Being Roma and LGBTI: at the crossroads of discrimination

Strasbourg 8-10 June 2017
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Being Roma and LGBTI: at the crossroads of discrimination

The Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Unit, the Support Team of the Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) on Roma Issues and the Youth Directorate of the Council of Europe are organising a conference on “Being Roma and LGBTI: at the crossroads of discrimination”, in cooperation with the city of Strasbourg and ARA ART.

The event will bring together representatives of international organisations and INGOs working on multiple discriminations, as well as grassroots activists who have been building bridges between the Roma and LGBTI movements.


You are invited to us at the following events:

A Conference “Being Roma and LGBTI: at the crossroads of discrimination”, 9 June 2017, 9:00-18:00, Agora Room G02

Party in the European Youth Centre with Gypsy Robot, Hungarian Roma LGBTI DJ, 9 June 2017, 21:00, European Youth Centre

Meet the participants at our stand of the Village associatif, 10 June 2017, 11:00-18:00, Place de l’Université

Join the Pride Parade behind the CoE banner, 10 June 2017, starting at 14:00 at Place de l’Université


To attend the Conference or the party, please register here.

Roma people are up against numerous challenges in their daily lives due to anti-Gypsyism, which raises barriers to their social inclusion, empowerment, employment, participation in policy decision-making processes and structures, both at national and European level.

Stigmatisation and exclusion are worsened for young women, disabled persons and LGBTI members of the Roma community, leading to an even more dire situation for these “minorities within minorities”  exposed to multiple forms of discrimination. LGBTI persons in particular, including LGBTI youth, too often face rejection by their families and communities that disapprove of their sexual orientation or gender identity, and are faced with higher risks of violence and discrimination, be it at home, school, work or from the institutions. LGBTI persons have often been portrayed by the media as a threat to the nation, to religion, and to the traditional notions of gender and family. The invisibility and the public reprisals are even more pronounced in the case of Roma LGBTI.

Reversely, the LGBTI movement itself does not always prove inclusive and responsive enough to the needs of LGBTI persons belonging to ethnic minorities. As a consequence, many Roma LGBTI individuals remain invisible and conceal their sexual orientation or gender identity. The stigma and the discrimination that Roma LGBTI youth and adults face, has a detrimental impact on their life chances. As a result, the cultural clash between sexual orientation and gender identity on the one hand, and Roma traditions and societal expectations governing gender roles on the other, place LGBTI Roma persons at the crossroads of discrimination.

Find out more about the event:

Draft agenda (EN)

Programme prévisionnel (FR)


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