People's Lawyer Lynne Stewart Fought for LGBT Rights; Queer Women in the Balkans & Turkey; and SAGE & Youth
Below find the LGBTI Discrimination in Western Balkans & Turkey segment and the Lynne Stewart on LGBT Rights segment, the rest of the show will be posted on Wednesday. You can play the link below if you have flash enabled or from a HTML5 device. Click the green arrow to download the mp3.
Long-time people's lawyer Lynne Stewart made invaluable contributions to human rights in many arenas including LGBT rights and inclusion. Out-FM associate producer Bob Lederer interviews Ralph Poynter, Lynne's husband about her contributions in this area. Lynne died March 7, 2017 and her memorial service is Sat., April 22 at St. Peter's Church in Manhattan - details at lynnestewart.org.
Biljana Ginova from the LGBTI Equal Rights Association for Western Balkans and Turkey speaks at the UN Commission on the Status of Women. Biljana speaks on the cost of LGBTI exclusion. Her group is implementing a survey together with the World Bank focusing on LGBTI people and their treatment in those societies and overall awareness in the general society of LGBTI’s existence. She discusses the unevenness of LGBTI rights varying from Macedonia where we aren’t mentioned in the anti-discrimination law or hate-crimes law, to Slovenia where recently marriage equality was effected. Also Turkey where the state of emergency continues jeopardizing LGBTI rights. Even in countries where the laws are favorable, hate speech and crimes continue. There has been a special effort to improve protection against discrimination, with a focus on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI). That term, SOGI (so-gee) is used throughout the presentation.
Michael Adams of SAGE/NY is interviewed about the exclusion of LGBT elders from government lists as well as the homeless crisis of young people and their efforts to address the issue.
John Riley brings us more sound from ACT UP/NY's 30th Anniversary March and Rally. Speakers include Mark Hannay, a specialist in health insurance; Nick Faust, a new generation graphic artist with ACT UP; Jamila Headley of Health Gap; and Lourdes Hunter, Trans Women of Color Collective Executive Director.
Emma Missouri interviews Health GAP's Hilary McQuie, Director of U.S. Policy & Grassroots Mobilization. Health GAP is an organization dedicated to getting HIV/AIDS treatments to people worldwide. In part because of it's efforts at defending generic HIV/AIDS drug production and battling unfair intellectual property rights more than 18 million of 36 million people have gotten the drugs, many from poor countries. Health GAP originally came from ACT UP/NY's organizing efforts and an alliance with Dr. Alan Berkman and other AIDS activist organizations.
Naomi Brussel brings us part of a panel on gender, "Where Is My Box?" that was organized by Siri May, UN Program Coordinator for Outright Action International. The panelists are:
1 Leigh Ann Van Der Merwe trans activist from South Africa
2 Miki Wali trans activist from Fiji
3 Micah Grzywnowicz from Swedish federation for LGBTQ Rights
4 Chase Strangio attorney at ACLU
Thirty years ago, on March 24th the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, or ACT UP for short, did its first non-violent civil disobedience action. 100 people, some with HIV or AIDS, were arrested that day protesting the high price of AZT, the only AIDS drug at the time. ACT UP would go on to use direct action protest to revolutionize the drug approval process, fight for life-saving social security disability benefits and housing, accellerate drug research and eventually launch an international campaign to give millions of people in the West and developing world, access to the newly created AIDS treatments. On March 30th, ACT UP commemorated its first action at a public street memorial and march and vowed to fight the epidemic until it is over. John Riley reports.
Naomi Brussel brings us the voice of Siri May, the UN coordinator for Outright Action International (formerly known as IGLHRC) who was coordinating the grassroots queer caucus of the UN Commission on the Status of Women. Siri reports on the outcomes of the UN meeting.
Emma Missouri brings us an interview with transgender activist Pauline Park on repeal of North Carolina's HB2
Below find the ACT UP segment , the rest of the show will be posted on Wednesday. You can play the link below if you have flash enabled or from a HTML5 device. Click the green arrow to download the mp3.