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Youth

The Youth sector of the Council of Europe: The European Youth Foundation (EYF) supports youth projects tackling LGBT questions

One of the priorities of the youth sector and the EYF is the support and development of youth work practices and policy measures to address discrimination, social exclusion and segregation affecting young people, focusing on vulnerable groups such as migrants, Roma, LGBT etc.

This is why every year the foundation supports several NGO youth projects tackling LGBT questions, in form of workshops, conferences, seminars, publications etc.

Examples of supported projects in 2011/2012:

International Union of Socialist Youth

- Workshop : “Response to intolerance and discrimination – strengthening the agenda of international solidarity and forming an international youth alliance in promotion and defence of rights of LGBT persons”.
The main themes of this workshop are equality, social inclusion and the possibility to execute the right to freedom of choice and expression of one’s sexual identity. It will take place in Werftpfuhl, Germany, in September 2012 and will gather participants from 30 countries.

International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Youth & Student Organisation

- Conference “Keep The Faith: promoting inter-religious and inter cultural dialogue in the LGBTQ youth sector”.
The purpose of the conference is to promote inter-religious and inter-cultural dialogue between LGBTQ youth and religious, ethnic minorities organizations across Europe. It will give young LGBTQ activists of different religious, national, ethnic and cultural backgrounds space to talk about combating religious homophobia and promote interfaith and inter-religious dialogue at the pan-European level. In addition, the conference is also designed to encourage LGBTQ young people who belong to an organised religion to challenge prejudice and work for LGBTQ equality within their local communities. This conference will take place in Brussels, Belgium and will gather participants from 25 countries.

International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Youth & Student Organisation

- IGLYO's bulletin publication: Thematic on LGBTQ youth activities, and the many aspects of being young and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer in Europe today.

Collectif citoyen des homosexuel-les musulman-es de France-HM2F - Homosexual Muslims of France :

- Conference ”CALEM”: Development of a non-formal, interactive participation of LGBT youth, especially lesbians from a Muslim background, developing new representations between citizenship, Islam, double discrimination.
Based on the fact that young citizens that belong de facto to a sexual minority, with a Muslim background, are the most at risk (depression, suicide, social exclusion), since they suffer from several kinds of stigma and discriminations, HM2F is organising for the third year a CALEM Conference ( Confederation of associations LGBTQI European and Muslim- http://www.calem.eu/home.html). The conference will take place in Paris in November 2012 and will gather participants from 6 countries.

International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Youth & Student Organization

- Conference “Enlightenment 2: Exploring Formal Education Experiences for LGBT Young People”
This conference intended to provide LGBTQ youth with the experience, knowledge, skills and support they need to empower themselves and subsequently their peers. It took place in Bucharest, Romania, in May 2011 and gathered young people from 23 countries.

International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Youth & Student Organization

- Conference “Building Capacity - Achieving Outcomes for LGBTQ youth in Europe”
The conference focused on the capacity building for LGBTQ youth organisations in order to improve the outcomes for LGBTQ young people across Europe, and took place in Amsterdam, Netherlands, in October 2011.

International Falcon Movement- Socialist Education International (IFA-SEI)

- Seminar : “Challenging Heteronormativity and homophobia: Queer Easter 2011” (http://www.queereaster.net/)
The seminar focused on education and sexual diversity and analysed how education can be used to change society, overcome heteronormativity and homophobia and become open for sexual diversity. The event took place in Werftpfuhl, Germany, in April 2011.

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