LGBT Activists To Speak In New York


Source: The Daily Beast
Published: 2014-12-05 - Updated: 2015-03-20
Summary: Quorum Global LGBT Voices at New York Public Library featuring talks and panels highlighting struggles and triumphs of LGBT people worldwide.


The Daily Beast, in collaboration with nine leading international human rights organizations, will host an unprecedented gathering of leading LGBT activists from around the world. The event, entitled "Quorum: Global LGBT Voices," will take place at the New York Public Library on Wednesday, December 10, designated Human Rights Day by the United Nations.

Continuing its strong commitment to covering the global movement for LGBT equality, the live-journalism event will feature non-Western LGBT activists sharing compelling stories about their struggles and successes. The event will generate a series of video talks, interviews, and presentations, which will be available online at The Daily Beast beginning in January 2015.

The event is sponsored by Delta Air Lines, HBO, and the New York Public Library, and organized in collaboration with The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, American Jewish World Service, All Out, GLAAD, The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), The International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), The International LGBT Association Europe (ILGA-Europe), 76Crimes.com, and Muslims for Progressive Values.

"Quorum" features a who's-who of LGBT activists and artists from around the world, including Adebisi Alimi (Nigeria), Anastasia Smirnova (Russia), Maurice Tomlinson (Jamaica), Meena Seshu (India), Alice Nkom (Cameroon), Nisha Ayub (Malaysia), Kenita Placide (St. Lucia), Parvez Sharma (A Jihad for Love), Xiaogang Wei (China), and Jabu Pereira (South Africa), as well as several activists whose names are being withheld for security reasons.

"The Daily Beast is committed to covering those engaged in the global fight for gay rights," said John Avlon, Editor-in-Chief and Co-Managing Director of The Daily Beast. "We want to help amplify their voices and deepen our audience's understanding of one of the defining civil rights movements of our time."

"In the West, the fight for gay rights has seen enormous progress," said Mike Dyer, Chief Product and Strategy Officer, Co-Managing Director of The Daily Beast, and founder of Quorum, "but it's essential to now expand the story and hear from the people building a global movement for full LGBT participation in society. Connecting these struggles is what Quorum is all about."

The Daily Beast delivers award-winning original reporting and sharp opinion from big personalities in the arenas of politics, pop-culture, world news and more. Fiercely independent and armed with irreverent intelligence, The Daily Beast now reaches more than 20 million readers per month. John Avlon is Editor-in-Chief and Mike Dyer is Chief Product and Strategy Officer. The Daily Beast is based in New York and is an operating business of IAC (NASDAQ: IACI).

Quorum is an invitation-only event, taking place from 10am to 6pm on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at the New York Public Library. Press passes are available by contacting Carmen de Jesus, Carmen.deJesus@thedailybeast.com

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