Monday, February 23, 2009

IGLYO Study Session - "Intercultural and Ethnic Diversity within LGBTQ Youth Communities" at the European Youth Centre in Strasbourg, France

About the Study Session 
LGBTQ youth is not a homogenous group, but come in multiple facets from multiple heritages and backgrounds. The diversity and cultural element to LGBTQ youth is widely underrepresented within the discussions in and about the LGBTQ community, both nationally and internationally. There is a lack of representation of the different equality strands within LGBTQ spaces, and this translates into smaller initiatives for LGBTQ young people from different ethnic minorities and those from deprived geographical or socio-economical areas in Europe. At the same time in many European societies, different sets of values between immigrant communities, ethnic minorities and indigenous people manifest themselves. It leads to a situation in which, sometimes, indigenous LGBTQ people feel that their achieved emancipation experiences the pressure of a renegotiation of common societal values. 
On the contrary, migrant communities and ethnic minorities often experience a lack of understanding and tolerance about their own models of sexuality and identity. 
IGLYO aims to bring people from seemingly different cultural and/or ethnic background together to explore the diversity within the LGBTQ community, exchange ideas and points of views. 
This will help provide an environment where IGLYO, together with its member organisations, start initiating practices that make our work more inclusive and coherent within different equality strands.

• Offer a safe and accepting environment in which participants can explore many different dimensions of cultural diversity within the LGBTQ community; 
• Sensitise the participants on issues of ethnicity, race, culture, religion, tradition and mechanisms of exclusion within the LGBTQ community that result out of these issues; 
• Provide participants with the experience and skills to engage in efforts of equality and inclusion; 
• Facilitate the creation of networks which nurtures sensibility and a broader knowledge about mechanisms of cultural exclusion, through which processes of integration can expand and continue;
• Explore how IGLYO, its member organisations and partner organisations can continue to work on the issues and the policy areas relevant to this event in the future.

1 comment:

  1. I think this is a great cause, definitely worth looking into. The trick is getting everyone in the LGBTQ community to get on board with it, when society at large has not learned to fully embrace diversity.