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Stern New U.S. Special LGBTQ Envoy

By Charlotte Robinson, June 25, 2021

Jessica Stern OutRight Action International Executive Director has been selected by the Biden Administration to serve in the role of Special Envoy for International LGBTQI Rights. OutRight Action International is the only US based LGBTIQ organization with consultative status at the United Nations. Jenny Pizer Co-Chair of OutRight’s Board of Directors stated, “The United States is emerging from four years of unreliable foreign policy, distortions of international human rights standards & backs turned on LGBTIQ people domestically. In such times, LGBTIQ communities in the United States & around the world need and deserve a clear-eyed human rights champion to galvanize a wise reemergence of the U.S. government insisting on full human rights for LGBTIQ people everywhere. Jessica is that person. No one works with deeper commitment, greater integrity or more skillful strategic vision on behalf of our global LGBTIQ family. We who know Jessica’s talents best know what an immense positive impact she can have. This is an exciting new day for our global movement.” Jessica Stern comes to this new position with solid global qualifications. She was the first researcher on LGBT rights at Human Rights Watch & a Ralph Bunche Fellow at Amnesty International conducting fact-finding investigations & advocacy in relation to Iran, Kyrgyzstan, South Africa & the United Arab Emirates. Stern has campaigned extensively for social & economic justice in the United States for the Center for Constitutional Rights, the National LGBTQ Task Force & the Urban Justice Center. At OutRight International she has supported the legal registration of LGBTIQ organizations globally, helped secure the mandate of the United Nations Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity & advanced the UN LGBTI Core Group. 

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