OutRight Action International

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OutRight Action International
Logo OutRight Action International, 2015.svg
Abbreviation OutRight
Motto Human rights for LGBTIQ people everywhere[1]
Formation 1990
Type NGO[2]
Purpose LGBT human rights
Headquarters New York City[3]
Region served
Executive Director
Jessica Stern
Key people
Board Chair: Roger Doughty
Website www.outrightinternational.org

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.[4]

History and work[edit]

OutRight Action International, formerly known as International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission,[5] was founded by Julie Dorf[6] 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 previous satellite offices in St. Lucia, Johannesburg, and Manila.[7]

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.[8][9]

In 2010, IGLHRC contributed in forming "An Activist's Guide" of the Yogyakarta Principles.[10]

In 2015, on the 25th anniversary of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) changed its name to OutRight Action International[5] to make it easier to pronounce and more inclusive.[11]

In 2015, OutRight's executive director Jessica Stern presented the first United Nations Security Council briefing on LGBTI human rights violations.[12][13]

In 2015, OutRight in partnership with CUNY Law School[14] started a one-day conference on Human Rights Day called OutSummit.[15]

In 2016, OutRight hosted its annual gala for the first time at the United Nations.[16] 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.[17]

In 2017, OutRight challenged the inclusion of C-Fam to the US delegation at the UN CSW 2017.[18]


Felipa de Souza Award[edit]

Since 1994, OutRight confers an annual award, the Felipa de Souza Award, to honour a human rights activist or organization.[19]

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
2011 Mongolian LGBT Centre Mongolia
2012 Karen Atala Chile
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
2017 Caleb Orozco Belize

Outspoken Award[edit]

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."[20]

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.[21] The 2010 Outspoken awardee was Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS. The 2011 Outspoken awardee was journalist and author Jeff Sharlet.[22]

OutSpoken 2016 award recipients: United Nations Free and Equal Campaign,[23] Randy Barry, US Special Envoy for the human rights of LGBTI people,[24] and Dan Bross, Microsoft executive, and LGBT rights advocate.[25]

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.[26]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "OutRight". OutRight. Retrieved 2015-10-01. 
  2. ^ "NGO rating". 
  3. ^ "OutRight". OutRight. Retrieved 20 February 2016. 
  4. ^ From list of NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC
  5. ^ a b Lavers, Michael K. (28 September 2015). "EXCLUSIVE: IGLHRC to change its name". Washington Blade. 
  6. ^ Founder of IGLHRC
  7. ^ Charity Navigator
  8. ^ Edih M. Lederer, "US gay rights group gets UN accreditation", July 19, 2010
  9. ^ U.S. Gay Rights Group Gets U.N. Accreditation
  10. ^ Original document with IGLHRC listed as contributor
  11. ^ New look, New Website and New Name... 28 September 2015. Retrieved 20 February 2016 – via YouTube. 
  12. ^ "Gay and Marked for Death" NY Times Article about briefing
  13. ^ Islamic State focus of U.N. Security Council’s first LGBT meeting
  14. ^ First Annual OutSummit Conference
  15. ^ OutSummit One Day Conference
  16. ^ Scottish actor and activist Alan Cumming pleased host his first LGBT gala at the United Nations
  17. ^ Biden made the comment during an event that the U.N. LGBT Core Group
  18. ^ Trump Sends Hate Group to Represent US at UN Women's Rights Conference
  19. ^ The Felipa de Souza Award ~ OutRightInternational.org
  20. ^ OutRight Honors LGBTIQ Human Rights Defenders
  21. ^ Tutu Condemns Gay Persecution
  22. ^ International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission Honors Dartmouth Professor
  23. ^ United Nations Free and Equal Campaign OHCHR Receives OutSpoken Award
  24. ^ Special Recognition Awardees Randy Barry
  25. ^ Dan Bross, Microsoft executive, and LGBT rights Advocate
  26. ^ OutRight Honors LGBTIQ Human Rights Defenders at United Nations

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