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Reframing the Global LGBTQ+ Narrative: Family, Tradition, and Spirituality

9 April @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM UTC-5

The NGO Committee on Human Rights



Reframing the Global LGBTQ+ Narrative; Family, Tradition, and Spirituality

Time and location:

Tuesday, April 9th, 2024 from 1 pm to 3 pm.

            11th floor Church Center (East 44th St. and 1st Avenue)


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Concept Note


Resisting and countering harmful narratives and celebrating the integral role of LGBTQ+ people in society.


While there have been many advances toward the expansion and protection of the rights of the rights of sexual orientation/gender identity human rights since the June 1969 Stonewall uprising/resistance  We are now witnessing troubling regression in the progress toward equality. Anti-LGBTQ+ bills passed in Uganda and Ghana and new ones are pending in Kenya and Zambia. According to Human Rights Watch, at least 67 countries have national laws criminalizing consensual relations between same-sex adults, and at least nine countries have laws criminalizing the expression of gender identity that does not align with the individual’s assigned sex at birth.


In the United States, for example, at least 520 laws that violate sexual orientation/gender identity human rights were introduced in state legislatures in 2023, of which 70 were enacted, according to the Human Rights Campaign. In 2023, the Ugandan government enacted a series of laws that criminalize same-sex relations with punishment up to and including the death penalty. In 2022, “LGBT propaganda” became illegal in Russia, prohibiting the expression of LGBTQ identity in any public medium.


These discriminatory and dangerous policies are actively harming the LGBTQ community, and represent a troubling regression in progress that has been made toward equal protection. Our panel of speakers will share their experiences working to combat anti-LGBTQ+ forces. We invite you to join in this fight for full equality.




Welcome, and introduction;


Dr. Bobbi Nassar

Co-Chair NGO Committee on Human Rights

International Federation of Settlements and Neighborhood Centers


Mr. Bruce Knotts

Co-Chair NGO Committee on Human Rights

Chair of the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace, and Security

World Federalist Movement


History of the LGBT Struggles in the United States

Mr. Edafe Okporo

Executive Director of Refuge America


A global gay rights activist he founded Refuge America as a welcoming place for displaced LGBTQ people. He is committed to offering a lifeline to those who have been compelled to escape their homelands due to persecution. Migrated from Warri, Nigeria Author of Asylum, A Memoir and Manifesto (1922).

Dr. Elizabeth Zick,

UN Representative for the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues

Adjunct Associate Professor at Long Island University


LGBT Asylum Seekers in the United States

Moderated by

Mr.  Fabrice Houdart

Founding partner of KoppaLab; an NGO focused on the economic empowerment of LGBTQ+ people. Adjunct Professor Columbia University/Georgetown

In addition to moderating Mr. Houdart will speak about the importance of reigniting LGBTQ+ rights within the United Nations.


9 April
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM UTC-5
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