Eastern Africa Time

#OutSummit2020 Agenda | EAT (Nairobi)

Wednesday | December 9, 2020

Start Time (EAT)End TimeTitleDescription
6:00 PM6:15 PMWelcome
6:15 PM7:15 PMHarsh Realities: SOGIE change efforts in Africa and their impact on LGBTIQ lives Despite homosexuality having been removed from the international classification of diseases in 1990, and transgender identities being removed from the same list in 2019, perceptions of LGBTIQ identities as disorders persist, and efforts to change, to “convert”, to suppress or divert them – including by medical and mental health practitioners – continue. This is commonly referred to as So-called “conversion therapy” practices – and known by other names such as reorientation therapy, reparative therapy, gay cure, or sexual orientation and gender identify change efforts or support for unwanted same-sex attraction or transgender. In addition to our global findings, OutRight launched a project to identify and tackle conversion practices specifically in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa. Our findings there show an even bleaker picture. This session focuses on interrogating such efforts within the African context. Partners in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa will demystify SOGI change efforts as they bring their various local perspectives on the nature and extent of conversion therapy in Africa and highlight the negative impact of CT on LGBTIQ lives.
6:15 PM7:15 PMIndonesia: Building a firewall against HateSince 2016 Indonesia has seen waves of homo- and transphobic violence unprecedented in the country’s long history of tolerance and diversity. New legislation initiatives would considerably deteriorate the situation for LGBTIQ people in the country, including a Penal Code reform that might criminalize LGBTIQ people. The most recent initiative is the “Family Resilience Bill” that would force LGBTIQ people to get treatment to “cure” their sexual orientation or gender identity. Activists and allies joined forces to establish nation-wide immediate response mechanisms in times of crisis and formulate an advocacy and policy response as a firewall to stop the creeping criminalization and dehumanization of LGBTIQ people.
6:15 PM7:15 PMCOVID-19 Eight Months Later: The State of LGBTIQ CommunitiesIn May 2020, OutRight Action International published its report, Vulnerability Amplified: The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on LGBTIQ People, documenting stories from nearly 60 people in 38 countries about the ways in which COVID-19 was affecting their lives and livelihoods. At the time, our communities were already facing major challenges such as disproportionate levels of food insecurity, barriers to health care, and upticks in domestic and state-sponsored violence and discrimination. What about now? How are communities faring more than 8 months later? We will talk with recipients of OutRIght’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund to learn more about how people are coping and what challenges lie ahead.
7:15 PM7:30 PMIntroduction and keynoteKeynote address by Geena Rocero
7:30 PM7:45 PMNetworking & break timeNetworking & artist performance time
7:45 PM9:00 PMPLENARY: Movements for Liberation: LGBTQ Activism and Racial JusticeThis panel is designed to highlight the importance of anti-racism work to LGBTIQ movements and the history of LGBTIQ leaders of color working for liberation across race and sexuality/gender expression globally.  What can LGBTIQ movements do to work more effectively for racial justice?  What can LGBTIQ movements learn from movements for racial justice? This panel highlights speakers and movements that have deep knowledge at these intersections. 
9:00 PM10:00 PMLegal progress: Advancing LGBTIQ EqualityHow can we interpret legal wins for LGBTIQ people and how can these be applied in other jurisdictions? The decriminalization of homosexuality in India and other countries lead to the expectation that more countries would follow. Yet reality has shown a different face, and courts in Kenya and Singapore have rejected the call for decriminalization. Around the world we see progress in other areas, such as the ban on conversion therapy in Germany and Mexico City, the (Prevention of Discrimination) Employment Bill in Barbados that includes sexual orientation but excludes gender identity and more. We will reflect on the “unfinished” business and next steps as well as the meaning of these legal changes for wider legal and policy reform to benefit LGBTIQ people in the countries and beyond.
9:00 PM10:00 PMGender and sexuality issues in the Arabic media landscape: Changing the narrativeGender and sexuality are taboo throughout the MENA region, and the media is no exception. LGBTIQ topics have been covered with clichés, stereotypes and negative connotations. The Arabic media project that OutRight established in 2016 is changing the narrative through editors’ roundtables, journalist training, and the creation of LGBTIQ affirming networks with journalists from the region. In this session we will shed light on the most important elements of this project and where we reach.
9:00 PM10:00 PMCorporate Purpose and LGBTIQ Human RightsThe evolution of corporate purpose, and business’ role in advancing equality for LGBTIQ communities globally.
6:00 AM (Dec.10)7:00 AM Corporate Purpose & LGBTIQ Human Rights: Asia regional focusUncover pressing challenges facing LGBTIQ communities in Asia and how business & civil society can link up to tackle discrimination.

Thursday | December 10, 2020

Start Time (EAT)End TimeTitleDescription
6:00 PM7:00 PMLet’s Talk Media with the MediaIn a panel of journalists, this session will address the importance of LGBTIQ visibility in the media. Speakers include LGBTIQ correspondents of mainstream outlets, journalists at queer outlets, and journalists who have made an effort to ensure diversity of voices and content. The panel will have a frank discussion about the importance, challenges and approaches to ensuring representation of LGBTIQ people, topics and issues in media coverage, and what that visibility can and does do to further the fight for LGBTIQ equality around the world.
6:00 PM7:00 PMMasked Faces and Unmasked Realities: Perspectives on the lived realities of trans and gender diverse persons in Southern Africa during a time of COVID-19In 2020, as we started masking up to protect ourselves and each other from the spread of COVID-19, COVID-19 started unmasking the ever-growing gross inequalities within the world in which we live. While Tiktok became all the rave the digital divide became glaring as many people across Southern Africa found themselves disconnected. With healthcare systems strained as it geared up to fight yet another pandemic against gender affirming medical, mental and surgical healthcare was placed even further on the backburner. As already vulnerable Southern Africa economies began to shrink and socio-economic safety-nets proved ineffectual trans and gender diverse persons and communities found themselves more exposed to marginalisation on multiple fronts. COVID-19 has impacted trans and gender diverse persons not only at a personal level but also at an organisational and movement level.
6:00 PM7:00 PMOperating at the intersection of grants and investmentsThe challenges for LGBTQIA* communities in the Global South and Global East will continue to increase with rapid climate change, political instrumentation and a bleak economic outlook exacerbating the situation. LGBTQIA* people are already showing tremendous resilience. As human rights and humanitarian aid funders as well as impact investors, we need to prioritise their efforts to become even more resilient for the longer term. Philanthropic and investment efforts need to integrate across both fields. Different forms of capital, from grants and investments over to blended solutions are needed to support the build out of stronger and more visible systems. Case studies from South Africa and Mexico will illustrate how work at the intersection of grant making and investing can look like. We will also touch on potential entry points to integrate an LGBTQI* lens in the investment strategy of an organisation. This interactive sessions aims to be a space to learn, share, challenge and discuss different approaches and ideas.
7:00 PM8:00 PMCorporate Strategies that Advance LGBTIQ Human RightsHow purpose-driven corporations can use their position and platforms to advance LGBTIQ equality.
7:00 PM8:00 PMResourcing Global LGBTI Issues in the Era of COVIDAdditional information coming soon
7:00 PM8:00 PMNot a Single-Issue Struggle of LGBTI Advocacy: Bringing Race, Disability and Gender to the United Nations The session aims at sharing information about and strategizing around LGBTI intersectional advocacy through United Nations treaty bodies and special procedures. We will look into the intersections of SOGIESC with race, disability and gender. During last decades, LGBTI movement has contributed to significant developments of the human rights discourse within United Nations so that LGBTI human rights are now covered by all treaty bodies and most of the special procedures. However, when it comes to intersectional forms of oppression, discrimination and violence faced by our communities, the progress is not there yet. For example, in 2014-2019, SOGIESC recommendations from the three treaty bodies covering gender, disability and race, formed only a small part of all treaty body recommendations. The percentage of country reviews where LGBTI persons were made visible, amounted to 10 per cent for CEDAW (Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women), 3 per cent for CRPD (Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities), and only 1 per cent for CERD (Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination). During the session, we will see how “specialized” treaty bodies and special procedures have addressed intersections of SOGIESC with gender, disability and race so far. We will particularly cover CEDAW, CRPD and CERD, including sharing the experiences of human rights defenders engaging with these bodies. We will also go through special procedures’ mandates on People of African Descent, albinism, disability, indigenous peoples, migrants, minority issues, racism, violence against women and discrimination against women.
8:00 PM9:00 PMThe Economic Case for LGBTI EqualityThis session presents an economic argument for LGBTI equality and human rights: full inclusion of LGBTI people is good for economies. The session will draw on the ideas, stories, and evidence presented in the new book The Economic Case for LGBT Equality: Why Fair and Equal Treatment Benefits Us All by M. V. Lee Badgett. Topics would include: the effects of stigma and exclusion on LGBTI people and economies in employment, education, and health settings; how inclusion benefits economies and businesses; what the impact of LGBTI inequality is on countries’ economies; how to use this idea to motivate change.
8:00 PM9:00 PMNavigating 2020 and Beyond: Supporting LGBTQI+ refugees and internally displaced people during a global pandemicThe COVID19 pandemic has had an immense impact on countries around the world, and as we near the end of 2020, there remains great uncertainty about what comes next. We do not know how many people will still be infected or how long the pandemic will last. However, we do know that those who are most marginalized will be disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, including members of the LGBTQI community. For Rainbow Railroad, our work is complicated by the sweeping measures countries have adopted around the world to contain the virus, including lockdowns, travel restrictions and temporary border closures. Our clients, primarily internally displaced people (IDPs), face unprecedented economic and security challenges, and fleeing persecution remains nearly impossible for many. Additionally, we are witnessing a burgeoning human rights crisis as an estimated 26 million+ refugees remain stuck in camps while resettlement efforts have been ground to a halt. This session will provide a brief snapshot of the reality that LGBTQI+ refugees in hot-spots of persecution are facing in light of the pandemic. Rainbow Railroad’s approach to supporting these persons in 2020 will be described through a series of case studies, presented in partnership with some of our implementing partners on the ground in origin countries in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa. As we look towards an uncertain future, practical policy recommendations and advocacy points for activists looking to engage their policy makers in supporting LGBTQI+ refugees and IDPs will be discussed, and a Q&A will allow participants to engage with the Rainbow Railroad team and partners executing supports on the ground.
8:00 PM9:00 PMChallenges and Opportunities for Advocacy with Donor GovernmentsThis session brings together representatives of a number of civil society organizations involved in advocacy to donor governments on international SOGIESC issues, including diplomacy and funding. The session will explore a number of questions:
• What strategies have your organizations used to advance SOGIESC issues in foreign policy and international donor assistance?
• How do global south and global north organizations cooperate in advancing this work?
• What are your biggest challenges in advancing international SOGIESC issues with your government?
• Given COVID19 and the current international situation, are you adjusting your strategies?
• How can people listening to this discussion engage in or support your work?
6:00 AM (Dec.11)7:00 AMEnding LGBTI Violence Begins At HomeResearch from Asia shows that family is one of the primary sources of violence against LGBTI people. While there’s no one-size fits all model for addressing domestic and family violence, there are several commonly observed trends. For instance, many LGBTI people don’t recognize what they are experiencing is violence, parental violence is often attributed to love, most LGBTI fear exposing abusive family members or intimate partners to criminalization, even if there’s reporting, actions are rarely taken against family perpetrators, police often pressure LGBTI victim-survivors to return home. In this workshop we discuss some of the challenges for LGBTI violence intervention and prevention and what might be alternatives in Asian contexts.
7:00 AM (Dec.11)8:00 AMAre We Leaving No One Behind? LGBTQI Inclusion/Exclusion in Select Countries in Southeast AsiaIn 2019, APCOM and our country partner organizations in Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR and the Philippines conducted a research which looked into the economic and social inclusion of LGBTQI people in their countries. The research employed a combination of secondary literature review and focus group discussions with lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender individuals, and to some extent, intersex persons. The research looked in the experiences of LGBTQI of inclusion/exclusion in the aspects of access to education, employment, and health. It also looked into access to financial services. The research indicated that policy environment, attitude of society and it’s structures to LGBTQI people, personal circumstances, stigma and discrimination based on a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression, all contribute to access of an LGBTQI individual to basic rights and services. Further, challenges in accessing education, health services, and employment opportunities intersect, affecting prospects of an LGBTQI individual. While the findings have general patters from the four countries, these findings also showed nuances in each country. It also showed that inclusion/exclusion are experienced differently by lesbians, gays, bisexual, transgender and queer people, and based on actual and perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, expression, and sex characteristics. While the research was conducted before COVID-19, the effects of COVID-19 on LGBTQI communities will also be discussed. The topics envisioned to be discussed include: – Experiences of LGBTQI inclusion/exclusion in Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR and Philippines focusing on health, work, education, and access to financial services
– Effects of COVID-19 on LGBTQI communities in Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR and Philippines
– Recommendations for governments, private sector, civil society organizations on LGBTQI inclusion

Friday | December 11, 2020

Start Time (EAT)End TimeTitleDescription
6:00 PM6:15 PMWelcome
6:15 PM7:15 PMIntersex rights around the worldDespite the letter “I” long-since having been added to the LGBTIQ acronym, the rights of intersex people remain largely absent from discourse about the human rights of LGBTIQ people. Even in queer spaces, and among LGBTIQ organizations, awareness about the issues facing intersex people is low, and work on promoting intersex rights is too often lacking. A panel of intersex activists, and activists working on intersex rights, will discuss the invisibility of intersex issues, the particular challenges facing intersex people, the legislative and policy changes needed to protect intersex individuals. The panel will also speak to how LGBTIQ organizations can and should better incorporate this into their work and more effectively fight for everyone covered under the LGBTIQ umbrella, including intersex people.
6:15 PM7:15 PMFighting gender ideology: Gender justice and intersections of women’s rights and LGBTIQ rightsGlobal, regional, and national evidence continues to emerge suggesting that SOGIE change efforts (also known as “conversion therapy,” among other terms) are widespread regardless of context. Thus far, just 5 countries in the world have national ban in place, while a few others (e.g., USA, Canada, Australia) have sub-national bans, though they vary widely in substance. What options exist for curtailing or banning these harmful practices in other regions? What can we learn from survivors and activists around the world who seek to end them?
6:15 PM7:15 PMRidding the world of SOGIE Change Efforts: What Options Exist?Global, regional, and national evidence continues to emerge suggesting that SOGIE change efforts (also known as “conversion therapy,” among other terms) are widespread regardless of context. Thus far, just 5 countries in the world have national ban in place, while a few others (e.g., USA, Canada, Australia) have sub-national bans, though they vary widely in substance. What options exist for curtailing or banning these harmful practices in other regions? What can we learn from survivors and activists around the world who seek to end them?
7:15 PM7:30 PMIntroduction and keynoteKeynote address by Hamed Sinno
7:30 PM7:45 PMNetworking & break time
7:45 PM9:00 PMPLENARY – Resistance and Resilience: OutRight and the LGBTIQ Movement over 30 YearsIn this session, LGBTIQ advocates share personal and political perspectives on meanings of resistance and resilience in the context of LGBTIQ movements in the last 30 years. They address questions like: What has been greatest accomplishments of LGBTIQ movements? What are some key factors of the progress achieved? Has there been genuine change? Who was empowered and benefitted most and who benefitted least from achievements? What lessons are learned about leadership, the tools we use to bring about change? What lessons are learned about the values and principles for achieving progress?
9:00 PM10:00 PMSay a little prayer for me!This session explores LGBTIQ community strategies to combat religiously motivated homo- and transphobia. OutRight’s past and present Religion Fellows will talk about their initiatives to combat religiously-motivated homophobia and its influence on national law, policy and decision-making.
9:00 PM10:00 PMUntangling the access to the United NationsThis session highlights the LGBTI work that is being done at the United Nations by States, UN Agencies and civil society activists and how this work has changed during the pandemic. The session will talk about entry points and how stakeholders see the future of the LGBTI work at the United Nations level. Panelists will discuss the access and meaningful participation of LGBTI civil society in the United Nations space during the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to reimagine and implement creative advocacy strategies.
9:00 PM10:00 PMForging ahead: the past present and future of trans liberation globallyTrans activists have been at the forefront of change and has helped to revolutionize the global LGBTIQ movement. In this session, we hear from trans and gender non-conforming activists about how their work has transformed their organizations and the ways in which they have contributed to the visibility of issues impacting trans people while advocating for law and policy change. As trans activists and leaders, we know that globally there is a long way to go to ensure that every trans person is affirmed, safe, and enjoys all their human rights. We reflect on the struggles and challenges that are yet to overcome and what are our hopes to transform a heteronormative society to see that there is space beyond the binary.
10:00 PMClosing – performance by Khansa