Video: Challenges, hopes for LGBTI rights worldwide

Colin Stewart
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Challenges and hopes for LGBTI advocacy around the globe are the focus of this week’s video in the “Quorum” series of 11 discussions of international LGBTI issues.

In the Daily Beast video titled “Levers for Change,” a panel of three United States-based activists considers LGBTI rights advocacy in the world at large, especially other societies’ relationships with the United States.  Some excerpts from the video:

Sarah Kate Ellis of the LGBT media advocacy organization GLAAD, quoting a Uganda activist:

“When Obama says that what’s going on in Uganda is terrible, it’s Western imperialism. When Jay-Z says it, it’s important.”

Ellis on social media:

“Social media is very powerful and the Internet is very powerful, especially in closed societies, because  at some point that’s the only avenue that they have to get in information and put out information and so it’s very important that we listen to them and reflect that back and follow their lead on that, because we’re not on the ground necessarily and we don’t know what’s going on.

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