We salute International Women’s Day

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On March 8th, we celebrate International Women’s Day. One day, when hundreds of millions of women around the world will probably live like any other day. They will face the same injustice, ignorance, violence and oppression. And, like any other day, they will use strength, intelligence, imagination, resilience, courage, solidarity and hope to face the many challenges they will meet. ...

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News coming in from around the world on IDAHOT 2015 plans

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As the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia draws nearer, across the globe plans for action are becoming more concrete. Although many organisations cannot publicly communicate on them for security reasons, we hope that the few snapshots below, which are a selection of some of the more “unusual” actions we have heard of, will give a nice flavour of ...

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Express yourself(ie)

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Expressing ourselves is at the heart of every campaign. Our expressions is what makes us visible, what makes us liked or disliked, what brings us enemies and allies. Expressions come in many forms, and each campaigner will be faced with an early crucial choice : whose expression are we considering? and under what form? The answer to the first question ...

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Remembering and Honouring LGBT Victims on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

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Last Tuesday, 27 January, was the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the international memorial day for all the lives lost in the Holocaust. This year’s Remembrance Day also marked the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camps in Auschwitz and Birkenau and memorials across the world such as Berlin, Amsterdam, Tel Aviv, and San Francisco also remembered and honored ...

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In 2015, take action for LGBTI Youth!

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  All young Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans* & Intersex, LGBTI, people have the right to grow up in safe and welcoming environments, where they can develop their personalities and talents respectfully of their individualities. The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT),  will provide an opportunity to collectively amplify the message that what young people really need to be protected from is homo/trans/bi-phobia. ...

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Human Rights Day for all

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On this December 10th, many celebrations take place to mark Human Rights Day, one of the most iconic United Nations’ celebrations. But most of these celebrations will focus on one specific group, and that’s understandable. We all want, and need, to raise awareness of our own cause, and shed light on forgotten, overseen or censored Human Rights abuses, which we ...

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European Union releases analysis of the situation of Trans people in Europe

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Trans persons, or those whose gender identity and/or gender expression differs from the sex assigned them at birth, face frequent discrimination, harassment and violence across the European Union (EU) today. This reality triggers fears that persuade many to hide or disguise their true selves. This report examines issues of equal treatment and discrimination on two grounds, namely sexual orientation and ...

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Ending HIV-AIDS: Close the Gap for Young People

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The International Federation of LGBTI Youth organisations, IGLYO, shares insights on why it matters. Original article here     Brussels, December 1st, 2014 – On occasion of World AIDS Day, IGLYO, the International LGBTQ Youth & Student Organisation, call on the European Union, governments, NGOs, health services providers, and activists, to work together to ensure equal access to appropriate healthcare ...

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Young People and HIV – Missing link ?

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The International Planned Parenthood Federation offers interesting insights on this issue, which we republish for World Aids Day Original article here HIV is now the second largest cause of adolescent mortality globally. Here Alvaro Bermejo, Executive Director of the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, asks why and what can be done to address young people’s needs.   You’re a 15 year old who’s ...

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Bridging December 1st to May 17th: Young people and HIV

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Next IDAHOT-May 17 will put a particular global focus on LGBTI youth. World Aids Day today certainly also provides an important opportunity to draw our attention to the very specific issues that young LGBT experience in the face of HIV. Indeed, many factors increase the vulnerability of young LGBTI people: Direct factors include Lack of information Assumptions from healthcare professionals ...

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