Metro Weekly

DC OUTfront (Amnesty International)

A Community Profile

ORGANIZATIONAL MISSION: LGBT people are entitled to the full range of human rights protections afforded to anyone else, and that governments have an obligation to protect and promote the basic human rights of LGBT people. Amnesty International considers people imprisoned solely because of their sexual orientation or gender identity to be prisoners of conscience.



GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE GROUP’S MOST COMMON ACTIVITIES: Educational events, and letter-writing meetings on behalf of LGBT prisoners of conscience.

HOW TO JOIN: Join the group’s e-mail list online at, or attend a chapter meeting. Locations and times are posted on the site.

BACKGROUND: To say that Tony Lee is a dedicated volunteer falls a bit short of capturing his zeal. Consider this: He’s just taken a new job with a pay cut, simply because it will allow him to dedicate more time to OUTfront. “I’ve been doing a lot of different things with Amnesty for a long time,” says Lee, coordinator of the D.C. chapter of OUTfront. “The regional [Amnesty] office asked if I’d take over the local OUTfront chapter.” Lee, who sometimes puts in up to 30 hours a week, does not demand the same sort of dedication from other volunteers in the group. “If you just want to do a monthly letter-writing, that’s fine. If you just want to come to a meeting and get educated, that’s fine, too.”


NEXT EVENT: DC OUTfront presents speakers from Jamaican Forum for Lesbians, Allsex and Gays, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. at the Human Rights Campaign building, 1640 Rhode Island Ave., NW.

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