At The Heart of the Matter We Are Fundamentally Connected By Our Pursuit of Freedom.
The ongoing work of ImpactOUT International Initiative involves serving as a program to connect, educate, inspire and empower LGBTQI+ communities and their allies.
In additon, we focus on specific projects that identifies sustainable regional, national and international goals where impact can be created to further build communication, visibility, inclusivity, empowerment, freedom and safety for LGBTQI+ equality movements.
We have identified the following initiatives for 2018 – 2019:
Advocacy and coalition building with LGBTQI+ civil society members and human rights organizations between the North & Global South of the Americas.
While partnered with the International Institute on Race, Equality and Human rights, the implementation of a human
rights symposium focused on SOGIE topics of the Global South regions of the Caribbean and Latin America will be established to take place in Miami; as it is the gateway to the Global South of the Americas. The symposium will serve to build awareness, relationships and solidarity between American civil society members and organizations and their Caribbean and Latin American counterparts. The projected date for this initiative will be in February 2019.
Help to create fair and safe spaces for regional, national and international LGBTQI+ communities by establishing a network of interfaith activists in order to build a collective based on the shared interests of human justice for LGBTQI+ families.
Identify and establish a database of progressive interfaith groups and activists who will serve to collaborate with LGBTQI+ civil society members and organizations on issues related to equality and human rights for LGBTQI+ people.
Create a force of future LGBTQI+ international human rights advocates by providing youth education and training on the UN structure and its resources. The purpose is to inspire and equip youth for potential international roles in activism.
Work with SOGIE youth focused organizations to promote trainings on international LGBTQI+ activism; and work with the organization to identify youth to send to the annual Youth Assembly at the United Nations. The training and experience can serve as a roadmap for youth who wish to work in international advocacy and human rights programs on SOGIE initiatives, either at the UN or elsewhere.
The ImpactOUT Lecture Series is intended to serve as an opportunity for members of LGBTQI+ communities and allies to hear from experts and thought leaders on topics related to world focused social justice discussions, international human rights topics; the landscape of tourism & safety information for the LGBTQI+ traveler, international cultural arts forums, conversations related to interfaith topics, multi-disciplinary lectures focused on global perspectives and much more; while taking place within a casual setting where a savory breakfast or lunch will be served.
One breakfast or lunch lecture will be programed locally each quarter. Lectures will maintain a global perspective with lectures framed in an international context to promote education, training, and advocacy.