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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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.
- 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.
- Conference “Building Capacity - Achieving Outcomes for LGBTQ youth in
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.
- Seminar : “Challenging Heteronormativity and homophobia: Queer Easter 2011”
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.
The LGBT Issues Unit attends these roundtables as a member of the Informal Network of Focal Points and brings the Coordinators from our partner countries. It is generally the occasion to add a meeting between the LGBT Project and its Coordinators on the latest stage of our work together.
The UNHCR and the Council of Europe will organise a conference in Rome, Italy, to review the assessment of LGBT asylum claims. Participants from the 47 member states of the Council of Europe have been invited.
24/7 Unicorn conference on LGBT diversity in the workplace and Sticks & Stones career fair
The Sticks & Stones career fair is an annual event where businesses encourage employment of LGBT people. The LGBT Project will attend this event and the related conference the day before. The Project has invited their project countries to send relevant persons as well, and is organising a ‘Meet & Great’ side event for guests from project countries and business representatives from the same countries.