Out & Equal Founding Executive Director Selisse Berry is participating as a keynote speaker at an expert meeting on employment, discrimination and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons hosted by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) in Barbados, West Indies.
The meeting will identify barriers, challenges and best practices in relation to employment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons. The information gathered at the meeting will inform the regional report on this matter for the IACHR’s consideration and recommendation to the Organization of American States (OAS).
“Conversations on the workplace and employment issues are critical to the advancement of LGBT rights, in the United States and all parts of the Americas.” Berry said. “We spend a majority of our lives at work. It is so important to create workplaces that value and welcome all employees, regardless of our sexual orientation or gender identity.”
This expert meeting is one of four aimed at exploring different perspectives of LGBT rights, including health, employment, education, and culture.
The IACHR is a principal and autonomous organ of the Organization of American States (“OAS”) whose mission is to promote and protect human rights in the American hemisphere. It is composed of seven independent members who serve in a personal capacity. Created by the OAS in 1959, the Commission has its headquarters in Washington, D.C. Together with the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (“the Court” or “the I/A Court H.R.), installed in 1979, the Commission is one of the institutions within the inter-American system for the protection of human rights (“IAHRS”).