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Monthly Archives: December 2012


Following the success of the three seminars in Zagreb, Belgrade and Tuzla over the past nine months, we would like to announce the building of a network working on queer issues from a green perspective! At the moment we have the following political platform (see below) and more details (to be announced very soon). There will soon a be a call out for individuals who are keen to get involved in organising the first assembly and coordinating the network, which will be organised on a direct democratic basis.

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Right now, one important decision we have to make is choosing a name. If anyone has any more suggestions, feel free to contact us and we will add them to the list, before the final decision is made at the end of January.

 

Political Platform

We, a diverse gathering of young, interested, queer activists and organisations, are committed to opening a space for queer voices in collaborative activities and discussions. We address these issues using green principles including direct democracy, gender equality, environmental and social justice, non-violence and respect for diversity.

We tackle these issues from an anti-nationalist, anti-fascist, anti-racist and anti-patriarchal perspective and consider the intersections of different forms of oppression including class, race, gender, and ability among many others.

We understand ourselves as a pan-European network with a history and a strong commitment to the South-Eastern European region.

We want to improve the socio-political and legislative situation of LGTBQ+ population and to raise awareness concerning existing discrimination and violence.

We are open to cooperation with all individuals and groups that share our principles and aims. We want to reach out to grass-root activists as well as to formal political institutions. We aim to develop the network and to provide capacity-building opportunities. We promote mutual understanding creating safe space for people from different backgrounds and levels of involvement and knowledge.

We are born naked, the rest is drag!

During the Queering the Balkans: Youth for equal love seminar FYEG together with Revolt, supported by European Youth Foundation, Green European Foundation, the Green Group of the European Parliament and Heinrich Böll Foundation organized a panel debate on the topic ”LGBT+ rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Where are we and where are we going? ”
The debate was placed in the Revolt office, Kaldrma 2, Tuzla on Saturday 20:00, 15.12.2012.

Abstract:

The speakers discussed the current situation of LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, asexual, queer etc.) rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Also talked about what has been done until now, what are the experiences from the past, is there any progress and what has changed, problems and situation considering LGBT+ rights, the violence and discrimination against the LGBT+ community. They shared their experiences and strategies in the fight for LGBT+ rights and what should we do in the future.

The speakers also explained the feminist perspective towards the problem and the role of youth organizations. Moderator was Azra Djafic from Revolt – Tuzla.

Speakers:

  • Lejla Huremovic, Sarajevo Open Centre- LGBT rights are human rights! Situation of LGBT+ rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Violence and discrimination against LGBT+ people.
  • Damir Dejanovic, Revolt- Youth activism and LGBT+! What is/ can be the role of youth organization in the fight for LGBT+ rights?
  • Marija Vuletic, Foundation Cure- Feminist movement in Bosnia and Herzegovina and LGBT+ rights. What is the position of the feminist movement towards this question? How they can support the LGBT+ movement?
  • Terry Reintke, Federation of Young European Greens- The Greens and LGBT+. Balkan Queer Green network.

 

After the input from the speakers, audience were asking the questions and participate in discussion. Some of the local political representatives were discussing with speakers too. Debate was supported by local people and some of the radio/portals in BiH.

Debate was successful and we thank our speakers and guests for participating. One big thing we have all learn from it, THESE IS A POTENTIAL on Balkan! Involve and change.

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As we said in former post, our third child was on it’s way and it happily gather our family again. It is BORN!

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Third part of seminar is holding place in Tuzla – Bosnia and Herzegovina and is proud   to be named: “Queering Balkans: Youth for equal love!” Our happy and colorful family will be together until Monday 17th.

In period from 12.12. – 17.12. various topics will be discussed in our will for straightening queer and green platforms.  In thanks to our beautiful speakers we are even more motivated in our journey of finding better paths for queering and greening our world.

One of the goals during the seminar, and after it, is establishing NETWORK that will support and connect Balkan LGBT+ organisations, Young green associations with other great organisations from all over the Europe. How will the network work? What will be the result of our meetings and workshops?

We will provide you with answers soon 😀

Right now, we need to concentrate on delicious topic of discussing the street action.
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