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OutRight’s research on impact of Covid-19 on LGBTQ+ people presented in webinars

Graham Robson May 13, 2020

On Thursday, May 7, OutRight Action International, which works at a global, regional and national level to eradicate the persecution, inequality and violence LGBTQ+ people face around the world, released a pioneering report documenting effects of the pandemic on LGBTQ+ people, “Vulnerability Amplified: The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on LGBTIQ people”, which overwhelmingly shows that the challenges faced by LGBTQ+ people as a result of the virus and surrounding containment measures are specific and amplified compared to the broader population.

OutRight Action International will be sharing findings from the report in three upcoming webinars, which are free and open to the public.

1. Deep Dive into OutRight’s Research into the Impact of Covid-19 on LGBTQ+ People


  • Jessica Stern, Executive Director of OutRight Action International
  • Amie Bishop, Senior Research Advisor, OutRight Action International, author of Vulnerability Amplified: The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on LGBTIQ people
  • Jelena Vasiljevic, Capacity Development Manager, ERA – LGBTI Equal Rights Association for Western Balkans and Turkey, Serbia
  • Davis Mac-Iyalla, Executive Director of the Interfaith Diversity Network of West Africa, Ghana
  • Lua Stabile, Director of Institutional and International Relations, Libertarian Union of Travesti and Trans Women, Brazil
  • Neish McLean, Caribbean Programme Officer, OutRight Action International

When: Friday, May 15 at 4pm
Location: Zoom Call
Register here

2. UN LGBTI Core Group’s 2020 IDAHOBIT Event “The Impact of COVID-19 on LGBTIQ People”


  • Opening remarks by the Missions of Argentina and the Netherlands
  • Panel Discussion – Moderated by Jessica Stern, Executive Director of OutRight Action International
    • Victor Madrigal-Borloz – Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity
    • Khawla Bouaziz – Secretary General of Mawjoudin We Exist for Equality
    • Billie Bryan – Founder and President of Colours Cayman
  • Closing remarks by the Missions of Uruguay and Spain

When: Monday, May 18 at 4pm  
Location: Zoom webinar
Register here by 3pm on Friday, 15 May

3. Lessons from OutRight’s COVID-19 LGBTIQ Global Emergency Fund

The results of OutRight’s research report are reinforced by initial data from applications to their COVID-19 Global LGBTIQ Emergency Fund. Within a month of opening for applications, OutRight received over 1,500 requests for help from LGBTQ+ organisations across the world, the vast majority requesting resources to alleviate food and shelter insecurity. Join this webinar to hear more about the applicants and the first two rounds of grants from programme staff and grantee partners.

When: Thursday, May 21, 4pm
Location: Zoom webinar
Register here

A full schedule of webinars can be seen here.

For more info on OutRight Action International, visit