ReportOUT Three-Year Strategic Plan: 2022 – 2025

Who we are and our governance 

About ReportOUT

Since its birth in 2019, ReportOUT have been at the forefront of protecting the human rights of sexual and gender minorities in the United Kingdom, and beyond. In our remit, we are a global organisation, with a global reach toward every single nation state, principality and region.

 

As a registered charity in England and Wales (registered charity number 1185887) we are fearless, determined and relentless in our belief that human rights are fundamental to advancing and developing the lives of sexual and gender minorities, and their communities.

 

Our Theory of Change (TOC): What do we do?

 

ReportOUT believe that globally all sexual and gender minorities deserve to live with safety, dignity and should have equal rights. We believe that no one should be left behind. To do this we empower people to elevate their voices, ensure that their human rights are met and make certain that sexual and gender minorities are not left behind in their nation states development. We ensure that lasting and positive change is felt across the globe.

We do this through collaborating with others in all nation states (including the U.K.), through documenting human rights infringements and through bringing together collective voices to educate others and expand support for human rights activism. Through doing this we shift power by ensuring that the human rights of sexual and gender minorities are not left behind or ignored, through influencing governments and policy makers to make positive social change. To make these changes happen we mobilise our expertise in research, campaigning, events, and education, and we bring our partnership model to work inclusively with people in, and outside, of their nation state.

 

What do we work on?

 

  • Report – We work with partner organisations, and activists, in different nations states to engage in research projects which document the human rights infringements and the development needs of sexual and gender minorities. See our research here 

  • Inform – We educate and train the next generation of campaigners and we offer human rights and development training to the wider public. We elevate, through events and other means, the voices of sexual and gender minorities in different nation states, to gain wider public support and to highlight the lived experiences of sexual and gender minorities. See our education and training projects here

  • Defend – We campaign to make social change happen and we use our research to inform this change at a national and global level. We work to show how human rights, climate change, and development issues faced by sexual and gender minorities are important and interlinked, through our ongoing campaigns. See our campaigns here

 

Who runs ReportOUT?

 

ReportOUT are a predominantly volunteer-led organisation. We are strategically managed by a team of international Trustees, and by a team of operational Trustees, who support the work of our large team of volunteers. At the time of writing this Strategic Plan, ReportOUT currently have one paid project consultant, who works on our Green in the Rainbow Project (insert link to project). You can read our organisational constitution by clicking here.

 

Our funding and finances

 

ReportOUT are funded via the following means, and through our ‘all colours of the rainbow’ Finance and Fundraising Strategy, we aim to always diversify our funding and income, so we do not rely heavily on one method of income to support us. So far, we have achieved funding via the following methods:

 

  • Public donations and fundraising events

  • Sponsorship of our public talks and events

  • Individual fundraising

  • Income from the delivery of training courses

  • Grant funding

 

Our most recent Annual Report and Audited Accounts can be found here.

Our governance

Our Trustees are our elected ‘members.’ Elected candidates serve for a period of three years. Membership of the Trustees aims to be broadly representative of different skills and regions of the globe. Trustees are responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of ReportOUT, developing the vision, mission and values and the organisation's strategic objectives in accordance with the Constitution and other legal and regulatory guidelines.

Some Trustees, in addition to their strategic role, also take on an operational capacity and so may lead a volunteer team, a particular portfolio, a project, or a combination of these. Our volunteer teams are split into the following areas:

  • CallOUT: Research and documentation

  • EducateOUT: Education and training

  • CampaignOUT: Campaigns and SDG engagement

  • Media, fundraising, communications and events

  • I.C.T.

You can read more about our Trustees on our website by clicking here

Our vision, mission and aims

Our vision: Report. Inform. Defend.

 

Our organisational mission statement:

ReportOUT are a human rights research organisation that documents the lived experiences of sexual and gender minorities, and their communities, in different nations across the globe. We use our research to inform the public, educate others, and to campaign and advocate about human rights infringements, and the lived experiences of sexual and gender minorities.

 

Our organisational aims:

To promote human rights (as set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and subsequent United Nations conventions and declarations) throughout the world for sexual and gender minorities, by all or any of the following means:

 

A)   Eliminating infringements of human rights;

B)   Research into human rights issues;

C)   Raising awareness of human rights issues;

D)   Educating the public about human rights;

E)   Monitoring abuses of human rights;

F)   International advocacy of human rights;

G)  Providing technical advice to government and others on human rights matters.

 

Our guiding principles:

 

Principle 1: No one should be left behind in delivering the articles set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

 

Principle 2: Every person has a part to play in achieving the goals and targets set out in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

 

Principle 3: Positive change should be led by communities within a nation state and ReportOUT will support them to do this.

Why are ReportOUT needed?

It has been suggested that a ‘pink line’ is forming across the globe (Gervisser, 2020). This pink line is sometimes a clear demarcation between liberalism and prejudice, but the line can waver in response to protest and pressure or become dotted or feint. While in some countries there has been great progress for sexual and gender minorities, however in others increased LGBTQI+ visibility and the globalisation of and demand for rights, have resulted in a growth of open animosity against sexual and gender minorities.

ReportOUT exist to report, inform and defend against those who would seek to curtail the rights of others, especially in light of the following (please note that this is not an exhaustive list):

  • 70+ nation states criminalise private, consensual same-sex sexual behaviour.

  • 40+ nation states criminalise private, consensual sexual activity between women, using laws against 'lesbianism' and 'gross indecency.’

  • 11 nation states have the death penalty or at least the possibility of it, for private consensual same-sex behaviour.

  • 15 nation states criminalise the gender identity and/or expression of transgender people;

  • Remaining nation states whereby criminalisation may not be the case, but human rights abuses against sexual and gender minorities are still systemic.

  • Interphobia is faced by people who are intersex, who often face medically unnecessary surgeries, widespread violence and discrimination.

  • Sexual and gender minorities face different forms of violence (physical and symbolic), the use of so-called 'corrective rape' and conversion therapies, the forced medicalisation of bodies, torture, and police and state violence.

  • Sexual and gender minorities often live in severe poverty, have poor and inadequate housing, they face a lack of political participation, are unable to be safe in their family and personal lives, are unable to have a family and they face gender-based discrimination.

  • Sexual and gender minorities often face problems with mental and physical health, as a result of oppressive social structures and a lack of their human rights being met.

  • The needs of sexual and gender minorities have often been overlooked, ignored, and left behind in international development mechanisms such as the UN Agenda 2030, of which inclusion in them would improve some of their most basic human rights.