LGBTI equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia

August 2019

LGBTIQ youth homelessness, anti-LGBTI hatred in Poland, historic LGR decision in Kosovo, and much more...


 

No. 287. August 2019. In this issue...

ILGA-Europe

Annual Conference 2019

Equality and non-discrimination

Family

Freedom of assembly

Hate crime

Health

Legal gender recognition

Notice board

 

ILGA-Europe

Join the webinar on LGBTIQ youth homelessness

Join us for the webinar to discuss LGBTIQ youth homelessness in Europe and Central Asia on 27 September 2019 at 13.00 CET. As part of our intersectionality work and in an effort to address socio-economic inequalities and their impact on LGBTIQ people, ILGA-Europe are increasingly engaging around the issue, and more specifically on LGBTIQ youth homelessness. During this webinar we will hear from FEANTSA, European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless; Ljubljana Pride Association, active at the grassroots level in Slovenia specifically on youth LGBTIQ homelessness; and True Colors United, US based organisation implementing innovative solutions to youth homelessness that focus on the unique experiences of LGBTIQ young people.
Register for the webinar in advance.
 

Last chance to apply for the Litigation Fellow

We are seeking a Litigation Fellow for a six-month period to work with the staff team in Brussels. The successful candidate will undertake research in international and comparative law, assist in preparation and wherever possible drafting of third party interventions or briefing documents, monitor relevant legal developments at national, European and International levels, and assist with litigation capacity building activities. Closing date for receipt of applications: Monday, 2 September (9.00 am CET). This is a paid fellowship.
Apply for the job.
 

Make your Instagram Story matter

Did you know you can now add a donate sticker to your Instagram Stories, allowing people to support the work of ILGA-Europe directly on Instagram? Edit the sticker to customise the name of your fundraiser, and once published swipe up on your Story to see the total amount raised and donations by username. ILGA-Europe receive 100% of donations. Add a donate sticker to your next Instagram Story to start a 24-hour fundraiser for LGBTI equality!
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Annual Conference 2019

23-26 October, Prague, Czech Republic

New speakers announced

Team ILGA-Europe are in full speed with the preparations for our annual conference, in close cooperation with two local host organisations, Proud and Prague Pride. We are excited to announce Mina Tolu and Georgy Mamedov as panellists. Mina Tolu is the co-spokesperson of FYEG - the Federation of Young European Greens and has over nine years or experience in queer, feminist and green campaigning and activism. Georgy Mamedov is the chair of the board of Labrys in Kyrgyzstan and currently works on the creation of transnational theoretical and activist platform Smychka, focusing on dialectic materialist research and theorizing of body, gender and sexuality.
Read more about the speakers.

Register by 3 September

You have until Tuesday, 3 September to register for the Annual Conference but we advise registering as early as possible – we may have to close registration early due to a limited capacity of the conference venue. After the cap of 600 participants has been reached, a waiting list will be created in case of cancellations. Please make sure you register on time.
Register online.

 


Equality and non-discrimination

LGBT activists from Tajikistan submitted their report for the UN periodic report in Geneva

 


Freedom of assembly

Queer sports tournament in Istanbul is banned by authorities

The third annual “Queer Olympix” to be held in Istanbul was cancelled by the Kadıköy District Governor's Office at the last minute because of “social sensitivities’. Around 130 LGBT+ athletes were due to compete in the event on Saturday, 24 August in sports including football, beach volleyball and the long jump. The reason given is “to prevent possible crimes; to protect public health, public order, and public morality”.

 


Hate crime

“European institutions should unite as government-led anti-LGBTI hatred in Poland grows”

This month, ILGA-Europe blog site hosted our Advocacy Director Katrin Hugendubel with an op-ed about political demonisation and violent attacks that LGBTI community faces in Poland. “At a time when hate speech and divisive rhetoric are causing a worrying backlash and backsliding for all human rights across Europe, it is crucial to unite with a broad and diverse alliance of organisations to take a clear stand against hate speech and divisive rhetoric targeting any community,” says Hugendubel. She calls the European institutions to “stand strong against any incitement of hatred for the wellbeing of our societies.”

 


Health

A global report about so-called conversion therapy

OutRight Action International has published its ground-breaking report “Harmful Treatment. The Global Reach of So-Called Conversion Therapy” that analyses the character and extent of so-called conversion therapy globally. The study drew on data from survey results with almost 500 respondents from 80 countries, in-depth interviews with experts and survivors from more than a dozen countries, as well as a comprehensive literature review. According to the report, 22% of respondents to the survey had experienced "conversion therapy" directly. 33.5% of those sought it for themselves.
Read the report.
 

Legal gender recognition

Historic court decision for trans people in Kosovo

The Centre for Equality and Liberty (CEL) of Kosovo and Centre for Social Group Development (CSGD) announced a historical decision taken by the Kosovo Court of Appeals on 2 August 2019 officially approving the request of a trans citizen to change their name and gender marker in their official documents. Both organisations expect that the Civil Status Offices and the Agency for Civil Registry of Kosovo will take the decision as a practice and positive example for future request of name and/or gender marker changes.

“Forced medical and psychiatric exams can be classified as torture or inhuman treatment”

Cianán Russell, our Senior Policy Officer talked to Euronews about mental health diagnosis requirements for legal gender recognition in Europe: "Forced medical and psychiatric exams can be classified as torture or inhuman treatment". In Europe, 33 countries require a mental health diagnosis before identity documents can be adapted. However the WHO removed transgender health issues from its list of mental illnesses in 2018. "It will take years for this new version of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) to be implemented globally, with some countries, such as the USA, indicating that they have no short-term intention to implement the new system," Russell said.

Notice board

Consultant to develop campaign materials to advance sex workers’ rights

CMI! (the Count Me In! consortium) seeks a consultant or consulting team to consolidate the most relevant information to use to promote sex workers’ rights as human rights and an understanding of sex work as work, and to use this information to build a visible, public social media campaign to highlight feminist approaches to sex workers’ rights. The consultancy will begin as soon as possible and will be for 3 months (from the starting date).
Download the terms of reference and send your application by 5 September.
 

The Migration Policy Group (MPG) seeks a Head of Campaigns

The Migration Policy Group (MPG) seeks a Head of Campaigns on an employee or consultant basis from September/October to May/June to work with partners to influence the European migration policy debate under the new European Commission and Parliament. The role is for an experienced coordinator with expertise on strategic communications and campaigning and with an understanding of the current migration debate and NGO landscape.
Apply for the job before the deadline on 9 September.

Open Society European Policy Institute is looking for a Policy Analyst

Based in Brussels, The Open Society European Policy Institute (OSEPI) works to influence and inform decision-making on EU laws, policy and funding. OSEPI is recruiting a policy analyst with substantial work experience to develop and support Open Society Foundation’s advocacy for EU digital policies that promote vibrant democracies, tolerant societies, accountable governments, economic justice, fundamental rights and non-discrimination.
Read more about the post and apply by 14 September.