Rainbow Digest August 2023

Bulgaria adopts new law legislation on hate crime, LGR reform progresses in Germany, and much more…

 

Help transform realities for LGBTI communities across Europe and Central Asia.With your support we can do more. Make change happen here.

No. 335. August 2023. In this issue…

ILGA-Europe

Bias-motivated violence

EU enlargement

Freedom of expression

Human rights defenders

Intersectionality

Legal gender recognition

Notice board

 

ILGA-Europe

New Executive Director for ILGA-Europe appointed

The board of ILGA-Europe have announced that Chaber, a previous Executive Director of the Polish LGBT organisation, KPH (Campaign Against Homophobia), will step into the role from 1 October. They have also worked as ILGA-Europe’s Finance Director for the past five years. Their appointment to lead ILGA-Europe comes after a recruitment process that began in May of this year.
Read more about the announcement.
Read the Q&A with our new Executive Director, Chaber.
 

Listen to our interview with Evelyne Paradis on LGBTI rights and politics

We published the first of three interviews with ILGA-Europe’s Executive Director, Evelyne Paradis as she departs the organisation, after 18 years, nearly 14 of which she spent as its leader. In this episode, Evelyne talks about how politics have evolved over her time leading ILGA-Europe, which included the dawn and global spreading of social media, and how Europe’s political institutions have progressed to include LGBTI people across a broad range of portfolios and initiatives.
Listen to the podcast on your preferred platform.
 

Join our Skills Boost session on media interviews practice

Are you nervous about how to get your message across in TV interviews, or even whether you should accept the interview in the first place? Join us at 12:00 noon CEST, Tuesday 5 September for a Skills Boost session specifically designed for LGBTI activists to prepare for and be more confident in your media appearances. The session will be beginner-friendly and focus on TV interviews, with examples and testimonies from LGBTI activists.
Read more and register.
 

We are looking for a new Finance Director

We are seeking a new Finance Director to contribute to ILGA-Europe’s overall success by planning, implementing, managing and controlling the organisation’s finances and all financial and administrative activities and operations. The Finance Director will manage multiple streams of funding, maintain ILGA-Europe’s accounts and book-keeping, develop financial plans and strategies to ensure the financial health and sustainability of the organisation, manage the Finance and Administration team, and create smooth and solid ways of managing our re-granting work.
Read more and apply before 27 September.
 

Apply for the consultancy: learning partner to support learning in the programme focused on the work by and for racialised LGBTI communities in Europe

We currently have a new 12-month programme that focuses on the work being done by and for racialised LGBTI communities in Europe. Under the current programme we support 10 organisations who work with and for racialised LGBTI communities in Europe. We are looking for a consultant who will support our Programmes Officer as a learning partner, and co-design and carry out the learning component of the programme based on the specific learning tiers.
Read more and apply before 24 September.

Bias-motivated violence

Bulgaria passes legislation against hate crime on sexual orientation

On 28 July, the parliament in Bulgaria adopted several amendments to its Penal Code that protects against hate crimes motivated by a victim’s sexual orientation. According to our member organisation GLAS Foundation, this is the first significant legislative change in favour of LGBTI people in Bulgaria since the adoption of the Protection from Discrimination Act in 2004. The amendment came into effect on 8 August. (Photo by GLAS Foundation)
 

Trans woman murdered in Armenia

On 20 August, 28-year-old trans woman Adriana was brutally murdered in her own apartment in Yerevan. After the murder, her apartment was set on fire. A day later, a group of assailants attacked the participants of a candlelit vigil in memory of Adriana organised by the Right Side NGO in Yerevan. ILGA-Europe deplore the brutal murder of Adriana and send our deepest condolences to her family and friends. Her killer must be brought to justice by the Armenian authorities and the investigation must take into account that this was a bias motivated murder. (Photo by Right Side NGO)

EU enlargement

How attacks on Pride are jeopardising Turkey’s hopes for accession to the EU

EU accession has once again taken centre stage on Turkey’s political agenda. Since his re-election in May 2023, President Erdoğan has reignited EU accession conversations, stagnant for several years. However, amid this renewed pursuit, the attacks on Pride events and potential regressive changes to the constitution underscore the precarious state of human rights in Turkey. Upholding the fundamental rights of all, including LGBTI people, and ensuring the rule of law remain the cornerstones of the EU. Any future discussions regarding closer ties with the EU must hinge on Turkey’s unwavering commitment to safeguarding these principles.

Freedom of expression

Kyrgyzstan targets LGBTI communities in a new law

On 15 August, Kyrgyzstan enacted a new law that aims to restrict freedom of expression and access to information about LGBTI people, identities, rights, and lives. Formally, the law seeks to ban dissemination of harmful information among minors, while labelling as harmful also information that “denounces family and traditional societal values, promotes non-traditional sexual relations and initiates disrespect towards parents or other family members.” The law came into force on 30 August. Together with our members and partners, ILGA-Europe will continue to advocate for the rights of LGBTI people in Kyrgyzstan and will be rallying support and solidarity for LGBTI organisations and their allies in the country.

Human rights defenders

New podcast about the activism in the lowest ranking countries on the Rainbow Map

In our brand-new episode of our Frontline Podcast, we ask the question, if a country stays at the bottom of the Rainbow Map ranking, where advocacy is not possible, and daily life for LGBTI people is often extremely challenging, what’s happening in the work towards LGBTI rights and equality? And is this mostly invisible activism bringing about change for LGBTI people in the countries where it seems life is getting worse rather than better?
 

Human rights defenders at risk can apply to participate in Shelter City Netherlands

Justice & Peace Netherlands launched a new call for applications for human rights defenders at risk to participate in Shelter City Netherlands in March 2024. Shelter City provides temporary safe and inspiring spaces for human rights defenders at risk where they re-energise, receive tailormade support and engage with allies. From March 2024 onwards, several cities in the Netherlands will receive human rights defenders for a period of three months.

Intersectionality

New report launched on racialised LGBTI people’s experiences

On 10 August, in association with Equinox Initiative for Racial Justice, ILGA-Europe launched the sixth report of the Intersections series, taking a deep dive into the FRA 2019 LGBTI II Survey. The briefing focuses on the experiences of LGBTI persons in Europe with a migration background coming from outside of the EU, LGBTI non-migrant ethnic minorities and LGBTI religious minorities in the EU.
Read more and download your own copy of the report.
Read the other reports of the Intersections series.
 

New manifesto from feminist and LGBTI Roma activists

On 31 July, feminist and LGBTI Roma activists shared a manifesto calling for more inclusivity for Roma LGBTI people in social movements, particularly at Pride. The manifesto says “We no longer tolerate racial injustice or discrimination. We will stand together, with love, respect, values, our struggles, our history, the oppressions, our culture and care for each other. For a more inclusive Pride, for more inclusive spaces, for a more inclusive society.”
Read the manifesto.

Legal gender recognition

German government sends the LGR reform to the Parliament

On 23 August, the German federal government agreed on a draft law for legal gender recognition based on self-determination. In the fall, the cabinet draft will enter the parliamentary process in the Bundestag. Contrary to the earlier versions of the draft law, it suggests a three month waiting period and other harmful provisions. ILGA-Europe will work with activists to ensure that the law is in line with international human rights standards and free of discriminatory provisions.

Notice board

New academic research on family abuse targeting queer family members

On 30 August, the Journal of Family Violence published a new academic article entitled “Family abuse targeting queer family members: An argument to address problems of visibility in local services and civic life” authored by Catherine Donovan, Jasna Magić and Sarah West. The research concludes that the wider civic context can play a part in sending messages to queer folk that local services are for them and that there is a role for civic leaders to improve the visibility and confidence of local queer folk as citizens.
Read the article as open access.

New EU funding call on disinformation

The European Commission launched a call for project proposals that can decipher how disinformation narratives on Russia’s war against Ukraine, elections and the LGBTQ+ community emerge online and offline, and to help tackle them and their effect. This new call foresees nearly €1.2 million EU funding to support a better understanding of how disinformation is formed and spread, how it shapes people’s minds, as well as its real-life impact.
Read more and apply by 22 September.

EU calls for best and promising practices on mental health

As part of the new comprehensive approach to mental health, the European Commission is calling for best and promising practices focusing on mental health promotion, prevention, and early detection and intervention. Governmental and non-governmental actors can submit their practices until 29 September. After this date, the EC will organise the assessment on the practice proposals received and may invite the owners of the top-ranked best and promising practices to present them to representatives from EU Member States during a marketplace event later in 2023. This may lead to joint/wider implementation across the EU funded under the EU4Health programme.
Read more.

IGLYO is searching a consultant to work on on LGBTQI youth and mental health

IGLYO — The International LGBTQI Youth and Student Organisation is looking for a consultant to design and implement research to explore LGBTQI young people’s views on mental health, covering topics such as suicide risk, anxiety and depression, the impact of external factors on mental health (current social environment, physical harm, discrimination), family acceptance or rejection, access to healthcare services, and access to other affirming spaces.
Read more and apply before 15 September.

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