Mesečne arhive: septembar 2014

Sports vs. Homophobia: Building the Community and Raising Awareness

Kategorija: Conference2014 / Datum: septembar 8, 2014

Statistically there is probably at least one young person who will grow up to identify as LGBT in every high school sports team nationwide.

On the panel entitled “Sports vs. Homophobia: Building the Community and Raising Awareness” we discussed about the regional LGBTIQ population who are not able to freely express themselves and openly take part in sport achievements without being put down by homophobic and sexist remarks from some of the top sport officials.

Imke Duplitzer, Fencer (Olympic Games Competitor)

Imke Duplitzer, Fencer (Olympic Games Competitor)

We hope that sports will be a safe and nurturing place for all youth, including those who will grow up to identify as LGBT. While most LGBT kids and teens grow up to become happy, healthy adults, these youth unfortunately have a higher risk of substance abuse, depression, contemplating suicide, and other health problems, as well as being victims of bullying and violence.

These problems are not because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, but rather due to stress and isolation many LGBT youth face from their families, schools, communities, society, and possibly their sports teams. Even many LGBT professional athletes have had to hide their identity for fear of harassment, losing their job or endorsements if they do not.

Last year we’ve seen an unprecedented number of gay athletes come out of the closet, and we’ve seen even more straight athletes stand up against homophobia. If there is a tipping point in the long history of gay sports. Our history starts here, on the first regional panel on LGBT sport that will take place with Imke Duplitzer Fencer (Olympic Games Competitor), Sandra Brumen from Kontra (Zagreb), Tonči Kranjčević Batalić qSPORT (Split) i Boris Vrdoljak from qSPORT (Zagreb).

About FemSlam

Labris in September 2011 formed sports group FemSlam within the Information Center, which is primarily concerned with empowering LBT women.

Football FemSlam team at PanGames in Copenhagen, September 2014

Football FemSlam team at PanGames in Copenhagen, September 2014

FemSlam is the first and only sports group, which brings together women of different sexual orientation from heterosexual in Serbia. In August 2012 FemSlam was the first and so far the only LGBT sports groups that represented Serbia at Euro Gay games, held in Budapest and 2014 at PanGames in Copenhagen and Paris Tournament. To this date FemSlam sports group gathered around 70 LBT women in four weekly sports activities: basketball, football, yoga, badminton and run.

You can read more about the Conference speakers on page Conference speakers.

The Position of LBT Women: from Community Building to Mainstreaming Efforts

Kategorija: Conference2014 / Datum: septembar 5, 2014

On the second conference day (Saturday, September 13) will be discussed about topic that is usually place of silence.

An important panel entitled The Position of Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Women: from Community Building to Mainstreaming Efforts will take place Natia Gvianishvili from Women’s Initiatives Supporting Group (Georgia), Olga Lenkova from Coming Out (Russia), Anastasia Danilova from Genderdoc-M (Moldova), Urška Sterle from Škuc-LL (Slovenia), Rajmonda Sylbije from Center for Equality and Liberty (Kosovo) and Krisztina Kolos Orbán from Transgender Europe (Germany).

Photo Anastasia

Anastasia Danilova from Genderdoc-M (Moldova)

They will talk about the current situation for LBT-women in Balkan, Russia, Moldova covering the challenges posed by the governmental policies and consequences of the double discrimination, with no effective state-run programs aimed at these groups of women.

You can read more about the Conference speakers on page Conference speakers

Political participation of LGBT people: Terry Reintke

Kategorija: Conference2014 / Datum: septembar 3, 2014

We are very pleased to announce that Ms Terry Reintke, Member of the European Parliament, will speak at the opening of the International conference „The future belongs to us: LGBT rights on the road to the European Union“ (12-13 September, Belgrade, hotel Metropol). In addition to the opening speech, she will also give a talk within the panel entitled „Political Participation of LGBT Persons“, and will also participate in the closing plenary session where the future of LGBT rights in Serbia will be discussed.

Ms Terry Reintke is a Member of the European Parliament, elected 2014 at the age of 27. She belongs to the Greens/EFA Group and is a member of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs, the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality, as well as the Committee on Regional Development.

Terry Portrait

She stands for a Europe that offers prospects for young people in all fields of life that should allow for a free life, equal participation, and social security. In the European Parliament she particularly puts herself out for better prospects for young people on the employment market and the combat against youth unemployment, especially in Southern Europe. Furthermore, she pushes for gender equality, more progressive antidiscrimination policies, the recognition of new family models, and the support of queer movements all over Europe.

Political participation of LGBT people will be an important theme of the Conference. On the second conference day (Saturday, September 13) an exciting panel entitled „Political Participation of LGBT Persons“ will take place, and apart from Ms Terry Reintke, Volker Beck (member of the German Parliament and human rights activists), Robert Biedron (Polish politician and Council of Europe representative), Miha Lobnik (Slovenian politician and LGBT activist), as well as Dušan Maljković (Center for Queer studies, Serbia) and Milan Pantelić (GSA, Serbia) will participate as speakers.

You can read more about the Conference speakers on page Conference speakers