LGBTQIA+ conversation circle

New York, 19 March – IDA Virtual attendance, Cecilia Olivero. “A place to raise issues and exchange ideas on 10 different topics in a semi-structured space during CSW65.”  The meeting guidelines for participation: welcoming and inclusive language, open dialogue and transparency. Listen, avoid assumptions, respect different opinions. Do not dominate the conversation. Do not generalise but rather share your own experiences. Anti-racist space, open to voices of the marginalised – do not replicate white patriarchal structures. The meeting has been built around four questions: “What are your experiences as an LGBTQIA+ person in your context? What actions, policies or services have improved the lives of LGBTQIA+ people in your context? What resources or tools can you share to help us to collaborate and learn more from each other? What actions are you committed to take after today’s conversation?”. Main goal of the circle was to share experiences – and resources – from all over the world to find a common and safe space for youngsters and overall ‘minorities’. The interaction and willingness in sharing experiences, fears and dreams was high, also giving the chance to directly and personally understand what people belonging to the same community are going through in different parts of the globe. The fact that so much has been done and changed so far is quite reassuring, mostly thanks to human rights activists and personal commitments, but what appears to be clear – unfortunately – is that the path for total equality is still really far and we have to keep working and involving every human being in participating to this battle.

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