Introduction to the Website

The vision of "global lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender human rights" is a concept that is supported by human rights defenders in many countries across the world. The obstacles are challenging, given that 78 countries have laws that criminalize same-sex acts.

Envisioning is a partnership with grassroots organizations that have built movements for social change, working together to make the vision of LGBT rights a reality.

See the column at the left for a summary of the project's scope, goals and methodology.

Envisioning at World Pride
Toronto, Canada, 2014

Research and documentary outcomes and resources are available on the website at the following tabs (above):

1) Our Work: an overview of our work, including publications, resources and video shorts produced by the five research teams of Envisioning: India, Africa, the Caribbean, Canada, and Law and Human Right. 

2) Publications: descriptions and links to reports, report summaries, book chapters, information sheets, and educational resources created by Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights. Additional materials will be added as they are published, including articles in research journals, and an Envisioning book. 

3) Telling Our Stories: 5-minute video portraits recount stories of resistance as well as accounts of human rights violation; created through participatory documentary with partners in Botswana, India, Uganda, St. Lucia, Kenya, Belize, Jamaica, Guyana. Additional videos will be added as they are created. 

4) No Easy Walk To Freedom: (91 min. documentary, 2014) filmed in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Lucknow and rural India, No Easy Walk To Freedom documents the struggle to strike down section 377 of the India Penal Code. Created in partnership with Naz Foundation India Trust in New Delhi.

5) And Still We Rise: (70 min. documentary, 2015) a moving documentary on resistance to the Anti-Homosexual Act (AHA) in Uganda, created with Envisioning partner Sexual Minorities Uganda. 

6) Resources: information resources on LGBT asylum, and video resources on documenting human rights violations affecting LGBT peoples. For more information about Envisioning work and partnerships, please go to: 

7) Events: descriptions and video documentation of public events that Envisioning has hosted or co-hosted. 

8) Conferences: list of Envisioning panels and papers given at conferences, internationally 2011-2016. 

9) Gallery: slide shows of participatory documentary projects. 

10) Research Team: a list of Envisioning research team members and partners.

A note on terminology: 
The use of terms with regard to sexual orientation or gender identity is complex, with historical, regional, cultural, class and activist implications. The terms lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) are used throughout this project and are used by many activists and human rights workers internationally. Others may use "queer" or "sexual minorities" as umbrella words. Our use of LGBT is meant to be neither all-embracing or exclusive. As our research encompasses many regions and communities we acknowledge that terminology may differ from place to place or topic to topic.