LGBTI equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia

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M/F/X/Other: 6 countries pushing for non-binary registration in Europe

At the end of September, we welcomed a step forward towards non-binary gender recognition in Greece. Do you know what non-binary genders can be registered in Europe? In this blog, we showcase five countries allowing the registration of gender markers other than male or female, or using no gender markers at all in their official documentation.

Mental health: Dealing with stress as an LGBTI activist

2020 has drastically altered our daily lives and as an activist it’s easy to put your mental health and wellbeing on the back burner, while you get on with other hugely pressing priorities. On top of this, LGBTI activists can suffer from particular mental health stresses that stream from discrimination, LGBTIphobia, and the uphill battle that working to secure our rights and equality can be. To mark World Mental Health Day, this blog brings you some tools to help you cope with challenges that come your way.

#NeverGiveUp: Proposed anti-LGBTI amendments to the Russian Family Code explained

In July 2020, seven Russian senators introduced three bills to the State Duma, seeking to amend the Russian Family Code. With the purpose of “strengthening the family institute,” if approved, this legislative package would further limit the rights of LGBTI people. Here we bring you a breakdown of the proposed amendments and their potential impact.

#NeverGiveUp: Meet 7 LGBTI activists fighting for all families and human rights in Russia

If adopted, a package of amendments to the Russian Family Code will significantly reduce the rights of LGBTI people in the country. The proposed amendments include the elimination and reversal of current gender recognition, and an additional ban on same-sex marriage and adoption. In the face of such seemingly insurmountable odds, what does it mean to be an LGBTI activist in Russia? We meet seven strong Russian LGBTI activists who will #nevergiveup the fight for freedom and equality for all.

“Knowledge is power!” Cyndi Lauper shows her True Colors on LGBTIQ youth homelessness

“We need your help to change the lives of LGBTIQ homeless young people,” says superstar Cyndi Lauper in an exclusive interview about how her organisation, True Colors United, is teaming up with ILGA-Europe to tackle the unacceptable problem of LGBTIQ youth homelessness in Europe.

How you can help persecuted Russian LGBT+ activist, Yulia Tsvetkova

By the end of 2018, at the age of 25, Yulia Tsvetkova had already made some of her dreams come true: opening a theatre for kids, launching a sex-ed project for teenagers, and creating feminist resources online. A year later and ever since, this feminist and LGBT+ activist is facing up to six years in prison, is receiving death threats, and cannot leave her town in Russia’s Far East. Only in 2021 the long and torturous investigation led to a trial. Read on to learn more about Yulia’s story and the ways you might help her.

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