Panels and Workshops at OutSummit 2015

Keynote speech by Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera

9.45 – 10.15, Room 1/202

We are thrilled to present the OutSummit’s keynote speaker – Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera. Kasha is a human rights defender from Kampala, Uganda with a special interest in the rights of women and LGBTI people. She is the founder of one of the few exclusively LGBT magazines on the continent. Kasha is internationally renowned for her human rights work. She has been the recipient of multiple prestigious human rights awards around the world. She is passionate about security, migration and economic empowerment of women and LGBTI persons. She is currently using digital activism for advocacy and movement building.


An historical analysis of 25 years of global LGBTIQ activism

11am – 12.30pm, Room 1/202

As we celebrate a decade and a half of OutRight’s work, we are inviting distinguished minds to come together to reflect on the successes, challenges and lessons learned of the global movement. How did the lesbian caucus organize at the Beijing World Conference on Women’s Rights? What have been key legal milestones for LGBTI human rights? Have we built a truly global movement?


Speakers include Grace Poore, Gloria Careaga, Michael Ighodaro, Charlotte Bunch and Julia Ehrt, and will be moderated by Allison Jernow.

Crossing New Frontiers of Rights Recognition

3.30PM – 5PM, Room 1/202

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights affirms that all human rights apply to all human beings, without discrimination of any kind. This includes discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status. However, over 60 years later we are still struggling for many of our rights to be recognized by governments and policy-makers in all regions of the world. International human rights mechanisms are still grappling with what it means to be trans and intersex, and even in some cases, what it means to be a woman. The human rights of sex workers are still being debated. Some advocate that the right to freedom of religion is curtailed by guaranteeing equal rights to LGBTIQ persons. New and traditional media are playing a key role in how these discussions are presented, developed and understood by societies around the world.


Speakers include Morgan Carpenter, Monica Tabengwa, Mauro Cabral, Evelyn Schlatter, and Masha Gessen, and will be moderated by Jessica Stern.



Faith-based organizing and fighting fundamentalisms

Religion continues to be used as a political tool to justify violence and discrimination against women and LGBTIQ persons at local, national, regional and international levels. However, we are also seeing increased advocacy in support of LGBTIQ rights from various faith-based perspectives. This workshop will provide a space for discussion of the intersections between faith and human rights from experts in this field.


Speakers include Patti Ackerman, MacDonald Sembereka, Mikee Inton, Monica Tanahandaru and Omair Paul. Graeme Reid will moderate.

Domesticating international developments

The United Nations provides numerous tools for advancing human rights, through both expert and political mechanisms. The Sustainable Development Goals, newly adopted by the UN, create an opening for LGBTIQ inclusion to be considered in development policies. What steps are governments taking to advance policy development on LGBTIQ rights and to implement international commitments and recommendations? How are LGBTIQ activists holding their governments accountable to international human rights norms and standards?


Speakers include Ging Cristobal, Natasha Jimenez, Micah Grzywnowicz, Cynthia Rothschild and Lucas Paoli Itaborahy. The workshop will be moderated by Fernando Andrés Marani.

The Media and Shaping Narratives

The media has repeatedly been used as a tool of oppression to spread hatred and incite violence against LGBTIQ people. In response, activists and organizations have been working with journalists to raise awareness and create alternative narratives that are more respective of the lives and realities faced by members of our communities. Journalists, film makers and artists are also developing ways to reflect and communicate key issues to local and global audiences.


Speakers include Diana Mailosi, Yuli Rustinawati, Miriam van der Have, Jaevion Nelson and Malika Zouhali-Worral. Moderation by Maria Mercedes Gomez.

Foreign Policy

How do governments converse with each other about the rights of LGBTIQ people in bi-lateral and multi-lateral fora? How should they? What does it mean when governments make aid conditional on human rights? What happens when a country is at the crossroads of competing bi-lateral pressures? Join us for the discussion.


Speakers include Shehnilla Mohamed, Ryan Silverio, Lisa Davis, Mark Bromley, Joyce Hamilton and Murat Koylu. Moderation by Maria Sjodin