Unión GTH Vegana joined the LGBT Pride Parade 2016 in Concepción de la Vega. They celebrated Pride and acknowledged the harassment suffered on a daily basis by sexual minorities, not only in the Dominican Republic, but also in the rest of the world.
“We want to show that we too are citizens and part of society with the motto ‘Yo también soy’ [I am too].” Find out more about Unión here.
In Kingston, Jamaica, Pride in Action rolled out its Playing for Change project at the University of the West Indies. They established a permanent LGBTQ focused safe gym space. With PlanetRomeo Foundation funding, sports equipment was purchased and fitness, yoga and dance exercise sessions were organized. Also, an entire day of sports was held, bringing together 68 members of the LGBTQ community.
The Playing for Change program addresses the apprehension felt by many LGBTQ university students to join regular sporting and fitness activities. They may have feared experiencing stigma or discrimination for not behaving according to gender ‘norms’. One participant mentioned: “… It’s been really great to have a space and equipment where I can work out without feeling intimidated, because the gym on campus has a homophobic vibe…”. More information can be found on our project page.
EQUAL GROUND in Sri Lanka organized a 2-day residential workshop, bringing 20 youth organization representatives – both LGBTIQ and straight – together in the fight for equal rights. The workshop covered various topics such as: human rights and difficulties faced by members of the LGBTIQ community, gender identity, gender-based violence, communication skills and other topics.
The participants who joined the workshop also engaged in a field assignment in order to find the best approach for introducing human rights topics and LGBTIQ issues to peers. In follow-up monthly meetings, they shared their experiences and discussed the best advocacy practices in their mutual communities. More information can be found on the EQUAL GROUND project page.
In Burundi, same-sex sexual activity is still criminalized. As part of its LGBT Human Rights Education program, Moulin des Libertés (MOLI) developed the first brochure on human rights related to sexual orientation, gender identity and expression. The brochure aims to address the gap of existing information that can be used by the LGBT community and workers dealing with LGBT individuals. Before this publication, no comprehensive information on human rights was available to the LGBT community in Burundi.
This program is the first dedicated initiative dealing with human rights education, which targets LGBT persons in grassroots communities in Burundi. You can view or download the full version of the brochure.
As part of their Trans Advance project, FtM Phoenix Group co-organized several activities. A film festival, called Side by Side, was held in Krasnodar, the southwest of Russia. Also the Summer Trans Camp was held, giving 12 Russian and Ukrainian trans* people an opportunity to participate in various activities, like sports.
It’s the first time FtM Phoenix works on a north-centre-south basis, together with LGBT social movement, Revers from Krasnodar, and Russian LGBT Network from St. Petersburg. FtM Phoenix hopes to make this camp an annual event. You can find more information here.