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.

Read more about the United Nations Free and Equal campaign against homophobia & transphobia, and follow Fabrice on Twitter at @houdartUN.

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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.”

Intersex Russia can be found on Facebook here (in both Russian and English); also, you can check out InterACT’s website. The two 2017 reports mentioned in our conversation are:

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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.

You can follow Luis on Twitter at @luislarrain and check out his website at luislarrain.cl.

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Episode 003: "They Murder Us" (Andrea Ayala)

As Pride Months ends, we go to El Salvador for a conversation with Andrea Ayala, the Executive Director of ESMULES, Espacio de Mujeres Lesbianas Salvadoreñas por la Diversidad. Violence, both in general and specifically against LGBTI people, is epidemic in El Salvador, but in this conversation, Andrea discusses the resilient work her organization is doing to make key Salvadoran institutions more responsive to the needs of the LGBTI community.

ESMULES is on Facebook here and on Twitter at @esmules. For more information about its work with LGBTI seniors, go to adult-tez.org.

Uniformed Injustice: State Violence Against LGBT People in El Salvador, a 2017 report from the Georgetown Law Human Rights Institute, can be found here.

Episode 002: A Rainbow Railroad (Kimahli Powell)

This week, we’re tackling 2017’s biggest story in queer human rights: the crisis in Chechnya. My guest is Kimahli Powell, the Executive Director of Rainbow Railroad. Based in Toronto, Rainbow Railroad has been working very closely with Russian activists to get gay Chechens to safety. We’ll be discussing this urgent work and the organization’s other work to offer a “rainbow railroad” to LGBTI people all over the world at immediate risk of danger.

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Episode 001: Blingistan (Urooj Arshad)

My guest for this first episode is Urooj Arshad, a fierce & fabulous queer Pakistani-American activist working for reproductive justice and against Islamophobia & homophobia. From Karachi to Illinois to Washington, D.C., Urooj's journey speaks powerfully to how we navigate our many identities in a complex & contradictory world.

Urooj's essay, "Finding Blingistan: My Journey Home to the LGBT Community in Pakistan," can be found hereMetro Weekly's interview with Urooj, "Queer, Muslim, an Immigrant, and Female," is online here.