Welcome to the podcast about global LGBTI human rights! For LGBTI people all over the world, this is a remarkable moment — both making unprecedented progress and facing violent backlash at the very same time. On Radio Free Qtopia, we’ll share the stories of people working, often in the most unexpected of places, to make their communities and countries more welcoming for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Hosted by Ian Lekus.

Recent Episodes


Episode 006: "A Matter of Representation" (Luis Larraín)

Today, Luis Larraín, a Chilean gay activist, talks about coming out, the LGBTQ movement in Chile, and his election campaign to become the first openly gay member of Chile's Chamber of Deputies.


Episode 007: "The Buzzfeed Video Changed My Life" (Irene)

What do you know about the “I” in “LGBTI”? On this week’s episode, we talk with Irene, an activist with Intersex Russia, who talks about her experiences being intersex – including how a Buzzfeed video (really!) changed her life.

As mentioned in the episode, here’s Irene’s article, “I Discovered I’m Intersex from the Buzzfeed Video, along with the original Buzzfeed video, “What It’s Like to Be Intersex.”




Episode 008: Standards of Progress (Fabrice Houdart)

On September 26, the United Nations released its global Standards of Conduct to support the business community as it tackles discrimination against LGBTI people. In this episode, we speak with Fabrice Houdart from the UN Human Rights Office about these new Standards, the role of business in promoting human rights, and more generally the connections between business, development, and supporting LGBTI people around the world.