Ethics of Reciprocity: Ending Violence & Criminalization of LGBTI People

On Thursday, Oct 26 from 11:30am – 3:00pm, IFOR is hosting an unprecedented gathering of conservative & progressive religious leaders, diplomats and human rights experts in a project called the Ethics of Reciprocity (EOR). 

IFOR has a long history of engagement at the intersection of gender and peace building and has a long history of advocacy against violence and discrimination on the basis of gender. With millions of people around the world suffering increasing amounts of violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, IFOR is proud to host this important conversation. EOR was envisioned by IFOR's representative to the United Nations Dr. Patricia Ackerman. 

Press passes to 10/26 event available
Interviews with religious leaders available on 10/25 and 10/26
Contact: Yana Calou, (646) 453-9816,




Global LGBTI Religious Leaders
Engage Conservative & Progressive Religious Leaders on

ETHICS OF RECIPROCITY: Ending Violence & Criminalization
of LGBTI People

Who:     Global LGBTI religious leaders, UN leaders, progressive & conservative religious leaders

Countries: Australia, Brazil, Ghana, Hong Kong, Malawi, Samoa, South Africa, Tajikistan, Uganda, USA

Religions represented: Christian (various), Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, and African indigenous traditions and religions

What:   Historic interfaith dialogue of religious leaders at the UN, commitment to do no harm and end violence and criminalization of LGBTI people

Why:    Religious leaders involved in UN advocacy set aside divisions and build a dialogue together, invested in civility and human rights for all - including LGBTI people, as laid forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

When:            Thursday, Oct 26 from 11:30am – 3:00pm EST

Where:           United Nations Headquarters, NY  UN Delegates Dining Room Conference Building, 4th floor1 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017

Sponsor:       International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR) the world’s oldest interfaith peace organization.

Co-sponsored by: Auburn Seminary, GLAAD, Global Faith & Justice Project, GIN SOGIE, International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA), Muslims for Progressive Values, Political Research Associates, Soulforce, and the United Nations LGBTI Core Group of Member States*

*The United Nations LGBTI Core Group is an informal cross regional group of United Nations Member States established in 2008. The group is co-chaired by Argentina and The Netherlands, and includes Australia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Montenegro, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the United States of America, Uruguay, the European Union and Albania (observer). It includes the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Human Rights Watch, and Outright Action International.