Monday, July 13, 2015 / Labels: , , , , ,

Monica Roberts recognized as Transgender Pioneer




Provincetown, Massachusetts, July 13, 2015 /LGBT News/ Real Life Experience, Inc. is proud to announce that the Virginia Prince Transgender Pioneer Award for 2015 will go to Monica Roberts. The award, named after the late Virginia Prince, will be presented on October 20, 2015 in Provincetown, Massachusetts during the 41st annual Fantasia Fair conference.

Monica Roberts is an award winning blogger, history buff, thinker, lecturer and passionate advocate on trans issues.

In 1994, after seeing an article with a problematic representation of Black trans people in a trans centric magazine, Ms. Roberts resolved to participate in the next GenderPac trans lobby day in Washington DC and increase the visibility of Black trans leaders in the transgender movement. Since then, she’s advocated for trans human rights protections and has lobbied at the federal, state and local levels in Kentucky and Texas.


Monica is a founding member of the National Transgender Advocacy Coalition and served on its inaugural board as its Lobby Chair from 1999-2002. She co-hosted a GLBT radio show in her hometown from 1999-2001, founded the Transsistahs-Transbrothas Internet discussion list for African-American transgender people in 2004, and helped organize the 2005 and 2006 Transsistahs-Transbrothas Conferences that took place in Louisville.

Ms. Roberts is also a prolific writer. She wrote for the Louisville-based GLBT newspaper "The Letter" and since 2006, has authored the award-winning blog TransGriot. According to GLAAD, the writings at TransGriot made Monica Roberts “the first African American trans woman to create a news outlet that not only reports trans women of color issues but also showcases the leaders in the fight for equality of trans people… filling a void in the blogsphere.” Her writing about transgender issues from a Black perspective has appeared at Ebony.com, Loop21.com, Transadvocate, Racialicious, Feministe, Global Comment, The Bilerico Project, What Tami Said and Womanist Musings.

Monica seeks to not only end the erasure of African-American trans voices from a movement they played significant roles in starting, but get African-American transpeople and other voices of color more involved in empowering themselves. Her activism focus is educating the GLBT community and allies about our issues and concerns in addition to shedding light about the struggles of GLBT people across the African Diaspora.

"We are delighted to help showcase the outstanding work of a true pioneer of our community" said Barbara Curry, the Executive Director of Fantasia Fair. Ms. Curry continues saying "Monica Roberts has made a significant, positive impact on so many. It is an honor to have her join us this October in Provincetown."

ABOUT FANTASIA FAIR - Started in 1975, “Fan Fair” is the oldest and longest-running gathering of transgender persons for mutual education, support, collaboration, and socializing. The weeklong event happens every October in the resort town of Provincetown, Massachusetts. Presenters scheduled to appear at the 41st Fantasia Fair include Denise Norris, Marisa Richmond, Aaron Devor, Ph.D., and Dr. Jillian Weiss, and many others. For more information about Fantasia Fair, including workshops, daily schedule, and scholarships, please visit http://www.fantasiafair.org.


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Saturday, June 27, 2015 / Labels: , , , , , ,

MARRIAGE EQUALITY EMOJIS!

NEW GAYMOJI APP LETS LGBTQ COMMUNITY SPEAK VOLUMES WITH SPECIALLY DESIGNED EMOTICONS

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Designed By Queers, For Queers, iPhone/iPad App Features Downloadable Keyboard 

June 27, 2015 - AUSTIN /LGBT News/ Humans have used symbols to communicate since the first hominids scratched pictograms onto cave walls. But in the thoroughly modern age of emojis, commonly available images just don’t fit every user. That’s why a trio of creative Austinites developed Gaymoji — a new app featuring a series of emoticons designed by and for members of the LGBT community. The user-friendly iPhone/iPad app, available in Apple’s iTunes store, includes a downloadable keyboard for iOS8 users; those with older operating systems may copy and paste images. 

Now the LGBTQ community can express their excitement over the SOCTUS marriage equality verdict with emojis!! From the ultra-clever turkey baster emoji to the gaybie onesie, rainbow animal paw anddouble mens and womens wedding rings, Gaymoji are designed to “speak” for the lesbian, gay, bi andunder-represented transgender faimilies. The 99-cent app features a colorful mix of obvious and subtle,humorous and straightforward images (including human-rights and trans-equality signs). 

The app was conceived and developed by Janet Jensen, Eric Gerzymisch and Rich Bond, doingbusiness as Whapp! LLC. All three are members of Austin’s filmmaking community: Jensen managesthe creative, Gerzymisch coded the app and Bond handles the business side. 

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In a recent New York magazine article on the subject, Adam Sternbergh observes, “Emoji are a secretcode language made up of symbols that everyone already intuitively understands.”Adds Bond, “Emojisare a new way of expressing ourselves; it's a whole new language.” 

But standard emojis don’t speak adequately for members of the LGBT community, as Jensen knowsfrom both her own experience and the subjects of her in-progress documentary; for the past two years,she has been following three young professionals as they complete their transition from female to male.“Transgender rights are something that I feel passionately about,” she explains. “I wanted my transfriends to be able to express themselves with emojis, too.” 

“While shooting my film, I have become involved in the Austin queer community and questionedeveryone about what emojis they would like to see. I wanted to create a unique way of expressingourselves that was specific to our experiences,” Jensen explains. 


As more and more of our communication takes place in shorthand bursts, emoji are gaining popularityamong users of all ages and persuasions. With Gaymoji, the LGBTQ community can now emotevisually, too — with pride. 

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Friday, June 26, 2015 / Labels: , , , , , ,

Astraea Foundation International Fund for Sexual Minorities

June 26, 2015 /LGBT News/ The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice is accepting applications for its international grant. The Foundation supports groups, projects, or organizations working towards progressive social change which are led by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) communities and directly address oppression based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity/expression.

Deadline: 31 July 2015

Budget: 

$500,000 USD or less. It strengthens LGBTQI groups by providing flexible general support grants ranging from $5,000 to $30,000 per year.

Eligibility Information:

  • Groups based in Africa, Asia/the Pacific, Eastern Europe/Commonwealth of Independent States, Latin America/the Caribbean, or the Middle East are eligible to apply.
  • Groups led by and/or for LGBTQI communities are eligible. Non-LGBTI-led groups must demonstrate how they address LGBTI human rights issues and how they involve LGBTI’s in organizational and programmatic decision-making.
  • Non-governmental organizations, not-for-profit groups, or the equivalent are eligible for the funding.


For more information, visit Astraea Foundation.

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Friday, June 12, 2015 / Labels: , , , , , , , ,

Up to $2 million of Grant to protect Human Rights of LGBTI Persons

June 12, 2015 /LGBT News/ The Global Equality Fund, managed by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) is accepting Statements of Interest (SOIs) from civil society organizations in its program of up to $2 million of Grant to protect Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) Persons.

Deadline: 10 July 2015

Grants

Approximately $2 million is available for programs of the Global Equality Fund, pending funding availability.

Objectives

  • Supporting Allies in Civil Society and other Sectors to Increase Tolerance and Respect for LGBTI Persons and their Human Rights.
  • Promoting and Protecting the Human Rights of Transgender Persons.


The Global Equality Fund is part of DRL’s broader initiative to support at-risk and vulnerable populations, including women, people with disabilities, racial and ethnic minorities, and religious minorities.  This program will focus on providing protection to individuals who experience human rights violations or abuses due to their real or perceived gender identity, and supporting allies in civil society and other sectors to increase tolerance and respect for LGBTI persons and their human rights.

Eligibility Criteria

The applying organizations must:

  • Be a non-profit organization or an international organization; or
  • Be a university or research institution; or Be a for-profit organization or business, although there are restrictions on payment of fees and/or profits to the prime recipient under grants and cooperative agreements.
  • Have demonstrated experience administering successful projects, preferably targeting the requested country and/or region, or a similarly challenging program environment. Have existing, or the capacity to develop, active partnerships with in-country entities and relevant stakeholders including industry and non-governmental organizations.
  • Organizations may form consortia and submit a combined SOI. However, one organization should be designated as the lead applicant.


How to Apply

  • The applying organization must submit their Statements of Interest (SoIs) at address given on the website.
  • The SOIs submitted via email, the U.S. postal system, FedEx, UPS and similar delivery companies, or courier will not be accepted.


For more information, please visit Global Equality Fund.

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Friday, June 5, 2015 / Labels: , , , , , , ,

Call for Applications 2015: UN Training Programme for Volunteers Working for LGBTI



June 5, 2015 /LGBT News/ TGEU, together with ARC International, is currently inviting Volunteers working for a trans or LGBTI organisation in Europe to participate in a 3-day UN training programme, which will take place in Geneva, in the period between 14 September – 2 October 2015. This training is part of TGEU’s strategic objectives for capacity building.

The training will bring together activists from the Global South and East and activists from (Eastern) Europe to learn how UN human rights mechanisms work in practice and how activists can use them to advance the rights of trans and gender diverse people in their national and regional contexts.

Deadline: 18 June 2015

About the Training

During the training, participants will have the opportunity to observe and participate in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process of the UN Human Rights Council, to participate in a side event at the UN on the human rights of trans people, to meet with diplomatic representatives of their own countries and to network and exchange knowledge with other activists and NGOs.

The aim of the training is to increase the capacity of participants’ organisations to engage in effective trans advocacy at the UN. Through the training, participants will:

  • Increase their knowledge about UN human rights bodies and processes
  • Improve their understanding of effective advocacy methods at the UN
  • Gain an oversight over relevant international human rights law, resolutions and reports
  • Build a network with government representatives, NGOs and other activists

Benefits

  • Successful applicants will have accommodation provided and travel expenses met by TGEU and will receive a per diem to cover food, local transportation and other costs.
  • TGEU will provide assistance in organising visa and travel, if required.


Eligibility Criteria

Participants have to:

  • Volunteer or work for a trans or LGBTI organisation from wider Europe (with strong preference given to activists from Eastern Europe) or from the Global South or East.
  • Have the support of their organisation for their application.
  • Have a demonstrated track record of activism on trans rights and trans issues.
  • Be engaged in or responsible for their organisation’s current or planned advocacy work at the UN. Participants’ organisations do not necessarily need to have prior experience engaging with the UN, but there needs to be a commitment to do so in the near future.
  • Be able to speak and write effectively in English.
  • Commit to participate in the follow-up to the training.
  • Attend for the full duration of the 3-day training.


Application Process

Applicants must complete the online application form.

For more information, please visit UN Call for Applications.

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How to make rainbow roses: a step-by-step guide




May 30, 2015 /LGBT News/ Staining roses with dyes is a common practice to obtain flower colors that are not available in nature, as in the case of blue roses, the most common and first color to be used. However Rainbow Roses are most unusual because the petals of the same flower display various colors. The technique for producing Rainbow Roses was developed by Peter van de Werken from River Roses, a flower company located in Holland. 


Here is how you can also make a rainbow rose:

1. Start off with a white rose with 8-9 inches stem. 
2. Choose some water soluble colors. They should be much different from each other with high contrast value. 
3. Collect cups/glasses filled with water for each color. Add color to the water and steer well. Add drops of color until the water becomes totally opaque.
4. Split the stem into several equal channels.  Use a knife or sharp blade to cut lengthwise up to 6 inches.
5. Dip each channel in a different dye.
6. Wait for 24 hours and see the magic. The colors will move upwards through the xylem to the petals, and resultant rose will have all the colors in it. 
7. Take the rose out and bind the split ends using adhesive tapes.

The same method can be applied to other flowers especially to Chrysanthemum and Hydrangea. 


Note: 

Do not choose a red or pink rose to color.
Colors should be water soluble.
Colors should be blended very well with the water. Mix it well.
The process of splitting should be done carefully. 
Do not keep it in direct sunlight. The rose will dry.


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LGBTQ Production Company to Film Second Indie Movie

May 14, 2015 /LGBT News/ Family-owned LGBTQ production company, Small or Large Productions, will be shooting its second independent feature film, a crime thriller called Russian Doll, this July, in the metro west suburbs of Boston.

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Producers Ed Gaffney and New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann, co-owners of Small or Large, are thrilled that their second foray into LGBTQ movie-making will take place in their home state.

“I still remember standing in front of the State House in Boston on the day we won the equal marriage rights battle,” said Gaffney, a former member of the Board of Directors of the LGBTQ rights organization, MassEquality.

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The producers describe Russian Doll as a film noir with a twist -- unlike the traditional hard-boiled male private eye, the lead in Russian Doll is a lesbian police detective. The story centers around her investigation into a woman’s disappearance that leads to a local theater company where a killer is hiding in plain sight. Kristine Sutherland (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) has signed on to play the detective’s mother, a superior court judge.

For Brockmann, Russian Doll is the natural follow up to their company’s first feature, a romantic comedy called The Perfect Wedding.

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“Like  The Perfect Wedding, Russian Doll takes place in a universe where people are defined by far more than their sexual orientation,” she explains. “It’s a character-driven, edge-of-your-seat thriller, filled with many strong, interesting women.”

Brockmann and Gaffney are long-time equal rights advocates. Their son, Jason T. Gaffney, who will co-star in the film as well as co-direct, identified as gay fifteen years ago, just before equal marriage rights became front page news in Massachusetts. “Our experience as community organizers and advocates for the LGBTQ community puts us in a great position to transition into the film industry,” Gaffney said. “Much like door-to-door political work, making movies is a deeply collaborative effort. Right now, we’re raising a part of our budget through a Kickstarter campaign. This isn’t Hollywood – this is do-it-yourself indie filmmaking. The more people who help us, the more likely we are to succeed.”

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“We know the odds are against us,” added Brockmann, “but The Perfect Wedding was picked up for distribution and has been seen by almost 70,000 people on Netflix. We’re hoping for even more success for Russian Doll.”

Russian Doll is being Kickstarted from now through May 30th at

For more information, visit Russian Doll’s website at www.russiandollthemovie.com

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A gay man’s story of persecution, fear, isolation and imprisonment in Gambia and Nigeria

March 12, 2015 /LGBT News


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My name is David Berihun Kohen and here is my story.

I was born on November 11, 1997 in Tortola, British Virgin Islands (stateless) during vacation trips of my parents. My families are Beta Israel/Ethiopian Jews from Gondar regions of Ethiopia.

My middle class families for generations lived in North and North-Western Ethiopia in more than 500 small villages spread over a wide territory among populations that were Muslims and predominantly Christians. Mostly concentrated in the area around Lake Tana and North of its in the Tigray regions; among the Wolqoyit, Shire and Tselement and Amhare Regions of Gondar regions; among the Semien province, Dembia, Segelt, Belesa and Quare.

In the late 20th century, our Jewish communities made contacts around the world with other Jewish communities, followed by a massive aliya to Israel – under the law of return between 1979 – 1990. At that point in time, my young parents were faced with two most important decisions (considering at that time secured a professional cooking job aboard a cruise lines)
(a) Make Aliya from Ethiopia to Israel
(b) Work – travel aboard a cruise line and make aliya at a later date.
My parents decided to work – travel aboard the cruise vessels. But not long after that they were faced with challenges of raising a family aboard a cruise lines. They abandoned the ship and headed to Gambia for a lucrative private tutoring job.

Gambia

Gambia is an enclave country in West Africa mostly surrounded by Senegal with a short strip of its coastline bordered by the Atlantic Ocean at its western end. It is the smallest country on mainland Africa. Its area is 10,689 square kilometers (4,127 square miles) with a population of 1,882,450 at the April 15th 2013 census. Banjul is the Gambian capital, and the largest cities are Serekunda and Brikama.

My parents reside in Banjul, providing private tutoring to some of Gambian most richest families. On November 1997, my father took my pregnant mother on a short trip to the Caribbean Island of British Virgin Island. I was born November 11, 1997 in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. Since none of my parents hold Belonger status of British Virgin Islands, I was not eligible for citizenship. In essence I was born stateless until I derived citizenship through Gambia.  Raised in Banjul, Gambia along with my sibling. We were all home schooled but unlike my siblings I graduated at the age of 14 years through St. Augustine’s Senior Secondary School (All Boys School) Banjul North, Gambia in 2011 with a presidential scholarship as a gifted student to read medicine at School of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences, University of Gambia, Serekunda, Gambia. However, that dream never came to pass – because I was gay.

My Persecution in Gambia

Growing up gay in Gambia is the most difficult ever – I officially came out to my closest friends and family in February 2006 but I come out a little more every day – it’s a journey. I feel like my sexuality has unfolded slowly, starting from the time I was home schooled. I remember playing with my best friend and how it felt to kiss him when we intended to be husband and wife. I remember getting dressed in gym with my home schooled classmates and letting my eyes linger on their bodies for too long and then feeling like something was wrong with me. I remember having a 15 years old boy friend, who was gay, when I was 10 years old and how comfortable and right it felt to be with another man. For a time I thought I was gay too but somewhere deep inside it didn’t feel right – it’s still a journey. And now at 18 years old, after I realized that I had more than “friendly” feeling towards one of my closest friends, who came out a week before I did, I know that I am gay.

I now accept that fact that I am a man who loves other men. I am gay and its okay. Coming out openly is supposed to be a beautiful thing – a self realization and personal fulfillment but not in Gambia. When you are gay or lesbian in Gambia, you are facing life in prison.

Examples in Gambia

LGBT persons in Gambia face legal challenges not experienced by non LGBT residents – both male and female same, same-sex activity being illegal in Gambia.

The Gambia Criminal Code, as amended by the Criminal Code (Amendment) Act, 2009, provides as follows:

Section 144. Unnatural Offenses
1.     Any person who –
a)             Has carnal knowledge of  any person against the order of nature; or   
b)            Permits a male person to have carnal knowledge of him or her against the order of nature; is guilty of felony, and is liable to imprisonment for a term of 14 years.
2.     In this section – “Carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature “includes
a)     Carnal knowledge of the person through the anus or the mouth of the person;
b)    Inserting any object or thing into the vulva or the anus of the person for the purpose of simulating sex; and
c)     Committing any other homosexual act with the person.

Section 147 states that if a man commits an “act of gross indecency” with another man, he is liable to imprisonment for a term of five years. The same applies to females who commit “acts of gross indecency” with other females. The term ‘act of gross indecency’ includes any homosexual act.

Gambia President Yahya Jammeh said in May 2008 that laws “stricter than those in Iran” would soon be introduced and vowed to “cut off the head” of any homosexual caught in the country. On May 15, 2008 Jammeh gave homosexuals 24 hours to leave the country. He also commanded “all those who harbor such individuals to kick them out of their compounds, noting that a mass patrol will be conducted on the instructions of the (Inspector General of Police)--- and the director of the Gambia Immigration Department to weed bad elements in society”. He said, “Any hotel, lodge or motel that lodges this kind of individual, will be closed down, because this act is unlawful. We are in a Muslim dominated country and I will not and shall never accept such individuals in this country”.

In June 2008, two Spanish men alleged to be gay, Pere Joan, 56 and Joan Monpserrat Rosa, 54, were arrested by Gambia police and detained at Koto police station.

On 23 December 2008, Frank Boers, a 79 – year old man from the Netherlands, was arrested at Banjul’s international airport when officials found him in possession of pornography, including nude pictures of himself and some Gambian men. A Banjul court found Boers guilty of indecency with those men and sentenced him to pay 100,000 Gambian delasis (Euros 2,500) in lieu of a two year prison sentence.

On 10 April 2012, a court remanded 18 of us alleged homosexuals (16 from Senegal, 1 from the Gambia (David Berihun Kohen), and 1 from Nigeria. We were arrested on April 9 2012 at a bar in the Tourism Development Area. We were “charged with indecent practice among themselves at a Public Place”. According to the police testimony in court in July 2012, the arrests were made because we were wearing women’s clothes, carrying handbags, and “walking like ladies”. On August 2012, the prosecutor dropped all charges for lack of adequate evidence in the case. As a result of this incidence my scholarship to medical school was also revoked.

AMENDMENT TO GAMBIAN CRIMINAL CODE 2014

Criminal code of the Gambian was recently amended again that creates a broad and vague offence of “aggravated homosexuality” punishable by life imprisonment. The amendment to the criminal code was approved by the National Assembly and signed into law by the President on 9 October 2014. It targets among others, so-called “serial offenders” (meaning individuals with a previous conviction for homosexuality), could be imprisonment for life.

So I decided to depart somewhere – anywhere but Gambia. That was how I came to Nigeria.

PERSECUTION/LEGAL TROUBLES IN NIGERIA

Nigeria is often referred to as the "Giant of Africa", owing to its large population and economy. With approximately 174 million inhabitants, Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and the seventh most populous country in the world. Nigeria has one of the largest populations of youth in the world. The country is inhabited by over 500 ethnic groups, of which the three largest are the Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba. Regarding religion, Nigeria is divided roughly in half between Christians, who live mostly in the southern and central parts of the country, and Muslims, concentrated mostly in the northern and southwestern regions. A minority of the population practice religions indigenous to Nigeria, such as those native to Igbo and Yoruba peoples.

As a teenager, it’s difficult to travel to Nigeria from Gambia but I got a surprise help from a good Samaritan who helped me escape from Gambia so I can stay with my uncle who teaches at the Faculty of Science, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi State, Nigeria. Less than five months later, we were arrested by Bauchi State Sharia Commission (State Penal Court Charges – which carry a death penalty) and aiding and supporting gay organization (federal charges) which carry 10 – 14 years in federal prison. We were detained, beaten and arraigned before Bauchi State Sharia Commission Judge in the morning of January 18th 2014 in Bauchi State, Nigeria. Most of this were minors and have no legal representations. Various sentences were handed down by the judge which including anywhere from flogging, 2 years sentences but I was detained under special circumstances as a foreigner. The evidence against me was overwhelming – computers, cell phones, pictures, newsletters were collected from my apartment. Some of us were released, while others went to prison, and I was handed over to the Nigeria Police Force and subsequently transferred from Bauchi state to the care of Assistant Commissioner of Police Mr. Rasak Abdullraheem, Criminal Investigation Department, Airport Police Command, Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja Lagos, on February 10 2014.

Gambia Embassy was notified of my arrest, detention and charges. The Gambian authorities requested that I should be extradited from Nigeria to Gambia so I can be tried under Gambian Laws as an aggravated homosexual behavior. On March 5th 2014 I was granted bail and released. Court date was set March 17th 2014 for extradition hearing and consolidation of charges.

On March 17th 2014 I absconded. I skipped bail for my safety rather than face life imprisonment in Gambia. I went into hiding – running to safety.

Anti-gay and lesbian legislations in both Gambia and Nigeria violate my fundamental human rights – among them the right to privacy, to freedom from discrimination, from arbitrary arrest and detention. It adds to the stigma, hate and death threats I face every day just because I am different. I believe governments have a sacred duty to protect people from prejudice, not to add to it.


My name is David Berihun Kohen and that was my story. A story of systemic persecution, of mistreatment, sufferings, harassment, fear, isolation and imprisonment just because I am different.


Editor's note:

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015 / Labels: , , , , , ,

Intersex Human Rights Fund - Call for applications

February, 11, 2015 /LGBT News/ The Intersex Human Rights Fund was launched by the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice to honor the resilience, creativity and growth of intersex activism and ensure the human rights of intersex people. 

People with intersex variations face invisibility, stigma, discrimination and violence. Intersex babies and children are widely subjected to “normalizing,” non-consensual, harmful surgeries and other medical interventions, with life-long consequences, including sterilization and genital mutilation. There are few legal frameworks to protect intersex people from multiple forms of discrimination and institutional violence. While intersex activism has been growing around the world, intersex issues and communities remain starkly under-funded, receiving less than a fraction of 1% of global foundation funding for LGBTQI people and/or women and girls. 

The Intersex Human Rights Fund supports organizations, projects and timely campaigns led by intersex activists working to ensure the human rights, bodily autonomy, physical integrity and self-determination of intersex people. This Fund is made possible through the generous support of seed donors Kobi Conaway and Andrew Owen, and a leadership contribution from the Arcus Foundation. Given the dearth of funding to intersex issues globally, intersex groups/projects based anywhere in the world are eligible to apply. 

Astraea particularly seeks proposals from intersex activists who have never applied for a grant or received foundation funding. Groups with small or no budgets, staff or structures are eligible and encouraged to apply. 

Grants will range from $2,500 – $10,000. 

Proposal Deadline:  20 February 2015


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