European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association

October 2016

 

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No. 254. October 2016. In this issue...

ILGA-Europe

Bias motivated speech

Bias motivated violence

Equality and non-discrimination

Family

Health

    Legal gender recognition

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    Annual Conference 2016: the countdown

    We are almost there: the biggest European LGBTI political event is kicking off on Wednesday 19 October. This year’s conference theme is Power to the people: celebrating 20 years of the strength within – honouring those pioneering activists who led the way two decades ago and finding new ways to keep today’s LGBTI community invigorated and well-supported. The conference will gather over 400 activists and allies, have more than 50 workshops, panels and discussion sessions. Follow it on our Facebook event page, on Twitter/Instagram using the hashtag #IENicosia2016, and on our website.
     

    We are hiring an Event Coordinator and Finance Officer for 2017 and 2018

    You have an opportunity to make a difference. From our annual fundraising events to Europe’s largest LGBTI political event, our Annual Conference – you will be the person implementing and overseeing the details of these important, life-changing occasions. At ILGA-Europe, we really value and encourage our employees. We understand that the movement is only as strong at its people. And we ensure our people remain our greatest asset. What can we offer? A strong remuneration package, including pension payments, insurance plans, trainings and much more… Please review the job description and application requirements and apply before 2 November 2016 at 10.00 CET.
    Read more about the opportunity here
     
     

    Bias motivated speech

    eMore - monitoring and reporting online hate speech in Europe

    The eMORE project aims to contribute to developing, testing and transferring a knowledge model on online hate speech and offline hate crime, based on a circular and advanced joint monitoring-reporting system, to gain a sound understanding of the phenomena/trends over the Internet and offline, to allow comparative analysis at national/EU level, and to support the harmonised combating against hate-motivated offences at EU/national level.  Have you witnessed episodes of hate crime, hate speech or other forms of prejudice? Do you think that expressions of hate are increasing in our communities?
    If the answer is yes, please complete this survey

    Bias motivated violence

    Call for proposals – ILGA-Europe Documentation and Advocacy Fund

    ILGA-Europe announces its XVI call for proposals within its Documentation and Advocacy fund. This call will specifically focus on data-collection of LGBTI-phobic hate crimes and is supported the government of the Netherlands. Deadline for applications: 8 November 2016, 18:00 CET.
    Find more information about the funding opportunity here

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    Equality and non-discrimination

    Five homophobic bills listed in Lithuanian parliament’s autumn agenda

    In September, the Lithuanian Parliament adopted its autumn agenda, preparing to debate on five legislative amendments and legislative initiatives that seek to restrict and openly violate LGBT rights as well as the international commitments to uphold freedom of expression and to fight discrimination. The bills target LGBTI families and legal gender recognition for trans people. Although these and similar legislative proposals are fortunately not always accepted, and are often delayed or rejected. The mere introduction of such initiatives onto Parliaments agenda contributes to the promotion of a hostile social environment for many people in Lithuania.
    Read more on the website of LGL
    More about Lithuania on www.rainbow-europe.org

    New resource: Situation of LGBTI Rights in Turkey and Recommendations

    The Turkish LGBTI organisation, Kaos GL, has launched the book, Situation of LGBTI Rights in Turkey and Recommendations, in a digitalised version. The book is the outcome of Kaos GL’s “Raising Awareness on Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans People in Public Institutions, Parliament and Non-Governmental Organizations” project conducted in 2013-2015. It contains several articles about LGBTI rights written by the academicians major in different disciplines.
    Read more about the book here

    More about Turkey on www.rainbow-europe.org

    Important statements and reports by Council of Europe on Turkey

    In recent months the Council of Europe has issued important statements and reports in regards to the situation of LGBTI people in Turkey. The Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks issued a statement condemning the ban of the Istanbul Pride, stressing that this was another blow to freedom of expression and freedom of assembly, as well as a sign of growing intolerance by the authorities. In October, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) issued its planned report on Turkey, expressing concern over the deterioration of conditions for LGBT persons, among other groups. It reiterated that hate speech should be properly combatted and hate crime offences adequately investigated. Finally, Jonas Gunnarsson, PACE General Rapporteur on the rights of LGBT people, tabled a Written Declaration on freedom of assembly in Turkey.

    Survey on EU Delegations and LGBTI rights

    Three years after the official adoption of the EU LGBTI Guidelines, in which EU member states have committed to the promotion and protection of LGBTI rights, the Dutch LGBTI organisation, COC Netherlands, is conducting research on the actual implementation by EU Delegations. Share your experiences, knowledge and opinions by participating in the survey before Tuesday 1 November. Please note that the survey is for anyone working on LGBTI rights, no matter what experience you have with the European Union. If you have any further questions or comments, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Alexander Hammelburg via ahammelburg@coc.nl.
    Find the survey here

    ERA’s first annual conference: Why Laws are not Enough

    Between 6-8 October, “ERA”, the LGBTI Equal Rights Association for Western Balkans and Turkey, held its first annual conference in Prishtina, Kosovo under the theme “Why Laws are not Enough”. The conference brought together over 150 participants, including LGBTI activists from the region, prominent local, regional and European politicians and policy makers, academics, and representatives from the international community to jointly address progress achieved and challenges remaining in promotion and protection of LGBTI rights in the region, establish new alliances, and strengthen existing ones. ILGA-Europe was also pleased to have the opportunity to take part.  For a sneak peak of what happened have a look at #ERA2016 on twitter. Next year’s conference will be held in Montenegro. 
     

    Council of Europe resolution: Sport for all – a bridge to equality, integration and social inclusion

    At the October session in the Parliamentary assembly of Council of Europe, a resolution on inclusion in sports was adopted. The resolution is includes a very good reference to "sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or sexual characteristics"
    Read more about the resolution here 
     

    Family

    Second parent adoption will become a reality a Switzerland

    Last June, the Swiss parliament overwhelmingly voted to amend Swiss adoption law to cover the right to second parent adoption for same-sex couples. The nonpartisan, cross-denominational committee “No to This Adoption Law” immediately called for a referendum against that decision in order to compel a popular vote. But the committee failed to collect the 50,000 required signatures by the deadline on 6 October.
    Read more from the Swiss Rainbow Families Association​

    More about Switzerland on www.rainbow-europe.org

    Viral video from Finland: ”It made us closer when our child came out of the closet

    A short video on about Finnish parents’ thoughts when their child came out of the closet went viral, and has now been subtitled in English. The video is published by Kioski, a social-media-first news and current affairs service produced by the Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle.
    Watch the video here

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    Health

    European HIV-Hepatitis Testing Week 2016

    Testing week is an initiative that was launched by HIV in Europe in 2013 to help more people to become aware of their HIV status. Now in its fourth year and the second time hepatitis testing has been included, European HIV-Hepatitis Testing Week will take place from 18-25 November 2016. European HIV-Hepatitis Testing Week offers partners across Europe the opportunity to unite to increase awareness of the benefits of HIV and hepatitis testing among those who are at risk. ILGA-Europe is a proud partner of Testing Week, and we encourage our members and partner organisations to sign up.
    Read more about the Testing Week here


    Legal gender recognition

    France adopts a new legal gender recognition procedure 

    On 12 October, the French parliament voted to introduce a legal gender recognition procedure that is free from sterilisation and medicalisation. While the law finalised today is not 100% perfect, it is a sign of clear progress.
    Read more about the new procedure here
    More about France on www.rainbow-europe.org
     

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    Job opportunity as Policy Officer with Transgender Europe

    Transgender Europe is looking for a part time (80%, 32h per week) Policy Officer, for an initial period of 18 months. The Policy Officer will be working in the Advocacy and Capacity Building Team. They will be responsible to implement and refine TGEU’s policy and advocacy work, as defined in the Strategic Plan 2014 – 2020, predominantly with European institutions (EU, CoE, OSCE) in the areas of gender equality, safety & violence, further marginalised groups, healthcare, education, and trans families. The place of work is located in Berlin, Germany, but will require frequent travel. Deadline for applications: 25 October, noon CET.
    Read more about the opportunity here​​
     
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