LGBTI equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia


Mazen Masoud's #FightRacism in Italy

Mazen Masoud is a human rights activist from Libya who now lives in Bologna, Italy as a refugee. He is an intersex, trans and black person fighting racism.

I am Mazen, a Libyan refugee living in Italy since three years. I was born intersex, my family has chosen a female name for me. So this was the first episode of discrimination against me.

I have tried so much with other activists to change our culture in Libya, so all LGBTI people could live safely without discrimination or the risk of losing their lives.

Will Latvia fall out of being in last place?

Kaspars Zalitis is the board member of Association of LGBT and their friends MOZAIKA and former Co-Chair of Baltic Pride 2018 and EuroPride 2015.

According to ILGA-Europe’s Rainbow Map, for the past couple of years, Latvia has been in last place in the European Union when it comes to the legal and policy protections for LGBT+ people. Despite significant progress in societal acceptance of the LGBT+ community, Latvian politicians have remained highly conservative and continued to send a clear message that LGBT+ citizens are considered "second class". There were no signs that anything will change in this regard.

BiVisibility! It’s not over!

Soudeh Rad is a bisexual queer feminist woman of color, activist and researcher and is also a board member of ILGA Europe since 2017.

BiVisibility Week 2018 is over. It’s time for activists to take a moment of rest and start their everyday work for visibility, again. On BiVisibility Day, our social media - twitter, facebook and even Instagram - feeds were full of bisexuality related content. Ah! What an inclusive world!

‘I know the best what my identity is about’. What bi people from Kyrgyzstan say about themselves?

Hi everyone! My name is Temir, I work at LGBTIQ organization Kyrgyz Indigo, based in the capital of Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek. Here I share the opinions of five bisexual people on their identity and experience.

This blog post is made up of diverse and sometimes even contradictory points. However, every opinion has a right to be heard. The following interviews include the personal thoughts, reflections, and ideas of bisexual people from Kyrgyzstan.

Getting Bi Serious

Hilde Vossen - Coordinator of the European Bisexual Network for Activists (EuroBiNet)

On Bi Visibility Day events this year you can be 'exceptionally glittery and crazy'. When else do bisexual people have the chance to be like that? Mostly at a celebration they organise themselves. Then they make the rules, and are the majority.

Bisexual+ people aren't an intersection of lesbian or gay!

Umut Erdem - Storyteller at Curious Steps, feminist and bi+ film activist

Unfortunately,  LGBTI+ activism that we're currently striving to do is not in favour of bisexual people. I'm mainly speaking about Turkey - but my argument can be repeated for all around the world because of the invisibility and ignorance about bisexuality.

BiVisibility Day: Why is it important?

Bella Fitzpatrick - Director at Shout Out

I am not entirely sure how I had the vocabulary when I was 9 years old to declare I was bisexual. If I heard it on TV, or some adults talking, I’m not sure, but I knew the word and I knew what it meant, and I knew it described me.

Many people are surprised when I say I came out at 9 years old and even more surprise to hear I came out as bi, not gay.

My experience of an intersex campaign

Daniela Ferrazza, Researcher at the user experience design agency Fifth Beat (Italy)

I clearly remember the moment we spoke about this project for the first time. It was the morning after celebrations for my 40 years. The evening before, I drunk as I had 20, so I made twice the effort to follow Raffaele’s speech. Hangovers have strict rules.

Who is Raffaele? Who am I? What was the project about?