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RFQ #010: Human Rights Day 2017 (Jessica Stern)

RFQ #010: Human Rights Day 2017 (Jessica Stern)

December 11, 2017

On this very special episode, we mark Human Rights Day by speaking with Jessica Stern, the fierce & fabulous Executive Director of OutRight Action International. Founded in 1990 as the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), OutRight is one of the world's oldest & most important organizations working to advance LGBTI human rights. Collaborating with grassroots activists, researchers, elected officials, the United Nations, and many more partners across the globe, Jessica & OutRight are truly indispensable to the work of creating truly LGBTI-inclusive societies.

RFQ #009: World AIDS Day 2017 (Greg Millett)

RFQ #009: World AIDS Day 2017 (Greg Millett)

December 1, 2017
For World AIDS Day, Greg Millett surveys where we are in the fight against HIV: the good news, the challenges & concerns, and the surprising news. Greg is the Vice President and Director of Public Policy for amfAR, the American Foundation for AIDS Research, and has previously held leadership roles at the White House Office of National AIDS Policy and at the Centers for Disease Control. A globally recognized advocate and researcher, Greg's work has fundamentally transformed how we understand the disparities of HIV infection for African American gay, bisexual, and other men who sex with men. This is a must-listen interview!
 
Links
Linda Villarosa, "America's Hidden HIV Epidemic," New York Times (June 6, 2017)
Greg Millett, "Time to Close HIV's Racial Disparities," CNN (Feb. 7, 2015)
Tim Murphy, "HIV: Mystery Solved?" The Nation (Feb. 15, 2016)
RFQ #008: Standards of Progress (Fabrice Houdart)

RFQ #008: Standards of Progress (Fabrice Houdart)

October 10, 2017
On September 26, the United Nations released its global Standards of Conduct to support the business community as it tackles discrimination against LGBTI people. In this episode, we speak with Fabrice Houdart from the UN Human Rights Office about these new Standards, the role of business in promoting human rights, and more generally the connections between business, development, and supporting LGBTI people around the world.
 
Read more about the United Nations Free and Equal campaign against homophobia & transphobia, and follow Fabrice on Twitter at @houdartUN.
RFQ #007: “The Buzzfeed Video Changed My Life” (Irene)

RFQ #007: “The Buzzfeed Video Changed My Life” (Irene)

September 5, 2017
What do you know about the “I” in “LGBTI”? On this week’s episode, we talk with Irene, an activist with Intersex Russia, who talks about her experiences being intersex – including how a Buzzfeed video (really!) changed her life.
 
As mentioned in the episode, here’s Irene’s article, "I Discovered I'm Intersex from the Buzzfeed Video," along with the original Buzzfeed video, "What It's Like to Be Intersex."
 
Check out Intersex Russia and InterACT's websites. The two 2017 reports mentioned in our conversation are:
 
 
RFQ #006: “A Matter of Representation” (Luis Larraín)

RFQ #006: “A Matter of Representation” (Luis Larraín)

August 22, 2017
Today, Luis Larraín, a Chilean gay activist, talks about coming out, the LGBTQ movement in Chile, and his election campaign to become the first openly gay member of Chile's Chamber of Deputies.
 
You can follow Luis on Twitter at @luislarrain and check out his website at luislarrain.cl.
RFQ #005: “We Didn’t Start the Campaign - The Campaign Pushed Us” (Jennifer Lu)

RFQ #005: “We Didn’t Start the Campaign - The Campaign Pushed Us” (Jennifer Lu)

August 8, 2017

In this week's episode. Jennifer Lu from the Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline Association talks about the movement for marriage equality in Taiwan, changing attitudes in Taiwanese society, and how Taiwan's LGBTQ movement and legal victories resonate throughout Asia, especially in China.

RFQ #004: Limitless Visions (Mikael Owunna)

RFQ #004: Limitless Visions (Mikael Owunna)

July 25, 2017
In this episode, Nigerian-Swedish-American photographer Mikael Owunna discusses his project, Limit(less), which documents the fashion and style of LGBTQ Africans in North America and Europe. Owunna explores queer African style in the diaspora in order to debunk the myth that being LGBTQ is somehow “un-African.”
 
Check out Limit(less) at limitlessafricans.com and Mikael's whole portfolio at www.mikaelowunna.com.
 
RFQ #003: “They Murder Us” (Andrea Ayala)

RFQ #003: “They Murder Us” (Andrea Ayala)

July 11, 2017
As Pride Month ends, we go to El Salvador for a conversation with Andrea Ayala, the Executive Director of ESMULES, Espacio de Mujeres Lesbianas Salvadoreñas por la Diversidad. Violence, both in general and specifically against LGBTI people, is epidemic in El Salvador, but in this conversation, Andrea discusses the resilient work her organization is doing to make key Salvadoran institutions more responsive to the needs of the LGBTI community.
 
You can find ESMULES on Facebook and on Twitter. For more information about its work with LGBTI seniors, go to adult-tez.org.
 
Also see Uniformed Injustice: State Violence Against LGBT People in El Salvador, a 2017 report from the Georgetown Law Human Rights Institute.
RFQ #002: A Rainbow Railroad (Kimahli Powell)

RFQ #002: A Rainbow Railroad (Kimahli Powell)

June 27, 2017

This week, we’re tackling 2017’s biggest story in queer human rights: the crisis in Chechnya. My guest is Kimahli Powell, the Executive Director of Rainbow Railroad. Based in Toronto, Rainbow Railroad has been working very closely with Russian activists to get gay Chechens to safety. We’ll be discussing this urgent work and the organization’s other work to offer a “rainbow railroad” to LGBTI people all over the world at immediate risk of danger.

Links mentioned in the episode:

Russian LGBT Network: English | Русский
 
2019 update from Human Rights Watch: “Russia: New Wave of Anti-LGBT Persecution” in Chechnya (Feb. 15, 2019)