Journey to Freedom is a reception and conversation with Rainbow Railroad's executive director, Kimahli Powell and actress and political activist, Cynthia Nixon, activist and writer Jodie Patterson, trans activist Tiq Milan, human rights activist Scot Nakagawa and LGBTQI activist and fashion designer Valentine who Rainbow Railroad helped to safety from Nigeria. This group of dynamic speakers will discuss the LGBTQI refugee crises and strategies to build a stronger, active and more inclusive global human rights movement working for safety and freedom for all LGBTQI people.
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In countries all over the world, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI) people live in basic fear for their freedom, their safety and their lives. They often have nowhere to turn because their government, media, police and religious institution not only tolerate but encourage this brutality. Around the world, 70 countries have anti-homosexuality laws, and many more have other laws that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. In 10 countries, same-sex intimacy can be punishable by death. In too many countries, LGBTQI people are routinely arrested, denied basic human rights, and are being brutally attacked, tortured or even murdered. Rainbow Railroad exists to help these people get out of danger to safety. In the spirit of and with homage to the Underground Railroad, the mission of Rainbow Railroad is to help LGBTQI people as they seek safe haven from state-enabled violence, murder or persecution.