Here’s some good news I’m personally invested in: A new campaign launched today that aims to bring the energy of new media organizing to the global LGBT rights movement. I’ve been among the campaign’s many advisors over the past several months, and I’m thrilled to see Julian Bond chiming in to support the effort today. Says Bond,
“When a marginalized and scapegoated group decides to join together and demand the change they want to see in their nation and in the world, powerful social movements can arise. That time has come for the diverse and expansive global LGBT community.”
Bond has long been among the most outspoken of the U.S. civil rights icons in insisting that sexual freedom is a core part of the human rights struggle. Still, it’s heartening to hear him get behind the new project. Check out the moving launch video above.
The group, All Out, aims to bring the Web’s now-familiar power to move huge numbers of people into a movement that has for too long been considered fringe. Here’s how one of All Out’s funders described the problem to the NY Times’ Media Decoder blog today:
“Sexual-orientation and gender-identity rights-based work is one of most under-funded efforts in the world,” said Carla Sutherland, director for the international sexual orientation and gender identity rights program at Arcus in New York.
Only about $20 million is spent each year for that work outside of the United States and Europe, Ms. Sutherland said, compared with an estimated $250 million a year in the United States alone.
“There’s very little money that has to go very far.”
Arcus also supports our publisher the Applied Research Center’s work bridging the racial justice and LGBT rights movements. So also check out the latest in that work—a study exploring the links between the two movements and ideas for strengthening those ties.