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Open Arms in Eastern Kentucky  

Through filmmaking and community building, Open Society Youth Fellow Oakley Fugate is creating space for young LGBTI people in Appalachia.

Q&A: A Media Haven for Europe’s LGBTI Roma

Open Society Youth Fellow Laszlo Farkas is building a media company where his community can feel recognized—and welcome.

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.

Jokes for Justice in Latin America  

What role can humor play in promoting open society? In this video, Open Society Foundations grantees, staff, and partners explore how comedians and activists in Latin America use comedy to support human rights and democracy.

Q&A: Why Representation Is Crucial for Trans Rights

The first trans woman ever to appear on the cover of Elle Hungary speaks about justice, art, and her dreams for the next generation of trans people.

Q&A: Fearless Theater in Kosovo

With their latest production, an ambitious theater troupe is challenging homophobia, facing down death threats, and changing minds.