Leading by Example? The International Impact of Marriage Equality Ruling

*This post, written by Amy Bergquist, a staff attorney with The Advocates for Human Rights, is part of American Constitution Society's blog’s symposium on the consolidated marriage equality cases before the Supreme Court. A decision by the U.S. Supreme Court recognizing a right to marriage equality would make headlines around the world, but the implications … Continue reading Leading by Example? The International Impact of Marriage Equality Ruling

African Commission Urges Cameroon to End LGBTI Discrimination

Last month, Cameroonian human rights defender Alice Nkom traveled to London with a plea: “I need everyone because right now, I am a little isolated. It’s on occasions like this that we must show we are one, united, universal in this fight.” Nkom, who is in her 70s and was the first woman admitted to the … Continue reading African Commission Urges Cameroon to End LGBTI Discrimination

Safety in Everyday Realities

It’s a bright and shiny day in Minnesota, with the temperature working its way into the 70s for the first time in months. It’s a bright and shiny day, too, because Governor Mark Dayton will sign the Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act at a ceremony on the State Capitol steps at four o’clock this … Continue reading Safety in Everyday Realities

U.S. Human Rights Record Undergoes International Scrutiny

Amy Bergquist, staff attorney with The Advocates for Human Rights, is in Geneva this week for the United Nations Human Rights Committee’s review of the United States’ human rights record. She is part of a delegation coordinated by the U.S. Human Rights Network, a network of organizations and individuals working to build and strengthen a … Continue reading U.S. Human Rights Record Undergoes International Scrutiny

Moving Forward: Four Steps and Six Strategies for Promoting LGBTI Rights Around the World

While viewers across the United States watched the Olympic closing ceremonies, Jason Collins became the first publicly gay male athlete to compete in a major North American professional sports league as he took to the basketball court in Los Angeles. NBC's coverage of the Olympic Games over the past two weeks dedicated less than two … Continue reading Moving Forward: Four Steps and Six Strategies for Promoting LGBTI Rights Around the World

The Wild East: Vigilante Violence against LGBTI Russians

When I was in high school, U.S.-Soviet "space bridges" were popular: a studio audience of Americans would connect up live with a studio audience in the USSR, and they'd pose each other questions with assistance from celebrity hosts like Phil Donahue and Vladimir Pozner. In July 1986, during a "women to women" space bridge between … Continue reading The Wild East: Vigilante Violence against LGBTI Russians