Global LGBTQ Justice Organizations & Initiatives

Throughout the world and in the U.S., there are many different groups of activists and organizers working to secure the rights, health, and security of LGBTQ people globally. Here is a non-exhaustive list of Global LGBTQ Jorganizations. Take some time to learn more about these organizations and consider how your community might support the work that they do.

All Out An online, social media advocacy organization “building a world where no person will have to sacrifice their family or freedom, safety or dignity, because of who they are or who they love.”

American Jewish World Service “Inspired by the Jewish commitment to justice, American Jewish World Service works to realize human rights and end poverty in the developing world.”

Amnesty International (LGBT Rights) “By highlighting instances of abuse against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals, Amnesty’s activists work to protect the basic dignity of LGBT people”

Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice “LGBTQI foundation for racial, economic, social & gender justice globally.”

Erasing 76 Crimes A news blog focusing on the human toll of the 78 countries that criminalize same-sex relations.

The Fellowship Global partners with LGBTI advocates and progressive faith leaders in East and West Africa. Through their work, than 200 faith leaders have pledged to open their doors to LGBTI people and to resist discrimination.

Free & Equal: UN Campaign for LGBT Equality A UN Initiative for LGBTQ Equality.

Global Equality Fund Led by the U.S. Department of State, the Global Equality Fund “supports programs that advance the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons around the world.”

Global Faith and Justice Project “Rooted in faith and justice, this global project amplifies faith voices that protect human dignity and achieve equality for LGBT people and their families.”

The Global Justice Institute Metropolitan Community Churches works with partners in Romania, Jamaica, Pakistan, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Uganda, Kenya and South Africa. Housed in New York, it coordinates global efforts, and welcomes global spiritual activists for retreat and training.

Human Rights Watch An international non-governmental organization that conducts research and advocacy on human rights.

HRC International Office “Strengthens the global equality movement through public education, advocacy, fellowships, partnerships, and research.”

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia Created in 2004 to draw the attention of policy makers, opinion leaders, social movements, the media, and the public in general to homophobia, transphobia, and biphobia, and “to promote a world of tolerance, respect and freedom regardless of people’s sexual orientations or gender identities.”

International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) “A leading international organization dedicated to human rights advocacy on behalf of people who experience discrimination or abuse on the basis of their actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.”

International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) “A worldwide federation of 1100 member organisations from 110 countries campaigning for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights.”

LGBT Freedom Asylum Network “Supports LGBT asylum seekers, asylees and refugees living in the U.S., and the faith-based groups working with them.”

Muslims for Progressive Values “Seeks to bring together people who want to work towards a more humane and peaceful world.”

Quorum: Global LGBT Voices Quorum was a live-journalism event, documenting a gathering of leading LGBT activists from around the world. Videos from the activists who spoke at the event are available online.

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