(Due to Obama's Speech Out-FM is pre-empted until Wed morning at 9am on WBAI/NY, 99.5FM) Around the world the LGBT community faces anti-queer terrorism. Naomi Brussel brings us the voices of 3 such people from Indonesia, Turkey and Sri Lanka.
Susie Day brings us a humorous piece entitled, "HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE DONALD". Susie wrote this for her column in Gay City News.
|Top to bottom: Floyd Rumohr (ED), Dylan Seebalack (program development coordinator), and Debra Brennan (president).|
The Manhattan LGBT Center has long been the largest most influential Pride Center in New York City. Emma Missouri brings us a report on the Brooklyn Pride Center's rapid growth with an interview with executive director Floyd Rumohr, Dylan Seebalack (program development coordinator), and Debra Brennan (president).
On Tuesday’s show (1/03/2017), Naomi Brussel brings us Amir Ashour, the keynote speaker at Outright’s December conference, talking about pushing the boundry of LGBT activism. (whole show in player above, segments in player below)
Emma Missouri interviews educator Barbara Gross and what President elect Donald Trump’s appointment of Betsy DuVos to lead the US department of Education.
Naomi Brussel brings us voices from global LGBT activists from the Outright Summit taliking about what will a Trump administration mean for their struggles. LGBTIQ activists from Iraq, Lebanon, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St. Lucia, Sweden, Thailand, and USA gathered at the office of OutRight Action International, formerly the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, in New York City, to discuss the impact of the incoming Trump Administration and urge the President-elect and his administration to maintain US commitment to protecting the human rights of LGBTIQ people globally.
Under the Obama administration, the United States has shown unprecedented commitment to promoting the human rights of LGBTIQ people internationally, including by issuing a presidential memorandum to advancing LGBT human rights globally, creating the Global Equality Fund to financially support LGBTIQ rights internationally, and by appointing the first-ever Special Envoy for LGBTI Rights.
Activists commented that support from US Embassies to LGBTIQ groups in countries often hostile towards LGBTIQ rights has been especially important to increasing visibility and understanding of human rights for vulnerable communities. Jessica Stern, Executive Director of OutRight Action International said,
“I have hope and confidence in the American people to continue elevating and responding to the struggles of people beyond US borders and investing in protecting the lives of activists around the world. There is a framework of international solidarity in place, one that cannot be easily broken. We have stepped up into this brilliant, strong, and resilient global LGBTIQ movement and we will not move backwards.”
Voices to be broadcast include: Amir Ashour, founder of Iraq’s only LGBT+ organization, IraQueer; Rosanna Flamer-Caldera, of Equal Ground in Sri Lanka, Steve Letsike, Co-Chair of the South African National AIDS Council and more.