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The Open Society Foundations seek to combat discrimination by empowering lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex communities to promote and defend their human rights.

Recent Work

LGBTI Rights and the Global Culture Wars  

Open Society Fellow Mark Gevisser examines how LGBTI rights have become the latest—and hottest—battleground in the global culture wars.

For LGBTQ Youth in Athens, a Chance to Stand and Be Heard

There is some irony in the notion of a young people’s organization reminding the Greek government of the responsibility it has to citizens of Athens, the classical birthplace of democracy.

An Essential Legal Right for Trans People  

The vast majority of trans people around the world cannot obtain official documents that match their gender identity or chosen name because there is no clear legal process for them to do so in their countries.

License to Be Yourself

Trans people cannot easily change their gender identity on official documents in most counties. This report examines best laws and policies around the world, and successful advocacy strategies.

Another Side of the Struggle for LGBT Rights in Russia  

A recent film festival shows that the story about LGBT rights in Russia is neither so bleak nor so simple as the media portrays.

Five Things Italy Needs to Do to Clean Up Its Human Rights Record

In the second half of 2014, Italy will take on the rotating presidency of the European Union. If it wants to step into the role as a credible broker, it has some work to do.