I hope you’re enjoying summer so far! I wanted to make sure you saw our special Pride edition of Stories of Hope.
Below, you’ll find stories of the inspiring activists that you support—like Thailand’s transgender trailblazer, Jetsada “Note” Taesombat of the Foundation of Transgender Alliance for Human Rights.
AJWS envisions a world where all LGBTQI people are celebrated for who they are and whom they love. Together with our brave grantees and dedicated supporters like you, we are one step closer to that bright future.
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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.