Introduction to the Website

The vision of "global lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender human rights" is a concept that is supported by human rights defenders in many countries across the world. The obstacles are challenging, given that 78 countries have laws that criminalize same-sex acts.

Envisioning is a partnership with grassroots organizations that have built movements for social change, working together to make the vision of LGBT rights a reality.

See the column at the left for a summary of the project's scope, goals and methodology.

Envisioning at World Pride
Toronto, Canada, 2014

Website Features:

"Research Team" (see tab above) provides an overview of the Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights research teams with a list of the community-based and academic researchers and community partners based in each region of our study with links to the partner websites.

"Our Work" (see tab above) will connect you to the main body of our research outcomes including videos and documents which are available for educational use. Included in "Our Work" are pages on Africa, India, the Caribbean, Canada as well as legal and international human rights mechanisms research.  We will continue to build on this library of resources, videos, publications, and educational tools as the project continues.  

Research outcomes and resources are available on the website in the following places:

1) Documentary films and video shorts may be viewed under the appropriate research team (see "Our Work"). The video shorts contain a link to Vimeo, where they can be viewed and downloaded.

2) "Publications" tab (above) contains descriptions and links for reports and book chapters. Further materials will be added as they are published, including articles in research journals, fact sheets, educational tools and an Envisioning book.

3) "Events" tab (above) contains descriptions and video documentation of public events that Envisioning has hosted or co-hosted, as well as our conference presentations.  

4) "Documentation Resources" tab (above) contains video resources on documenting human rights violations affecting LGBT peoples and the importance of "telling our stories".

If you use the Envisioning materials for educational and other work, please let us know by emailing us. We welcome your feedback.

A note on terminology: 
The use of terms with regard to sexual orientation or gender identity is complex, with historical, regional, cultural, class and activist implications. The terms lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) are used throughout this project and are used by many activists and human rights workers internationally. Others may use "queer" or "sexual minorities" as umbrella words. Our use of LGBT is meant to be neither all-embracing or exclusive. As our research encompasses many regions and communities we acknowledge that terminology may differ from place to place or topic to topic.