The Open Society Institute’s Sexual Health and Rights Project (SHARP) & U.S. Programs Presents:
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Funders Research Report Release
Director of Programs, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
Director of Research and Communications, Funders for Lesbian and Gay Issues
Thursday, June 21st
11:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch will be served
Open Society Institute, Conference Room 3AB – 3rd Floor
400 West 59th Street (btw 9th and 10th Ave)
New York, NY 10019
Please RSVP to Jill Wood firstname.lastname@example.org
Joo-Hyun Kang will share several recent cases which highlight both challenges and successes for promoting LGBT health and rights worldwide. Her work with the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice has helped promote social, racial, and economic justice in the U.S. and internationally through fundraising and grant-making. Joo-Hyun will discuss achievements in challenging oppression and empowering LGBT persons to claim their human rights as well as how additional resources can help to further these efforts.
Prior to her work at Astraea, Joo-Hyun served as Executive Director of the Audre Lorde Project, a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two-Spirit and Transgender (LGBTST) center for people of color in New York City, which was established to provide support and advocate for the rights of LGBTST peoples of African/Black/Caribbean, Arab, Asian and Pacific Islander, Latina/o, and Native/Indigenous descent.
Robert Espinoza will present an overview of a first-ever report on the needs and resources related to LGBTI giving in the global South and East. The report was commissioned by Funders for Lesbian and Gay Issues (FLGI) which remains the sole organization dedicated exclusively to increasing institutional giving to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) communities. FLGI’s mission is to seek equality and rights for LGBTQ individuals and communities by mobilizing philanthropic resources that advance racial, economic and gender justice.
Prior to working with FLGI, Robert researched and authored policy briefs on prisoner reentry for Family Justice; served as the Director of Communications for the Service Employees International Union Local 105; was part of the founding communications department for the Gill Foundation, the nation’s largest funder of LGBT issues; and was one of six panel members on the OUT Fund, an activist-advised, national grant making panel of the New York-based Funding Exchange.