Standbyme

It’s 2014 and it’s still an intense battle: the fight for the rights of millions of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders worldwide. Many still have to hide their true identity. Cannot express their deepest feelings. Because they can be excluded, molested or killed. Because of who they are and who they love.

At the height of summer, Amsterdam is the gay centre of the world. And RNW will be standing up for sexual rights and human rights at Amsterdam Gay Pride 2014 (July 26 – August 2). Together with eight LGBT activists from China, Egypt, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Uganda and Venezuela. Their first-hand stories will draw a cross-section of the state of sexual rights worldwide.

 

#STANDBYME

RNW is supporting these activists by giving them this platform to tell their stories. On standbyme.rnw.org, you can find lots of information about the eight activists, learn more about their personal stories and experiences, and follow them during Amsterdam Gay Pride. They are sharing their stories, and you can share them too. Stand by them and show your support by using the hashtag #standbyme, as you spread the word in your networks.

 

RNW and human rights

By telling stories from and about LGBT issues worldwide, RNW promotes sexual and human rights in regions where they are denied. Sexual rights are recognised as fundamental human rights by the United Nations. Yet, discrimination, stigma, fear and violence still prevent many people from attaining basic sexual rights and health.

  • There’s no sex education in many parts of Africa, Asia and the Middle East
  • LGBT rights are officially opposed in more than 50 countries around the world
  • Sexual violence including systematic rape is often used as a weapon of war
  • Reproductive rights and other women’s rights are not universally protected

RNW aims to help break the taboos around sexuality in countries where it’s difficult – and often dangerous – to address these sensitive issues. Working in partnership with Gay Pride Amsterdam, RNW will offer a platform to a group of young LGBT activists who dare to raise their voices in defence of human and sexual rights in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and China.