Thursday, June 18, 2015

Organizations dedicated to global LGBTI rights

Afghans continue to inundate me about ways to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersexual (LGBTI) rights in Afghanistan. The good news is that more than ever, UN Secretary- General Ban Ki Moon, World Bank President Dr. Jim Yong Kim, and US President Barack Obama are committed to flourishing the economies of transitional democracies by empowering the most vulnerable (LGBTI) segment of society. Last February, President Obama appointed Randy Berry as special envoy for LGBTI persons. Whether you are in Afghanistan or any country within the global economy, you can apply for funds through the development arm of the US State Department to grow distribution network of LGBTI person. Here are the organizations to bookmark and get in touch with.
USAID Global Equality Fund: http://www.state.gov/globalequality/
Dedicated and capable partners:
• Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice is a leading global funder of LGBT rights, providing over $18 million in grants to organizations in 81 countries and the U.S. over 35 years;
Website: http://www.astraeafoundation.org/
• The Council for Global Equality;
Website: http://www.globalequality.org/
• The Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute trains and supports a diverse network of LGBT public officials and leaders;
Website: https://www.victoryfund.org/
• International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission;
Website: http://iglhrc.org/
• The Williams Institute conducts cutting-edge research on LGBT social science, policy and legal issues;
Website: http://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/
• The Swedish Federation for LGBT Rights (RFSL) provides tools and skills to LGBT advocates;
Website: http://www.rfsl.se/?p=3298
• National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce establishes and fosters LGBT chambers of commerce while helping to build LGBT-inclusive supply chains;
Website: https://nglcc.org/
• Olivia Companies brings private-sector resources and sophistication as a preeminent LGBT globally focused company
Website: https://www.olivia.com/

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