza Award
Since 1994, IGLHRC hands out an annual award, the Felipa de Souza Award, to honour a human rights activist or organisation.
|1994||Juan Pablo Ordonez
|1995||Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Group (TGLRG)
The Sister Namibia Collective
Wilfredo Valencia Palacios (honourable mention)
|1998||Circulo Cultural Gay (CCG)
Dr. Tal Jarus-Hakak
Nancy Cardenas (1934–1994, posthum)
Carlos Jauregui (1958–1996, posthumous)
|1999||Aung Myo Min
Kiri Kiri and Chingu Sai
Simon Nkoli (1957–1998, posthumous)
|2000||Dejan Nebrigic (1970–1999, posthumous)
Ditshwanelo - The Botswana Center for Human Rights
Intersex Society of North America (ISNA)
|2001||Companions on a Journey and Women’s Support Group
Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (J-Flag)
Luis Gauthier (1950–2000, posthumous)
|2002||Elizabeth Calvet (posthumous)
Marta Lucia Alvarez Giraldo, Marta Lucia
Tamayo Rincon and Alba Nelly Montoya
Cui Zi En
|2004||Gender/Sexuality Rights Association Taiwan (G/STRAT)||Taiwan|
|2005||Gay and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ)||Zimbabwe|
|2006||Rauda Morcos (ASWAT)||Palestinian Activist from Haifa, Israel|
|2007||Blue Diamond Society||Nepal|
|2008||Iranian Queer Organization
Andrés Ignacio Rivera Duarte
|Canada / Iranian Diaspora
|2009||Helem Lebanese Protection for LGBT||Lebanon|
In addition to the Felipa de Souza Award, IGLHRC occasionally presents the OUTSPOKEN Award to special honorees. The OUTSPOKEN Award "recognizes the leadership of a global ally to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community whose outspokenness has contributed substantially to advancing the rights and understanding of LGBTI people everywhere."
The first OUTSPOKEN Award was presented in 2005 to the Honorable Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. In 2008, IGLHRC presented its second OUTSPOKEN Award to Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The 2010 OUTSPOKEN awardee was Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS. The 2011 OUTSPOKEN awardee was journalist and author, Jeff Sharlet.
United Nations status
On July 19, 2010, the United Nations Economic and Social Council voted to accredit IGLHRC as one of the NGO's granted consultative status with the international organization. This allows IGLHRC to attend U.N meetings, contribute statements, and collaborate with United Nations agencies.
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- Associated Press: Edih M. Lederer, "US gay rights group gets UN accreditation," July 19, 2010, accessed July 20, 2010