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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.

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Recent Work

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A New Champion for LGBTI Rights in Bulgaria

In one of the least LGBTI-friendly countries in Europe, a new organization is helping young LGBTI people support one another, educate the public, and remove the oppressive weight of hatred, ignorance, and fear.

Explainer
What Are Intersex Rights?

Secrecy and ignorance fuel the discrimination intersex people face throughout the world. This explainer answers some common questions about intersex people and the movement to secure their rights.

Voices
Intersex Children Don’t Need Fixing  

For too long, intersex people have lived under the weight of social stigma and personal shame. But as Kimberly Zieselman, director of the group interACT, explains, that dynamic is finally ending—and not a moment too soon.

Voices
“Gender Ideology” Is a Fiction That Could Do Real Harm

Political forces opposed to the rights of women and LGBTI people have a new rhetorical weapon. But even if “gender ideology” is a made-up concept, it could still be used to undo many recent and hard-won gains.

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Ripples of Hope in the Fight Against Hate

The United States is stronger when it shares messages of inclusion, and when people of all backgrounds are welcome in their own communities and treated with respect and dignity.

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The Deep Roots of the U.S. Ban on Trans Soldiers

A proposal to exclude trans people from the U.S. military was greeted with widespread disapproval. But a new report reveals how often hatred of trans and gender-nonconforming people is not only tolerated, but encouraged.