Astraea works to bring voices beyond the gay mainstream into the public eye and present a nuanced, intersectional vision of LGBTQI movements globally. Through our own media production, Astraea amplifies the voices of those least often heard and raises awareness of the most critical issues our communities face.
For LGBTQI movements, the use of media, communications and technologies can be strategic and highly effective. It can enable activists to tailor messages, reach new audiences and built broader constituencies in support of human rights. However, technology also poses risks to digital and physical security. To this end we also work with our grantee partners in initiatives such as CommsLabs, supporting them to build the tools they need to tell their own stories and shape their own narratives.
Astraea’s CommsLabs is a radical global movement-building initiative that equips LGBTQI activists with the tools, skills and knowledge they need to securely organize and advocate in online spaces. Through a series of regional or country-based convenings, each Lab connects local LGBTQI activists, trainers, healers and technologists in an effort to address the online and offline threats facing LGBTQI communities, and seize the opportunities technology presents.