This Sunday, May 17, is IDAHOBIT, the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, which is dedicated to raising awareness about the violence, discrimination, and repression experienced by LGBTQ communities around the world. Arcus’ International Social Justice Program Director Adrian Coman—a movement leader and human rights advocate for over 20 years—talked with us about IDAHOBIT’s origins, how phobia is at the source of many forms of discrimination, and how talking about fear’s influence on our behavior can create space for greater understanding and acceptance.
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The coronavirus pandemic is like nothing we have lived through before. As the global community faces this challenge together, we are ever aware that people are experiencing it differently across geographies, occupations, and identities.
The novel coronavirus has already profoundly affected human life. While we do not yet know whether nonhuman apes are susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19 in humans), there is cause for concern.
Many of the bonobo images most people have seen depict rescued and rehabilitated individuals, who differ from those living in their natural habitats in key ways, including tendency to overgroom and familiarity with the presence of humans. Award-winning photographer and videographer JABRUSON believes documenting the dwindling, fragmented populations left in the wild is critical.
Getting a downlisting from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species does not necessarily mean extinction has stopped knocking on a species’ door. Indeed, in the case of mountain gorillas, who were promoted from critically endangered to endangered at the end of 2018, the possibility still looms.
On the third anniversary of the Pulse massacre in Orlando, Florida, Arcus honors those who lost their lives, their friends and families, the disaster’s survivors, and the LGBTQ leaders who rose from the ashes to create change in their communities. We’re privileged to have helped mobilize a philanthropic response to the tragedy, focusing our support on ensuring the communities most impacted had the support they needed to heal, organize, and build their capacity to become more visible, influential, and effective at advocating for their needs.