June 24, 2019By Ryan Winstead, Fund Staff “Weeds.” “Perverts.” Degenerates.” These are just a few of the words Indyra Mendoza remembers the Honduran media using to describe LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) people in the late 1990s. This public narrative was not only demeaning, it also reflected the reality of widespread discrimination and stigma […]
June 11, 2019By Cheryl Blowers, Fund Staff In honor of Pride Month, the Fund for Global Human Rights is spotlighting five grassroots groups and leaders who are fighting for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) people worldwide by changing perceptions, socio-economic situations, and laws. Since 2002, the Fund has provided more than 350 grants to […]
September 13, 2018 By David Mattingly, Vice President for Programs A week after India’s Supreme Court struck down a colonial-era legal provision used to criminalize same-sex sexual relations and undermine the rights to privacy and choice, activists across the country are still celebrating—and here at the Fund for Global Human Rights, we are rejoicing with […]
An openly trans woman in her mid-20s, Sana fights for the rights of people like her at Swatantra—the Indian transgender rights organization she founded in 2016. A Fund grantee, Swatantra’s mission is to prevent others from experiencing the discrimination and abuse Sana endured as a child and young adult—experiences that were fresh in Sana’s mind during a recent interview with the Fund.
From the Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeast to the Niger Delta Avengers in the South, life in Nigeria can be insecure and politically unstable. John Kabia, the Fund's Program Officer for West Africa, witnessed this firsthand in February 2017, when he visited our grantees and advisors in the field.
LAGABLAB (“Burst of Flame” in Tagalog), the Philippine’s first LGBTI group dedicated to policy change, has worked on and off for nearly two decades to advance policies that protect LGBTI Filipinos. And one of their biggest wins for the community is in the making.
In addition to unthinkable violence, LGBTI people around the world often face discrimination when it comes to accessing employment, housing and health care, not to mention rejection from their families and religious communities. Over several days, I spent time with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) activists from around the world at the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) meeting in Bangkok. Time and again, activists for LGBTI rights have shown themselves to be remarkably resilient, weathering attacks and backlash because the stakes are higher without this fight.
Last Tuesday, November 15, we joined nearly 150 other organizations and activists on Twitter to talk about about the importance of gender justice. The Twitter chat, which was structured as a series of questions by Foundation for a Just Society, offered folks who support women’s and LGBTI rights around the globe a chance to talk in real time about gender-focused activism.
In Liberia, West Africa, homosexuality has long been a widespread taboo, and LGBTI people live in fear of being attacked every day. As well as being physically harassed and routinely humiliated publicly, intense stigma around being gay means many people are also often forced from their jobs, homes and communities, and deprived of their basic human rights and dignity.