Monday, November 25, 2013

LGBT Democracy Council Event

The Democracy Council has announced the launch of its new LGBT Global Rights Initiative. The new initiative, which is the first of its kind at a mainstream international development organization, will work directly with LGBT activists in repressive societies, including Russia & Iran providing resources, tools & training to grassroots organizations. James Prince, President of the Democracy Council stated, “As Secretary of State Kerry & former Secretary Clinton have emphasized, LGBT rights are human rights. We are proud to be explicitly including LGBT equality in our work & call on others to join us. We don’t tell activists what to do & we don’t seek the spotlight. Our core competency is getting on the ground, working in the trenches to support local activists in their brave struggle for equality. We work to give them the tools & resources to do the work they want to do.” Prince added that the Democracy Council has consulted extensively with longtime international LGBT activists in the design of the LGBT Global Rights Initiative & will continue to do so throughout the project. The Council is launching the initiative with a benefit on December 7th in Los Angeles. Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis, the Olympic gold medalist who has been outspoken regarding the safety of LGBT athletes at the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, will be among the speakers. Louganis added, "The situation for LGBT people in Russia & in other parts of the world, is horrific. With its impressive track record, the Democracy Council is poised to make a real, immediate impact."
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