OutRight Action International
|Motto||Human rights for LGBTIQ people everywhere|
|Purpose||LGBT human rights|
|Headquarters||New York City|
|Board Co-chairs: Áine Duggan, Roger Doughty|
OutRight Action International (OutRight) is an LGBTIQ human rights non-governmental organization that addresses human rights violations and abuses against lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, intersex people, and transgender people. OutRight documents human rights discrimination and abuses based on their sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in partnership with activists, advocates, media, NGOs and allies on a local, regional, national and international level. OutRight holds consultative status with ECOSOC.
History and work
OutRight Action International, formerly known as International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, 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 organization 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 St. Lucia, Johannesburg, and Manila.
On July 19, 2010, the United Nations Economic and Social Council voted to accredit IGLHRC as one of the NGOs granted consultative status with the international organization. This allows IGLHRC to attend U.N meetings, contribute statements, and collaborate with United Nations agencies.
In 2015, on the 25th anniversary of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) changed its name to OutRight Action International. "Why We Changed Our Name" explains why the organization changed its name.
In 2016, OutRight hosted its annual gala for the first time at the United Nations. As a member of the United Nations LGBT Core Group, took part in a high level UN event that included the 8th Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, 47th United States Vice President Joe Biden, President of Chile and Norway's Prime Minister.
In 2017, OutRight challenged the inclusion of C-Fam to the US delegation at the UN CSW 2017.
Felipa de Souza Award
|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
|2011||Mongolian LGBT Centre||Mongolia|
|2013||Yasemin Öz, Esq.||Turkey|
|2014||Gay Japan News; KRYSS; O; Rainbow Rights Project (R-Rights); Women’s Support Group||Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka|
|2015||Chesterfield Samba, Gays & Lesbians of Zimbabwe||Zimbabwe|
|2016||Arus Pelangi, National Federation of LGBTI Communities in Indonesia||Indonesia|
OutRight 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.
OutSpoken 2016 award recipients United Nations Free and Equal Campaign, Randy Barry, US Special Envoy for the human rights of LGBTI people, and Dan Bross, Microsoft executive, and LGBT rights advocate.
For 2017, the OutSpoken award recipient Logo TV was accepted by Pamela Post, Vice President of original programming and series development, and OutStanding Awardee Blanche Wiesen Cook, prize-winning biographer of Eleanor Roosevelt.
- Human Rights Commission
- International Lesbian and Gay Association
- International Lesbian and Gay Law Association
- List of LGBT rights organizations
- Intersex civil society organizations
- Intersex human rights
- Intersex rights by country
- LGBT rights organizations
- List of LGBT rights organizations
- Universal Declaration of Human Rights
- List of LGBT-related organizations and conferences
- Sexual Orientation
- Gender Identity
- LGBTIQ rights
- International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
- International Human Rights Day
- International Transgender Day of Visibility
- Intersex Awareness Day
- Intersex Day of Remembrance
- LGBT in Islam
- History of violence against LGBT people in the United States
- Violence against LGBT people
- List of unlawfully killed transgender people
- "OutRight Action International". OutRight. Retrieved 2015-10-01.
- "NGO rating".
- "OutRight". OutRight. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
- From list of NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC
- Lavers, Michael K. (28 September 2015). "EXCLUSIVE: IGLHRC to change its name". Washington Blade.
- Founder of IGLHRC
- Charity Navigator
- Edih M. Lederer, "US gay rights group gets UN accreditation", July 19, 2010
- U.S. Gay Rights Group Gets U.N. Accreditation
- Original document with IGLHRC listed as contributor
- New look, New Website and New Name... 28 September 2015. Retrieved 20 February 2016 – via YouTube.
- "Gay and Marked for Death" NY Times Article about briefing
- Islamic State focus of U.N. Security Council’s first LGBT meeting
- First Annual OutSummit Conference
- OutSummit One Day Conference
- Scottish actor and activist Alan Cumming pleased host his first LGBT gala at the United Nations
- Biden made the comment during an event that the U.N. LGBT Core Group
- Trump Sends Hate Group to Represent US at UN Women's Rights Conference
- The Felipa de Souza Award ~ OutRightInternational.org
- United Nations Free and Equal Campaign OHCHR Receives OutSpoken Award
- Special Recognition Awardees Randy Barry
- Dan Bross, Microsoft executive, and LGBT rights Advocate
- OutRight Honors LGBTIQ Human Rights Defenders at United Nations