International LGBT-Supportive Organizations

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All Out

“Our mission is to build a world where no person will have to sacrifice family or freedom, safety or dignity, because of who they are or whom they love.

From petitioning a world leader to organizing a flash mob, All Out members respond to urgent crises and seize new opportunities to challenge the laws in 76 countries where it is a crime to be gay, lesbian, bi or trans. We are also expanding relationship recognition worldwide, combating homophobia in the media, challenging corporations to speak out in support of equality and working to end violence and discrimination. All Out also produces creative content about lesbian, gay, bi and trans people that our members amplify online to start provocative conversations that can change hearts and minds.”

Amnesty International

“Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 3 million supporters, members and activists in more than 150 countries and territories who campaign to end grave abuses of human rights.”

AI’s website includes information on sexual orientation and gender identity issues and on children’s issues.

Human Rights Watch

“Human Rights Watch is a nonprofit, nongovernmental human rights organization . . . [It] is known for its accurate fact-finding, impartial reporting, effective use of media, and targeted advocacy, often in partnership with local human rights groups. Each year, Human Rights Watch publishes more than 100 reports and briefings on human rights conditions in some 90 countries, generating extensive coverage in local and international media.”

HRW’s website has an LGBT page and a children’s rights page.

International Commission of Jurists

“The International Commission of Jurists is dedicated to the primacy, coherence and implementation of international law and principles that advance human rights. What distinguishes the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) is its impartial, objective and authoritative legal approach to the protection and promotion of human rights through the rule of law. The ICJ provides legal expertise at both the international and national levels to ensure that developments in international law adhere to human rights principles and that international standards are implemented at the national level.”

The ICJ’s materials on sexual orientation and gender identity include the following:

International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission

“[IGLHRC] is a leading international organization dedicated to human rights advocacy on behalf of people who experience discrimination or abuse on the basis of their actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.”

International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA)

“ILGA’s aim is to work for the equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people and their liberation from all forms of discrimination. We seek to achieve this aim through the world-wide cooperation and mutual support of our members.”

International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Youth and Student Organization

“IGLYO is the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Youth and Student Organization. Created in 1984, today the IGLYO network is an important meeting point for LGBTQ youth in the European region.”

Safe Schools Coalition

(also listed in the National (U.S.) section)

“The Safe Schools Coalition is an international public-private partnership in support of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth, that is working to help schools – at home and all over the world – become safe places where every family can belong, where every educator can teach, and where every child can learn, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.”

United Nations