Rainbow Digest November 2023

Russian Supreme Court bans “the Internal LGBT movement” as extremist

 

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

No. 338. November 2023. In this issue…

ILGA-Europe

Asylum

Decriminalisation

EU enlargement

Family

Hate crime

Health

Human rights defenders

Legal gender recognition

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ILGA-Europe

New report on homelessness launched

In the eighth of our series of Intersections reports, deep-diving into the data from the European Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) 2019 LGBTI Survey II, we have collaborated with FEANTSA, focusing on LGBTI people’s experiences of homelessness. According to the report, almost one in five LGBTI people have experienced homelessness.
Read more and download your own copy of the report.
 

New call for applications for the review of the Committee of Ministers recommendations

ILGA-Europe will support 20 groups to input to the review of the Committee of Ministers Recommendation on measures to combat discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity. In 2024, the Council of Europe will conduct a third comprehensive review of this Recommendation. Civil society will have access to the unfilled questionnaire for the review, and is encouraged to submit shadow versions of the questionnaire. To ensure strong civil society engagement, we will support groups to develop and submit shadow questionnaire responses.
Read more and apply before 4 December.
 

Hear from activists about effective campaigns without playing into polarisation

Join us on 13 December for an online event to hear from activists from Hungary and Spain about how to proactively and effectively communicate while not playing into populist narratives that feed polarisation. You will get the first-hand insights about the strategies used in Hungary, where Háttér Society used the so-called “anti-LGBT Referendum” to talk to their allies and in Spain, where La Intersession successfully campaigned for the rights of trans people.
Register for the event.
 

Join our team as our new Senior Grants and Finance Officer

We’re looking for a committed colleague with a love of budgets, an eye for detail, and an ability to interpret and translate financial regulations into practical advice for ILGA-Europe grantees. The role of Senior Grants and Finance Officer merges financial operations and expense verification tasks with capacity building and administration.
Read more and apply before 27 December.
 

This festive season, give the gift of a donation to equality

Looking for a gift for someone who has it all this festive season? Thanks to our partner GlobalGiving, you can make a donation to ILGA-Europe in the name of someone special, including a card with your personalised message. A donation to ILGA-Europe is the perfect gift for a loved one who cares deeply about LGBTI equality, and will make a real difference to LGBTI lives across Europe and Central Asia.
Head to GlobalGiving’s gifts page to get started.

Asylum

Germany plans to classify new safe countries of origin despite LGBTI persecution

The German government plans to name Georgia and Moldova as safe countries of origin, the opposition parties CDU/CSU and AFD also want to include Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia in that list. On 6 November, 27 civil society organisations from Germany, Europe and around the world supported an open letter led by the Lesbian and Gay Association (LSVD) calling on the German federal government to recognise the fact that for LGBTI people these are often not safe countries, and thus all claims need to be assessed individually to do justice to the international right to protection. (Photo: LSVD/ Kerstin Thost)

Decriminalisation

Uzbekistan receives record number of recommendations for decriminalisation during the UN review

On 8 November, Uzbekistan’s human rights record was examined by the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group for the fourth time. 13 countries submitted recommendations on decriminalising consensual same-sex conduct between men. Representatives from at least a dozen countries also recommended developing legislation that would protect against all forms of discrimination, including discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Interior Deputy Minister of Uzbekistan Yakhhodzhon Abdulkhakov responded “In 2023, a total of 22 criminal cases were initiated under Article 120 of the Criminal Code for sodomy” admitting the continuing enforcement of the criminalisation.

EU enlargement

“Respect LGBTI rights in EU-Turkey relations”

On 8 November, the European Commission adopted its Enlargement Package, providing an assessment of the progress made by Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia. On 14 November, alongside five other international human rights organisations, ILGA-Europe demanded that the EU take specific steps to ensure respect for the human rights of LGBTI people in Turkey in future EU-Turkey relations.

Family

Latvia adopts registered partnership for same-sex couples

On 9 November, the Latvian parliament voted to adopt a new legislation on registered partnership for all couples. The law finally grants legal recognition of same-sex couples. The couples can register their partnerships by contacting a notary. Changes in the laws provide that the partnership can be concluded from 1 July of the next year.
 

Organisations draw attention to the attacks on rainbow families in Italy

On 20 November, World’s Children Day, ILGA-Europe joined 8 other LGBTI organisations condemning attacks on rainbow families in Italy and urging the Italian government to reconsider all its anti-LGBTIQ* actions. Earlier this year, Italy’s Minister of Interior of Meloni’s government announced that registrars should no longer register the children of same-sex couples. The government’s intimidation resulted in a series of administrative and legal attacks against LGBTIQ* families throughout the country.
Read more on the joint statement.

Hate crime

Trans Day of Remembrance: “We mourn and call to end the violence”

On 20 November, Trans Day of Remembrance, trans and allied organisations released a joint statement with clear demands for policymakers and donors to turn the tide against anti-trans violence and hatred. According to the latest Transgender Europe’s report, in the last 12 months, 321 trans and gender-diverse people were reported murdered globally.

Health

Take the survey measuring HIV knowledge and attitudes in the healthcare setting

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the European AIDS Clinical Society (EACS) are working to better understand HIV knowledge and attitudes in healthcare settings. A survey is being conducted to measure knowledge and attitudes towards HIV in the healthcare setting in Europe or Central Asia. The survey is available in 38 languages.

Human rights defenders

Russia declares the ‘international LGBT movement’ an extremist organisation

On 30 November, Russia’s Supreme Court banned what it called the “international LGBT public movement” as extremist. The LGBTI movement’s activities within Russia were said to “incite social and religious discord” in violation of the country’s anti-extremism laws. This violently disproportionate decision, which has been classified as a state secret and is therefore not open to scrutiny, makes imprisonment a very real scenario for participating in activism, sharing information about LGBTI people’s human rights, or simply speaking up. (Photo: InkBoB, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Legal gender recognition

Trans woman is in hunger strike for legal gender recognition in Bulgaria

On 13 November, Gabriela Bankova, a trans woman from Bulgaria, started a hunger strike in front of the Palace of Justice in Sofia after being refused to have her gender identity recognised in the official documents. The LGBTI organisations Bilitis and GLAS Foundation support her protest and demand the legislators to introduce a legal framework for legal gender recognition. Gabriela’s case is one of many of the examples of refused applications for legal gender recognition following the 2017-dated Constitutional Court decision outlawing legal gender recognition in the country. (Photo by Miroslav Mihaylov / RFE/RL)
Read more.
Support the campaign by signing the online petition.

Notice board

Apply to UN Trans Advocacy Week 2024

TGEU, RFSL, GATE, APTN, EATHAN, and ILGA World are organising the 8th UN Trans Advocacy Week, which will take place in Geneva, Switzerland, during the 56th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council in June/July 2024. The call is aimed at trans and gender-diverse human rights defenders with an interest in enhancing their understanding of international advocacy mechanisms and identifying ways to strengthen their local advocacy through engaging and interacting with relevant UN bodies and mechanisms.
Read more and apply before 10 December.

OII Europe is hiring for the position of Junior Policy Officer

OII Europe is looking for a full time Junior Policy Officer who will work towards the implementation of human rights standards for intersex people in Europe. The position is initially temporary for one year, with the perspective of being turned into a permanent position.
Read more and send your application by 15 December.

Applications are now open for the funding for strategic litigation on digital rights

The Digital Freedom Fund has opened a new cycle of applications to support strategic litigation on digital rights in Europe that contributes to advancing human rights in the digital context. Currently they accept grant applications for two types of activities – litigation track support and pre-litigation research support. Starting in 2024, litigation track support grants can include post-litigation activities.
Read more and submit your application before 14 February.

European AIDS Treatment Group is seeking their new Executive Director

The European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG) is looking for a new Executive Director who will lead and represent the organisation, both internally and externally. They hold numerous responsibilities, primarily focused on managing the organisation and its staff. Their key tasks include implementing the organisation’s strategy, achieving its goals, and meeting its objectives.
Read more and apply before 15 December.

International AIDS Society has two consultancies

The International AIDS Society (AIS) published new calls for two consultancies to provide services for AIDS 2024, the 25th International AIDS Conference. AIS is looking for a community activist liaison and a positive lounge consultant. The community activist liaison will support activism engagement in the lead up to, during and after the conference. The positive lounge consultant will support the positive lounge which is a place of rest and support for delegates living with HIV.
Read more and send your applications.
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Photo by Miroslav Mihaylov / RFE/RL

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