At the end of October 2018, the ILGA-Europe conference “Politics for Change: from Words into action” was held in Brussels, Belgium.
This is the largest annual meeting of LGBTI activists from Europe and Central Asia. This year there were about 500 participants, including politicians, activists, journalists and organizations.
There was a very rich program, but the LGBT World Beside team was able to attend almost every seminar and lecture. We received a lot of information with which to work in the near future. We met new people, made friends and exchanged contacts. Ahead of us is a lot of work, a lot of cooperation and big victories in business.
Below is an abbreviated list of lectures:
– Digital security.
– LGBT Roma.
– Women’s and LGBT rights, health, resistance to attacks.
– Substitute dating.
– Exit from the crisis.
– Communication with politicians in unsafe countries, ect.
The ILGA-Europe conference helped us create priorities in our work plan. We are grateful to everyone for their support and cooperation.
There was an event that we had been waiting for. We congratulate you on the successful LGBT parade. Let the future week be the point of starting new affairs and organizing new events that will help many gays feel protected.
Our team is the first Russian-speaking organization in Europe, actively participated in the gay parade. We prepared as best we could, gathered a large group of girls and guys, we arranged a demonstration meeting on a bridge in Amsterdam, where boats sailed below.
We were photographed by journalists and ordinary people, they greeted us by the hand and wished us a lot of strength, supported us with kind words and asked different questions. It was great that people remember and know about the attitude towards gays in Chechnya and Russia.
We received a great positive energy boost for our future projects. We know that we need this world. We regret that not all participants of our group can attend the photo, as they are afraid for their family left in Chechnya and Russia. Thanks for the support of Voices4 and RUSALGBT.