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Listen to Me: LGBT Perspectives on International Development

Listen to Me: LGBT Perspectives on What's Helpful & What's Harmful in International Development

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

11:30am - 1:30pm

Location: IREX, 1275 K ST, NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20005

With increasing awareness that LGBT rights are human rights, donors—both public and private—have strengthened their support for LGBT-focused initiatives around the world. But as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender populations are particularly vulnerable, missteps by international development players can be costly, resulting in violent backlash against LGBT individuals or those perceived to be LGBT. In honor of Pride Month, IREX is hosting this conversation with international LGBT activists to share their perspectives and experiences with the larger international development community. 


Urooj Arshad, Associate Director, International Youth Health and Rights, Advocates for Youth

Dr. Chloe Schwenke, Vice President for Global Programs, Freedom House

Victor J. Mukasa, Human Rights Defender, Researcher, & Int'l Advisor on African LBGTI Issues

New panelist added: Ryan Ubuntu Olson, International Campaigns Officer, International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia / Program Advisor, The Health Policy Project, Futures Group

Moderator: Randal Mason, IREX LBGT Advisor

Is your organization working on international LGBT issues? Feel free to bring materials on your LGBT-specific programs and activities to share during an informal networking lunch. 

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