Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI)

Black Alliance for Just Immigration is a racial and migrant rights organization which engages in organizing, education, advocacy, and cross-cultural alliance building in order to end the racism, criminalization, and economic disenfranchisement of Black immigrants, refugees, and African American communities.

Black Alliance for Just Immigration is a racial and migrant rights organization which engages in organizing, education, advocacy, and cross-cultural alliance building in order to end the racism, criminalization, and economic disenfranchisement of Black immigrants, refugees, and African American communities. They recognize that, like African Americans, Black immigrants and refugees suffer the consequences of racial and gender injustice in the U.S., including the impact of mass criminalization, harsh immigration enforcement policies, economic inequality, and lack of access to adequate health care. Utilizing an array of strategies to tackle these issues, BAJI works with Black migrant communities in eight cities including New York, Oakland, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Miami, Boston, and Washington, DC, and have members throughout the United States.

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BYP100

BYP100 envisions a world where all Black people have economic, social, political and educational freedom.

BYP100 envisions a world where all Black people have economic, social, political and educational freedom. Founded in 2013, BYP100 is a member-based activist organization of Black 18-35-year-olds grounded in a Black queer feminist politic that centers their organizing efforts on issues acutely impacting those who are historically marginalized, including women, workers, and LGBTQ communities.

Lesbian Organization Rijeka (LORI) & Zagreb Pride Organization

Founded in 2000 and 2002 respectively, Lesbian Organization Rijeka (LORI) and Zagreb Pride are two long-established and experienced LGBTQI organizations contributing to LGBTQI, feminist, progressive and anti-fascist movement advancements in Croatia.

Founded in 2000 and 2002 respectively, Lesbian Organization Rijeka (LORI), http://www.lori.hr/, and Zagreb Pride, http://www.zagreb-pride.net/en/, are two long-established and experienced LGBTQI organizations contributing to LGBTQI, feminist, progressive and anti-fascist movement advancements in Croatia. Zagreb Pride was originally formed to make the pride march in Zagreb, an important political intervention of its time, into a more sustainable ongoing activist project. Over the years, it has grown to become a leading queer-feminist organization, led by a trans activist and engaged in research, advocacy and direct action as key strategies to assert LGBTQI rights nationally, particularly to reduce violence and discrimination and gain legal recognition of non-normative families. LORI, the first registered LGBTQI group in Croatia, is also recognized as a key leader in promoting LGBTQI identity and culture, building public support for LGBTQI issues and working to attain an inclusive and non-discriminatory educational environment for young people. In 2012, they published an anti-bullying handbook for high school teachers and counselors, and as a result of their patient and consistent educational efforts, became the first LGBTQI group to work directly in high schools and be part of official school programs.

S.H.E, Social, Health and Empowerment Feminist Collective of Transgender Women of Africa

Based in East London, Social, Health and Empowerment Feminist Collective of Transgender Women of Africa (S.H.E.) was formed in 2010 to address the gender imbalance in the African trans movement, build the leadership of trans women, and work for greater inclusion of trans women and their issues in African women’s and feminist movements at the local, national and regional levels.

Based in East London, Social, Health and Empowerment Feminist Collective of Transgender Women of Africa (S.H.E.) was formed in 2010 to address the gender imbalance in the African trans movement, build the leadership of trans women, and work for greater inclusion of trans women and their issues in African women’s and feminist movements at the local, national and regional levels. At the local level, S.H.E. works with trans women in peri-urban informal settlements and township communities, predominantly in the Eastern Cape Province, where they run support groups and ‘co-powerment’ programs. At the national level, they collaborate with women’s movements to raise issues of violence against trans women, and with trans and intersex organizations to advance campaigns for access to health care. At the continental level, they build the capacity of trans and women’s rights organizations. They held the first African Transformative Feminist Leadership Institute, which brought together 14 transgender women activists from 8 countries working to advance a feminist agenda for trans women on the African continent, starting with the release of the “African Transfeminist Charter.” Check out our 2018 International Trans Day of Visibility video featuring an interview with S.H.E. Founder Leigh Ann Van Der Werwe:

Roma Women’s Center “Rromnjako Ilo”

Founded in 2007, Rromnjako Ilo (Roma Women’s Center) empowers and encourage Roma women and multi- marginalized women of different sexual orientation to freely make their own choices in life.

Founded in 2007, Rromnjako Ilo (Roma Women’s Center) empowers and encourage Roma women and multi- marginalized women of different sexual orientation to freely make their own choices in life. Using the framework of ‘bodily integrity,’ Rromnjako Ilo opens up dialogue on gender and sexuality in Roma communities in Serbia. Their work empowers LBTI Roma women from within the community to demand their rights to live free from domestic violence in the form of forced marriages. It advances Roma civil society acceptance of LGBTQ issues and increases engagement from state institutions responsible for protecting the rights of marginalized populations in Serbia. Rromnjako Ilo also works to have the LGBTQ movement recognize the lives and voices of Roma lesbians.

Power Inside

Power Inside is a human rights and harm reduction organization that serves women and girls who are survivors of gender-based violence and oppression and impacted by incarceration, street life and abuse.

Power Inside is a human rights and harm reduction organization that serves women and girls who are survivors of gender-based violence and oppression and impacted by incarceration, street life and abuse. Through a prison abolition framework, they fight for social change via direct services, advocacy and activism, radical harm reduction, street outreach, leadership development and public education. Recently, Power Inside advocated for the inclusion of incarceration, survival sex, gendered violence, and LGBTQ hate-motivated violence in the city-wide screening tool used to evaluate homeless vulnerability, and successfully pushed for the Healthy Births for Incarcerated Women Act in Maryland.

Pidgeon Pagonis

Pidgeon Pagonis is an intersex artist and activist who has worked for almost a decade researching, advocating and educating a wide range of audiences about intersex issues and rights, and the movement for bodily autonomy and justice.

Pidgeon Pagonis is an intersex artist and activist who has worked for almost a decade researching, advocating and educating a wide range of audiences about intersex issues and rights, and the movement for bodily autonomy and justice. In 2013, they began work on their documentary, The Son I Never Had, which gives an inside look at one intersex person’s experience. The film weaves narration, recorded conversations, and medical records with photos, video and animation, in the hopes of compelling viewers to take action against the human rights violations incurred by intersex people.

Organization Intersex International-Chinese (Oii-Chinese)

Hiker is dedicated to helping Asian intersex people beyond China, Taiwan and Hong Kong to self-organize.

Oii-Chinese was established by Hiker Chiu in 2008 to provide Chinese-speaking intersex people information created by intersex people and to bring intersex people together for peer support. Oii-Chinese’s mission is to raise awareness in the general public, reframe the meaning of intersex from traditional stigma and superstition, advocate for intersex human rights, and help intersex people develop self-understanding and support each other. The main platform for this work is Oii-Chinese’s website. Hiker also does extensive media engagement and lectures, sharing their personal story and educating universities and LGBT groups. Hiker is dedicated to helping Asian intersex people beyond China, Taiwan and Hong Kong to self-organize. One key strategy is creating and managing a closed “Intersex Asia” community on Facebook that now has members from nine countries. After the first gathering of “Intersex Asia” in ILGA Asia 2015 in Taiwan, Hiker was elected to be the co-chairs of ILGA ASIA and have more opportunities and responsibility on moving not only intersex rights but also LGBTI human rights in Asia. Check out a video interview with Oii-Chinese’s Founder Hiker Chiu: Hiker was also featured in our 2016 Intersex Awareness Day video:

Organisation Intersex International Europe (OII Europe)

OII Europe was founded in 2012, during the Second International Intersex Forum in Stockholm, to ensure the adoption of human rights for intersex people all over Europe.

OII Europe was founded in 2012, during the Second International Intersex Forum in Stockholm, to ensure the adoption of human rights for intersex people all over Europe. OII Europe works to end discrimination against intersex people and to ensure the fundamental rights of bodily integrity and self-determination. Advocating for the charter of rights outlined in the Malta Declaration of 2013, OII Europe campaigns for the respect of intersex people’s human rights on the European level and engages with governments, human rights organizations, commissions and the broader LGBTI activist movement. OII Europe also offers information and training to other NGOs and government bodies. The group raises awareness in the European public and among political stakeholders within the European Union (EU), the Council of Europe (CoE) and the U.N.; works towards legal change and inclusion of intersex in EU anti-discrimination legislation and within the human rights framework of the CoE and the UN; and builds community building among intersex individuals in Europe. They have had a number of key successes with European policy and human rights bodies, including speaking in the Euroepan Parliament and presenting the the key human rights challenges intersex people face at the Council of Europe’s Committee on Bioethics. On Intersex Solidarity day 2016 (8th of November) OII Europe is launching the website intervisibility.eu that will contain information about intersex and the challenges intersex people face in 22 European languages. The website will also contain audio-visual testimonials of intersex individuals and activists from all over Europe, as well as written information about the situation of intersex people in different European countries. Check out our 2016 Intersex Awareness Day video, featuring OII Europe Co-Chair Miriam van der Have:

Limpopo LGBTI Proudly Out

Formed in 2011, Limpopo LGBTI Proudly Out (LLPO) was the first formal LGBTI organization to exist in Limpopo, South Africa’s poorest province.

Formed in 2011, Limpopo LGBTI Proudly Out (LLPO) was the first formal LGBTI organization to exist in Limpopo, South Africa’s poorest province. It organized the first LGBTI Pride event in the province in 2012. LLPO’s work centers on three strategies: empowering LGBTI communities in the province to exercise their rights, building public support for LGBTI issues, and supporting the inclusion of LGBTI rights in government services and civil society programs. Heteronormativity prevails in Limpopo and is enforced by government officials, traditional authorities and communities at large. LGBTI communities experience high levels of hatred and violence, including “corrective rape” and murder.