Jessica Stern

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Jessica Stern


United States

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LGBTQ Envoy to the White House, appointed in 2021 by President Joe Biden. Member of the LGBTI Reference Group of UN Women, the United Nations agency dedicated to squashing gender inequality. Former Executive Director of OutRight Action Intenational, and Executive Director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission. As the first researcher on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) human rights at Human Rights Watch, conducted fact-finding investigations and advocacy around sexual orientation and gender identity in countries including Iran, Kyrgyzstan, South Africa, and the United Arab Emirates. As a Ralph Bunche Fellow at Amnesty International, documented police brutality for what became its landmark report on police brutality in LGBT communities in the U.S., “Stonewalled.” Founding collective member and co-coordinator of 'Bluestockings', then New York’s only women’s bookstore. Campaigned extensively for women’s rights, LGBT rights, and economic justice with the Center for Constitutional Rights, Control Ciudadano, the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, and the Urban Justice Center. Holds a masters degree in human rights from the London School of Economics.

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