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Art & Culture to Raise Awareness of LGBTI+Rights in Repressive Environments

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Clarion Hotel Stockholm

98 Ringvägen

118 60 Södermalm

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Welcome to a panel discussion about how art and culture can be a powerful tool to empower the LGBTI+ community!

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In tandem with a worsening human rights situation, several countries in the Eurasia region have embarked on a crack-down on LGBTI+ rights and little progress can be witnessed in the rights’ protection of LGBTI+ people in the Balkans.

The strengthening of the protection of “traditional values” and spreading of extreme right-wing tendencies, also reinforced by governments, have further hardened the situation for the LGBTI+ community and its defenders. In Russia, the law banning propaganda of “non-traditional sexual relations” is one example of this trend that has led to discussion of similar laws in other Eurasian and European countries.

In an increasingly repressive environment, culture and art has still served as one way to discuss and raise topics of LGBTI+ rights and to empower the LGBTI+ community.

How can art serve as a tool to raise LGBTI+ right issues and empower the LGBTI+ community when the space is narrowing down? What is possible in an increasingly repressive environment and what are the threats?

Meet human rights defenders and artists from Russia, Belarus, Albania and Kosovo when they share their experiences working with culture and art to raise awareness of LGBTI+ rights in their respective countries.

Place: Pride House, C10, Clarion Hotel Stockholm, Ringvägen 98.

Language: English

RSVP: Don't forget to register by clicking on the green button. Free entrance, but you will need a Pridepass or day ticket!

Panelists:

One representative of the LGBTI+ Initiative group Coming Out – the organisers of the international cultural festival Queerfest

Lena Gavrilova, volunteer of the cultural Festival Open Art organised by the Moscow Community Centre for LGBT Initiatives.

Dasha Romanovich, LGBTI+ activist, member of MAKEOUT project, Queer Calendar project coordinator.

Loreta Cuka, Documentary photographer and LGBTI+ activist.

Adelina Tërshani, Human Rights Activist.

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Goran Miletic, Director Europe Department and Acting Director Eurasia Department, Civil Rights Defenders.

Civil Rights Defenders defends people’s civil and political rights in pursuit of our vision. We partner with and support human rights defenders who work in some of the world’s most repressive regions.

Through advocacy, litigation, and public campaigns, we advance people’s rights globally. We also act as Sweden’s local civil rights watchdog group.

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