On Saturday, December 12, HRC Global attended Outright Action International’s (formerly known as the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission) first-ever OutSummit. HRC Global joined dozens of human rights activists from all over the world to discuss current issues affecting the LGBT community and to strategize future steps following the major successes of 2015.
Kasha Jaqueline Nabagesera, a human rights advocate from Uganda, kicked off the summit with an inspiring speech about her trajectory of activism and the need to educate those in society who don’t know any LGBT people.
“We have one common goal, change,” she said. “Let’s change the narrative…Tell your stories, we are just like them.”
HRC Global attended several working sessions that addressed a variety of topics. Session subjects included the role of the media and shaping narratives, foreign policy, new opportunities through the sustainable development goals and the role of faith-based organizing.
Two spate panels reflected on the history of international LGBT activism and identified new frontiers for rights recognition. Attendees attempted to find out what issues have not yet been addressed and how best to confront them, as well as share our own work and gain insight into the actions of others.
At the OutSummit, HRC Global engaged with international LGBT advocates, which is a key part of our mission as we work with activists and organization across the world. This year alone, HRC Global has participated in discussions in Europe and Asia and released our spotlight series that takes a deeper look at the status of human rights of LGBT persons in countries like Uganda and China.