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Each year, June brings worldwide celebrations and commemorations in recognition of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) communities, history and culture. Established in response to the uprising that took place at New York's Stonewall Inn in 1969, millions of people now take part in Pride events across the United States and around the world. To honor the 50th anniversary of Pride Month, CPD has highlighted a few past articles that examine the connection between LGBTQ communities, global LGBTQ rights and public diplomacy.
OUT ABROAD: LGBT, PUBLIC DIPLOMACY AND GLOBAL RIGHTS
In November 2014, CPD hosted a panel discussion titled, “Out Abroad: LGBT, Public Diplomacy and Global Rights,” which explored the range—and complexity—of the LGBT issue in the discourse and practice of diplomacy. Speakers offered diplomatic and scholarly perspectives as well as personal experiences.
ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF HISTORY: PUBLIC DIPLOMACY & LGBT RIGHTS TODAY
The Winter 2015 edition of Public Diplomacy Magazine was dedicated to furthering the conversation about LGBT stories and issues in the public diplomacy discourse. Divided into three sections, the issue highlighted stories of diversity and diplomacy, evolving narratives in global LGBT spaces, and cultural drivers in the global LGBT movement.
Get the full issue here.
According to Editor-in-Chief Jocelyn Coffin: "The first public diplomacy anthology of its kind, the Winter 2015 issue begins to fill the current gap in public diplomacy literature centered on LGBT issues while acknowledging the powerful work of many institutions, organizations, and individuals who are passionately and effectively driving conversations and progress in this field."
LGBT RIGHTS ADVOCACY: THE QUINTESSENTIAL U.S. PUBLIC DIPLOMACY TOOL
CPD Research Associate Sohaela Amiri's blog post captured previous efforts by the U.S. to promote LGBT rights abroad. While the Obama administration made the promotion of LGBT rights a foreign policy priority, domestic challenges with discrimination, violence and hate crimes indicate that preaching equality to the world requires substantive action at home.
Read the full piece here.
"For the United States to thrive as a global leader and remain indispensable, it is crucial that it stays true to its responsibility of maintaining a liberal world order, promoting democratic values and the protection of human rights. Advocating LGBT rights therefore, both domestically and globally is perfectly in line with American interests, its purpose, and global identity."
OUT AT THE OLYMPICS: NAVIGATING NATIONAL IMAGE & PERSONAL IDENTITY
Greg Louganis, U.S. Olympic diver and author, discussed his role representing both the nation and the LGBT athlete community, considering the power (and limits) of sport in effecting social change. The conversation was moderated by Alan Abrahamson, award-winning sportswriter, best-selling author, television analyst, and professor at USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.
Learn more about the event and view photos here.
CHANGING HEARTS AND CHANGING MINDS: THE POWER OF LGBTI TOURISM
In 2015, Ami Hutchinson penned this CPD Blog post on connecting tourism with efforts to advance the understanding and acceptance of LGBTI people around the world. One initiative, Tolerance Through Tourism, was a groundbreaking step for LGBTI tourism. Tolerance Through Tourism, Hutchinson said, worked to enhance the travel experience of LGBTI tourists and served as a different approach to "winning hearts and minds."
Read the full piece here.
"Tolerance Through Tourism will create increased opportunities for LGBTI Dominicans to receive training and employment opportunities related to the tourism sector, while at the same time generating resources through social enterprise initiatives to fund local LGBTI NGOs’ community work. The program will also bring positive exposure and visibility to the local LGBTI community."
CHILE: DRAGGING ITS HEELS ON QUEER REFORMS
In this CPD Blog post, Michael Arda Karakash examines Chile's approach to LGBT rights and equality after the passage of the Zamudio Law, the country's first anti-discrimination law. Karakash wrote that "many cite this incident as a turning point in Chile’s fight for LGBT rights and equality, but was it really?"
Read the full piece here.
"It’s too soon to see how perceptions towards the trans and gay community will shift due to the new media exposure and legal changes, but there needs to be a movement to influence social perceptions at the rate legal changes are made, or else the impact of laws won’t be felt for years."
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