$20 of every $25 Tie The Knot bow tie purchase goes directly toward support LGBTQ initiatives worldwide. From now until November 24, 2017, all profits raised via the sale of our limited-edition bow ties will support OutRight Action International - a leading international organization dedicated to human rights advocacy on behalf of people who experience discrimination or abuse on the basis of their actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.
OutRight has been fighting for the human rights of LGBTIQ people since 1990. In at least 72 countries globally, same-sex relations (let alone relationship recognition) between consenting adults remains illegal; penalties range from corporal punishment, to jail terms, to life imprisonment, to the death penalty. OutRight partners with local LGBTIQ organizations across four regions and maintains a cross-regional LGBTIQ initiative at the United Nations in New York.
In September, OutRight helped organize the largest assembled panel of global world leaders to discuss and promote LGBT equality during meetings of the General Assembly. In December, they will organize the largest group of LGBTIQ activists to visit New York to help inform diplomats and UN agencies about what's needed on the ground in each of their countries.
The Stonewall Riots started with police brutality and we see it again and again around the world. OutRight supports training of police in the Caribbean and in the Philippines to head off police harassment. In the Philippines alone they have trained over 2,000 officers.
LGBTIQ rights lag behind in many parts of the Caribbean where British colonial legacy laws (against consensual sex) still make love and self-expression illegal. OutRight is helping to register and organize Caribbean LGBTIQ groups to ensure they have the capacity to do the work needed to change hearts, minds and laws on the ground.
When LGBTIQ activists are under attack, or when they fear that their governments are after them, OutRight provides vital security training to activists who are in harms way.
And when media reports fuel homophobia and transphobia or spread information – OutRight trains who need to better understand how to communicate about LGBTIQ people.
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