Statements and Press releases
President of the United States, Joe Biden
IDAHOBIT 2023 Webinar: Together Always, United in Diversity
What does “solidarity” mean for LGBTIQ people experiencing criminalisation, crises, and outright violence?
Date: 17 May (Wednesday)
Time: 15:30 BKK
Info: LGBTIQ individuals in Asia continue to suffer under oppressive environments and regimes, and continue to experience violence and discrimination on the basis of their actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, expression, and/or sex characteristics (SOGIESC). Giving context to, and creating space for the interrogation of why narratives of homophobia and transphobia still persist is crucial for LGBTIQ movements to work together towards a future where individuals can live free, with dignity and without fear.
Through this webinar, ILGA Asia is seeking to interrogate whether or not we are truly unified as a global movement for the liberation of all LGBTIQ persons and sexual and gender minorities, and are guided by the overarching question: “What does “solidarity” mean and look like for LGBTIQ persons who still face criminalization, arbitrary arrests and detention, various crises and conflicts, and outright violence because of who they are, where they live and who they love?”
Moderated by Ajita Banerjie, Senior Research and Policy Officer
World Bank – Commemorating International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOTB)
Date: 15 May 2023
Info: Join the World Bank to commemorate the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOTB). This event raises awareness of the discrimination and exclusion that sexual and gender minorities face in our client countries. Discrimination based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) has negative impacts on development outcomes and fuels the exclusion of sexual and gender minorities, creating barriers to accessing markets, services, and spaces. The event is an opportunity to learn about the links between gender equality and the inclusion of sexual and gender minorities in World Bank projects and analytics.
Adriana D. Kugler, US Executive Director, World Bank Group
Representative of the Ministry of Women and Gender Equality, Chile (TBC)
Huy The Luong, Director of the Institute for Social, Economic and Environmental Research, Vietnam
Maria Sjödin, Executive Director, OutRight International (TBC)
Ed Mountfield, Vice President for Operations Policy and Country Services, World Bank
Hana Brixi, Global Director for Gender, World Bank
IFC/IMF/WB GLOBE IDAHOTB Commemoration
Date: 17 May 2023
Time: 8:30 am to 13:00 EDT
Organised by: Tonny Muthee, Vic Bond, Jewel McFadden
Mary Porter Peschka
Info: Join the World Bank Group, Asian Development Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction, Development, Inter-American Development Bank, and the International Monetary Fund for a joint virtual program of events commemorating the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOTB) and this year’s global theme: “Together always: united in diversity.”
OXFAM IDAHOBIT 2023 WEBINAR
Location: Virtual – Zoom
Date: 17 May 2023
Time: Noon to 13:30 UTC +1
Info: The International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) is coming up on May 17 and Oxfam Novib will be organizing a webinar session on the day. We are planning to hear from our partners from across the globe on their work, what kind of resources, allyship, and advocacy can be offered to support them, and what they think about how we can become better allies in our work and personal lives.
Next to hearing about our partners’ work, we also want to look at the global scale: From Uganda to the UK, from India to the USA, countries all over the globe, in all kinds of contexts, are facing significant opposition to LGBTQIA+ rights and an increase in homophobic and transphobic legislation. We want to draw attention to this global, transnational anti-gender movement and discuss the context in which its various actors operate. Understanding where opposition to Gender Justice comes from and how it manifests are not just important for countering it and supporting everyone’s equal rights.
United for Change: Youth Leaders in Conversation
Location: Zoom Webinar
Date: 17 May 2023
Time: 10:00 EST
Info: Join our IDAHOBIT youth panel discussion “United for Change: Youth Leaders in Conversation” on May 17. The panel will focus on the safety and advocacy for LGBTIQ individuals, as well as the impact of HIV and AIDS on affected communities. Our panelists will reflect on their journey as a youth leader, their hopes and their work. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the next generation of change-makers and be part of the fight for access to basic rights for all.
Panelists for this exciting event are:
- Daudi Wilfred Mutuku – Peer Educator, MPEG, Kenya
- Elise Roopchan – Content Creator, It Gets Better Canada
- Shamin Mohamed Jr – Founder – LetsStopAIDS
- Jazmine Carter – Model and Activist – Toronto Kiki Ballroom Alliance
More info on stephenlewisfoundation.org/partners-in-pride
Queering Wikipedia 2023 Conference #QW2023
Date: 17 may 2023
Time: 13:00 UTC
Info: Queering Wikipedia 2023 is the first LGBTQ+ centered conference in the history of Wikimedia events, and is for LGBT+ Wikimedians, allies and guests.
It is organized by Wikimedia LGBT+ User Group, the Queering Wikipedia team and
partners from Wikimedia movement as bilingual, hybrid and trans-local events.
It includes in-person events as QW Nodes across 5 continents on over 10 locations
spanning 12–17 May 2023. Online program you are joining is on May 12, 14, and 17
on the International day of Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia.
Please check out the program and register on https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/QW2023/Schedule
First-ever Hackathon for the LGBTQIA+ Community in South Asia
Date: 17 May 2023
Time: 15:30 IST
Info: On May 17, 2023, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF) Regional Office for South Asia organized an online hackathon event titled “Strengthening Dialogue and Cooperation between South Asia and the European Union on LGBTQIA+ Matters” to coincide with the International Day against Homophobia, Bi-phobia, and Trans-phobia (IDAHOT). The event aimed to facilitate connections among LGBTQIA+ communities from Europe and South Asia, providing them with a valuable platform to showcase innovative solutions addressing the challenges they face in their daily lives.
During the online event, teams from across South Asia and Europe joined forces to tackle the issues confronting LGBTQIA+ communities in the region. The top 10 teams, selected by an international jury composed of distinguished figures from the LGBTQIA+ community in South Asia and Europe, presented their innovative projects. These proposals covered diverse topics, including healthcare access, prevention of online bullying, and inclusive education. The esteemed panel included Yannik Shetty, a member of the Austrian Parliament; Roman Otto Roehl from the University of Cologne; Frank Hoffmann from FNF South Asia; Parakram Rana from Nepal; and Tenzin Mariko from Tibet.
The hackathon event was skillfully moderated by Ruhaan Joshi and featured keynote addresses from prominent international political figures. Ms. Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, a German politician and Executive Board Member of FNF, delivered a special address acknowledging the hackathon’s forward-looking approach and its ability to bring together young and creative individuals worldwide in the pursuit of advancing the rights of queer people. Dasho Dechen Wangmo, the Health Minister of Bhutan, delivered a thought-provoking speech on the progress made by Bhutan in promoting the rights of LGBTQIA+ communities, expressing solidarity and reiterating a commitment to equality, justice, and respect. Ms. Teresa Widlok, the Head of the FNF Global Themes Division, provided valuable insights into the conceptualization of the hackathon within the framework of the annual theme, “Reshape Europe.” She expressed gratitude to all stakeholders involved in the successful organization of the event, recognizing their contributions. Dr. Carsten Klein, Head of the FNF South Asia Regional Office, reaffirmed the organization’s dedication to supporting equality and fundamental rights for the LGBTQIA+ community, aligning with FNF’s core values.
Out of the 27 teams that submitted their ideas, the top 10 were selected based on a rigorous evaluation process of their online submissions showcasing innovative ideas and solutions related to LGBTQIA+ rights. These top teams had the opportunity to present their projects to the esteemed international jury committee. The jury ultimately chose the top three teams, who will be invited to participate in the physical hackathon event in Colombo on June 6, 2023. The winning team will receive an invitation to attend the FNF International Hackathon Competition in Germany.