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, as we mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising (which has come to symbolize the start of the contemporary American gay rights movement), we honor courageous LGBTQI activists, past and present. We hope that these stories inspire you to continue to stand with the AJWS community and LGBTQI people in the fight for justice and equality for all!
Forces of Pride
As Jews and global citizens, the AJWS community never wavers in our belief that all people deserve to live safe, healthy and dignified lives—no matter who they are or whom they love. In this touching video, members of the AJWS community share what motivates them, as Jews, to fight for the rights and dignity of LGBTQI people everywhere.
This year, as we celebrate World Pride in New York City and mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, we are celebrating the activists around the world who have paved the way for a more equal world.
Spotlight on Thailand
Reporting from this year’s historic Chiang Mai Pride March in Thailand organized by several AJWS grantees, AJWS’s own Stuart Schear describes how local LGBTQI people triumphed by pulling off a big, beautiful march, the first in ten years, after the last one was halted by violent anti-LGBT thugs. This experience brought back his own memories of listening as a 12-year-old boy to news coverage of the Stonewall Uprising in 1969, as well as the exhilaration he experienced marching in his first Pride march as an out gay man in 1979 in New York City.
Thailand is not the “paradise” for transgender people that it’s beauty queens and colorful cabaret shows might suggest. Jetsada “Note” Taesombat—co-founder of a Thai trans rights organization supported by AJWS—knows this all too well. Her mission is to “make sure my sisters don’t experience what I went through.” Get to know Note and her incredible work to promote acceptance and equality in Thai society.
The lives of millions of women, girls and LGBTQI people around the world are at risk because of the deadly “global gag rule.” This policy forbids U.S. global health assistance from funding organizations that provide abortion, counsel patients about abortion or advocate for reproductive rights. This ban also blocks funds from life-saving treatments these groups provide that are completely unrelated to abortion, like pap smears, maternity care and anti-HIV drugs.
We cannot remain silent with lives at risk from this immoral policy. Sign the petition to permanently repeal the global gag rule today.