HRC will work with Global Democracy Initiative in Georgia, Colors Rainbow in Myanmar, Kyrgyz Indigo in Kyrgyzstan and Ovejas Negras in Uruguay.
What is the status of LGBT rights in these countries?
- In Uruguay, the situation is very favorable. Equal marriage, adoption by same-sex couples, the fight against discrimination, recognition and acceptance of transgender people are evolving.
- In Georgia, since 2008, transgender people can change the gender on their documents. Since 2014, the country bans discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. But marriage equality is not possible. In fact, same-sex couples are not recognized at all.
- In Kyrgyzstan, a country in Central Asia that lies between Russia and China, homosexuality is no longer illegal since 1998. Transgender people can change their gender on their official documents. But there is no fight against discrimination. Equal marriage and adoption are not possible either.
- Finally, in Myanmar, also known as Burma, which is a Southern Asian country, there is no LGBT right. Nothing at all.
In a press release, the group indicated that this approach is part of a program that "offers year-long capacity building and strategic planning partnerships to selected organizations that are working to improve the lives of LGBTQ communities in their countries."
It adds that "the goal of the program is to help strengthen the equality movement in each partner country through more effective advocacy, campaigning, organizing, and outreach."
HRC says it will continue to work with Consejo Consultivo LGBTI in Nicaragua, with the Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline Association in Taiwan and with SPoD in Turkey.