Philanthropy Now podcast: OutRight Action International fights for the rights of LGBTIQ people around the world

In this episode, OutRight Action International’s Executive Director Jessica Stern and Caribbean Program Officer Neish McLean, teach listeners about the work of their organization and the need to support the LGBTIQ community, especially in the midst of the global pandemic. OutRight works at the regional and international levels to research, document, defend and advance the rights of LGBTIQ people. Moderated by Robert Williams, SVCF Donor Engagement Associate and Pride Council representative and Michael Lopez, former SVCF Director of Corporate Responsibility and Pride Council co-chair, these four LGBTIQ advocates scrutinize the existing challenges of this community that have been magnified by COVID-19. 

In SVCF’s Philanthropy Now podcast series, we explore trends in the world of philanthropy, social impact initiatives in Silicon Valley and beyond, and we look at how SVCF promotes innovative philanthropic solutions to challenging problems.

Michael Lopez, Former Director of Corporate Responsibility, SVCF
Jessica Stern, Executive Director, OutRight Action International,
Neish McLean, Caribbean Program Officer, OutRight Action International,
and Robert Williams, Donor Engagement Associate, SVCF

What you will learn:

  • OutRight’s COVID-19 response in the U.S. to support the especially vulnerable LGBTIQ community
  • Challenges unique to the LGBTIQ within the U.S. compared to the rest of the world
  • Why mental health services are vital to the survival of the LGBTIQ community
  • The meaning of LGBTIQ and why OutRIght chooses this acronym over other more common choices
  • The significance of pride parades in the community and internationally
  • How you can support the LGBTIQ community

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