Mesečne arhive: avgust 2014

Interview with H. Metehan Ozkan: What it means to be parent, family and activist in a conservative society?

Kategorija: Conference2014 / Datum: avgust 26, 2014

MY CHILD is an independent feature documentary-in-production where parents of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) individuals in Turkey intimately share their experiences with the viewer, as they redefine what it means to be parents, family, and activists in a conservative, homophobic, and transphobic society

1. Your film “My Child”, which presents the process of outing of parents whose children are of different sexual orientation, will be screened in the Belgrade City Hall within the International LGBT Conference “The Future Belongs to Us: LGBT Rights on the Road to the European Union”. What does this mean to you?

‘My Child’ is about a very courageous and inspiring group of mothers and fathers in Turkey, who are parents of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans) individuals. They have not only gone through the difficult path of accepting their children for who they are, but also have taken the next step to share their experiences with other LGBT families and the public. In this documentary the parents intimately share their experiences with the viewer, as they radically redefine what it means to be parents, family, and activists in this conservative, homophobic, and trans-phobic society.


Photo: One World Romania

With this movie, we haven’t only target LGBT people and their families but also the society in general to fight against homophobia and transphobia. Not only in Turkey, but also in our region. Taking into account that the countries in the region have cultural similarities coming from a shared history, we believe „My Child“ has a lot to say to all participating countries from the Balkans.

2. The film talks about the traumatic experience of accepting your child’s sexual orientation and/or gender identity. It represents the process parents go through – from feeling ashamed, feeling hurt, to the feeling of love and final acceptance. How much impact did this film have in Turkey? Could you tell us more about LISTAG (Families of LGBTs in İstanbul)?

LİSTAG (Familes of LGBTs in Istanbul) founded in 2008, is a solidarity and support group for friends, families, and especially parents of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual) individuals, actively working against homophobia, transphobia, discrimination, and hate crimes.

LİSTAG organizes weekly meetings where newcomers are introduced to the group and forthcoming activities are planned, as well as monthly dinner parties where they get together with families of LGBT individuals. LİSTAG also meets every first Thursday of each month with volunteer psychiatrists and psychologists from the Society for Sexual Education Treatment and Research (CETAD) to discuss subjects like sexual identity, sexual orientation, sexual roles and behavior, and gender. LİSTAG parents joins also “coming out” meetings at Lambda Cultural Center every third Saturday of each month.

To gain visibility in Turkey, they participate in discussions, panels and meetings in cooperation with NGOs and universities, giving interviews to the media. In addition, LİSTAG has been participating in the annual Istanbul Pride March since 2008, and has become one of the most striking groups in these marches. LİSTAG also cooperates with other parent and family organizations in the world, organizing joint meetings with AGEDO (Italy), BEFAH (Germany), FFLAG (England), and AMGYL (Spain).

Since 2008, LİSTAG has opened up an important political space within Turkish society. Acting in solidarity with LGBT individuals and their organizations, LİSTAG has intervened in the current political sphere, by releasing public statements and engaging with politicians, thus becoming a crucial component of the movement. It has also encouraged LGBT individuals, by reminding them that it is not impossible to come out to their families.

Redefining what a family is…

The most important contribution of LİSTAG to our society, has been in offering an alternative to the notion of a traditional family. LİSTAG parents, sometimes faltering, other times accepting, always making an effort, and never losing the capacity to re-discover, but most importantly always with ‘unconditional love’, have been able to question and challenge the culturally inherited traditional family codes based on kinship and territory. With reference to Judith Butler’s concept of ‘performativity’, we can define this new ‘family’ as “an intentional family, which comes to being through conscious effort.”

In every meeting and demonstration they participate in, LİSTAG parents stand by their LGBT children with the message ‘I’m on my child’s side!’ and remind us that another type of family is possible and despite the prevailing assumptions, anybody’s child or relative can be an LGBT individual.

These parents, through their children’s sexuality, have managed to openly discuss their own sexuality, as well as issues around sexuality in Turkey. They have also made great efforts to help other families whose children have recently come out, by teaching them that homosexuality, bisexuality, or transsexuality is not a physical abnormality or perversion. In this way, they have been lifesavers to countless families by reminding them that they are not alone in this world.

The film features seven parents (including two couples) of LGBT individuals and two LGBT-rights activists who make up the core of LİSTAG (‘Families of LGBT in Istanbul’)

Impact of „My Child“ in Turkey…

“My Child” has been the voice of the LGBTI movement in Turkey since the very first time it was screened in February 2013. More than 20 000 people have watched the film only at our organised screenings. We dont know how many people more accessed it through internet and DVDs. The public here has very little information on LGBT issues, so there needed be some clear information delivered to them. There are many parents who just found out their child is LGBT. It’s a shock for many parents to find out their child is LGBT. They might be scared because they were raised in a homophobic society, because of the harm that might come upon their family, or simply because they’re not informed. People are afraid of what they don’t know. Giving them that information is very important and we wanted to show that in the film.

BENİM ÇOCUĞUM Destek Kampanyası Fragmanı 1 – MY CHILD Fundraising Trailer 1 from Can Candan on Vimeo.

Some senators and people in power in Turkey still claim that homosexuality is a disease and can be cured. A lot of it is around ignorance! On the other hand, At the film premiere in Ankara three members of parliament from the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) attended. We also organized a special screening for the Turkish deputies, attracting the attention of only five out of 550. Later on, Istanbul MP Binnaz Toprak requested a Parliamentary Research to determine the problems of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans people, their reasons and solution offers. Although this request was rejected by the votes of the governing part, LGBT issues were discussed for the first time at the General Assembly of the Turkish Parliament and two deputies who have spoken in favour of the request invited all the other deputies to watch „My Child“ to learn more about the LGBT issues.

3. This year, a PFLAG group was formed in Serbia. Do you see any commonalities between Turkey and Serbia when it comes to the rights of LGBT persons?

I see many common issues between Serbian and Turkish cultures. The impact of religion and the value of family play an important role in the national identities of the people. I believe legislative changes can only protect a legal coverage but we can not really make a positive change in our societies unless we start a grass-root level activity. LISTAG parent in „My Child“ redefine what it means to be parents, family, and activists in a conservative, homophobic, and transphobic society. We show people who are against LGBT rights on the basis of protecting the traditinal family that „another family“ is also possible…

Mis Španije otkrila: Ja sam lezbejka

Kategorija: LezKULTura / Datum: avgust 25, 2014

U tradicionalnoj sredini, kakva je Španija, odluka Patrisije Jurene Rodriges, prošlogodišnje predstavnice ove zemlje na izboru za Mis Univerzum, da javno deklariše svoju istopolnu seksualnu orijentaciju, predstavlja ne mali čin hrabrosti

Ova 24-godišnja brineta otkrila je nedavno da je u lezbejskoj vezi sa španskom pevačicom Vanesom Klajn. Svoj „coming out“, Patrisija je učinila postavivši na Instagram fotografiju na kojoj su ona i njena partnerka u nežnom zagrljaju, uz tekst „Romeo i Julija“.


Njen post je na platformi za razmenu fotografija lajkovan više od 5.000 puta, a pojavio se i na naslovnicama brojnih španskih listova.

„Ne stidim se zbog onog što sam uradila. Zadovoljna sam svojim životom“, izjavila je španska lepotica, zahvalivši se svima koji su je podržali.

Patrisija je jedna od retkih misica u svetu koja je javno otkrila da je lezbejka. Pre nje je to učinila bivša Mis Kentakija, Džuan Trent.

Patrisija je dva puta krunisana za Mis Španije: 2008. i 2013. kada je na takmičenju za Mis Univerzuma, u Moskvi, proglašena za prvu pratilju.

Izvor: 24 sata

Zbog ubistva transseksualke Minje Kočiš dobili 43 godine zatvora

Kategorija: Lobiranje / Datum: avgust 25, 2014

Beograd, 01.07.-14.07.2014.

Ivica Mihajlović (34) iz Vladičinog Hana pravosnažno je osuđen na 35 godina zatvora jer je ubio transseksualnu prostitutku Minju Kočiš (39) iz Kikinde, 8. januara 2009. u Beogradu. Njegov saučesnik Novica Radosavljević (41) iz Požarevca osuđen je na osam godina robije

Minja (ranije Mihalj) Kočiš je pre pet godina pronađena mrtva s dva uboda nožem u grudi, u iznajmljenom stanu u Sezanovoj ulici 88 na Vračaru. U postupku je utvrđeno da je Radisavljević odranije poznavao žrtvu i koristio njene seksualne usluge.

Minja-KocisPošto je pretpostavio da “u šteku” ima oko 2500 evra, sa Mihajlovićem je došao na ideju da je opljačka.

Kobnog dana Mihajlović je telefonom pozvao Minju, navodno tražeći seksualne usluge. Kada je ušao u njen stan, odmah je pokušao da joj otme novac, ali je ona pružila otpor. Ne oklevajući, dva puta ju je nožem ubo u srce. Potom je uzeo novčanik sa 2500 dinara i 10 evra i pobegao zajedno sa ortakom, koji je za to vreme osmatrao okolinu.

Mihajlović je prethodno 2002. pobegao iz zatvora u Nišu, gde je izdržavao kaznu zbog ubistva.

On je 1998. godine, prilikom pljačke u Vladičinom Hanu, nožem ubio svoju žrtvu, pa je polio benzinom i zapalio.

Od bekstva iz zatvora krio se u Beogradu, u iznajmljenom stanu, kod Radisavljevića. Njih dvojica su se upoznali u zatvoru, gde je Radisavljević robijao 15 godina, takođe zbog ubistva.

(snimak hapšenja Ivice Mihajlovića i Novice Radosavljevića 2009. godine)

Izvor: Informer, GayEcho, GSA
Foto: Mondo

About the Conference

Kategorija: Conference2014 / Datum: avgust 13, 2014

International Conference under the title “The future belongs to us: LGBT rights on the road to the European Union” organized jointly by Labris – Lesbian Human Rights Organisation from Serbia and Hirschfeld-Eddy-Foundation from Germany will be held on 12 and 13 September 2014 in Belgrade (Serbia) in the hotel Metropol Palace. (Bulevar Kralja Aleksandra 69)

Conference is part of the greater Project of the German foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future” that aims to keep live memories on Nazi terror against homosexuals. LSVD’s human rights foundation, the Hirschfeld-Eddy-Foundation organised a conference in St. Petersburg together with the Russian LGBT Network in 2012, in 2010 in Riga, Latvia together with Mozaika and in 2008 in Kiev, Ukraine together wirh Nash Mir.

Conference is supported by:

Conference is supported by the German foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future”, Royal Norwegian Embassy in Belgrade and Federal Foreign Office.

Conference friends and allies: Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Belgrade, National Democratic Institute, Victory Gay and Lesbian Institute, Asociation Rainbow, IDAHO Belgrade, Forum for ethnic relations.

Conference goals:

• The aim of the conference is to open a discussion about LGBT rights in Serbia in the framework of European Union integration processes, while including a wide range of stakeholders, including national and international government institutions, political parties, LGBT organizations from Serbia and abroad, other human rights organizations, trade unions, media, businesses, etc.

Up until now, discussions around LGBT rights have mostly revolved around general acceptance of LGBT persons, hate crime and hate speech, however we would now also like to talk about health, social services, employment, family rights, sports, education and culture;

• To open up discussion about challenges and opportunities when it comes to the protection and promotion of the human rights of the LGBT people in Serbia, as well as on the Balkans and Eastern Europe;

• Conference will be good opportunity to present public policy proposals which are currently being developed by Labris and Forum for Ethnic relations, together with several other LGBT and human rights organizations and Labris will use the conference as an opportunity to pressure the state to make commitments to start implementing our recommendations;

• To build alliances with different stakeholders, which have not been included in matters related to LGBT rights so far, but can be useful in our future struggles (trade unions, corporate representatives, state representatives from sectors other then human rights…). For the first time they will speak on the LGBT Conference;

• To further strengthen already existing regional cooperation among LGBT organizations, but also to extend this to Eastern partnership countries, in order to exchange experiences and discuss new platforms for joint initiatives and exchange. Good opportunity for some future joint projects;

• To demonstrate the strenght and determination of the LGBT movement and its allies, in fighting towards rights of LGBT persons in Serbia, and to show that we are not alone in this, in order to put further pressure on the state, and this is especially important because we have a new right-wing government, with very troublesome history when it comes to human rights protection;

O Konferenciji

Konferencija „Budućnost pripada nama: LGBT prava na putu ka pristupanju Evropskoj uniji“ koju zajednički organizuju Labris – Organizacija za lezbejska ljudska prava iz Srbije i Hirschfeld-Eddy-Foundation iz Nemačke, održaće se 12. i 13. septembra 2014. godine u Beogradu u hotelu Metropol Palace (Bulevar Kralja Aleksandra 69).

Konferencija se organizuje kao deo projekta Nemačke fondacije „Remembrance, Responsibility and Future“ i ima za cilj podsećanje na stradanje LGBT osoba tokom nacističkog terora.
Pre Beograda, ova nemačka fondacija je sa istim ciljem podržala održavanje konferencija u Sankt Petersburgu 2012. godine i to u saradnji sa Ruskom LGBT mrežom, zatim 2010. u Rigi u saradnji sa organizacijom Mozaika, kao i 2008. godine u Kijevu u saradnji sa organizacijom Naš Mir.

Ciljevi konferencije:

  • Otvaranje diskusije o ljudskim pravima u okviru pridruživanja Evropskoj Uniji, uključujući nacionalne ali i međunarodne strukture, kao i političke partije, LGBT organizacije iz Srbije i inostranstva, druge organizacije koje se bave zaštitom ljudskih prava, sindikate, medije, biznis sektor i sl. Pored uobičajenih tema poput govora mržnje, zločina iz mržnje, diskriminacije i sl. koje su već u prethodnom periodu ovakve i slične konferencije obrađivale, ovoga puta diskutovaće se i o zdravstvu, socijalnim uslugama, zapošljavanju, sportu, obrazovnom sistemu, političkoj participaciji LGBT osoba i kulturi;
  • Otvaranje diskusije o najvažnijim izazovima i mogućnostima kada su u pitanju zaštita i promocija ljudskih prava LGBT osoba, kako u Srbiji, tako i na Balkanu i u drugim zemljama Istočne Evrope;
  • Predstavljanje predloga javnih politika koja zajednički rade Forum za etničke odnose, Labris i brojne druge organizacije za zaštitu ljudskih prava. Javne politike između ostalog obuhvataju i teme koje će biti zastupljene na panelima, pa će tako ova koferencija biti prilika da se predstavnici/ce države upoznaju sa svakom temom ponaosob i da im se približi važnost usvajanja ovih javnih politika i njihove primene;
  • Pridobijanje podrške i stvaranje saveznika među sindikatima i međunarodnim korporacijama koji će se po prvi put naći kao govornici na nekoj LGBT konferenciji;
  • Jačanje regionalne saradnje i pojedinačnih kapaciteta LGBT organizacija iz regiona.Učešće više LGBT organizacija iz regiona, omogućiće razmenu ideja i otvoriti mogućnosti regionalne projektne saradnje u vidu formiranja novih platformi i zajedničkih inicijativa;
  • Prisustvo velikog broja međunarodnih gostiju, pokazaće našu snagu i dokazaće da nismo sami u borbi za postizanje pune ravnopravnosti LGBT osobasa ostalim građanima /kama Srbije.


Kategorija: Conference2014 / Datum: avgust 7, 2014
THURSDAY, September 11
Arrival of participants
FRIDAY, September 12
08.30 – 09.00 Registration
09.00 – 09.15 Welcome
Dragana Todorović, LABRIS, Serbia
Axel Hochrein, Hirschfeld –Eddy– Foundation, Germany
Timm Köhler, Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future”, Germany
09.15 – 09.45 Key note speeches
Meho Omerović, Member of Parliament, President of the Human Rights and Gender Equality Committee, Parliament of the Republic of Serbia
Terry Reintke, Member of the European Parliament
Christoph Strässer, Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid, Germany
09.45 – 10.15 History of Homosexuality in the Balkans, Zorica Mršević, Institute of Social Sciences, Serbia
10.15 – 10.45 Lessons from History: Prosecution of LGBT people in Germany, Axel Hochrein, Hirschfeld –Eddy- Foundation, Germany
10.45 – 11.15 Coffee break and press conference
11.15 – 12.15 LGBT people in Europe: Opportunities and Challenges for the Balkans
H.E. Nils Ragnar Kamsvåg, Norwegian Ambassador to Serbia
H.E. Laurent Louis Stokvis, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Luca Bianconi, Counsellor and Head of the Political Section, European Union Delegation to the Republic of Serbia
Antje Rothemund, Head of the Mission of Council of Europe in Serbia
Facilitator: Björn van Roozendaal, ILGA EUROPE, Brussels
12.15 – 13.30 Economic Costs of Homophobia and Transphobia
Marijn Pijnenburg, IBM, Netherlands
Saša Radulović, Political Association “It’s been enough – Restart”, Serbia
Tatjana Greif, Škuc-LL, Slovenia
Nathan Koeshall, Serbian Philanthropic Forum, Serbia
Representative of Business Leaders Forum Serbia (tbc)
Slobodan Stojanović, Belgrade Pride, Serbia
Facilitator: Dragana Todorović, Labris, Serbia
13.30 – 14.30 Lunch
14.30 – 16.00 Leveraging inter (regional) cooperation to secure LGBT rights nationally
Björn van Roozendaal, ILGA EUROPE, Brussels
Krisztina Kolos Orbán, Transgender Europe, Germany
Antonio Mihajlov, Subversive Front, Macedonia
Naim Ajger, Center for Equality and Liberty, Kosovo
Stevan Milivojević, LGBT Forum Progress, Montenegro (tbc)
Hayriye Kara, Kaos GL, Turkey
Marko Ivković, NDI, Serbia
Facilitator: Saša Gavrić, Sarajevo Open Centre, Bosnia and Herzegovina
14.30 – 16.00 Sports vs. Homophobia: Building the Community and Raising Awareness
Imke Duplitzer, Lesbian and Gay Federation in Germany (Fencer, Olympic Games Competitor)
Konstantin Yablotskiy, Russian LGBT Sport Federation and Federation of Gay Games (ice dancer)
Boris Vrdoljak, qSPORT, Croatia
Facilitator: Dragoslava Barzut, FemSlam Sports Group, captain of the LBT football team, Serbia
14.30 – 16.00 Respect for Private and Family Life and Access to Health Care
Kristian Randjelović, Gayten – LGBT, Serbia
Marko Jurčić, Zagreb Pride, Croatia
Goran Marjanović, Association Rainbow, Serbia
Viktoriya Zhukova, US Peace Corps, Ukraine
Simon Maljevac, Legebitra, Slovenia (tbc)
Dragana Drndarevska, Coalition for Sexual and Health Rights of Marginalized Communities, Macedonia
Facilitator: Jovanka Todorovic, Labris, Serbia
16.00 – 16.30 Coffee break
16.30 – 17:30 Reports from the workshops and discussion
Facilitator: Klaus Jetz, Lesbian and Gay Federation in Germany
17.30 – 17.45 Outlook on day 2
19.00 – 20.30 Reception in the Belgrade City Hall
Film screening: My child
SATURDAY, September 13
10.00 – 11.30 Building Alliances for LGBT Rights
Ulrich Klicker and Inge Breuling, Federal Association of Parents, Friends and Relatives of Homosexuals (BEFAH), Germany
Hasan Metehan Ozkan, LİSTAG – Families of LGBTs in Istanbul, Turkey
Marinka Tepić, Provincial Secretary for Sports and Youth, Serbia (tbc)
Marina Grnja, Novi Sad School of Journalism, Serbia
Ivan Tasovac, Minister of Culture and Information, Serbia (tbc)
Aleksandar Stojmenović, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Serbia
Mirjana Bogdanović, Gay Straight Alliance, Serbia
Facilitator: Srećko Šekeljić, PFLAG Serbia
11.30 – 12.00 Coffee break
12.00 – 13.30 Do Anti-discrimination Policies Really Work
Jovana Stopić, Belgrade Centre for Human Rights, Serbia
Goran Miletić, Civil Rights Defenders, Serbia (tbc)
Saša Gavrić, Sarajevo Open Centre, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Marko Jurčić, Zagreb Pride, Croatia
Zsuzsanna Iricsek, Budapest Pride, Hungary
Danijel Kalezić, Queer Montenegro, Montenegro
Facilitator: Jovanka Todorović, Labris, Serbia
13.30 – 14.30 Lunch
14.30 – 16.00 LGBT Path to the Institutions: Sectoral LGBT Anti-discrimination Policies
Mirjana Maksimović, SIPRU – Social inclusion and poverty reduction team, Serbia
Lazar Pavlović, Gay Straight Alliance, Serbia
Jelena Vidić, Gayten – LGBT, Serbia
Milan Antonijević, YUCOM, Serbia (tbc)
Lazara Marinković, IDAHO Belgrade, Serbia (tbc)
Facilitator: Mladen Antonijević-Priljeva, Forum for Ethnic Relations
14.30 – 16.00 Political Participation of LGBT Persons
Volker Beck, Member of the German Bundestag (Committee on Internal Affairs)
Robert Biedron, General rapporteur on the rights of LGBT people, PACE
Dušan Maljković, Centre for Queer Studies, Serbia
Milan Pantelić, Gay Straight Alliance, Serbia
Terry Reintke, Member of the European Parliament
Miha Lobnik, Legebitra, Slovenia
Facilitator: Luis Abolafia, Gay and Lesbian Victory Institute, USA
14.30 – 16.00 The Position of Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Women: from Community Building to Mainstreaming Efforts
Natia Gvianishvili, Women’s Initiatives Supporting Group, Georgia
Olga Lenkova, Coming Out, Russia
Anastasia Danilova, Genderdoc-M , Moldova
Rajmonda Sylbije, Center for Equality and Liberty, Kosovo (tbc)
Krisztina Kolos Orbán, Transgender Europe, Germany
Facilitator: Dragana Todorović, Labris, Serbia
16.00 – 16.30 Coffee break
16.30 – 17.15 Reports from the workshops and discussion
17.15 – 18.30 Outlook: LGBT rights in Serbia in the next years
Terry Reintke, Member of the European Parliament (tbc)
Robert Biedron, General rapporteur on the rights of LGBT people, PACE
Volker Beck, Member of the German Bundestag (Committee on Internal Affairs)
Emila Spasojević, Head of Department for Research, Analytic and Reporting in the Commissioner for the
Protection of Equality, Serbia
Facilitator: Klaus Jetz, Lesbian and Gay Federation in Germany
18.30 – 18.45 Closing Remarks
20.00 Opening of the Exhibition “Berlin-Yogyakarta: From Hitler’s terror against homosexuals to human rights today”
22.00 Party

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Zašto podržavam formiranje banke sperme?

Kategorija: Edukacija / Datum: avgust 7, 2014

Posle svega, zar se nije pokazalo da su mnoge lezbejke i samohrani roditelji bolji u toj ulozi nego konvencionalni parovi?

Banka sperme omogući će ljudima da pregledaju bazu sa oko 1000 anonimnih muškaraca, i iz baze izaberu na osnovu profila – boje očiju, kose, rasne pripadnosti… Kritičari navode da nas to uvodi u svet dizajniranih beba čije će majke ispunjavati svoje sebične ciljeve u formi uklapanja boje bebinih očiju sa omiljenom dizajnerskom tašnicom, kao da beba može biti hit sezone!


Ljudi su reagovali zbog formiranja prve nacionalne banke sperme „za lezbejke“ (kako je zavrištao jedan tabloid na naslovnici u nedelju), ne ostavljajući na miru tu „zlu vrstu žena koje bi da zasnuju porodicu bez odnosa sa muškarcima“

Banka sperme će biti otvorena i za strejt parove i žene koje ne mogu da nađu stalne partnere, jednako kao i za lezbejke, ali ne dozvolimo da nam ta činjenica upropasti zadovoljstvo koje dolazi od staromodne mizoginije i homofobije.

Keti Džindžel, urednica „Konzervativne žene“ tvrdi da su „već plastične operacije o trošku državnog zdravstvenog osiguranja dovoljno loša stvar“, te da bi zbog ovoga žene i na rađanje bebe mogle gledati kao na uvećanje grudi, s tim da „te operacije pogađaju samo ženu, dok ovakvo postupanje svodi bebe na nivo robe, uskraćujući im osnovnu potrebu za stabilnom porodicom, koja počiva na posvećenom biološkom ocu“.

To je očiti nonsens. Ne poričem važnost očeva, svog jako volim, otac moje ćerke je dobar otac, ali tvrdnja da je jedina stabilna porodica ona u kojoj je biološki otac prisutan, direktna je uvreda usvojenoj i deci čiji su očevi preminuli. Moja prijateljica porodila se u 21. godini života, a otac deteta napustio ju je čim je odbila da abortira. Sada, 10 godina kasnije, udata je za divnog momka koji je priznao dete za svog sina i imaju savršen porodični život.

Džozefin Kvintavel iz „Glasa Reprodukcijse Etike“ navodi da je, pored 200.000 abortusa izvršenih o trošku državnog zdravstvenog osiguranja u UK, osnivanje banke sperme čisto traćenje sredstava. Koje veze broj abortusa ima sa osobama koje ne mogu da imaju decu, ne razumem baš tačno, ali sam sigurna da gospođa Kvintavel ne zna da je u banku sperme uloženo samo 77.000 funti. Sića!

No, hajdemo se pozabaviti problemom od kojeg se, čini se, svako zgadi – činjenici da žene sada mogu da imaju decu bez seksa sa muškarcima. Znam, sad je samo pitanje trenutka kada ćemo ih skroz odbaciti i pretvoriti u robove! Dole muškarci! Da, samo što to nije slučaj. Veštačka oplodnja neće lišiti žene želje za vezom ništa više nego što je to postigao vibrator!

A ako je lezbejkama dozvoljeno venčavanje, što ne i stvaranje porodice? I otkud ideja da će žene prestati da traže momke zato što u Birmingemu postoji banka sperme? To je tona gluposti. Većina žena koje ulaze u majčinstvo, čine to anksiozno, i iz razočaranja u sistem koji ih smatra usedelicama i babadevojkama  ako do 35-te nemaju decu, stabilnu vezu, karijeru, dom…

Zato ja sa bankom sperme nemam problem. Ne vidim razlog da stabilne i situirane žene koje očajnički žele da budu majke, budu lišene tog prava. Zašto je bolje da se žena uda za prvog muškarca sa kojim zatrudni, samo da bi se razvela nakon pet godina? I napokon, zar ne postoji toliko parova koji su napravili veće greške kao roditelji nego većina samohranih roditelja?


Conference Speakers

Kategorija: Conference2014 / Datum: avgust 6, 2014

Dragana Todorović



Dragana Todorović is a lobbying and advocacy consultant working for Labris – organization for lesbian human rights, Serbia. Within the Labris’ Department for Lobbying and Advocacy, Dragana is focused on influencing processes that lead towards better implementation of existing laws and by-laws, as well as on advocating for the adoption of new legislation.

Dragana holds a BA in Politics and International Relations and an MA in Gender Studies. Prior to Labris, Dragana Todorovic has worked for the Gender Equality Institute of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina and for the Guarantee Fund of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina.

Meho Omerović



He is a Member of Parliament, Chairperson of the Committee on Human and Minority Rights and Gender Equality of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, Member of the Committee on Security Services Control, Member of the Serbian Delegation to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and the Chairperson of the Commission for Control of Execution of Criminal Sanctions.

He has graduated from the University of Belgrade, School of Political Science – International Relations Department in 1983. He has been a Member of Parliament of the Republic of Serbia since 2001. Mr. Omerovic is a member of the Social-Democratic Party of Serbia.

Key note speech summary (September 12, 9:15 – 9:45)

The National Assembly and its parliamentary committees will play a noteworthy role during the EU membership negotiations of the Republic of Serbia. The Committee on Human and Minority Rights and Gender Equality will dedicate special attention to the issues of human rights and freedoms and the rights of LGBT persons. The LGBT persons in Serbia are still facing considerable challenges regarding their safety, discrimination, and violation of dignity, and therefore, these are the issues that will be in the focus of the Committee’s work. In performing its duties, the Committee will closely cooperate with the Ombudsperson’s Office and other independent institutions, as well as civil society organisations working on the protection of the rights of LGBT persons.

Christoph Strässer



Born in 1949 in Velbert, studied law in Münster. Starting in 1982 he worked as a self-employed lawyer and was politically active in the FDP, before joining the SPD in 1984. Between 1993 and 2007 he was Chairman of the SPD in Münster.

From 2002 to 2013 he served as a Member of the German Bundestag for the Münster constituency. From 2010 to 2014 he was deputy head of the German delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, and since 2010 he has headed the SPD Parliamentary Group’s discussion group on Africa. He became a Member of the Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid of the German Bundestag and until 2014 acted as spokesman for the SPD Parliamentary Group’s working group on human rights and humanitarian aid.

In 2014 he became Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid.

Key note speech summary (September 12, 9:15 – 9:45)

Mr. Straesser will talk about „Human Rights and LGBTI in German Foreign Affaires“

Zorica Mršević



Zorica Mršević, (PhD in law) currently is the senior research fellow in Belgrade based Institute of social sciences. She was Serbia’s Deputy Ombudsman for gender equality from 2008. till 2011.

She was visiting professor at the Law School of the University of Iowa and at the CEU’s Department for Gender Studies. Within domain of her research work are topics related to gender equality, gender based violence, anti discrimination measures, rights of the LGBT people, etc.

Dr Mrsevic is the author of twenty three books and more than 300 scientific articles published in Serbia and abroad.

History of Homosexuality in the Balkans – Key note lecture summary (September 12, 9:45 – 10:15)

Axel M. Hochrein



Born in 1963 in Würzburg / Bavaria, was the deputy national chairmen of the Lesbian and Gay Union (LSU) from 2001 until 2009, has been a member of the national board of the LSVD (Lesbian and Gay Federation in Germany) since 2003, where he has been responsible for diverse national-wide campaigns by the federation. In 2007, he was one of the original donors to the Hirschfeld-Eddy Foundation – a Foundation for the Human Rights of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgender People – and has been a member of the foundation’s board since then. Since 2012, he has represented the LSVD in the board of trustees of the National Magnus Hirschfeld Foundation (established in 2011 by the Federal Republic of Germany). A holder of a degree in business administration and entrepreneur, he lives now with his husband Andreas in Gerbrunn.

Lessons from History: Prosecution of LGBT people in Germany – Key note lecture summary (September 12, 10:15 – 10:45)

It is only 20 years away, that prosecution of LGBT-people in Germany ended. Article 175 of the penal code has prevented for over 120 years a free and self-determined live for gays and lesbians in Germany. After that horrifying period the LGBT-Community in Germany succeeded great steps in its fight toward equal rights in the last twenty years. But we are still facing discriminatory treatment in our country.

Laurent Lois Stokvis



Mr. Laurent Louis Stokvis MA was born on 14 April 1950 in Jakarta. He works for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands as of 1975. In the period between 2002 and 2006 he was Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Slovak Republic. Between 2006 and 2010, he worked as Director in the Directorate for the Western Hemisphere.

He has been appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Serbia in September 2010. He is married and has one child.

LGBT people in Europe: Opportunities and Challenges for the Balkans – Plenary Sessions (September 12, 11:15 – 12:15)

Saša Gavrić



Saša graduated from the Faculty of Political Science in Konstanz, Germany in 2007, and gained his masters degree in international relations and diplomacy at the University of Sarajevo. From 2005 to 2011 he worked in the Goethe Institute. Together with his colleagues he founded Sarajevo Open Centre, an organization he still runs. He has published a great number of journalistic works and professional and scientific articles and has edited numerous books. He is researching the political systems of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and is very interested in human rights and cultural policies.

Do Anti-discrimination Policies Really Work? Plenary Sessions (September 12, 11:15 – 12:15)

Anti-discrimination laws in the Western Balkans region have not brought any significant change related to the LGBT rights. Institutions still don´t implement any actions proactively. In order to move from de-jure prohibition of discrimination to de-facto equality we need to have anti-discrimination policies that will force the state to act proactively and not to wait that discrimination cases happen.

Marko Juričić



He is co-founder and coordinator of Zagreb Pride where he has been working on projects related to combating discrimination and public advocacy.

Do Anti-discrimination Policies Really Work? Plenary Sessions (September 12, 11:15 – 12:15)

Marko has been involved in LGBTIQ activism in Croatia since 2002, when he was 18 years old and has had since experienceing lobbing for hate-crime legislation, Immigrant Law, Life-Partnership Act and the implementation of the anti-discrimination provision of Croatian legal system. He has also taken part in drafting LGBT policy of the National policy for Gender Equality (2011 – 2015) and Life-Partnership Act (2013).

Imke Duplitzer



Born in 1975 in Karlsruhe Germany. Started fencing 1986 and participated in five Olympic Games. She won several medals at World and European championships and Olympic Games. Diplome coaching of the German Olympic Sport federation and board member of the Gay and Lesbian Federation of Germany (LSVD).

Sports vs. Homophobia: Building the Community and Raising Awareness – Panel 2 presentation summary (September 12, 14:30 – 16:00)

The professional world of sport is still a place where homosexual people cannot be sure to be accepted or tolerated. Federations are often not willing to include homosexual athletes in their ideas of sport. Discrimination can happen everywhere : in the field of sponsoring, in distribution of official positions or jobs as coaches – homosexuality is often still a know out criteria. This is a fact we have to change.

Konstantin Iablotckii



He is the courageous co-president of the Russian LGBT Sports Federation, representing 820 members of sports and recreation associations across 49 regions of Russia. Against odds of imprisonment and personal safety, Iablotckii has been publicly out since 2010, organizing LGBT sports events – 23 events between 2010 and 2013 – and speaking internationally to raise awareness of the new anti-gay law in his country and its impact on human rights.

In addition to Iablotckii’s commitment towards improving the safety and health of the LGBT community in Russia, he is an accomplished figure skater and more recently ballroom dancer. Having earned a PhD in analystical chemistry in 2010, he is a chemist and chemistry teacher in Moscow.

Sports vs. Homophobia: Building the Community and Raising Awareness – Panel 2 presentation summary (September 12, 14:30 – 16:00)

Srećko Šekeljić



Srećko Šekeljić led and advised a number of advocacy campaigns on human rights issues, government transparency, and citizen participation. Besides working with NGOs and activist groups, he served in the Office of the President of Serbia, and in international aid organizations providing support to civil society development in the Balkans. Srećko also blogs about politics and social activism for B92, a Serbian national broadcaster.

Building Alliances for LGBT Rights (September 13, 10:00 – 11:30)

Volker Beck



Born 12 December 1960 in Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt; widowed/gay life partnership) is a German politician, human rights activist and Member of Parliament for the Green Party in the Bundestag since 1994. He is member of Committee on Internal Affairs.

Beck served as the Green Party Speaker for Legal Affairs from 1994–2002, and as the Green Party
Chief Whip in the Bundestag from 2002-2013 and human rights spokesman from 2005-2013.

Beck served as spokesman of the Association of Lesbians and Gays in Germany (Lesben- und Schwulenverband in Deutschland) LSVD for over ten years. He is a supporter of same-sex marriage and has been referred to as the „Father of the German Registered Partnership Act“.

In 2003, the German Bundestag decided on his initiative that the Federal Republic of Germany will erect a national memorial in the centre of Berlin for homosexuals persecuted by the Nazi Party. In 2006, he sponsored an anti-discrimination act in civil law and at the workplace, outlawing discrimination based on race, ethnic origin, sex, sexual identity, religion, age, and disability. He is also an important figure in recompense for victims of Nazism. He negotiated the foundation Remembrance, Responsibility and Future (slave labor recompensation).

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Political Participation of LGBT Persons – Panel 5 presentation summary (September 13, 14:30 – 16:00)

Equal rights for everybody are the basics of democratic society. But to achieve our rights we must organize the LGBTTI-Community and elect leaders who lead our struggle in public and in parliaments. We need allies but to go forward we must make our voice heard.

Robert Biedroń



He was elected member of the Polish Parliament in 2011 asthe first openly gay candidate in Poland. He is an active member of the Committee on Equalityand Non-Discrimination at the ParliamentaryAssembly of the Council of Europe and PACE General Rapporteur on the rights of LGBT people.

He is also the Vice-Chairperson of the Committee of Justice and Human Rightsand a member of the Committee of Foreign Affairs at the Polish Parliament.

Mr Biedron holds a Master’s degree in political science, graduated from the School of Political and Social Leaders and fromthe School of Human Rights run bythe Helsinki Committee for Human Rights. Mr Biedroń was an originator, co-founderand a long-term president of the Campaign Against Homophobia, a member of boards of several foundations and associations.

Political Participation of LGBT persons – Panel 5 presentation summary (September 13, 14:30 – 16:00)

Klaus Jetz



Klaus Jetz has been working with the Lesbian and Gay Federation in Germany LSVD since 1995, firstly as LSVD’s press spokesperson in Cologne and in Berlin. Since 2004 he is LSVD’s director and since 2007 he is responsible as well for LSVD’s human rights foundation, the Hirschfeld Eddy Foundation.

Before joining LSVD he worked as a journalist for Latin American issues, as a translator for Spanish and Latin American Literature, with a Central American Tourism Office and in a Media watch project with the Heinrich Böll Foundation.

Outlook: LGBT rights in Serbia in the next years – Plenary session presentation summary (September 13, 17:15 – 18:30)

How will LGBT people live in Serbia and the Western Balkans in 2020? What will their legal and social situation look like? Does the fact that Serbia is an accessing country to the EU really play such an important role? How can societies in Serbia and the region overcome radical homophobic and transphobic attitudes and increase the acceptance of LGBT people?

Uganda: Srušen antigej zakon

Kategorija: Vesti / Datum: avgust 4, 2014

Ustavni sud u Ugandi proglasio je krajem prošle sedmice nevažećim zakon kojim se kažnjavalo „promicanje homoseksualnosti“ i obaveza prijavljivanja homoseksualnih osoba

Uvođenje zakona izazvalo je veliku međunarodnu osudu i dovelo do otkazivanja humanitarne pomoći Ugandi. Sud smatra da prilikom izglasavanja nije postignut zadovoljavajući kvorum. Međutim, iako je Ustavni ukinuo novi zakon, i dalje ostaje na snazi stari, uveden još 1950. i ostatak britanske kolonijalne uprave, kojim se doživotnim zatvorom kažnjavaju „protuprirodni spolni odnosi“.


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Jedna od glavnih LGBT aktivistkinja u Ugandi Jacqueline Kasha, izjavila je: Konačna presuda: Više nisam kriminalka. Ostvarili smo povijesni napredak za buduće generacije. Jedan od novinara koji je pokrenuo postupak za ispitivanje ustavnosti, Andrew Mwenda, rekao je nakon proglašenja zakona nevažećim: Retrogradni antigej zakon je mrtav, konačno mrtav.

Pobornici zakona nisu pretjerano oduševljeni. Tako pastor Martin Ssempa i dalje smatra da su SAD uvele sodomiju u njihovu zemlju, a da je ustavno odbacivanje zakona rezultat međunarodnih pritisaka. Danas, na dan presude, javno je molio da ne dođe do ukidanja zakona.

Međunarodne organizacije za ljudska prava mjesecima su isticale da je donošenje zakona dovelo do povećanja nasilja prema LGBT osobama, do nasumičnih uhićenja, otkaza i izbacivanja iz stanova. Zakon je, među ostalim, bitno ograničio pristup zdravstvenoj zaštiti LGBT osobama zbog straha od prijavljivanja.

Generalni sekretar Ujedinjenih naroda, Ban Ki-moon, pozdravio je rušenje anti-gej zakona u Ugandi smatrajući da je to veliki korak naprijed, javlja Pinknews.

U izjavi, Ban Ki-moon proslavio je presudu odajući počast zaštiti seksualnih orijentacija.

“Generalni sekretar pozdravlja presudu Ustavnog suda Ugande i zaustavljanje anti-gej zakona te države. To je pobjeda pravde. Odaje počast svima onima koji su pridonijeli ovom koraku naprijed, ponajprije braniteljima ljudskih prava iz Ugande koji su javno progovarali, ponekad i na veliki lični rizik. Ban Ki-moon poziva na daljnje napore ka dekriminalizaciji istospolnih odnosa i proziva stigmu i diskriminaciju, protiv lezbejki, gejeva, biseksualnih i trans* osoba, koji opstaju u Ugandi. Podsjeća na to da je svima dodijeljeno pravo uživanja osnovnih ljudskih prava te život u dostojanstvu, bez diskriminacije.”