Cosmopolitan Sexualities: Web Resources

Cosmopolitan Sexualities on the Web:  Organisations, Networks etc 

1. Research Centres

2. History

3. Key Documents

4. Networks

5. Film Festivals

1. Some Research Centres

International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture and Society (IASSCS)

The IASSCS was founded in 1997 in Amsterdam, with the commitment to build equity in research capacity worldwide and to develop a broad range of multidisciplinary research activities in the social and cultural study of sexuality.Through its members institutional affiliation, IASSCS has established a network partnership with a number of institutions developing global, regional and local work in sexuality, including the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University, the Institute for the Study of Health, Sexuality and Human Development, the Regional Sexuality Centres (in North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa), Sexuality Policy Watch, and is open to potential collaboration with other institutions.

The Africa Regional Sexuality Resource Centre (ARSRC) established in 2003, is part of a Ford Foundation five-year grant-making initiative, “Global Dialogue of Sexual Health and Well Being” aimed at giving visibility, depth and legitimacy to the field of sexuality

The Institute of Studies in Health, Sexuality and Human Development (IESSDEH) is a Peruvian civil society institution, constituted in 2007 to promote work for, with and from the community. The IESSDEH shares goals and resources with the USSDH. IESSDEH and USSDH/UPCH have signed a cooperative agreement and work closely together

The Latin-American Center on Sexuality and Human Rights (CLAM) was created in 2002, is a project housed within the Program of Study and Research on Gender, Sexuality and Health, at the State University of Rio de Janeiro’s Institute of Social Medicine.

Center for Population Research in LGBT Health (Boston, Mass.)

The Center for Population Research in LGBT Health supports and stimulates research to fill critical knowledge gaps related to the health of sexual and gender minorities, strengthening the foundation for culturally competent treatment and behavior change models.

The Williams Institute (UCLA, Los Angeles California)

The Williams Institute is dedicated to conducting rigorous, independent research on sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy.  A national think tank at UCLA Law, the Williams Institute produces high-quality research with real-world relevance and disseminates it to judges, legislators, policymakers, media and the public.

Birmingham LGBT Centre

The Birmingham LGBT Centre is a project of Birmingham LGBT.The project developed following community consultations in 2009/10 around LGBT Health, where as well as highlighting significant concerns around health inequalities in the LGBT community there was also an overwhelming desire for a centrally located LGBT Centre.

Centre for Sex, Gender and Sexualities (Durham University)

The Centre will develop engaging and at times provocative research themes and questions which draw in a broad range of researchers and deliver tangible public benefit and impact

Gender & Sexuality Center (University of San Francisco)

The mission of the Gender and Sexuality Center (GSC) is to support the University’s core value of preparing members of the USF community to be men and women for and with others; and to support the University’s commitment to providing individuals with the critical reflection skills necessary to succeed in life.

Gender and Sexuality Center (University of Texas)

The mission of the Gender and Sexuality Center (GSC) is to provide safe spaces for all members of the UT Austin community to explore, organize, and promote learning around issues of gender and sexuality. The center also facilitates a greater responsiveness to the needs of women and the LGBTQ communities through education, outreach, and advocacy.

Center for Gender & Sexuality Law

The Center for Gender and Sexuality Law has established Columbia Law School as the preeminent law school for the study of and specialization in the law of gender and sexuality.

Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality (The University of Chicago)

Since its founding in 1996, the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality (CSGS) at the University of Chicago has become a major center for research and graduate training in gender and sexuality studies. CSGS has been committed to teaching, research, and active engagement at the University, while also reaching out to public areas where gender and sexuality come together with other political, artistic, and intellectual concerns.

2. History

LGBT History Month

How to Teach LGBT history month (The Guardian, UK)

GLBT Historical Society (San Francisco, USA)

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgendered History (The University of York)

LGBT History (Ohio University, USA)

Yale Research Initiative on the History of Sexualities (USA)

The Yale Research Initiative on the History of Sexualities is dedicated to fostering research and theoretical reflection on the history of sexualities, especially as they intersect with other axes of social difference and inequality.  It promotes inquiry into lesbian, gay, and transgender history and the role of sexuality in the history of the self, culture, nation, and empire.

The Continuum Complete International Encyclopedia of Sexuality (The Kinsey Institute)

Now, after 11 years of work by 270 authorities on six continents, we have a truly unique up-to-date Continuum Complete International Encyclopedia of Sexuality (CCIES) with in-depth studies of sexual attitudes and behavior in five-dozen countries. It is a far richer resource and reference work than we could have imagined when we started this project 11 years ago.

Canadian Sex Research Forum (CSRF)

Founded in 1974, The Canadian Sex Research Forum has as its focus, the encouragement and dissemination of information related to teaching, research and clinical activities of Canadian researchers and professionals involved in areas relevant to human sexuality.

The Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS)

The Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS) is a centre for social research into sexuality, health, and the social dimensions of human relationships. It works collaboratively and in partnership with communities, community-based organisations, government and professionals in relevant fields to produce research that promotes positive change in policy, practice and people’s lives.

National Archives (UK)

This is a guide which will help you find records relating to gay, lesbian and bisexual history.

3. Some Key Documents

1976 A New Bill of Sexual Rights and Responsibilities

1994-1995HERA Health, Action, Empowerment & Accountability

1996 IPPF Charter on Sexual and Reproductive Rights

1997Valencia Declaration of Sexual Rights

1999 Declaration on Sexual Rights (World Association of Sexual Health)

2002 Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

2007 Yogyakarta Principles

4. Some Networks

International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA)

The LSVD supports and aids the gay and lesbian community with issues of legal and social discrimination, marginalization and violence, while also aiming to improve the situation of lesbian and gay rights in German society by promoting personal emancipation, greater political and social participation and opportunities for full integration into society.

Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice

Anjaree is a lesbian group working to support the rights of women and girls to claim their sexual rights and live without fear of discrimination from their families, communities, workplaces and the rest of civil society of Thailand.

Arc International

Since 2003, ARC International has been advancing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights. ARC plays a unique role in facilitating strategic planning around LGBT issues internationally, strengthening global networks, and enhancing access to UN mechanisms. We are the only organization with a full-time presence in Geneva committed to advancing LGBT issues within the UN human rights system, and have played a key role in the development of the Yogyakarta Principles on the application of International Human Rights Law in relation to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.



COC Netherlands has been advocating the rights of lesbian women, gay men, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBT’s) from 1946 on. COC strives for the decriminalisation of sexual orientation and gender identity and for equal rights, emancipation and social acceptance of LGBT’s in the Netherlands and all over the world. COC is one of the few LGBT organisations that has a special consultative status with the United Nations.

Gaya Nusantara (Indonesia)

Gaya Nusantara is an Indonesian organization that advocates for gay and lesbian issues in Indonesia.

GALE The Global Alliance fro LGTB Education

GALE is a learning community focusing on education about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues. We promote the full inclusion of people who are disadvantaged because of their sexual orientation, sexual identity and their expression by identifying, enhancing and sharing educational expertise.

Global Action for Trans Equality (GATE)

Trans* people are marginalized – often in extreme forms – in virtually all societies, in all parts of the world. In the last few years, a new generation of trans* activists have started to build a political movement on the grassroots level. These groups, however are often not linked amongst themselves yet, and most of these activists have little experience or knowledge of activism, let alone the financial resources that are needed to be successful. Funders are only now starting to ‘discover’ trans* issues, and most have no coherent policy yet.


Following other initiatives such as the National Day Against Homophobia created in 2003 in the Quebec province of Canada by the Fondation Emergence and celebrated in June, Louis-Georges Tin, a French university lecturer, campaigner for Black and LGBT Rights and chief editor of the «Dictionary of Homophobia», launched in August 2004 an initiative to create an International Day Against Homophobia that is global in scope.


ILGA’s aim is to work for the equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people and their liberation from all forms of discrimination. We seek to achieve this aim through the world-wide cooperation and mutual support of our


KAOS GL is a Turkish LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) rights organisation founded in 1994. The organisation has been publishing the journal KAOS GL (now a quarterly publication) since its founding. The group operates the KAOS Cultural Center, which hosts cultural activities, meetings, and showings of films.

LLH Norway

LLH aims to work for the equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and their liberation from all forms of discrimination.

OTD Chile

OTD is a non-profit organization that aims to empower the transsexual community while educating and promoting awareness of their issues among the wider community.


Transgender Europe – TGEU is a European third sector, umbrella organization, which works towards the full equality and inclusion of all trans people in Europe. TGEU was founded in 2005, in Vienna, during the 1st European Transgender Council in Vienna and is today registered as an NGO under Austrian Law. Currently (August 2012) TGEU has 105 individual members and 56 member organizations in 32 countries, from the wider Europe and beyond.

Russian LGBT Network

The Russian LGBT Network is an interregional, non-governmental human rights organization that promotes equal rights and respect for human dignity, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. We unite and develop regional initiatives, advocacy groups (at both national and international levels), and provide social and legal services.

Triangle Project, South African

The aim of this project is the development of a non-discriminatory society, where organisations such as Triangle Project are a choice and not a necessity. Educating, lobbying and advocating against harmful stereotypes, attitudes and behaviours towards Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people.

OII Intersex Network

THE Organisation Internationale des Intersexués – OII – is the world’s largest intersex organization with members representing almost all known intersex variations.

Sayoni (Singapore)

Sayoni is a community of queer women, including lesbian, bisexual and transgender women. We organise and advocate for equality in well-being and dignity regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity

Pink Dot SG (Singapore)

Annual, non-profit movement which started in 2009 in support of the LGBT community in Singapore.

SMUG (Uganda)

Sexual Minorities Uganda  [SM-UG] is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that works towards achieving full legal and social equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people in Uganda. It is the umbrella organization of all homosexual organizations in Uganda.

Sexuality Studies is a website for people engaged in the study of human sexuality – researchers, teachers, students and those working in the field. Our aim is to provide a hub for the community of people working in this area to interact, share information and engage critically with key questions concerning sexuality studies.

Stop Aids Now

STOP AIDS NOW offers care, treatment and income opportunities to those affected by HIV and AIDS, and supports prevention initiatives. STOP AIDS NOW! operates at the crossroads of fighting poverty, eliminating exclusion, and responding to the AIDS epidemic in countries with a generalised epidemic. We particularly focus on women, youth, and children, the severest affected groups. At the same time, we encourage the inclusion of other groups, such as sex workers, injecting drug users, and men who have sex with men.

TLF Share Collective (Philippines)

TLF SHARE sits as one of the NGO members of the Philippine National AIDS Council, the central advisory body empowered by Republic Act 8504 to lead the comprehensive national response to HIV and AIDS. Its members have also contributed in organizing of networks on HIV and AIDS and human rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders (LGBT) based in the country and abroad.

TARSHI (Talking About Reproductive and Sexual Health Issues), India

TARSHI (Talking About Reproductive and Sexual Health Issues) works towards expanding sexual and reproductive choices in people’s lives in an effort to enable them to enjoy lives of dignity, freedom from fear, infection and reproductive and sexual health problems.

The Global Fund

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria was created to dramatically increase resources to fight three of the world’s most devastating diseases, and to direct those resources to areas of greatest need.

WWHR Women for Women’s Rights, Turkey

Women for Women’s Human Rights (WWHR) – New Ways, an independent women’s NGO, was founded in 1993 with the aim of promoting women’s human rights in Turkey and on the international level. Since its foundation, WWHR has become a widely renowned non-governmental organization around the globe. Through a decade of activism, advocacy and lobbying, WWHR – New Ways has contributed significantly to various legal reforms in Turkey, networking in Muslim societies and promotion of women’s human rights at the United Nations (UN) level. Since 2005, WWHR – New Ways has consultative status with the Economic & Social Council (ECOSOC) of the UN.

Equality Network

This guide aims to give you a brief introduction to some of the challenges you face in involving LGBT people, and some suggestions for overcoming these barriers. This guide has been developed in consultation with local planning departments and LGBT organisations, and it aims to provide you with an LGBT slant on the National Standards for Community Engagement, focusing in particular on practical, concrete suggestions for better engagement.

U.Va. Pride (University of Virginia

UVa Pride was founded as the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Faculty, Staff & Graduate Student Association in the spring of 1992 to serve the needs of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender members of the University of Virginia community. This website provides a vast amount of LGBT resources online.


BiUK was founded in 2007 as an umbrella organisation for various bisexuality research projects and events which were happening in the UK.

Bisexual Resource Center

The BRC is the oldest national bi organization in the U.S. that advocates for bisexual visibility and raises awareness about bisexuality throughout the LGBT and straight communities.

Gay Today

Diverse News for the GBLT Community

5. Some Film Festivals

The London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival (British Film Institute)

Since 1988 The British Film Institute hosts the annual London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival in the BFI Southbank. This is the third largest film festival in the UK and it showcases films, documentaries and shorts from all over the world.

IRIS Prize (Cardiff)

The Iris Prize – Cardiff’s International Gay and Lesbian Short Film Prize is the only LGBT short film prize in the world which allows the winner to make a new film. Iris is more than just a trophy that gathers dust or a certificate that yellows on the wall. Iris is what film makers need – funding, support and guidance.

Polari (Texas, USA)

The Polari Organization (previously AGLIFF – Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival) cultivates the Texas LGBTQI community by enlightening, educating, and entertaining our clients and patrons through programs that enrich the LGBTQI and ally communities while developing LGBTQI awareness. Polari Nonprofit Organization Programs include the Queer Youth Media Project, My Queer Movie, Filmmaker Assistance Program, Community Partnership Program and Polari Family Screening Program, all of which culminate in the annual Polari Film Festival Program.

Festival MixBrasil

The challenge is no longer simply find spaces to present “gay movies”, but finding unseen works that still challenge somewhow the status quo. This translates into a necessarily more thoughtful programming. Issues such as AIDS and sexuality of people with disabilities, for example, have always been addressed, but the focus and methods of approach changed radically during this period.

OUTFEST The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Founded by UCLA students in 1982, Outfest is the leading organization that promotes LGBT equality by creating, sharing and protecting LGBT stories on the screen. Outfest builds community by connecting diverse populations to discover, discuss and celebrate stories of LGBT lives.

Frameline 36, San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival

The International LGBT Film Festival is the longest-running, largest and most widely recognized LGBT film exhibition event in the world.

NEWFEST, The New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Film Festival

NewFest is dedicated to bringing together filmmakers and audiences in the building of a community that passionately supports giving greater visibility and voice to a wide range of expressions and representations of the LGBT experience.

Inside Out (Toronto)

For more than two decades, Inside Out has brought Toronto’s LGBT community together in celebration of the best queer film from Canada and around the world. Through our annual Festivals in Toronto and Ottawa, our filmmaker initiatives, our youth engagement and our year-round events and screenings, Inside Out is engaged every day in challenging attitudes and changing lives.

GAZE (Dublin)

Since 1993, GAZE has been celebrating Irish and international LGBT film, presenting, exploring and providing a platform for LGBT cinema and filmmakers.
At the heart of the Irish LGBT creative and cultural calendar, GAZE represents, connects and reveals the diverse lives of LGBT people and experience through film.

Skeive Filmer (Oslo)

The Oslo Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (OGLFF), is an annual international film festival focusing on gay, lesbian, bi and transgendered films and filmmakers. Our goal is to present a wide variety of domestic and international films; features, documentaries and short films – all delving into the different aspects of our community.

QFEST (Philadelphia)

TLA Entertainment founded the Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival in 1995. In 2009, the festival joined the newly-formed Philadelphia Film Alliance and beginning with the 2009 festival, changed and shortened its name Philadelphia QFest. This festival, one of the leading GLBT film festivals in the country, is presented annually in July.

The Melbourne Queer Festival

The Festival first screened in 1991 and has continued every year since. Melbourne Queer Film Festival is the oldest queer film festival in Australia, and one of the oldest queer film festivals in the world. It is the largest queer film festival in the Southern Hemisphere, as well as being the second largest film festival in Victoria.

Hamburg International Queer Film Festival

The colourful and comprehensive selection of films includes everything from feature length feel-good movies and documentaries to politically courageous productions and rarely seen experimental projects – allowing everyone the chance to find something to get excited about.The festival is Hamburg’s second largest film event and screens over 60 programmes and 130 films from around the world in five cinemas over six days.

Kashish – Mumbai International Queer Film Festival

The Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is an attempt to encourage greater visibility of Indian and International queer cinema among both queer and mainstream audiences as a means to foster better understanding of queer thoughts, desires and expressions.

Reeling: The Chicago Lesbian & Gay International Film Festival

Reeling: The Chicago Lesbian & Gay International Film Festival is the second oldest film festival of its kind in the US, and prides itself on showcasing the best LGBT films and videos each and every year.

Queer Lisboa 17

Queer Lisboa is the sole Portuguese Film Festival dedicated exclusively to screening gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and transsexual themed films, a genre known as Queer Cinema.

Mardi Gras Film Festival, Sidney

The Mardi Gras Film Festival has grown considerably since 1993. It is now one of Australia’s largest film festivals of any kind, and one of the top five queer film festivals in the world. It is highly regarded by filmmakers all over the world, and is the most important avenue for promoting gay and lesbian titles to distributors and exhibitors in this territory.

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