ImpactOUT International Initiative: A New International Human Rights Program
The key areas of focus identified for the program's 2018-2019 initiatives are: the implementation of an progressive Interfaith Advocacy Network for LGBTQI+ Human Rights, a "Twelve In Millions" visibility campaign, a United Nations Advocacy Education and Training Program for LGBTQI+ Youth, and an LGBTQI+ Global South Initiative with specific focus on the Global South of the Americas regions of Latin America and the Caribbean. Additionally, a two-day symposium focused on LGBTQI+ topics on the Global South of the Americas will be implemented in February 2019 in Miami, Florida, to coincide with the 2019 Gay8 Festival. The Gay8 Festival is a partner of ImpactOUT International Initiative, including the Washington D.C. based, International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights, who has confirmed an in-kind sponsorship to sponsor speakers from Latin America and the Caribbean to participate in the ImpactOUT International Initiative's two-day symposium next year. Scholars, researchers, educators, activists, legal professionals and anyone hoping to build inter-regional relationships to create impact driven progress in their communities are invited to the symposium. More information on the symposium is expected to follow.
Additional partners confirmed by ImpactOUT International Initiative include: the American Museum of the Cuban Diaspora, Pridelines Youth Services, Florida International University LGBTQA Initiatives Multicultural Programs and Services, and the Race, Space and Memory Project. To achieve the greatest impact, the program will seek to actively build relationships and collaborations from LGBTQI+ communities in local, national and international regions.
Journalist and Human Rights Advocate, Lynare Robbins, will serve as the Executive Director of Programs and Initiatives for the program, with a national and international advisory committee in place consisting of:
• National Advisory Committee: Paul Thomas (Florida- USA), Dr. Gisela Vega (Florida- USA); Marsharee Chronicle (Florida- USA); Linda Kolko (Washington D.C.- USA).
• International Advisory Committee: Surat Shaan Knan (United Kingdom), Luna Sharlotte Humerez Aquino (Bolivia), Kelson Oluwaseun Akomolafe (Nigeria).
"I am very excited to lead this new program. We have a great team of national and international advisory committee members and partners on board. The current initiatives that we have identified for this year are crucial goals in our present movement and all encompass a core purpose of creating impact in the lives of LGBTQI+ individuals transnationally,"
ABOUT IMPACTOUT INTERNATIONAL INITIATIVE
ImpactOUT International Initiative is an enterprise of 4ward Miami, Inc; a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. ImpactOUT was established in January 2018 to serve as an international human rights program dedicated to working on SOGIE (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression) regionally, nationally and internationally. The mission of ImpactOUT International Initiative is to connect, educate, inspire, and empower LGBTQI+ individuals throughout the world in order to strengthen solidarity and create impact for the goal of inclusion, equality and justice. We envision creating a culture through awareness, education and relationship building in LGBTQI+ and allied human justice communities through the universal emotional bond to liberty. For more information, please visit: www.impactout.org, or contact Lynare Robbins, Executive Director of Programs and Initiatives, at email@example.com.