The International Association of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender, and Intersex People, also known as ILGA, kicked off its week-long world conference in Long Beach on Monday, May 2, bringing together LGBTQ leaders and activists to discuss global advocacy efforts.
O It Gets Better Project, a non-profit organization that aims to empower lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth through media outreach and educational resources, is hosting the ILGA 2022 World Conference. This is the 30th ILGA Conference, and the first in two years. The biennial event has been postponed to 2020 and 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Hundreds of leaders and other participants converged on The Westin Long Beach on Monday to begin the conference, which will include several identity-based group sessions and planning meetings to shape ILGA’s areas of advocacy.
Since its inception in 1978, ILGA has amassed a worldwide network of more than 1,700 LGBTQ organizations in more than 160 countries, according to its website. He is also a United Nations certified consultant.
Jessica Stern, the second person named as United States Special Envoy for Promoting the Human Rights of LGBTQI + People – and first strange woman – said in the opening session of the conference that although much progress has been made in protecting people from the LGBTQ spectrum, there is more work to be done.
Stern cited recent U.S. law, specifically Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay.” invoicewhich prohibits any mention of sexuality or gender expression in kindergarten through third grade classrooms, as a reminder of this.
“I am outraged every day by the levels of violence and what LGBTQIA + people face everywhere,” Stern said. “I think we have to use all the tools at our disposal and invent new resources for change.”
Stern also made reference four attacks on LGBTQ people in Senegal that took place in May 2021 following a rally calling for the qualification of homosexuality as a serious crime. Each attack was filmed and posted online, and in each incident, police arrested the victims, Stern said.
“I think about those cases all the time. I think about what it means when you can’t depend on the rule of law,” Stern said. “But we know that Senegal is not unique: state and non-state actors target LGBTQ + people in every country in the world.”
In the United States, for example, transgender people are four times more likely than cisgender people — those whose gender identity matches the sex they were assigned at birth — to be victims of violent crime, according to a report. report from the Williams Institute of UCLA Law School.
Stern, along with other speakers, including ILGA Executive Director Julia Ehrt, It Gets Better Executive Director Brian Wenke, and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, stressed the importance of global collaboration to ensure the protection of people from the LGBTQ community.
“We need civil society advocates like everyone else in this room today, and government experts who are willing to find you halfway there,” Stern said. “Because when we work together, governments are better and LGBTQIA + are safer.”
The ILGA conference will run until Friday 6 May.
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