OutRight Action International

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OutRight Action International
Abbreviation OutRight
Motto Human rights for LGBTIQ people everywhere[1]
Formation 1990
Purpose LGBT human rights
Headquarters New York City[2]
Region served
Key people
Co-chairs: Amie Bishop, Tim Lane
Website www.outrightinternational.org

The OutRight Action International, formerly known as International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (OutRight),[3] is a US-based international non-governmental organization that addresses human rights violations against lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, intersex people, transgender people and people with HIV/AIDS. It is accredited by the United Nations and holds consultative status with that organization.

OutRight, formerly known as IGLHRC, was founded by Julie Dorf in 1990, and incorporated as a non-profit organization on November 7, 1990. 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. OutRight is headquartered in New York City with satellite offices in Buenos Aires, Johannesburg, and Manila.

In 2010, IGLHRC contributed in forming "An Activist's Guide" of the Yogyakarta Principles.

In 2015, IGLHRC celebrated their 25th anniversary by changing their name to OutRight Action International.[3] "Why We Changed Our Name" explains why the organization changed its name.[4]

Felipa de Souza Award[edit]

Since 1994, IGLHRC hands out an annual award, the Felipa de Souza Award, to honour a human rights activist or organisation.[5]

Year Award Location
1994 Juan Pablo Ordonez
Lepa Mladjenovic
South Africa
1995 Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Group (TGLRG)
Luiz Mott
1996 No award
1997 Demet Demir
Genc Xhelaj
The Sister Namibia Collective
Wilfredo Valencia Palacios (honourable mention)
El Salvador
1998 Circulo Cultural Gay (CCG)
Dr. Tal Jarus-Hakak
Dede Oetomo
Nancy Cardenas (1934–1994, posthum)
Carlos Jauregui (1958–1996, posthumous)
1999 Aung Myo Min
Prudence Mabele
Kiri Kiri and Chingu Sai
Simon Nkoli (1957–1998, posthumous)
South Africa
South Korea
South Africa
2000 Dejan Nebrigic (1970–1999, posthumous)
Ditshwanelo - The Botswana Center for Human Rights
Intersex Society of North America (ISNA)
William Hernandez
United States
El Salvador
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)
Sri Lanka
2002 Elizabeth Calvet (posthumous)
Marta Lucia Alvarez Giraldo, Marta Lucia
Tamayo Rincon and Alba Nelly Montoya
Cui Zi En
Maher Sabry

2003 Lohana Berkins Argentina
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
LGBT Centre
2010 Colombia Diversa Colombia

Outspoken Award[edit]

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[edit]

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.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "OutRight Action International". OutRight. Retrieved 2015-10-01. 
  2. ^ "OutRight". OutRight. Retrieved 20 February 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Lavers, Michael K. (28 September 2015). "EXCLUSIVE: IGLHRC to change its name". Washington Blade. 
  4. ^ New look, New Website and New Name... 28 September 2015. Retrieved 20 February 2016 – via YouTube. 
  5. ^ The Felipa de Souza Award ~ OutRightInternational.org
  6. ^ Associated Press: Edih M. Lederer, "US gay rights group gets UN accreditation", July 19, 2010, accessed July 20, 2010

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