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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

Advancing Trans* Movements Worldwide

This report summarizes a December 2013 meeting between trans* and intersex activists and funders. It makes recommendations to improve donors' approaches to funding and collaborative strategic support for these movements.

In Georgia, a Brave Step Toward LGBT Rights

After its parliament passed a law that includes protections for gender identity and sexual orientation, Georgia has settled into a period of transition that, rights activists hope, will eliminate LGBT discrimination.

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.