Happy Pride Month! At AJWS, we’re proud of the activists we support around the world who work tirelessly to bend the arc of the moral universe toward justice for all people—no matter who they are or whom they love. Thanks to your support, we’re one of the largest funders of LGBTQI rights worldwide. This year, …Read More
The AJWS community has a lot to say about what's happening in the world. Read our insights about the struggle for justice and human rights around the globe.
On June 20, we recognize World Refugee Day—a day to stand in solidarity with millions of people forced to leave their homes to save their lives, escaping towards an uncertain future. Few communities around the world face more uncertainty than the Rohingya people of Myanmar (Burma). After decades of government persecution and violence, this ethnic minority from Burma’s Rakhine state is …Read More
As dusk turned to night in Chiang Mai some weeks ago, I felt adrenaline coursing through my body as thousands of people poured onto the streets of this city in northern Thailand for the country’s biggest LGBTQI pride march in a decade. At the same time, my mind was flooded with memories of Pride …Read More
This month marks the 50th anniversary of the historic Stonewall uprising in New York City—an event that ignited the modern gay rights movement. In honor of that powerful, life-changing legacy, I am reflecting on the grit and courage of LGBTQI leaders I have met around the world who are achieving historic victories large and small …Read More
“You may have heard that Thailand is a paradise for transgender people. We have the beauty queens. The cabaret shows. But you don’t see the negative side of how we’re treated. And I want to make sure my sisters don’t experience what I went through.” It’s a Saturday in central Bangkok, and Jetsada Taesombat, better …Read More
Dear AJWS Community, I am writing to connect with you in the wake of this tragic weekend, marred by yet another deadly attack on American Jews worshipping in synagogues. Last time it was in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh. This time it was across the country in Poway, a town just north of San …Read More