ImpactOUT International Initiative: A New International Human Rights Program

 
 
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MIAMI - Feb. 1, 2018 - PRLog -- ImpactOUT International Initiative announced its inception as an international human rights program dedicated to working on initiatives related to SOGIE (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression) regionally, nationally and internationally.  Their mission is to empower global LGBTQI+ communities by connecting, educating, and advocating for equality by steering impact-driven initiatives.

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," says Robbins.  "Our Twelve in Millions Campaign for example, will connect a face to an LGBTQI+ person's story.  For most people, when a face is associated to a story it becomes personalized there is a lesser inclination to objectify and label that person and there is a chance to find commonality in the interaction.  It helps communities outside of LGBTQI+ spaces eliminate any "us and them" mentality. When it comes to human rights, we are all created equally, but we have to keep working at making sure that all people are treated equally.  To accomplish this goal we need a united effort and allies are very important to have," says Robbins.  "We will also work to build rapports between LGBTQI+ people and their counterparts throughout the world through various programs. When we are aware of each other and the challenges that communities are facing to varying degrees in every region, we then realize that we are not alone in the pursuit of freedom.  When a person is going through difficultly in their lives it is very important that they not get discouraged with a sense of isolation. Feelings of isolation can lead to despair and there are too many people with something positive to offer the world who may feel powerless because they feel isolated and discarded. The way we counter this is to use the power of education to inform one another about what reality is like from community to community and we also keep working on building and nurturing relationships since the end result will empower everyone. Within LGBTQI+ and allied communities no one is alone, and no one will be left behind as long as there is a united effort working for human rights."

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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 lynare@impactout.org.

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