Today ILGA World is excited to launch Making Rainbow Waves, its first podcast to tell the stories and raise the voices of LGBTI human rights defenders worldwide.

Available on all major podcasting and streaming platforms, and with transcriptions and translation of each episode provided both in English and Spanish on the ILGA World website, Making Rainbow Waves is a new way to hear directly from LGBTI activists across the world about the realities they live in.


Listen to the first episode of Making Rainbow Waves 


 A transcription of the episode is available here

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We will hear their unique perspectives on how laws, policies and public attitudes impact on the lives of our communities on the ground”, says Daniele Paletta, Communications Coordinator at ILGA World and editor of Making Rainbow Waves. “They will guide us through what is happening in their own countries and regions, and why. They will tell us about victories and setbacks for LGBTI persons,and shine a light on the powerful work that our communities keep doing every day, making rainbow waves to advance equality.”

ILGA World is a group of more than 1,600 LGBTI organisations from around the world, and is headed by elected Co-Secretaries General Luz Elena Aranda and Tuisina Ymania Brown, LGBTI activists from Mexico and Samoa respectively. “This is the essence of what ILGA has been doing for years – sharing and learning of activists across borders and identities as we struggle to survive our often-hostile environments to make the world a better place for people everywhere”, they said. “We’re delighted to be using this new platform to amplify the voices and perspectives of those LGBTI persons who should be heard but are so-often forgotten.”

The first episode is launched today during Trans Awareness Week.
Together with ILGA World guests Julia Ehrt and Zhan Chiam, we explore the findings of the latest edition of our Trans Legal Mapping Report – which details the situation in regard to legal gender recognition in 143 UN member States, and also looks at laws that criminalise trans identities – and we discuss what’s next for the trans human rights movement.


Listen to the episodes
and subscribe to Making Rainbow Waves via
Google Podcast – Apple Podcasts (coming soon) –
Spotify – Deezer – Stitcher – TuneIn – Ausha