LGBTI equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia

July 2017


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No. 263. July 2017. In this issue...





Equality and non-discrimination


Freedom of association

Hate speech


Human rights defenders

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Cruelties continue in Chechnya – do your bit to help by donating

The cruelties against perceived bisexual and gay men in Chechnya continue. ILGA-Europe are working hard to enable people working on the ground directly to help the victims of these violations. You can help this work with a donation. ILGA-Europe opened up a fund to support the victims of the situation in Chechnya. We need to keep up the work and keep speaking up.
Read more about what you can do here


Three months left to Annual Conference 2017 

We have exciting news for you: during the opening we will hear from Vice-President of the European Commission - Frans Timmermans. Make sure you Register before Monday, 11 September.  For the second time, ILGA-Europe provide a space for individuals and organisations to share their research regarding LGBTI issues or outcomes of project with other participants of the Annual Conference. Tomorrow, 1 August, is the last day to submit Proposals or Resolutions to the Constitution that will be discussed during the Annual General Meeting.
Find everything on our dedicated Annual Conference 2017 website section

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Call for applications: Consultant to assess funding needs of the European LGBTI movement

As part of our mission, ILGA-Europe work to increase resources to leverage the work of the European LGBTI movement. We are looking for a consultant to assess funding needs. Read more in the Terms of Reference below. Deadline for applications: 18 August 2017
Read more about the opportunity here

Join #TeamILGAEurope and run for LGBTI rights

It is soon marathon season, and we want to kick off our #TeamILGAEurope at the Brussels Marathon/Half Marathon this autumn. You can use this opportunity to raise vital funds for LGBTI rights in Europe. It’s simple: register and ask friends, family & colleagues to sponsor you. We’ll cheer you on every step of the way!
Find out more here

What is Community Organising?

Earlier this year ILGA-Europe launched “Organising for change: resources to support LGBTI community organising work”, a detailed resource addressed to individuals and organisations for leading change. In the resource you can find: What is LGBTI community organising? Why is it important for the LGBTI movement? How is LGBTI community organising done? Three activists, Elena, Tina and Vladana, shared with us their stories from the Western Balkans. Watch our new videos and find out more about what YOU can do in your community!
Find the video’s and download the resource here

Training for OII Europe in Financial Management

On 29-30 June, ILGA-Europe organised a training for the OII Europe board members on Financial Management. The training aimed to equip a growing organisation like OII Europe to strengthen their capacities.
Read more about ILGA-Europe’s expertise in financial management and funds administration here 


Article: Gender and its expressions: equality in education

How can teachers create a safe and all-inclusive environment for all students? How can they ensure equal opportunities for all individuals to access quality education free from bullying and violence stemming from gender stereotypes? Learning and other social experiences help to shape opinions, and school education therefore plays a key role in tackling gender inequality, homophobia and transphobia.
Read the full article on School Education Gateway here


Training on tackling discrimination against LGBT people in the labour market

From 27 to 29 October, a three day training within FHOFIJ project aims deepen the use of some tools to tackle discrimination against LGBT people in the labour market. The training will take place in Casaltone, Italy. The focus is on participants from Italy, Slovenia and Greece. NB: Deadline to enroll is 30 August.
Read more about the training here

Equality and non-discrimination

New action to promote LGBT equality in the UK

The United Kingdom government announced on 23 July new proposals to streamline and de-medicalise the process for changing gender and launches a nationwide LGBT survey. The survey will ask the 1.5million LGBT people in the UK to share their views on public services to help inform Government policy.
Read more about the consultation on the website of Stonewall

Trans people’s experience in security checks in airports

What are your experiences as a trans person with security checks and staff at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and other airports? TNN (Transgender Netwerk Netherland) and COC Amsterdam are trying to gain insight into trans peoples' experiences. Even if you have only experienced security checks and staff at other airports than Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, there are questions for you, too.
Start the survey here


Malta keeps on rocking: marriage equality on its way

Lithuanian President approves discrimination of registered partners from other EU countries

On 24 July, the Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė signed the amendments to the Law on Equal Opportunities into the law. The amendments in question were passed by the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania on 11 July and establish a definition of “family members” that is inconsistent with other national laws and could lead to potential discrimination of couples from EU countries, who have entered into registered partnerships abroad.
Read more on the website of LGL here
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French high court ends legal limbo of recognition for children born by a surrogate abroad

A ruling by the French high court on 5 July is somewhat good news for rainbow families. Read here why the judgment is a big step in the right direction of protecting children in rainbow families, and why more work still lies ahead.
Read more about the ruling here
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1st official International Family Equality Day video: “Love Makes A Family”

International Family Equality Day (IFED) 2017 was celebrated rainbow families in 44 countries, and it was an important step for social, political and legal acceptance. Make sure to mark 6 May for IFED 2018, when the motto will be «Children’s Rights Matter». 
More info can be found on IFED’s website
Watch the first official International Family Equality Day (IFED) video here

Freedom of association

Muižnieks: The Russian Federation’s Law on Foreign Agents contravenes human rights

Hate speech

Call for submission on online violence against women

In her vision-setting report to the Human Rights Council last year, the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, Ms. Dubravka Šimonović decided to address in her thematic work new challenges brought by online violence against women to prevention, protection, prosecution and redress for such acts. All submissions should be sent electronically by 30 September 2017.
Read more about the call here


Blood donation deferral period reduced for gay men in the UK

On 17 July, the United Kingdom government announced a new deferral period on blood donation for gay and bi men. From 2018, the period of time that men who have sex with men need to have had no sexual activity before donating blood will be reduced from 12 months to three months.
Read more about the new step on the website of Stonewall

Call for proposals: Small Grants Program 2017 within Regional Program “Right to Health”

Eurasian Coalition on Male Health (ECOM) invites community-based organisations and initiative groups from the countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine) to submit proposals that aim to increase the advocacy capacity of underserved LGBT sub-groups of trans* people, HIV-positive gay and bisexual men and trans* people, and MSM and trans* sex workers. Deadline for proposals: 14 August 2017.
Read more about the call here

Human rights defenders

Human rights defenders detained in Turkey

On 5 July, 10 human rights defenders were detained while attending a human rights workshop in Turkey. Their detention follows the arrest of Amnesty International’s Turkey Chair Taner Kiliç, who has been imprisoned since 6 June on the suspicion of being a member of an ‘armed terrorist organisation’. Amnesty International has launched a campaign for their release.
Support the campaign here

Public consultation on the right to privacy

The mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur for Privacy (SRP) & the EU-supported MAPPING project are collaborating to organise a structured public consultation about new legal measures at international law intended to improve the protection of privacy in this age of ubiquitous surveillance. Let us know by email if you are interested in participating. Deadline to register interest 10 September 2017.
Read more about the consultation here

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Resource for campaigners: SOGI Campaigns

SOGI Campaigns is new a project originated out of the analysis conducted around the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, which evidenced that while some very interesting and powerful campaigns have been developed in recent years, “changing hearts and minds” is most often assessed by LGBTI organisations themselves as being approached with insufficient strategic thinking and technical expertise. The project aims to provide activists with skills to develop creative and effective public campaigning, inspiration to give birth to new tactics, a platform to connect with others and build a network of fellows and friends.
Watch the newly launched video explaining the project here

Call for trans people of color visual artists and creative writers!

Forward Together is looking for trans, gender non-conforming, and/or nonbinary people of color and Indigenous visual artists and creative writers to apply for Forward Together's annual Trans Day of Resilience project. Find out how to apply and submit your proposal! This is a paid opportunity. Closing date for receipt of applications: Wednesday 2 August 2017 (11:59 pm PT)
Read more about the position here

Job opportunity with EAPN as Temporary Support Officer based in Brussels

The European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) is looking for an experienced and enthusiastic individual, ideally with experience of working with people experiencing poverty in different countries and contexts, and of participatory methods of working. Closing date for receipt of applications: Sunday 6 August 2017 (midnight)
Read more about the position here

Job opportunity with Mama Cash as Director of Research, Knowledge & Advocacy based in Amsterdam

Mama Cash is looking for a Director of Research, Knowledge & Advocacy, who will lead the development and implementation of the vision and strategic direction for Mama Cash’s thought leadership, knowledge building, and influencing work. Closing date for receipt of applications: Monday 7 August 2017
Read more about the position here

Two job opportunities with Open Society Foundations in New York

The Open Society Foundations is looking for two new members to join the staff in New York: Project Director - Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, and Program Officer - Media and Narratives. Find out more on Open Society website.
Project Director - Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Closing date: Friday 18 August 2017
Program Officer - Media and Narratives Closing date: Thursday 17 August 2017