Safe Space Alliance Awards 2020

Recognising and celebrating outstanding commitment to the LGBTQI+ community

The annual Safe Space Alliance Awards recognise and celebrate individuals, spaces, and businesses/organisations that have shown outstanding commitment to the LGBTQI+ community.

2020 winners list

The following is the list of winners of the Safe Space Alliance Awards 2020.

 

Safe Space Community Icon Award

Beverley Palesa Ditsie, South Africa, Africa

June Chua, Singapore

Francesca Curtis and Phyllis Papps, Australia

Alphonso David, Washington, D.C., United States

Monica Benicio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

Safe Space Community Leader Award

SEAS (Socially Engaged Art Salon), Bright, United Kingdom

Good Night Out Campaign, International

Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

Rabble Books & Games, Western Australia, Australia

Bishops, multiple locations, United States

Central Outreach Wellness Center, multiple locations, Pennsylvania, United States

 

Safe Space Community Organisation Award

Pan Africa ILGA, Africa

Oogachaga, Singapore

AKT, multiple locations, United Kingdom

The Transgender District, San Francisco, California, United States

Federación Argentina LGBT (FALGBT), Argentina

Russian LGBT Network, Russia

All Out, International

 

Safe Space Outstanding Space Award

African Queer Youth Initiative, Africa

Spectrum, Australia

 

Safe Space Outstanding Ally Award

Just Human, International

Ditch the Label, International

Activision Blizzard, International

 

Safe Space Outstanding Initiative Award

Intersex Justice Project (IJP), United States

More about the winners

The following provides more details about the winners of the Safe Space Alliance Awards 2020.

Safe Space Community Icon Award

This award recognises individuals from the LGBTQI+ community that have made an outstanding contribution to the LGBTQI+ community.

Beverley Palesa Ditsie

South Africa, Africa

Beverley Palesa Ditsie is an activist, filmmaker, and speaker, and was the first openly lesbian woman to highlight the importance of LGBT rights as human rights at the 4th UN World Conference on Women in Beijing, 1995. In addition, it was the first time the United Nations were addressed about LGBT issues. In her address she stated “if the world conference on women is to address the concerns of all women, it must similarly recognise that discrimination based on sexual orientation is a violation of basic human rights”.

Ditsie was a founding member of GLOW (Gay and Lesbian Organization of Witwatersrand) in South Africa and has long fought for the protection of people from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. In 1990, she helped organise the first Pride march in Africa.

Since then, Ditsie has been fighting to ensure the work of women’s rights activists and LGBT activists are not erased. Ditsie’s retrospective was released this year in a film titled “Lesbians Free Everyone” that captures and preserves the lesbian visibility campaign and Ditsie’s address at the 4th UN World Conference on Women in Beijing, 1995. It is a film that used personal records as documentation was not available online.

 

Statement

“The patriarchal system was not designed for us to flourish. It was, in fact, designed for our demise. That’s why it’s so imperative for us to create safe spaces for ourselves. If we don’t, who will?”

Beverley Palesa Ditsie, 2020.

 

More information

Trailer for the film “Lesbians Free Everyone”

June Chua

Singapore

June Chua founded “The T Project” together with her late sister Alicia in 2014 to meet the needs of the transgender community in Singapore. Since then, June has gone on to develop a range of outreach and advocacy events.

In Singapore, she has spoken at numerous panels and conferences, and collaborated with local educational institutions and social workers. Internationally, she participated in the 7th ILGA Asia Conference and the Peace Boat’s 97th Voyage Asia. She also participated in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program in 2018.

June’s work has garnered the attention of many. She was named the AWARE Champion for Gender Equality & Justice Award and the Promising Advocate of the Year by The Working Community 3.

 

Statement

“At The T Project we provide a safe space so that our community can be their true, authentic self, and live their fairytale life”.

June Chua, 2020.

 

More information

The T Project website

Phyllis Papps and Francesca Curtis

Australia

Phyllis Papps and Francesca Curtis were the first lesbian couple to come out on Australian national television almost fifty years ago. Putting everything on the line, Phyllis and Francesca appeared on This Day Tonight in an interview about lesbianism in October 1970.

Since that appearance, the couple unpredictably became the face of change, being members of Australia’s first gay political rights group, the Daughters of Bilitis, now known as the Australasian Lesbian Movement.

In an upcoming film by Abbie Pobjoy and Bonny Scott titled “Why Did She Have To Tell The World?”, the couple not only open up about their contribution to one of the biggest societal shifts in Australian history, but about love, loss, and political change solidified inside a fifty year relationship.

 

Statement

“Safe spaces are critical for the LGBTQI+ community today as they provide a place for people to be accepted as themselves. These spaces, even back in 1970, played a massive role in helping the community grow, expand, and to be more collaborative towards making real change. Today, the Safe Space Alliance is an important attribute towards this process, and is something that needs to continue in the future to nurture the acceptance, courage, and friendship of LGBTQI+ people everywhere in the world”.

Phyllis Papps, 2020.

 

More information

The film by Abbie Pobjoy and Bonny Scott titled “Why Did She Have To Tell The World?”

Alphonso David

Washington, D.C., United States

Alphonso David, an accomplished and nationally recognised LGBTQ civil rights lawyer and advocate, is the president of the Human Rights Campaign. David is the first civil rights lawyer and the first person of colour to serve as president of HRC in the organisation’s nearly 40-year history.

Prior to working in the public sector, David served as a staff attorney at the Lambda Legal Defense and Educational Fund. At Lambda Legal, David litigated precedent-setting civil rights cases across the nation affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals as well as those living with HIV and AIDS. He handled both affirmative and defensive matters relating to marriage, parenting rights, discrimination in schools, and access to health care. David served for four years in the Governor’s cabinet as the Deputy Secretary and Counsel for Civil Rights, the first position of its kind in New York State. In this capacity, he was responsible for a full range of legal, policy, legislative, and operational matters affecting civil rights and labour throughout the State.

In 2015, David was appointed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to serve as Counsel to the Governor. In this role, he functioned as the Governor’s chief counsel and principal legal advisor, and managed all significant legal and policy deliberations affecting New York State, including evaluating proposed legislation; implementing laws and policies and formulating the State’s posture in both affirmative and defensive litigation.

 

Statement

“Safe spaces provide the LGBTQ community places where we feel safe to be ourselves, without fear of judgment, violence, or stigma. Having somewhere to be with community, whether online or offline, has become even more important during this period of isolation, and I applaud locations that make the effort to ensure the safety and freedom of LGBTQ people”.

Alphonso David, 2020.

 

More information

The Human Rights Campaign website

Monica Benicio

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In 2018, Monica Benicio lost her partner, Marielle Franco, who was shot dead when returning home from a public event. Franco had battled her way out of the favelas to become a Rio de Janeiro Council Member, and was an advocate for the rights of women, the LGBTQI+ community, and youth.

 

Benicio made history in 2020 by winning a Rio de Janeiro city council seat, becoming the first out lesbian to do so, vowing to fight for justice and LGBTQI+ rights. Benicio highlighted the fact the local LGBTQI+ community have no official data recorded which makes it difficult to develop public policies that support the LGBTQI+ community. Benicio also identified the current administration as one encouraging violent acts against the LGBTQI+ community, something she will not tolerate.

 

Statement

“Unfortunately we still live in a world where prejudice, racism, and violence affect a lot of people. Thanks to organizations like the Safe Space Alliance we have ways to know where to be with our friends, where to stay when traveling, where to go without being disrespected.

It’s a great honour to win this award. This recognition will help our fight for LGBTQI+ rights in Brazil”.

Monica Benicio, 2020.

 

More information

Monica Benicio’s Instagram

Safe Space Community Leader Award​

This award recognises spaces that have demonstrated excellence and leadership in providing a safe space for the LGBTQI+ community. This award is only open to members of the Safe Space Alliance.

SEAS (Socially Engaged Art Salon)

Brighton, United Kingdom

SEAS (Socially Engaged Art Salon) is a BIPOC and LGBTQ led organisation which operates a space for exhibitions, events, and workshops. It also offers artists’ residencies.

SEAS’ work concentrates on socially and politically engaged practices and themes, especially in relation to issues of social and racial justice, migration & refugees, disability, and LGBTQ communities.

Founded in 2016, SEAS has become a beacon for socially and politically engaged art in Brighton and south-East England. It is part of the Social Art Network and has links to local and national art organisations.

 

Statement

“So, you may ask, why is safe space needed in the UK’s LGBTQ capital? Well, on the first night of entering our new home, at the heart of Brighton, on New Year’s Eve 2016, my husband and I faced, on our doorstep, homophobic abuse from a stranger, who we learned later was a neighbour from down the street. He didn’t dare to say a word after our home doubled for a year as an art space named The Socially Engaged Art Salon (SEAS), which was dedicated to socially and politically engaged art, much of it by LGBTQ artists. About a year later SEAS, which also supports the work of BIPOC artists and other underrepresented groups, moved to its new home at the Black and Minority Ethnic Community Centre.

Our first Pride exhibition at the centre included works by 65 international and local LGBTQ artists, drawing in hundreds of people and featured on BBC news. A week or so after the opening, one of the trustees of the centre, in a private conversation remarked: ‘It was a great exhibition, but it doesn’t have much to do with the community we serve’. Unfortunately, this remark is not unusual, and it has become a political tool in East European and African countries for some time now and influences diasporic communities too. The year after we made sure that the majority of exhibitors were Black or persons of colour and the opening was honoured by the Mayor who came with the city’s Multi-Faith group. It was also the first time, a year before BLM, where Black and People of Colour took centre stage in an LGBTQ event.

We turned intersectionality from a disadvantaged space into a nourishing place. As it is a safe space for LGBTQ and BIPOC communities, SEAS is also a safe space away from the toxic inequality that has polluted this country. As the LGBTQ community includes some of the most vulnerable and discriminated against sections of society, economic inequality affects the cohesion of our community even more. So is the situation in the arts, where obscene wealth meets dire precariousness. SEAS is a safe space for a different kind of art and artists and communities who have been marginalised in the mainstream and commercial scene. We know that some of the art we exhibit and the conversations we have won’t be seen and heard elsewhere. And we are proud of it. Safety, like freedom, is not only concerned with protection from physical or verbal abuse, prejudice, discrimination, microaggressions. It is more having a place where you can be (who you are). Safe space is also a place that enables you to do, to explore, to change, and to flourish”.

Gil Mualem-Doron, Founder and Creative Director, SEAS (Socially Engaged Art Salon), 2020.

 

More information

SEAS website

Good Night Out Campaign

International

Good Night Out Campaign is on a mission for safer nightlife. They believe nights out should be about fun and freedom, not fear. They help nightlife spaces and organisations to better understand, respond to, and prevent sexual harassment and assault, through specialist training, policy support, and an accreditation programme.

 

Statement

“We are so proud to be recognised for this award. Building safety across our relationships, cities, and global networks, has never been more important, and by sharing the skills needed to respond to and disrupt harm, we strive to be part of that culture change. In a year which has seen the world as we knew it turned on its head, we reflect on the decades of knowledge and lessons fostered by the LGBTQ+ community around harm reduction, care, and the value of mutual aid in a public health crisis deepened by government neglect of the most vulnerable, and pay our respects always!”

Bryony Beynon, Managing Director, Good Night Out Campaign, 2020.

 

More information

Good Night Out Campaign website

Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery

Auckland, New Zealand

Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery is a regional gallery locally rooted in West Auckland, New Zealand, but globally minded. Te Uru has a distinctive West Auckland focus but a national and international perspective. Through their programmes, they create a world stage for art that is relevant to their audiences, to put local art, artists, and ideas in conversation and context with national and international developments in contemporary practice. Te Uru presents a diverse programme of contemporary exhibitions, events, and activities, including art, craft, and design, to reflect and strengthen the full diversity of cultural identities, interests, and potential of the local community.

 

Statement

“With the many challenges of the last few years, including increasing divisiveness and polarisation within online media, it has become more important than ever that we can have physical spaces where wellbeing and safety are a priority, where we can seek inspiration without feeling threatened or excluded. As a place where people can go for cultural nourishment, it is essential that art galleries provide a safe environment that welcomes and supports the diversity of everyone in the communities they serve.

Manaakitanga (hospitality) is important to Te Uru and, through publicly publishing a safe spaces policy and joining the Safe Spaces Alliance, we have pro-actively made it clear that we welcome all whanau to our gallery, regardless of gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, neurodiversity, physical appearance, body size, ethnicity, nationality, race, age, or religion, and harassment of visitors, artists, staff or any person in the gallery will not be tolerated. This document has been supported by our governance committee and is one small step in our continued work to ensure Te Uru is an inclusive institution for everyone”.

Andrew Clifford, Director, Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, 2020.

 

More information

Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary website

Rabble Books & Games

Maylands, Western Australia, Australia

Rabble Books & Games is an independent, family-run community bookshop and board games shop in Maylands, Western Australia. We have a range of books for children and adults, and we love showcasing authors and works that might otherwise be overlooked.

 

Statement

“Having safer spaces for LGBTQI+ people can be literally lifesaving. We know in our communities that this is fundamentally true. Flashes of affirmation in a world that tries to pick you apart – knowing that you have a community, somewhere you feel at home, somewhere to refill your tank, is so essential. I think about this a lot in terms of young people who might not have this experience in their actual homes. But it’s also true for adults.

We need spaces that say, hey we see you, we care, we’re thinking of how to make this tiny corner of the world reflect the validity of your truths. It’s my intention to always be working towards that, building on community, listening to community, and responding to what people need from us”.

Nat Latter, Manager, Rabble Books & Games, 2020.

 

More information

Rabble Books & Games website

Bishops

Multiple locations, United States

Bishops is a unisex hairshop established in Portland, Oregon, in 2001. Bishops is now in 31 states and offers a full menu of cuts, colour, straight razor shaves, and facial hair grooming that empower local residents to feel more confident in their individuality. Bishops is open 7 days a week from the early morning to the late night and affordable, making self-care accessible.

 

Statement

“Bishops has never believed that hair and haircuts should be gendered. It’s part of the reason we don’t call ourselves a barbershop or a salon. We’re a hairshop for all, a space purposefully made for acceptance, discovery, and community connection”.

Leigh Feldman, Chief Marketing Officer, Bishops, 2020.

 

More information

Bishops website

Central Outreach Wellness Center

Multiple locations, Pennsylvania, United States

Founded in 2015, Central Outreach Wellness Center specialises in culturally competent medical care for the LGBTQIA+ community. Advocating for patient rights, Central Outreach Wellness Center gives access to high quality healthcare to those who need it.

 

Statement

“In healthcare spaces, the inability for people to be their authentic selves directly impacts their health outcomes. At Central Outreach, we focus on those who the traditional medical system leaves behind by providing them with a safe space to receive culturally competent medical care.”

Dr. Stacy Lane, D.O., Founder and Medical Director, Central Outreach Wellness Center, 2020.

 

More information

Central Outreach Wellness Center website

Safe Space Community Organisation Award

This award recognises LGBTQI+ organisations that have demonstrated excellence and leadership in supporting the LGBTQI+ community.

Pan Africa ILGA

Africa

Pan Africa ILGA (PAI) is the African region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA). It gathers over 150 organizations throughout the region working for human rights and equality for LGBTIQ+ people.

 

Statement

“As Executive Director, I have made it my mission to lead Pan Africa ILGA in its mandate to promote and defend LGBTIQ+ human rights on the African Continent. I am driven by a strong passion for the LGBTIQ+ human rights.

Safe space is important for the LGBTIQ+ community in Africa because it provides solace for the community. It doesn’t discriminate nor judge. The community can express themselves freely without fear of being persecuted”.

Nate Brown, Executive Director, Pan Africa ILGA, 2020.

 

More information

Pan Africa ILGA website

Oogachaga

Singapore

Oogachaga was established in 1999 and is a community-based, non-profit professional organisation, working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, queer, and gender-diverse (LGBTQI+) individuals, couples, and families in Singapore.

 

Statement

“Spaces that are safe, affirming, and welcoming for Singapore’s LGBTQI+ community are more important than before, especially in a year when the High Court again ruled that it is constitutional to criminalise consensual intimacy between adult men. COVID-19 pandemic restrictions also meant the cancellation of physical events, suspension of non-essential services, and limits on in-person gatherings.

In 2020, Oogachaga kept our office open where possible, continued supporting the community through home-based, online services, and experienced our busiest year in terms of counselling volume. We are extremely grateful and proud to be a recipient of the Safe Space Community Organisation Award.

Leow Yangfa, Executive Director, Oogachaga, 2020.

 

More information

Oogachaga website

AKT

Multiple locations, United Kingdom

AKT supports LGBTQ+ young people aged 16-25 in the UK who are facing or experiencing homelessness or living in a hostile environment.

 

Statement

“Until we live in a time where all LGBTQ+ people feel equal and safe to be who they are, safe spaces for our community will be vital. It’s sometimes only in these places that we are able to grow, heal, and thrive in a world where we so often face hurdles because of who we are”.

Matt Horwood, Director of Communications and Campaigns, AKT, 2020.

 

More information

AKT website

The Transgender District

San Francisco, California, United States

Founded by three black trans women in 2017 as Compton’s Transgender Cultural District, The Transgender District is the first legally recognised transgender district in the world. Originally named after the first documented uprising of transgender and queer people in United States history, the Compton’s Cafeteria Riots of 1966, the district encompasses 6 blocks in the southeastern Tenderloin and crosses over Market Street to include two blocks of 6th street.

This urban region has a documented, ongoing presence of transgender residents since as early as the 1920’s, with the Tenderloin known as a “gay ghetto” during the 1930’s to the 1960’s, prior to the birth of the internationally renowned Castro District in San Francisco. This area is home to the city of San Francisco’s first LGBT bar and various community spaces, gathering sites, and hotels with cultural significance for the broader transgender and queer community in the Tenderloin.

The Transgender District aims to create an urban environment that celebrates the transgender tipping point in the United States and the world, while educating the world of the deep profundity of transgender culture and how this culture has contributed to the liberation of humankind.

 

Statement

“The Transgender District works to make the broader public really see trans culture, and acknowledge that we face prejudice, discrimination, disparity, and violence. We also have a sophisticated ability to channel our resilience into our art, our advocacy, and for building efforts to create a world that is safe and affirming of transgender people. When trans people are free to be themselves, we are all free to be ourselves, this is how we build community for everyone”.

Sean Greene, Director of Strategic Partnerships, The Transgender District, 2020.

 

More information

The Transgender District website

Federación Argentina LGBT (FALGBT)

Argentina

Federación Argentina LGBT (FALGBT) is a non-governmental organisation founded in 2005 by community-based organisations with more than 20 years of experience in working for LGBT human rights. Since its foundation, FALGBT has advocated for LGBT rights and supported the Equal Marriage Law (passed in 2010), the Gender Identity Law (passed in 2012), the decriminalisation of sexual diversity in 14 Argentine provinces, and the inclusion of sexual diversity content in sex education. Today FALGBT is made up of more than 70 civil society organizations throughout Argentina.

 

Statement

“Argentina is making good progress in light of LGBT+ rights and support, however there is still much work to be done to make daily life better for the community. Prejudice and discrimination still exist and often translate into violence and rights violations. This is why safe spaces are so important. They are friendly spaces the community can gather in without the fear of being judged, being subjected to violence, or having rights violated. They are a way of helping those who are going through difficult times”.

Flavia Massenzio, President, Federación Argentina LGBT (FALGBT), 2020.

 

“Argentina ha logrado en los últimos años muchísimos avances a favor de la comunidad LGBT+, lo cual nos dio un piso de igualdad jurídica muy importante. Sin embargo, aún falta mucho para lograr la igualdad real, en la vida cotidiana de nuestra población. Todavia persisten muchos prejuicios y discriminación en nuestra sociedad que se traducen en violencia y vulneración a nuestros derechos y es ahi donde contar con espacios seguros para nuestra comunidad toma una especial relevancia. Poder encontrarse entre pares y contar con lugares amigables a donde recurrir, sin miedo a ser juzgados, agredidos o vulnerados en nuestros derechos, es de vital importancia para poder acompañar desde las organizaciones a quienes atraviesan momentos difíciles”.

Flavia Massenzio, President, Federación Argentina LGBT (FALGBT), 2020.

 

More information

Federación Argentina LGBT (FALGBT) website

Russian LGBT Network

Russia

The Russian LGBT Network is the largest inter-regional LGBT organisation in Russia. They unite the community and support the growth of the LGBT movement across Russia. They offer free legal and psychological support to the LGBT community, their relatives, associates, and loved ones, and provide help to those in urgent need.

 

Statement

“We believe that safe spaces are essential for LGBT communities. They help create acceptance and resist internal homophobia. They empower and build community, one the greatest drivers of social change”.

Russian LGBT Network, 2020.

 

More information

Russian LGBT Network website

All Out

International

All Out is a global movement for love and equality. They are mobilizing thousands of people to build a world where no person will have to sacrifice their family or freedom, safety or dignity, because of who they are or who they love.

 

Statement

“LGBT+ people in many parts of the world remain in desperate and urgent need of support. Through our work with grassroot groups we witness every day how incredibly important safe spaces like shelters and emergency housing are to help those who have lost their homes, are persecuted by homophobic and transphobic governments, or have to flee families that don’t accept them. But these shelters are mostly run by brave volunteers, and they’re often underfunded. Many reach out to us, asking for help when their funds are running out or unexpected crises emerge.

Through ‘Grassroots Giving’, All Out’s crowdfunding program, our members support the work of these essential safe spaces with their donations. In 2020 alone, we’ve been able to help out LGBT+ shelters in countries like Poland, Italy, Brazil, Mexico, and Uganda. Our work continues and every donation counts”.

Mathias Wasik, Director of Programs, All Out, 2020.

 

More information

All Out website

Safe Space Outstanding Space Award

This award recognises outstanding physical/offline spaces (e.g. a street address) and digital/online spaces (e.g. apps and websites) that have provided safe space for the LGBTQI+ community.

African Queer Youth Initiative

Africa

The African Queer Youth Initiative is a group of motivated, dedicated, and resourceful young people across Africa from southern Africa to northern Arabic Africa, eastern to western Africa, and the African Islands. We all work together towards the same goal of giving a voice to young African LGBTQI and empowering them to lead change through campaigns, lobbying initiatives, organising, advocacy work, research, networking, and capacity building.

 

Statement

“African LGBT+ youths face challenges ranging from family rejection, homelessness, harassment, increased STI transmissions, suicide, and violence. Nonetheless, many critical educational, health care, youth development, sports, recreational, and employment programs in Africa overlook or reject the presence and inclusion of LGBT+ youth among those they serve.

At the African Queer Youth Initiative, this horrible situation is why we intentionally connect African LGBT+ youths to safe spaces and create and sustain safe spaces for our communities around the continent. Access to safe spaces where African LGBT+ youths can feel free to express their sexual orientation, gender identity, and other dimensions of their being without fear, or repercussion, is essential to their well-being and critical to ensuring their human rights are recognized and respected.

We are delighted and humbled to be receiving this award. We look forward to doing more with and for our community”.

African Queer Youth Initiative, 2020.

 

More information

African Queer Youth Initiative website

Spectrum

Australia

Spectrum is a dynamic app for queer people who are isolated, closeted, or at risk to utilise in times of need, where they can easily find information, know how to seek help and get support, and connect with others locally.

 

Statement

“At Spectrum, we believe that creating, maintaining, and championing safe spaces is vital for the health and well-being of the queer community. We’re proud to provide an app which empowers the community to uplift local safe spaces, and we look forward to building a platform which allows us all to come together and celebrate in 2021!”

Matt Fiacchi, Co-Founder, Spectrum, 2020.

 

More information

Spectrum website

Safe Space Outstanding Ally Award

This award recognises individuals and businesses/organisations outside the LGBTQI+ community that have been outstanding allies for the LGBTQI+ community.

Just Human

International

Just Human supports people in all countries that are suffering through war, violence, political or personal persecution, exploitation, structural reasons for flight, or economic hardship. Just Human has a goal to help people achieve a life of safety and independence, and one main focus is supporting the LGBTQI+ community.

 

Statement

Our dream is to build a house of peace. The house will provide a safe haven for education, research, consulting, and personal exchange, and provide a meeting place for refugees where they can regain strength.

Safety is a basic human requirement. In a safe space, people can cope with the past and look to the future”.

Just Human, 2020.

 

More information

Just Human website

Ditch the Label

International

As a leading and global youth organisation, Ditch the Label are here to help young people overcome the issues that affect and hold them back the most. Core strands of support include bullying, digital wellbeing, mental health, relationships, and identity.

 

Statement

We are delighted to accept the Safe Space Outstanding Ally Award. Ditch the Label foundations were built over a decade ago on the homophobic bullying experienced by our founder and CEO Liam Hackett. Since then, it has evolved into an organisation that supports young people aged 12-25, across the globe through tough issues such as mental health, relationships, identity, body image problems, bullying, and coming out.

We remain proud to support and empower LGBTQIA+ young people through their individual journey to be the amazing person they were always meant to be; whether this is coming out, bullying, discrimination, pressure to conform, a safe place to ask questions, or to be a supportive and encouraging ear – we’re here when you need us the most.

For many LGBTQIA+ young people it can be emotionally and physically exhausting if they feel unable to share their whole self with others or if they have questions or concerns. Safe spaces provide a judgement free place to feel safe, supported, and respected. The benefits of a place you can share with like-minded people and a place that reduces isolation cannot be underestimated”.

Sue Jones, Global Deputy CEO, Ditch the Label, 2020.

 

More information

Ditch the Label website

Activision Blizzard

International

Activision Blizzard creates interactive gaming and entertainment experiences, immersing players in new, unimagined worlds. They develop products that help build community and create social platforms that bring people together. Some of the games developed to date include Candy Crush™, Call of Duty®, World of Warcraft®, Overwatch®, Hearthstone®, and Diablo®.

 

Statement

We are honoured to be receiving the award for the Safe Space Outstanding Ally Award. At Activision Blizzard, we are committed to inclusivity in our epic entertainment and in our workplace. During an incredibly challenging year globally, our diverse creative teams have enabled tens of billions of hours of gameplay to nearly 400 million players around the world.

Amid an incredibly challenging year, we are glad that veteran players and newcomers alike are turning to games to meaningfully connect with their friends and communities. We look forward to providing more opportunities to support the LGBTQI+ community and influence popular culture to celebrate differences and encourage millions of players to embrace tolerance”.

Mark Cole, Managing Director, Activision Blizzard Australia and New Zealand, 2020.

 

More information

Activision Blizzard website

Safe Space Outstanding Initiative Award

This award recognises outstanding LGBTQI+ initiatives by individuals and businesses/organisations.

Intersex Justice Project (IJP): Lurie's Children Hospital campaign

United States

The Intersex Justice Project (IJP) seeks the end of medically invasive and unnecessary surgeries in the United States that target intersex children and adolescents by empowering intersex people of color to advance that change. IJP is dedicated to the inalienable rights of intersex people of color in the United States, however we are committed to forming alliances and coalitions with other intersex people of color both nationally and globally.

 

Statement

Intersex is often the silent letter in the LBGTIA+ acronym. Although we comprise at least 1.7% of the human population, intersex people still contend with stigma and marginalization. Even for those who have escaped harmful genital surgery as infants and children, there can sometimes be pressure exerted from medical professionals and family members to live a life that is heteronormative and gender conforming. Alongside other intersex activists and allies, the Intersex Justice Project is fighting for a world where people born with intersex variations have sovereign domain over their own bodies. Intersex justice is social justice”.

Sean Saifa Wall, Co-Founder and Strategist, Intersex Justice Project (IJP), 2020.

 

More information

Intersex Justice Project (IJP) website