The Council for Global Equality

The Council for Global Equality Advancing an American Foreign Policy Inclusive of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. Find out more at www.globalequality.org The Council for Global Equality brings together international human rights activists, foreign policy experts, LGBT leaders, philanthropists and corporate officials to encourage a clearer and stronger American voice on human rights concerns impacting LGBT communities around the world.

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Pompeo excluded mainstream human rights experts from the Commission on Unalienable Rights and stacked the panel with han...
03/06/2020
Human rights groups sue Pompeo, try to disband State Department commission

Pompeo excluded mainstream human rights experts from the Commission on Unalienable Rights and stacked the panel with hand-picked academics who privilege religious freedom over all else. We sued to shut it down with Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE), Global Justice Center, Democracy Forward

A group of human rights organizations are suing Mike Pompeo in an effort to shut down a State Department commission he formed.

One of the most horrific violations we documented against #LGBT people in #Tanzania was the use of #ForcedAnalExams. The...
02/05/2020
Tanzania: Obstructions to LGBT Health, Rights

One of the most horrific violations we documented against #LGBT people in #Tanzania was the use of #ForcedAnalExams. The government should immediately ban this practice, which has no scientific value and amounts to torture. https://www.hrw.org/news/2020/02/03/tanzania-obstructions-lgbt-health-rights

The government of Tanzania’s health policies deny adequate services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and others who are particularly vulnerable to HIV, jeopardizing public health.

09/25/2019
09/25/2019

CGE Hill Briefing on LGBT Refugees

Wall Debate Holds U.S. Strategic Interests Hostage
01/23/2019
Wall Debate Holds U.S. Strategic Interests Hostage

Wall Debate Holds U.S. Strategic Interests Hostage

Rarely does the Council wade into matters beyond its immediate concern for the human rights of LGBTI people around the world. But we cannot be silent when President Trump’s fixation on a wall of q…

12/15/2018

This past week's introduction of the “Greater Leadership Overseas for the Benefit of Equality (GLOBE) Act” by House Representative Dina Titus (D-NV) represents a high-water mark in Congress’s awareness of, and commitment to, advancing and protecting LGBTI human rights. The Council for Global Equality is proud to be among the many endorsers of this legislation. We urge its speedy re-introduction and passage in the next Congress. Click to read complete details. https://globalequality.wordpress.com/2018/12/13/congress-introduces-globe-act/

Happy #LGBTPride from all of us at the Council for Global Equality.
06/24/2018

Happy #LGBTPride from all of us at the Council for Global Equality.

06/19/2018

DC panel

06/19/2018

We will be live streaming our Capitol Hill Event: U.S. Support for Global LGBT Equality, Obama to Trump: What Has Been Lost? at approximately 4:15 ET today. Stay tuned!

06/09/2018
The Advocate

Here's the latest episode of "World View," by The Advocate made in partnership with CGE member organization, OutRight Action International. In this episode Karamo Brown helps update us on the state of LGBT rights in #Jamaica and asks trans activist Neish McLean about how things are changing on the island.

Karamo Brown and Jamaican trans activist Neish McLean explain how things are changing on the island.

04/20/2018
Human Rights Watch

From Council for Global Equality member organization Human Rights Watch. Please share widely.

Call U.S. Senator Chris Coons today to reject Mike Pompeo for Secretary of State. 202-224-5042. #StopPompeo

Inclusion of these two criminals on the list signals some measure of support by the Trump Administration for fair polici...
12/20/2017
Ramazon Kadyrov and Ayub Kataev Sanctioned by the United States Government for Human Rights Violations

Inclusion of these two criminals on the list signals some measure of support by the Trump Administration for fair policies toward, and fair treatment of, LGBT people worldwide.

The latest “Magnitsky List” – individuals sanctioned by the United States government for human rights violations in Russia – contains welcome news for those seeking justice for the tragic roundups,…

“Since its ratification nearly 70 years ago, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has been a beacon of hope for the...
12/11/2017
McCAIN & CARDIN URGE PRESIDENT TRUMP TO RECOMMIT TO UPHOLDING HUMAN RIGHTS - Press Releases - United States Senator John McCain

“Since its ratification nearly 70 years ago, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has been a beacon of hope for the world’s most oppressed peoples. The declaration serves as the basis of our country’s human rights policy and the United States has continued to rely on its legal significance and international standing to advance human rights across the globe. However, for much of the past year, our national voice on international human rights issues has been largely silent,” the senators wrote.

Dec 08 2017 McCAIN & CARDIN URGE PRESIDENT TRUMP TO RECOMMIT TO UPHOLDING HUMAN RIGHTS Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, sent a letter to Presid...

11/12/2017
LGBTI Freedoms Supported by U.S. Foreign Policy

In this short video we hear LGBTI activists from around the world discuss the importance of U.S. foreign policy support for LGBTI freedoms. Thanks to: ILGA World; GenderDoc-M (Moldova); OTD Chile; National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (Kenya); GATE - Global Action for Trans* Equality; ICS Center (Vietnam); ILGA-Europe and Marea Media.

The Council for Global Equality (CGE) brings together international human rights activists, foreign policy experts, LGBT...
11/05/2017
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Funding Opportunity: Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Request for Statements of Interest: Promotion and Prote...
10/02/2017
Funding Opportunity: Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Request for Statements of Interest: Promotion and Protection of the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons

Funding Opportunity: Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Request for Statements of Interest: Promotion and Protection of the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons

The Global Equality Fund (GEF), managed by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) announces a Request for Statements of Interest (SOIs) from civil society to promote and protect the …

The Council for Global Equality expressed concern this month that, under Trump, Berry “hasn’t been directed to make a si...
09/26/2017
State Department Retains LGBTI Special Envoy: What Does It Mean? Will it Respond to Global Call from LGBT Advocates?

The Council for Global Equality expressed concern this month that, under Trump, Berry “hasn’t been directed to make a single overseas trip to engage foreign governments on any of the LGBT-related human rights violations so carefully documented” by the State Department.

Last week’s Congressional notification that the Trump Administration has decided not to abolish the LGBTI human rights Special Envoy position was an unexpected surprise. We know there are many dedi…

The Council for Global Equality expressed concern this month that, under Trump, Berry “hasn’t been directed to make a si...
09/25/2017
What Can Global LGBT Rights Envoys Achieve in the Age of Trump?

The Council for Global Equality expressed concern this month that, under Trump, Berry “hasn’t been directed to make a single overseas trip to engage foreign governments on any of the LGBT-related human rights violations so carefully documented” by the State Department.

The U.N.’s special representative on LGBT issues is resigning after just one year in the post, while the U.S. special envoy on LGBT rights now works for a president that has undermined them at home. The resulting uncertainty surrounding both positions is rekindling a debate about what they...

“Once again, the president failed to stand firmly for human rights,” Bromley said. “He spoke about our interests, but no...
09/24/2017
LGBT reviews are in for Trump's U.N. speech — and they're bad

“Once again, the president failed to stand firmly for human rights,” Bromley said. “He spoke about our interests, but not in support of the traditional human rights norms that have long centered our country’s foreign policy.”

The reviews aren't favorable for President Trump's U.N. speech from LGBT advocates who say he seeks to ignore U.S. commitment to human rights overseas.

Can this Administration carry genuine moral authority to engage, even modestly, on LGBT human rights while its policies ...
09/08/2017
State Department Retains LGBTI Special Envoy: What Does It Mean? Will it Respond to Global Call from LGBT Advocates?

Can this Administration carry genuine moral authority to engage, even modestly, on LGBT human rights while its policies at home, and its lack of engagement on human rights abroad, have been so troubling?

Last week’s Congressional notification that the Trump Administration has decided not to abolish the LGBTI human rights Special Envoy position was an unexpected surprise. We know there are many dedi…

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