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.
Thailand is well known for its vibrant and culturally rich LGBTI community—but for many transgender folks like Note, abuse and discrimination can seem like rites of passage. Note boldly came out to her family as transgender at a young age and was met with fierce rejection and misunderstanding. Like many trans youth in Thailand, Note […]