October 7-11, 2013
We are kicking off Week one of Advancing Human Rights: The UDHR Campaign 2013 and what better way to start a celebration of #UDHR values than with another esteemed acronym, LGBTQI. Standing for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and Intersex, LGBTQI is the more inclusive form of its better known cousin, LGBT.
Speaking of inclusiveness and nomenclature, the Audre Lorde Project is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People of Color (LGBTSTGNC POC) community organizing center building collective safety and political capacity in the New York City area.
At the national level, Family Equality Council connects, supports and represents the 3 million parents in our country who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) and their 6 million children. Kudos goes to them for filing an historic "Voices of Children" amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court that influenced the Court's decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act that allowed marriage to resume in California.
Did you know that 8 out of 10 LGBT students are still harassed at school each year because of who they are? GLSEN is working to improve school climate and champion LGBT issues in K-12 education at every level from Congress to kindergarten.
In the workplace in 1996 only a handful of US Fortune 500 companies had policies of non-discrimination for LGBT people. Today that figure approaches 300, thanks to Out & Equal Workplace Advocates™ and their allies who will not rest until all LGBT people are free and can bring the authentic selves to work.
The freedom to marry is a critical issue for the Transgender Law Center. Their #morethanmarriage campaign is a community-based effort to amplify transgender voices and raise awareness of how policies around marriage, immigration, bullying, health care access, family rights and employment impact the transgender community.
Also honored in this week's #UDHR roundup are Youth organizations who are harnessing the spirit and energy of the nation's young people to advocate for human rights in their communities and turn their aspirations into legislation.
Dream Defenders came to national prominence for their historic sit-in of the Florida state capitol following the tragic shooting of unarmed African American teenager Trayvon Martin and the subsequent acquittal of his killer George Zimmerman. They are presenting ground breaking legislation aimed at reforming the school-to-prison pipleline later this year.
The Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM) launched a Racial Profiling Campaign in hopes of passing state legislature that will curve the patterned practice of racial and gang-profiling and is organizing a Grassroots Asian Pacific Islander's (API's) Rising for Racial Justice in New Orleans.
Safe Horizon's The Streetwork Project is committed to reaching out to homeless and disenfranchised youth of New York City. In the past year, Streetwork has placed 81 severely mentally ill homeless young people in permanent supportive and long term transitional housing.
youthSpark's A Future. Not a Past. (AFNAP) Campaign released research that revealed that 7,200 men in Georgia were knowingly and unknowingly buying sex with adolescent females every month. This research continues to be used as a foundation for local, state and federal legislative advocacy.