Yesterday, HRC Foundation Senior Vice President for Programs, Research and Training Mary Beth Maxwell penned an op-ed for Huffington Postoutlining the road ahead in the fight for global equality.
Read her op-ed in part below. To read it in its entirety, click here.
While some countries saw major progress in 2015, such as the inclusion of LGBT protections in Nepal's new constitution and the arrival of marriage equality in Ireland and the United States, the fundamental rights of LGBT people remain under attack in most countries around the globe. In places like Syria and Iraq LGBT lives are at risk, in Kyrgyzstan and Uganda governments threaten to criminalize and commit violence against LGBT citizens, while in The Gambia and the Dominican Republic politicians and religious leaders peddle vicious and harmful rhetoric about LGBT people.
But as the new year begins, there is also much cause for optimism. In places like Northern Ireland (U.K.) and Australia the momentum towards marriage equality continues to grow. In the halls of parliaments and boardrooms of Fortune 500 companies, the winds of change can be felt. In advance of the 2016 World Economic Forum in Davos, HRC President Chad Griffin pointed out how progress towards granting equal rights and protections to LGBT employees has been staggering as more and more multinational companies realize the value of ensuring workplace inclusion for LGBT employees.
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