The Open Society Foundations seek to combat discrimination by empowering lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex communities to promote and defend their human rights.
Q&A: How Marriage Equality Won in Costa Rica
By emphasizing love, equality, and authentic storytelling, advocates for same-sex marriage in Costa Rica were able to overcome a challenging public opinion environment and achieve a landmark victory for LGBT rights.
Making LGBTI History
Q&A: Inside Taiwan’s Landmark Victory for Same-Sex Marriage
Joyce Teng of the Marriage Equality Coalition Taiwan discusses the struggle to make Taiwan the first place in Asia that allows same-sex couples to marry.
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.
Comedy for a Cause
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.
Invisible No More
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.
Art for Progress
Q&A: Fearless Theater in Kosovo
With their latest production, an ambitious theater troupe is challenging homophobia, facing down death threats, and changing minds.
Gender Justice Now
Women Will Not Be Silent
By now, the link between authoritarianism and the repression of women and gender nonconforming people is clear. But those targeted by such hateful politics cannot—and will not—be intimidated.