Colombia Diversa

Founded in 2004, Colombia Diversa works for the equal inclusion of LGBT people in Colombia through legal advocacy, documentation of human rights violations, advocacy on national and international public policies and visibility.

Founded in 2004, Colombia Diversa works for the equal inclusion of LGBT people in Colombia through legal advocacy, documentation of human rights violations, advocacy on national and international public policies and visibility. Colombia Diversa had a major victory in April 2016, when the Colombian Constitutional Court ruled in favor of marriage between same-sex couples. This victory represents more than 10 years of work in the long and difficult battle for the recognition of other rights of the same sex couples that lived in union, which was directed by Colombia Diversa and was supported by Astraea and five years of Direct work by marriage between same-sex couples. In 2011, the Constitutional Court stated that it gave Congress a period of two years to systematically regulate the rights of same-sex couples, if it did not, as of June 2013, couples could legally register their unions for Extend the matrimonial benefits received by heterosexual persons by then. Because this bill was never approved by Congress, as of 2013, activists in favor of same-sex marriage argued that because of the legal ambiguity of the Constitutional Court order, Sex could go to notaries or judges to get married. Colombia Diversa worked with progressive judges throughout the country, sometimes in secret, who were willing to marry same-sex couples. The conservative Attorney General of Colombia National prosecuted and prosecuted some of these couples and, in response, Colombia Diversa also filed suits on behalf of these couples. These lawsuits opened the legal path to bring back the case of equal marriage to the Constitutional Court that resulted in this recent victory. Colombia Diversa also visibly supported with legal arguments and social mobilization the different efforts that resulted in the complementary victory of the full adoption of rights for gay and lesbian couples in the Constitutional Court in November 2015.

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Fundada en 2004, Colombia Diversa trabaja por la inclusión igualitaria de las personas LGBT en Colombia a través de la defensoría legal, la documentación de los derechos humanos, la defensoría internacional y la visibilidad. Colombia Diversa tuvo una victoria importante en abril de 2016, cuando el Tribunal Constitucional colombiano falló a favor del matrimonio entre parejas del mismo sexo. Esta victoria representa más de 10 años de trabajo en la larga y difícil batalla por el reconocimiento de las relaciones de parejas del mismo sexo, la cual estuvo dirigida por Colombia Diversa y fue apoyada por Astraea, y de cinco años de trabajo directo por el matrimonio entre parejas del mismo sexo. En 2011, el Tribunal Constitucional ordenó que las parejas del mismo sexo podían registrar legalmente sus relaciones dentro de dos años en caso de que el Congreso no les extendiera los mismos beneficios matrimoniales que reciben las personas heterosexuales. Aunque este proyecto de ley no pasó en el Senado en 2013, lxs activistas a favor del matrimonio entre personas del mismo sexo argumentaron que, debido a la ambigüedad legal de la orden del Tribunal Constitucional, las parejas del mismo sexo podían acudir a notarios o a jueces para casarse. Colombia Diversa trabajó con jueces progresistas por todo el país, a veces en secreto, que estaban en disposición de casar a parejas del mismo sexo. El conservador Fiscal General de Colombia demandó a algunas de estas parejas y, en respuesta, Colombia Diversa también sometió demandas en nombre de estas parejas. Estas demandas legales abrieron el camino legal para traer de vuelta el caso al Tribunal Constitucional y, eventualmente, resultaron en esta reciente victoria. Colombia Diversa también encabezó los esfuerzos que resultaron en la victoria complementaria de la plena adopción de los derechos para las parejas gays y lesbianas en el Tribunal Constitucional en noviembre de 2015.

Survivors Organizing for Liberation (SOL)

Survivors Organizing for Liberation (SOL) and Buried Seedz of Resistance envisions a Colorado where Transgender, Gender non-conforming, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit and Queer people have the power to determine the conditions of their lives, are valued for who they are, take responsibility for each other’s safety, and live their lives free from violence.

Survivors Organizing for Liberation (SOL) and Buried Seedz of Resistance envisions a Colorado where Transgender, Gender non-conforming, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit and Queer people have the power to determine the conditions of their lives, are valued for who they are, take responsibility for each other’s safety, and live their lives free from violence. SOL|BSeedz operates a 24-hour statewide hotline for community members who have experienced or witnessed violence as a strategy to empower callers to join the “healing collective” and become active members of bringing safety and wellness into our communities. SOL|BSeedz has been actively responding to the murder of Jessie Hernandez, a young queer Latina murdered by the Denver Police Department, and works with community members to respond to ongoing police violence.

Blue Diamond Society

Blue Diamond Society was founded in 2001 and is committed to creating a society in which sexual and gender minorities (SGM) can live with equal rights, freedom, dignity and a full range of opportunities.

Blue Diamond Society was founded in 2001 and is committed to creating a society in which sexual and gender minorities (SGM) can live with equal rights, freedom, dignity and a full range of opportunities. BDS works to address human rights violations, inequality, stigma and discrimination, lack of access to education, employment and healthcare services for SGM people including Third Genders in Nepal. BDS has been working with hospitals and the health sector to try to prevent forced mutilation of intersex children. They recognize that more advocacy is required together with working with doctors, interacting with educators, healthcare providers, parents and the media, and carrying out research, and plan to build out this work while also building community with intersex people.

 

FIERCE

FIERCE! is a community organizing project for Transgender, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Queer, and Questioning (TLGBTSQQ) youth of color in New York City.

FIERCE! is a community organizing project for Transgender, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Queer, and Questioning (TLGBTSQQ) youth of color in New York City. FIERCE is dedicated to exploring and building power in these communities through a mix of leadership development, artistic and cultural activism, political education, and campaign development. FIERCE challenges the institutions that perpetuate transphobia, homophobia, racism, ethnic conflict, gender bias, economic injustice, ageism, and the spread of HIV, STIs, STDs, and other mental and physical health crises, and organizes against the injustices of the criminal “justice” system, housing, employment, education, and healthcare systems.

Grupo Safo

Grupo Safo was formed in 2004 with the aim of making lesbian and bisexual women in Nicaragua visible.

Grupo Safo is a group of lesbian and bisexual women who defend human rights and citizenship. Founded in 2004 with the aim of helping lesbian and bisexual women in Nicaragua achieve visibility, the organization has a presence in Managua and the West of the country. Grupo Safo promotes sexual and reproductive rights, lesbian sexual health and family rights. The areas of work include: psychological and legal support to lesbian mothers, sexual and reproductive health, advocacy and prevention of STIs/HIV. Grupo Safo aspires to be an organization of national and international reference that promotes broad political and educational impact on the defense of human rights and citizenship of lesbian and bisexual women and their families, and contributes to the empowerment of Nicaraguan lesbian identity. The organization contributes to and affects lesbians and bisexual women and entire LGBT community have more and better access to justice. Towards that, Safo Group provides legal and psychological support to lesbian and bisexual women who have suffered discrimination or incidents of physical, emotional and economic violence. Grupo Safo manages a Hate Crime Observatory to record cases of violence and discrimination against lesbian women; this documentation helps lesbians achieve legal visibility. Grupo Safo shows discrimination in its various manifestations and simultaneously initiates a process of awareness with key stakeholders. *** Grupo Safo es un grupo de mujeres lesbianas y bisexuales que defienden los derechos humanos y de ciudadanía; que se fundo en el  2004 con el objetivo de visibilizar y acompañar a las mujeres lesbianas y bisexuales de Nicaragua. La organización tienen presencia en Managua y el Occidente del país. Promueven los derechos sexuales y reproductivos, salud sexual lésbica y derechos de familia.  Los ejes de trabajo incluyen: acompañamiento psicológico y jurídico a madres lesbianas, familiares de Lesbianas, salud sexual reproductiva, incidencia política y prevención de las ITS, VIH. Grupo Safo aspira a ser una organización de referencia nacional e internacional que promueve una amplia incidencia política y educativa en la defensa de los derechos humanos y de ciudadanía de las mujeres lesbianas y bisexuales y sus familiares, y que contribuya al empoderamiento de la identidad lésbica nicaragüense.   La organización contribuye e incide para que las mujeres lesbianas y bisexuales, así como toda la comunidad LGBT tengan un mayor y mejor acceso a la justicia.  Hacia eso, Grupo Safo aporta su acompañamiento legal y psicológico a mujeres lesbianas y bisexuales que han sufrido discriminación o incidentes de violencia física, emocional y económica. Grupo Safo administra un Observatorio de Crímenes de Odio para registrar casos de violencia y discriminación hacia las mujeres lesbianas.  Mediante el registro se logra visibilizar y evidenciar la discriminación en sus diferentes manifestaciones y a la vez iniciar un proceso de sensibilización con actores claves.

Mujeres Al Borde

MAB trains and supports other organizations in feminist self-care and in artivism, offering each year a theater school in Bogotá and a community video trainings throughout South America.

Mujeres al Borde (MAB) is a transfeminist collective founded in 2001 with the mission of raising visibility, fostering leadership, and creating networks of affection and creative work among sexually and gender dissident people, as well as promoting Recognition and respect for the rights of women and LGBTIQ communities. Its main strategies are Artivismo (Art + Activism), popular education, transfeminist methodologies and grassroots community work, creating links between the various movements with which they work. It was the first organization in Colombia to open spaces for people of bodies and multiple identities, thus contributing to the recognition and politicization of experiences that had remained poorly visible or that had been stigmatized by the LGBT community itself. At the regional level, their transfeminist practice has been expressed in important actions such as the co-creation of the “Come to the South” LesBiTransInter meeting, which challenged the idea that only women can be feminists and the initiative of the Southern Transfusion Network. MAB trains and supports other organizations in feminist self-care and in artivism, offering each year a theater school in Bogotá and a community video trainings throughout South America. *** En Español*** Mujeres al Borde (MAB) es una colectiva transfeminista que se fundó en el 2001, con la misión de elevar la visibilidad, fomentar el liderazgo, las redes de afecto y de trabajo creativo entre personas disidentes sexuales y del género,  así como también promover el reconocimiento y respeto de los derechos de las mujeres y de las comunidades LGBTIQ. Sus estrategias principales son el Artivismo (Arte + Activismo), la educación popular, las metodologías transfeministas y el trabajo comunitario de base, creando lazos entre los diversos movimientos con los que trabajan. Fue la primera organización en Colombia en abrir espacios para personas de cuerpos e identidades múltiples, aportando así al reconocimiento y politización de experiencias que habían permanecido poco visibles o que habían sido estigmatizadas por la misma comunidad LGBT. A nivel regional su práctica transfeminista se ha expresado en acciones importantes como la co-creación del encuentro LesBiTransInter “Venir Al Sur” que retó la idea de que solo las mujeres cisgénero podían ser feministas y la iniciativa de la Red Transfeministas del Sur. MAB capacita y apoya a otras organizaciones en autocuidado feminista y en artivismo, ofreciendo cada año una escuela de teatro en Bogotá y una de video comunitario que itinera por América del Sur.

Transgender, Gender Variant, and Intersex Justice Project

TGIJP was founded in 2004 with the mission to challenge and end human rights abuses against transgender, gender variant and intersex people, especially transgender women, in California prisons and beyond.

TGIJP was founded in 2004 with the mission to challenge and end human rights abuses against transgender, gender variant and intersex people, especially transgender women, in California prisons and beyond. While TGIJP has done some legal work for intersex individuals caught within the prison industrial complex, its leadership team has long wanted to expand its work in this area to fully realize its name and mission. In 2014, an intersex individual joined the TGIJP’s core volunteer team. TGIJP is now working to increase the visibility of intersex issues in their current programming (e.g. publishing information in their newsletter and raising intersex issues with current allies); conducting internal education for staff, core leadership and members; developing collaborative relationships with intersex organizations; and conducting outreach to identify imprisoned intersex people, share information and support their ability to self-advocate and self-organize. Check out our 2018 International Trans Day of Visibility video featuring an interview with TGIJP’s former Executive Director, Miss Major: Learn more about the documentary 2015 Global Arts Fund grantee partner Annalise Ophelian made about Miss Major:

Forum for the Empowerment of Women (FEW)

Established in 2002, Forum for the Empowerment of Women (FEW) is a black lesbian feminist organization that engages in advocacy, education and action.

Established in 2002, Forum for the Empowerment of Women (FEW) is a black lesbian feminist organization that engages in advocacy, education and action to ensure that black lesbians enjoy holistic freedom, wellness, dignity and bodily autonomy in all aspects of their lives. FEW is currently focused on building the Rainbow Activist Alliance (RAA), a network of 15 community based LGBTI organizations in several provinces across South Africa, collectively working to create safer communities, ensure access to appropriate public health care, ensure non-discrimination within the criminal justice system, and build black lesbian leadership. While the issue of pervasive violence against Black lesbians in South Africa has seen a increased visibility over quite a period of time, black lesbians and gender non-conforming people continue to face heightened level of violence, discrimination, marginalization and exclusion. FEW’s cultural activism, direct action and advocacy builds pressure for state accountability for this violence.

Creating Resources for Empowerment in Action (CREA)

CREA is a Global-South-based international feminist human rights organization formed in 1999 by a group of development professionals working in the human rights.

CREA is a Global-South-based international feminist human rights organization formed in 1999 by a group of development professionals working in the fields of reproductive rights, sexuality, violence against women, media and women’s human rights. Together with partners from a diverse range of human rights movements and networks, CREA works to build feminist leadership, advance the rights of women and girls, and the sexual and reproductive freedoms of all people. CREA currently plans to pursue targeted public education activities to reduce stigma and discrimination against LGBTI people over the next three years. They are building on recent success last year where they provided planning and training support to a pioneering student program called “Breaking Barriers” at the Tagore International School, which won first prize in a National Youth Leader competition and garnered significant positive media coverage. CREA also organized debates in colleges on issues of gender and sexuality, and ran an online campaign with Youth Ki Awaaz, which reached over a half a million people.

Mujeres Y Cultura Subterránea, A.C.

MyCS works with youth who live on the streets, LBT women, girls, sex workers and street vendors, and supports them to empower others and foster their own leadership.

Mujeres y Cultura Subterránea (MyCS) is a grassroots community organization led by poor and marginalized self-identified lesbians in Mexico City, a stigmatized urban area of Mexico City. MyCS works with youth who live on the streets, LBT women, girls, sex workers and street vendors, and supports them to empower others and foster their own leadership through self-esteem workshops, human rights workshops and documentary projects. Its goal is to create a world where sexism and lesbophobia are nonexistent, through the arts and cultural activism, the fight for alternative poetry, music, culture, and the protection of the human rights of their communities.

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Mujeres y Cultura Subterránea (MyCS) es una organización comunitaria de base liderada por lesbianas autodenominadas pobres y marginales en Chimalhuacán, un área urbana y estigmatizada de la Ciudad de México. MyCS trabaja con juventud que vive en las calles, mujeres LBT, niñxs, trabajadorxs sexuales y mujeres vendedoras en las calles y les apoya para que se empoderen unxs a otrxs y fomenten su propio liderazgo a través de talleres de autoestima, talleres de derechos humanos y proyectos de documentales. Su meta es crear un mundo donde el sexismo y la lesbofobia sean inexistentes, a través de las artes y el activismo cultural; el rescate de la poesía, la música y la cultura alternativas; y la protección de los derechos humanos de sus comunidades.