Sunday, December 27, 2020 / Labels: , , , , ,

WorldPride 2021 Summit in Malmö

December 27, 2020 /LGBT News/ Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Victor Madrigal-Borloz, UN Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Alice Bah Kuhnke, member of the European Parliament have confirmed their participation in the Refugees, Borders and Immigration Summit taking place next year in Malmö during WorldPride.

With more than 70 countries still criminalizing same-sex relationships many LGBTI+ people are affected by human rights abuse and persecution in their home countries. LGBTI+ migrants, asylum seekers and refugees are often forgotten in the debate on migration and the challenges faced by LGBTI+ people.

During Copenhagen 2021 - WorldPride and EuroGames a whole day is dedicated to these issues during the international Refugees, Borders and Immigration Summit. On August 20 several hundred activists, politicians and representatives of human rights organizations will meet at Malmö Live to discuss the situation and rights of LGBTI+ refugees.

“We at UNHCR welcome the opportunity to bring greater attention to the tragic experiences of LGBTIQ+ people forced to flee their countries simply because of who they are.   Copenhagen 2021 will present an important moment for experts, activists and decision makers from around the globe to listen to the experiences of those forced into exile because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, and to work with them to alleviate their suffering and find solutions to their plight,” said Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

The Summit is organized by Malmö Pride and the City of Malmö in collaboration with Rainbow Railroad, ORAM, UNHCR, the Council of Europe, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Event in Skåne. It will be live-streamed to reach the largest possible audience. This approach means organizers can easily adapt if COVID19 restrictions prevent the physical event from taking place.

An important part is to draw attention to refugees’ lived experiences. People who have fled oppression and persecution due to sexual orientation or gender expression will be telling their stories at the Summit.

“I myself am a refugee and today I work to strengthen rights of LGBTI+ people. I hope that the summit will be a platform to make our stories visible. We want to show that we are more than numbers and statistics, that everyone has their own story,” said Karl Yves Vallin, project manager at RFSL Newcomer Malmö.

The Summit is the official closing event of the Human Rights Forum, an important part of the WorldPride program. Co-hosts are Alice Bah Kuhnke, co Vice-President of the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament and former Swedish Minister of Culture and Democracy, and Ulrika Westerlund who has been working for LGBTI+ rights, equality and human rights for over 20 years.

”LGBTI+ refugees are some of the world's most vulnerable persons. As an elected politician it is my duty to listen to their stories. The Summit is a fantastic opportunity to listen and learn, but also to pave the way to move forward,” Alice Bah Kuhnke said.

Other Summit participants are Flavia Piovesan, IACHR Commissioner and Rapporteur on the Rights of LGBTI Persons and Michael O'Flaherty, Director of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights.

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Saturday, December 12, 2020 / Labels: , , ,

Leonard-Litz Foundation Launches, Seeks Grant Proposals for LGBTQ+ Programs

December 12, 2020 /LGBT News/ Nonprofit organizations that serve the LGBTQ+ community are encouraged to apply for grant funding through the newly established Leonard-Litz Foundation charitable fund. Special preference will be given to organizations located in the Northeast U.S., as well as to proposals that are specifically targeted to LGBTQ+ communities of color, and transgender and non-gender-conforming individuals.

Easton, Connecticut residents Elliot Leonard and Roger Litz established the Foundation to support a cause they care deeply about—the health and well-being of their fellow members of the LGBTQ+ community. Leonard, a savvy businessman who became a successful entrepreneur after a career in law and real estate development, has long been a volunteer of and donor to LGBTQ+ organizations. He is pleased to be able to dedicate the resources he and Litz have accumulated over the years to give back to the LGBTQ+ community that has given them so much. 

‘I am honored and thrilled to be able to do this for our community,” said Leonard. “This is an opportunity to enrich the lives of others, just as our lives has been enriched, and I hope we can make an impact—now and for generations to come.”  

Litz, a Ph.D. and former veterinarian who enjoyed success across multiple fields, including as an art gallerist and playwright, is deeply committed to his and Leonard’s new endeavor. 

“It’s hard to comprehend the struggles the LGBTQ+ community continues to endure, even today,” said Litz. “With this foundation, we’re looking to help our sisters and brothers who are in need.”

The Leonard-Litz Foundation seeks grant proposals up to $50,000 for programs that address one or more of five focus areas: health and wellness; crisis intervention; racial justice; advocacy and community engagement; and social assistance and programming. Organizations eligible for funding must have confirmed 501(c)(3) nonprofit classification. The Foundation plans to operate two funding cycles per year, and is currently accepting proposals through its website. For more information about the Foundation, including details of the grant proposal guidelines, visit

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Sunday, April 21, 2019 / Labels: , , , , ,

Lovesick artist crash-lands in Long Beach, bruised but still painting

Press Release 

World-renowned, mythically inspired LGBT artist René Capone debuts his first solo art show in half a decade at Hellada Gallery—a love-charged, hopeful exhibition celebrating the miracle of his survival after years of surgery and the partner who hasn’t left his side.
Self Esteem Balloons, by René Capone, 2018

April 21, 2019 /LGBT News/ Morié: Evolution Under Pressure will be René Capone’s first solo art show in nearly six years, featuring an opening reception on May 25th, 2019, at Hellada Gallery. Temporarily displaced from his home in San Francisco, needing another place to live while his long-term boyfriend recovered from a dramatic surgery, Capone made a “crash landing” in Southern California this winter.

Among the rubble of this sudden “crash landing” was a large stockpile of paintings and drawings from 2017 to 2019, yet to be shown to the world. And so an art show was born — no insignificant art show, either. Morié celebrates Capone’s reemergence onto the art scene after years of battling a serious HIV-related health condition that kept him in and out of hospitals, allowing him to paint only sporadically. Finally healthy enough to devote himself to his art, Capone considers his life a miracle. 

An internationally acclaimed figure artist since 2002, Capone is well known for his evocative, mythic portrayals of young boys searching for identity, hopelessly looking for love and acceptance, while wandering through whimsical landscapes. This show breaks new ground, revealing a side of the artist never before seen: someone who has finally found himself, and who has, in fact, found love — against all odds. 

Both he and his boyfriend have battled HIV-related complications, and as Capone puts it, “two miracles belong together.” After eight years together, Capone says he finally thinks “love might be measurable.” They are an unlikely match, Capone says, citing opposite views on religion and a two-foot height difference between them, but, “If two people can go through that much together, and still not be able to walk away, then god dammit, love is real.” One of the paintings exhibited at Morié depicts a small elf-like boy and a tall giant taking turns carrying each other on their backs up a hill, exposing Capone’s signature style: the mythologizing of his own life experiences in wondrous, imaginative, awe-inspiring imagery.

4 Red Squares, by René Capone

This newfound attitude reveals itself in his work, showing a departure from earlier themes of disillusionment, recovery from trauma, and mythic escapism. The art displayed in Morié is lighter, brighter and maybe even a bit joyous. The work is inspired by the queer naturalist photography of the Weimer Republic in Pre-Nazi Germany — perhaps seeking innocence in a world of brutality. 

René Capone
“Maybe I won’t have to go the next twenty years looking under every trash can for someone to give me a hug,” Capone says. “This show is really a love letter.”

Also featured in Morié are paintings that awarded Capone a scholarship to Parsons School of Design in NYC, showing the arc of the artist’s journey — from emerging to resilient.

Capone has always been a fearless artist, described in The Advocate by Arts Editor Adam Sandel as “blending childlike wonder with eroticism, creating images of innocence, beauty, dander and fear.” As he ventures back onto the art scene, Capone hopes his exhibition inspires the questions, Is mankind free? Is there true love in the future? Are you really free to love whom you choose? Though his attitude about love may have changed, Capone’s approach to art is as vulnerable and enigmatic as it has been for the past twenty years. 

The opening reception will take place on Saturday, May 25th, at Hellada Gallery in the downtown arts district of Long Beach, 117 Linden Ave. The artist will be in attendance, and the evening will feature a guest performance by local poet David Russo, as well as featured art from guest artist P.K. Benbow. The exhibit will run from May 18-June 14. 

René Capone &Hellada Gallery Present:
“Morié: Evolution UnderPressure”
May 18th - June 14th, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 25th, 6:00-9:00 pm (artist in attendance) 
Featuring guest artist P.K. Benbow and guest performance by poet Dave Russo
Hellada Art Center, Long Beach, CA, 90802 // Gallery hours: Wed.–Sun. 2-10pm

GALLERY CONTACT: (562) 435-5232 // 

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Saturday, November 3, 2018 / Labels: , , , , ,

'Understanding Gender Identity: Trans People in the Workplace' - A Free Online Course

November 3, 2018 /LGBT NewsHelp to create a more trans-friendly workplace, by learning about trans people, the struggles they face and how to support them

Throughout history, life has not been easy for transgender people. And, although things may have improved, trans people still face discrimination and many challenges today.

This course is a great starting point for any individual or organisation looking to increase their awareness of trans identity. Ultimately, you’ll learn how to make your organisation more trans-inclusive. You’ll do this by understanding the legal rights and responsibilities around trans identity, and by better understanding trans people.

What topics will you cover?

  • The core contexts of gender identity and trans awareness.
  • An exploration of key terms and use of language.
  • A basic understanding of legislation around rights and responsibilities surrounding trans identities.
  • An introduction into how organisations can become trans-inclusive.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Describe the core contexts of gender identity and trans awareness
  • Explain the key terms and use of language in a trans-positive environment
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the legislation around rights and responsibilities surrounding trans identities
  • Discuss how organisations can become trans-inclusive through good practices

Who is the course for?

This course would suit any individual or organisation looking to increase their awareness of trans-identity, and to become more trans-inclusive.

Who will you learn with?

Meg-John Barker
I write books about sex, gender, and relationships, and I'm a psychologist and psychotherapist who has studied bisexuality, non-monogamy, kink, and trans among other topics.

Jay Stewart
I am co-founder and CEO of Gendered Intelligence, a not-for-profit, trans-led organisation that seeks to increase understanding of gender diversity and improve the lives of trans people.

Who developed the course?

The Open University (OU) is the largest academic institution in the UK and a world leader in flexible distance learning, with a mission to be open to people, places, methods and ideas.

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Saturday, October 13, 2018 / Labels: , , , , , , ,

Rainbow jello recipe

October 13, 2018 /LGBT News/ Here is a fun and gay easy recipe for you to try at home.


  • One small box of jello for each color (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple)
  • One large tub of cool whip
  • Sprinkles


  • Pour jello purple into glasses, reserving about 1/3 of the liquid jello. Put glasses in the refrigerator and chill for 15-30 minutes, or until slightly set. Mix about 1/3 cup of cool whip into the remaining purple jello. Pour the jello/cool whip mix on top of the purple jello in the glasses.
  • Repeat process for each color.
  • Top with some additional cool whip and sprinkles.


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Friday, September 7, 2018 / Labels: , , , , ,

Why straight women in Tanzania are marrying one another

September 7, 2018 /LGBT News/ In a remote village in northern Tanzania, same sex marriages are on the rise, but not among lesbians. Within the Kurya tribe, a longstanding tradition of straight women and widows marrying each other in order to preserve their homes and lifestyles without husbands has seen a resurgence in popularity recently, as women seek more freedom and power, according to Marie Claire magazine.

Photo courtesy of  Marie Claire magazine
The Kurya tribe, with a population of 7,00,000 spread all over northern Tanzania, has a practice they call Nyumba Ntobhu, which translates to “House of women.”  This centuries-old local tradition has been given a modern revival by members of the Kurya tribe in remote villages in the north of the country.

Under the tradition, a woman is permitted to marry a younger woman if she is widowed or her husband chooses to leave her. This means she can keep the family home which is jointly owned with the younger woman, despite a tribal law which dictates that only males can normally inherit property.

These married women live together, cook, work, and raise children together. They share the same bed, but no part of this union involves sex, and the Kurya tribe forbids homosexuality. “Most Kurya people don't even know gay sex exists in other parts of the world. Especially between women,” a Kurya reporter, Dinna Maningo, told Marie Claire. 

According to the practice, the younger woman is able to take a male partner and potentially give birth to male heirs on the older woman's behalf.

Mugosi Maningo and Anastasia Juma are one such couple.  Mugosi’s husband left her 10 years ago, while Anastasia had survived a forced marriage at the age of 13, was treated like a slave by her husband, and ran away after giving birth to his child. The pair married in 2015.

“I certainly didn’t want another husband. Marrying a woman seemed the best solution,” Anastasia said. 

The two women will soon reach their first anniversary as a married couple. They're not sure if they'll do anything to celebrate the occasion—their lives are busy with their land, their livestock, and their three boisterous boys. "Anastasia likes goat meat, so I might cook some for her as an anniversary treat," says Mugosi. Anastasia is excited about their future together.  “The marriage is working out better than I could have imagined. I wasn’t sure at first, because it was such a new experience—now, I wouldn’t choose any other way.”

As modern as this practice sounds, it's quite an old custom, but wasn't created with the modern implications it now has. Kurya women are only now waking up to the fact that they can use this custom to find a stable home, devoid of the domestic and sexual violence traditional heterosexual marriages stand for, and also to choose their own male sexual partner. As reporter Dinna Maningo says, the problems of domestic abuse, child marriage, and female genital mutilation are rife in their society.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018 / Labels: , , , , ,

Salinas, the village where some girls turn into boys at age 12

August 15, 2018 /LGBT News/ Chances are you’ve never heard of anyone’s sex organs spontaneously changing from female to male, but this fascinating condition affects about one in every 50 children born in the small isolated village of Salinas in the Dominican Republic. This phenomenon poses many challenging questions about what defines gender and how societies shape their concepts of it.

In the 1970s, Julianne Imperato, PhD, of Cornell University traveled to the Dominican Republic to investigate claims of young female-appearing children developing masculine features. The locals referred to the phenomena by two names: guevedoces, translated to mean “penis at age twelve,” and machihembras, meaning “first a woman, then a man.” In the following years, reports suggested that this was also common in the Sambian villages of Papua New Guinea, where the locals called these individuals turnims, meaning “expected to become men.”

Photographs of a psueodhermaphrodite published originally in the American Journal of Medicne (Am. J. Med. 62: 170-191, 1977)

The chromosomes that determine our sex normally do so at conception even though sex organs don’t begin to form until eight weeks into fetal development. When a fetus has a Y chromosome, it causes a surge in testosterone production that leads to the development of male sex organs. Meanwhile, if a Y chromosome is absent, the fetus will instead develop female sex organs. However, for guevedoces, who are also known as pseudohermaphrodites, an enzyme deficiency during fetal development, specifically the enzyme 5-alpha reductase, causes the male sex organs to never properly form. It’s not until puberty, when these children experience a second surge of testosterone, that the testes descend from inside the body and a penis grows.

Deficiencies in 5-alpha-reductase seem to be hereditary, which explains why pockets of pseudohermaphrodites often appear in small communities like Salinas.

During the 1970s, guevedoces births were reported to account for as many as two percent of all births in these small villages of the Dominican Republic. Since then, doctors in villages in both the Dominican Republic and Papua New Guinea have become experts in distinguishing normal female external genitalia from the ambiguous genitalia of guevedoces babies. Due to the prevalence of these births, both cultures believe in three sexual categories: the male, the female, and the pseudohermaphrodite.

The guevedoces’ rare start in life has also provided insight into human sexuality. Despite being brought up as girls for the majority of their lives, most young guevedoces identify strongly as heterosexuals, proving that hormones in the womb matter more than rearing when it comes to your sexual orientation.

 The differences in the way these two societies deal with this rare occurrence hint at the magnitude to which a society’s culture can affect an individual’s beliefs and opinions. The Sambians view these children as flawed males; the children are rejected and humiliated by their families and society. On the other hand, in the Dominican Republic, the birth of a psueodhermaphrodite is fully accepted and during puberty, the child’s physical transformation into a male is marked by joyous celebration. Gemma Nierman, PhD, of St. Mary’s College and summer lecturer at University of California, Berkeley, remarks, “the Dominican Republic communities that quietly accept their citizens with 5 α-reductase deficiency are a model to the world on how to deal with genetic differences...[they] are showing us how to help these folks have a full and rewarding life despite their genetic disorder.”

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Monday, October 30, 2017 / Labels: , , , , , , ,

TED Talk: Andrew Solomon - How the worst moments in our lives make us who we are

October 30, 2017 /LGBT News/ Writer Andrew Solomon has spent his career telling stories of the hardships of others. Now he turns inward, bringing us into a childhood of adversity, while also spinning tales of the courageous people he's met in the years since. In a moving, heartfelt and at times downright funny talk, Solomon gives a powerful call to action to forge meaning from our biggest struggles.

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Thursday, August 3, 2017 / Labels: , , , , ,

'Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies' on sale Sept. 12 from Atria Books

Press Release

August 3, 2017 /LGBT News/ Candid, poignant – and at times darkly hilarious – Michael Ausiello’s SPOILER ALERT: THE HERO DIES: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Other Four-Letter Words (Atria Books; September 12, 2017; $26.00) chronicles a fourteen-year love affair that culminated in a final year of illness, resilience, and, tragically, death. Ausiello, founder and editor-in-chief of, and one of the most respected journalists working the TV beat, pulls no punches as he recounts his husband Kit Cowan’s battle with a rare cancer. Far more than an account of a harrowing medical ordeal, however, SPOILER ALERT: THE HERO DIES is a classic love story filled with humor, empathy, and inspiration.

“Like some of Michael's favorite TV shows, his book is heartfelt, smart, funny, insightful and packs an enormous emotional punch. I can't recommend it more.” 
Greg Berlanti, writer/director, The Flash, Arrow, Everwood, Dawson's Creek, Brothers & Sisters
“Engrossing, poignant, tragic, and hilarious – I couldn't put it down. Read this book. You are welcome.”
Jenny Lawson, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of Let’s Pretend This Never Happened and Furiously Happy

“When a journalist as talented as Ausiello turns their focus inward, something special is bound to occur. Such is the case with Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies. A more heartbreaking, honest, funny, and insightful book on the subject of loss can be found nowhere.”
J.J. Abrams, filmmaker, Lost, Alias, Westworld, Star Trek, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

“Sexy and sweet, charming and funny, Michael Ausiello somehow manages to turn a story of loss into a hopeful tale that shines with warmth and wit.”
Lauren Graham, star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood and New York Times-bestselling author of Someday, Someday, Maybe and Talking as Fast as I Can

It was basically love at first sight when Michael and Kit Cowan met, and after thirteen years together their lives had settled into a comfortable familiarity that was not without its unconventional aspects. Having sold their Manhattan apartment, the two men were keeping separate addresses, but remained a committed couple, still living together for all intents and purposes. Road trips to New Jersey to shop at Target and Ikea—where Kit could indulge his love of clean design and bargains—were still de rigueur, and the two cherished each other’s idiosyncrasies as only a long-together couple can. Even through rough patches, Michael and Kit had always enjoyed an honest and comfortable relationship. Michael recounts, for instance, how any insecurities about his body, a holdover from his chubby youth, evaporated when he was with Kit.

When Kit was diagnosed with a rare and very aggressive form of neuroendrocrine cancer, Michael would become his fierce advocate. Navigating the medical system, often told conflicting things by different doctors, the two bravely faced the last eleven months of Kit’s life. In many ways, Kit’s illness reignited their romance. Although they had long stood for marriage equality, they had felt no particular need to marry themselves. Three days before Kit began chemo, however, they went downtown to City Hall and, amid a raucous comedy of errors, became husband and husband. As the months of treatment progressed, the cancer metastasized, and the prognosis grew worse, Michael and Kit faced each new obstacle with as much grace and humor as they could muster. Kit died on February 5, 2015.

SPOILER ALERT: THE HERO DIES is a deeply personal story. Ausiello revisits and shares his poignant social media posts from throughout the ordeal, and with hindsight writes with tender honesty about his emotions through the darkest year of his life. This extraordinary memoir, marked by candor and bravery, is a gift to anyone facing equally hard times. But it also will speak to anyone who has experienced the complicated, messy, imperfect course of love and the inevitable loss that often accompanies it.

About the Author

Michael Ausiello is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of, a television entertainment website owned by Penske Media that launched in 2010. Ausiello began his publishing career in 1997 as a senior news editor at Soaps in Depth magazine before moving over to TV Guide in 2000. During his eight-year tenure there, he wrote for both the magazine and its website. Ausiello's columns at TV Guide included "The Ausiello Report" – a weekly print column that expanded into a regularly updated blog online – and "Ask Ausiello," an exclusively online weekly Q&A that he also conducted after moving over to Entertainment Weekly in 2008. Ausiello has also contributed commentary to media outlets such as Today, Good Morning America, Entertainment Tonight, Inside Edition, Extra, and Access Hollywood. He lives in New York City.

By Michael Ausiello
Atria Books Hardcover | On-sale: September 12, 2017 |ISBN: 9781501134968, $26.00
eBook: 9781501134982, $13.99

For press enquiries please contact Paul Olsewski, VP, Publicity Director

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016 / Labels: , , , , , , ,

‘Allies in Action’ small fund is open for proposals: Promoting LGBTI communities

August 24, 2016 /LGBT News/ ILGA-Europe and COC Netherlands together invite proposals for small funding program ‘Allies in Action’, designed to foster an enabling environment for LGBTI equality work in the specific project countries. It aims to create ways for local LGBTI advocates and groups to involve more supporters in their work.

In Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Russia, and Ukraine, LGBTI groups and human rights defenders work in an increasingly hostile environment. There are limited or even rapidly diminishing opportunities for meaningful dialogue with policy- and decision-makers. These factors strongly affect the public debate on LGBTI-related issues, the position of civil society, and functional paths towards achieving change. At the time when opportunities for ‘conventional’ campaigning targeting state bodies and aiming for legislative and policy changes are limited, we believe that it is crucial to develop horizontal ties in the society, activate person-to-person connections, and increase the capacity of LGBTI groups to engage supporters outside of LGBTI movement in a progressive, meaningful, and sustainable way.


This small action support fund will welcome a wide variety of activities with the overall goal of educating and mobilising potential allies of LGBTI equality work among such professional groups as journalists, lawyers, educators, as well as among local communities and families of LGBTI people; activities that would contribute to:
  • establishing cooperation between LGBTI groups and professionals who have advocacy potential
  • raising awareness of specific professional groups about LGBTI-specific issues
  • expanding the network of support for LGBTI people and LGBTI organisations
  • increasing access to professional assistance for LGBTI people in the area

Priority Areas

The preferred activities for funding include:
  • Initiatives that feed into, reinforce, and/or diversify other ongoing efforts towards better environment for LGBTI persons and protection of their rights (by you or another group);
  • Genuine and innovative approach to action that is strongly rooted in a local reality, with its limitations, opportunities, and existing relations;
  • Duration of action or initiative of no more than 6 months in total (from receipt of the award to its completion and reporting);
  • Willingness to share experience with colleagues and activists across the above-indicated countries and beyond.

Funds Available

The funding allotment will be of not more than 5,000 euros.

Deadline: 18 September 2016

Eligibility Criteria

The program support initiatives that:
  • Are led by LGBTI persons and/ or allies of LGBTI (with no limitation in regards presence or absence of official registration of the group);
  • Are implemented locally by groups in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Russia, or Ukraine;
  • Are focused on a specific, carefully selected audience/ target group outside of LGBTI movement and serve to engage, inspire, mobilise individuals and collectives that are in a position to impact everyday realities of LGBTI persons, advocacy capacity of LGBTI organisations, and/ or proper understanding of issues pertaining SOGISC;
  • Demonstrate a clear vision of how this action contributes its bit to a change you want to achieve in your environment;
  • Are concrete and scalable (i.e. with balanced, matching goals and actions);
  • Are endorsed by LGBTI organisations (if proposed by an informal group of allies or activists).

How to Apply

Interested applicants must submit brief proposals in a prescribed format via email.

For more information, please visit Allies in Action.

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Saturday, July 30, 2016 / Labels: , , , , ,

UK Summer camp for 70 Young Transgender People Seeks Funding

Press Release
Date of Issue: Saturday 30 July 2016

Gendered Intelligence, a British non-profit organisation that works with the trans community, will take 70  transgender and gender variant young people aged 11-24 camping in August and is aiming to raise £12,000 through Crowdfunding to make it possible.

In 2010, Gendered Intelligence (GI) took a chance on arranging a short summer camping residential for a handful of young trans people. It was so successful that they have done it every year since.  This year, GI is taking 70 young people camping over two weekends – the biggest number yet and a massive undertaking for the organisation.

The camping trip attempts to solve some of the problems that young trans people face if they want to go away on conventional camping or activity holidays.  As the majority of summer residentials are segregated by gender, they can prove anxiety-provoking for young trans people, especially those who identify as non-binary.

Attending the camping trip can make a massive difference to a young person's life. It's also a chance to learn new skills such as kayaking and raft-building, to go swimming – an activity which is generally unavailable to young trans people – and make new friends.

The camping trip gives young people respite from the challenges that they face in their everyday lives. It can be a huge relief to be able to have fun in a safe environment. Many young trans people feel isolated and vulnerable, typically suffering inequality and discrimination across society.

The response to this year’s camping trip call out was phenomenal – GI received 134 applications, almost double to the number of places available.

"The best thing about GI camping trips is that everyone gets to relax and be themselves. We create our own community, respect and look after each other without having to worry about what the rest of the world thinks" – Jake, camp worker  
“A few years ago one of our young members described the camping trip as 'a little bit of paradise'. This has always stayed me - partly because it's wonderful to know that Gendered Intelligence is providing such valuable experiences, but also because it motivates me and the team who are working hard to make society more trans inclusive. Because at the end of the day, going camping should be fun no doubt, but 'paradise'? It points out to me that everyday life for young trans people is generally difficult. So in the meantime - until we make the world more intelligent about gender - let's go camping” – Jay Stewart, director of Gendered  Intelligence 
"Perhaps the highlight of the year was the Camping Trip.  My son did things that he, and I, did not expect him to do, including swimming - something he used to love but had not felt able to do for some time. He spent quality time with his GI friends and made new friends and it was heart-warming to see them return, the bond between them was touching. My son came home tired, dirty, a little smelly, but most importantly, he came home very happy. “– Parent of a 15 year old trans boy


Notes to Editors:

Gendered Intelligence’s Crowdfunding Campaign can be found at:

Research Indicates That:

91% of trans boys and 66% of trans girls experience harassment or bullying at school (EHRC)

72% young trans people self-harm (Youth Chances, 2013)

31% of trans people attempt suicide and 73% experience harassment (Engendered Penalties, 2007)

81% say they avoid some situations in public spaces due to fear (Trans Mental Health Study 2012)

About Gendered Intelligence:

Gendered Intelligence is a CIC, founded in 2008. We work with trans community and all those who impact on trans lives; specialise in supporting young trans people 8-25. Our vision is of a world where people are no longer constrained by narrow perceptions and expectations of gender, and where diverse gender expressions are visible and valued.

We deliver:

Trans Youth  Work
Regular group sessions in London, Bristol and Leeds for young trans people up to the age of 25, residentials, peer support for parents and carers and special projects

Work in Education
Working one to one mentoring with young trans people from across England in their educational settings, workshops and assemblies for students across all educational sectors, staff training, consultation and policy development

Professional Services
Trans Awareness and Inclusion training, consultancy work, policy development and a membership scheme.

Public Events
Presentations, conferences, panel discussions, lectures and workshops.

Press Enquiries
For press enquiries, please contact Jamie Pallas
Phone: 0207 832 5809

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Thursday, July 21, 2016 / Labels: , , , , , , ,

Grant available: Advocating for Human and Civil Rights for the LGBT Community

July 21, 2016 /LGBT News/ The U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section in Dublin, Ireland in collaboration with the U.S. Consulate in Belfast is seeking proposals from eligible organisations for a program entitled “Advocating for Human and Civil Rights for the LGBT Community” with an aim to implement a U.S. exchange program for current and emerging leaders from both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland in support of a core tenant of U.S. foreign policy—the protection of universal human rights.

The project is designed primarily for civil society activists and legal experts involved in LGBT advocacy work, as well as developing human and civil rights laws, policies and programs.

This U.S. exchange program will focus on addressing some of the human and civil rights challenges for members of the LGBT community, while also building cross-border relationships and collaborations between participants from the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Specifically, it will explore U.S. advocacy efforts, at the local, state, national, and international levels, to support the equality and dignity of the LGBT community.

Participants will examine the legislative framework surrounding LGBT issues and political, societal and judicial perspectives on LGBT rights. The project will also highlight the impact of the increasingly visible, open and active role of the LGBT community in political, economic and cultural life.

Deadline: 19 August 2016 

Program Objectives:

  • Examine U.S. and international initiatives to promote and protect the human rights of the LGBT community;
  • Discuss social and cultural approaches to gender and sexual orientation identities in a diverse society;
  • Examine efforts to protect LGBT youth and explore equal access to educational, economic and healthcare opportunities for citizens with diverse gender identities and sexual orientations;
  • Analyze the legislative framework and political perspectives on current and pending efforts to ensure equal human and civil rights in the United States;
  • Observe how organizations monitor, influence, and advocate for human and civil rights policy at the local, state, national, and international levels;
  • Gain insight into how LGBT rights groups work effectively across regions and across borders.

Funding Information:

  • The grants for this call for proposals range between $30,000.00 to $60,000.00.
  • Grant project should be completed in one year or less.


  • The history of the movement
  • The contemporary debate on LGBT rights and same sex marriage
  • Workplace rights
  • The support needs of LGBT youth and families, as well as general social inclusion and diversity in the United States.
  • Participants will learn how LGBT advocacy groups counter discrimination and defamation and how they engage religious leaders to create wider social acceptance and understanding.
  • Particular emphasis should be placed on challenges regarding access to health care, adoption issues, bullying in schools and workplace diversity.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Eligibility is open to all U.S. non-profit, non-governmental organizations.
  • Individuals are not eligible for an award under this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO).
  • Organizations may sub-contract with other entities, but only one, non-profit, non-governmental entity can be the prime recipient of the award. When sub-contracting with other entities, the responsibilities of each entity must be clearly defined in the proposal.
  • Cost-sharing or matching is not required for this funding opportunity.
  • This award does not allow for construction activities or costs.
  • U.S. Embassy Dublin grants/cooperative agreements cannot be used to fund religious or partisan political activity; fundraising campaigns; commercial projects; scientific research; projects whose primary aim is the institutional development of the organization, or illegal activities.
  • Academics and government officials working in the area of LGBT advocacy may also be considered.
  • Participants must be fluent in English.
  • Half of the participants will be nominated by the U.S. Embassy in Dublin, while the other half will be nominated by the U.S. Consulate in Belfast.

How to Apply:

Interested applicants can apply via website.
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