alQaws for Sexual and Gender Diversity in Palestinian Society

Active at every level of society, alQaws supports resilient LGBTQ communities and leads a critical social engagement with sexual and gender diversity.

Founded in 2007, alQaws is the leading Palestinian LGBTQ organization working directly with Palestinian civil society to create a sustainable, persistent, community-based social change movement. Active at every level of society, alQaws supports resilient LGBTQ communities and leads a critical social engagement with sexual and gender diversity, challenging deep-rooted misperceptions and sparking new, locally relevant discourse.

alQaws’ programs in three primary work areas–individual support, community, and social change–empower community members to become engaged in activist, arts and cultural, education and institutional initiatives; they also organize community members to spark change in LGBTQ-inclusive health, education, and media. Their activities include a National Hotline with a new team dedicated to supporting transgender individuals, regular “Hawamesh” community gender and sexuality discussion events, a training-of-trainers program that prepares a new generation of community organizers working with influential civil society partners, and direct in-depth training of leaders in key Palestinian institutions, such as human rights and youth organizations and schools. In 2013, alQaws embarked on an innovative initiative to reach Palestinian youth through alternative music and pop culture, an effort that brought together over 70 community members, well-known Palestinian singers, and music technicians to collectively write and produce gender and sexuality focused songs. Since then, they have continued to increase the visibility of their creative vision in new local media-focused cultural change initiatives, and expand their reach into established professional and educational sectors.

Today, alQaws runs working spaces and active programs in diverse locations that unite fragmented Palestinian communities together across city hubs and rural areas. Drawing from a wealth of activist, professional, and creative capacities, alQaws is promoting alternative approaches to sexual and gender discourse and visibility in Palestinian society, paving the road for a social justice movement in which LGBTQ rights are recognized and accepted as integral to broader sexual and human rights.

 

Mujer y Mujer

Mujer Y Mujer pushes the traditional meaning of “woman.”

Mujer Y Mujer was created in 2003 to challenge the social and political visibility of lesbian women, united by the vital need to build community, develop leadership and influence against a backdrop of violence, discrimination and privatization of both public spaces as the body and sexuality of women.

Mujer Y Mujer pushes the traditional meaning of “woman.” Since 2009 they’ve championed the leadership of bisexual women and transgender people. They also celebrate ethnic and generational diversity while their community initiatives strengthen the working class. The organization is run by volunteers due to lack of resources for LGBT groups in Guayaquil and LBT activism in particular.

They strategically promote the creative role of women and LGBTI + in the integral development of more just and equitable societies; enhancing their political voices from their desires and resistances.

Their slogan: Free to Be, Decide and Demand, represents the 3 axes of their philosophy.

Insight Public Organization

Insight Public Organization was created in 2007 by a group of feminist lesbians and trans activists to build a platform for “others,” people marginalized within the LGBT community and broader society.

Insight Public Organization was created in 2007 by a group of feminist lesbians and trans activists to build a platform for “others,” people marginalized within the LGBT community and broader society. Over the past decade, they have established their work nationally as a strong, and well-respected feminist and LGBTQ movement organization that engages in educational, advocacy, cultural and social programs to meet the needs, represent and protect the rights of LBTIQ communities. In recent years, they have also made important gains building public support with broader civil society and social justice allies. For example, they established an Equality Festival in 2014 to be a platform for all oppressed social groups. Despite homophobic threats and right-wing counter-organizing, over the last couple of years, Insight’s Equality Festival has become the most visible cultural festival in Ukraine, traveling to all 5 regions of the country with active participation and mobilization from non-LGBT groups. They are working to achieve new and strengthened legal protections from SOGI-based discrimination and violence, end the currently violent and discriminatory procedures for gender-affirming surgeries and treatment and establish a rights-based legal regulation for intersex people to receive medical help if needed.

Sarajevo Open Centre

Sarajevo Open Centre (SOC) advocates for full respect of human rights and social inclusion of LGBTI people and women.

Sarajevo Open Centre (SOC) advocates for full respect of human rights and social inclusion of LGBTI people and women. Sarajevo Open Centre is an independent, feminist civil society organisation aspiring to empower LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, and intersex) persons and women by strengthening the community and building an activist movement.

Sarajevo Open Centre also publicly promotes human rights of LGBTI people and women, and advocates improvement of legislation and better policies in Bosnia and Herzegovina at state, European, and international level. By working on issues of European integration, Sarajevo Open Centre is improving human rights in general and encouraging further development of civil society. Sarajevo Open Centre was founded in 2007 and its professionalization began in 2011. Today, with 11 team members, a steering board, its founders, activists, and an intensive partner network in BiH and all over Europe, the organisation is recognised as one of the key actors in the civil society of Bosnia and Herzegovina when it comes to human rights.

Organisation Intersex International Germany (OII Germany)

OII Germany was founded in 2008 to work on ending non-consensual, medically unnecessary and cosmetic interventions forced on intersex children and adults, and to ensure human rights for intersex persons, such as bodily integrity and self-determination.

OII Germany was founded in 2008 to work on ending non-consensual, medically unnecessary and cosmetic interventions forced on intersex children and adults, and to ensure human rights for intersex persons, such as bodily integrity and self-determination. OII Germany campaigns against any sort of pathologization of intersex realities, promoting a language and an understanding of intersex bodies as part of the human sex continuum that is free of stigma and pathologization. Its goals are to work toward making non-consensual medical and psychological treatment unlawful in Germany as well as to empower the German intersex community by strengthening the self-esteem, the self-respect and a depathologized self-image of intersex individuals in Germany.

OII Francophonie

OII Francophonie’s history goes back to 2003, when it was founded as the ‘original OII,’ based in Quebec and Paris, from where the French name Organisation Intersex International derived.

OII Francophonie’s history goes back to 2003, when it was founded as the ‘original OII,’ based in Quebec and Paris, from where the French name Organisation Intersex International derived. OII Francophonie’s mission is to work towards the right to self-determination and the depathologization of intersex people, opposing the medicalized treatments that intersex children are subjected to. They also work to give voice to French-speaking intersex people and to raise awareness about intersex people’s experiences by organizing meetings and publications that include contributions from intersex scholars, activists and artists. Describing themselves as a feminist collective who does intersectional work, OII Francophonie supports intersex people throughout the French-speaking world through a ‘network of care’ that aims to work with respectful doctors. The organization is made up of volunteer members based in France, Canada, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, who are connected with other international intersex activists and organizations. OII-Francophonie hosted a summer school in Paris in 2006, with representatives from Canada, France, Belgium and the UK. They have been working with the Douarnenez Film Festival (France) since 2012 (film festival about minorities), and in June 2015, the Film Festival’s focus was on intersex visibility and included an international ‘residence’ for intersex activists. They are now working to strengthen the network and to develop organizational resources for French-speaking intersex organizations.

LGBTIQA Association Okvir

Founded in 2011, Association Okvir supports LGBTIQA communities reclaim public space through community building, cultural production, activism, and alliance building.

Founded in 2011, Association Okvir supports LGBTIQA communities reclaim public space in Bosnia & Herzegovina (BiH) through community building, cultural production, activism, and alliance building. Working with a feminist “multiple discriminations” approach, Okvir roots its work in the intersections of sex, gender, race, class, ethnicity, age and ability. Their main projects include operating an LGBTIQA “SOS” helpline and psychological support training for LBTQ women, mobilizing for state accountability and prevention of anti-LGBTQ hate crimes, and producing video and digital media and a range of cultural events to raise public awareness of LGBTQ rights. Through their alliance building, their work integrates gender and sexuality issues with feminist movements and progressive articulations of citizenship. LGBTQ communities in BiH continue to face intense violence from religious extremists.

Green Mountain Crossroads Inc

Green Mountain Crossroads (GMC) connects rural LGBTQ people to build community, visibility, knowledge, and power through social events, support groups, political education workshops and study groups, and multi-media projects.

Green Mountain Crossroads (GMC) connects rural LGBTQ people to build community, visibility, knowledge, and power through social events, support groups, political education workshops and study groups, and multi-media projects. Our work is guided by these values: Rural can be Queer, Intersections, Celebrating Resistance, Connections, Anti-racism, and Joy. We envision a resilient community of communities that works toward the transformation of our economic, social, and political relationships. GMC lifts up and centers the voices and experiences of rural LGBTQ people at popular events like Played Out! LGBTQ Game Night, Trans Day of Remembrance & Resistance, Earth Gay, Out in the Open Summit for rural & small town LGBTQ folks, and Friday Night Group for LGBTQ youth. We deepen our understanding of the power of rural LGBTQ people through longer and broader projects like our rural LGBTQ racial justice study group and rural LGBTQ oral history project, currently documenting the story of Andrew’s Inn, a gay bar in nearby Bellows Falls Vermont from 1973-1985. We believe that collective liberation for all people is possible and that building the power of rural LGBTQ people across issues, identities, and generations, is critical in the movement toward justice.

Genres Pluriels Asbl

Genres Pluriels was founded in 2007 to increase the visibility of trans*, intersex and gender fluid individuals and promote the rights of physical integrity and self-determination.

Genres Pluriels was founded in 2007 to increase the visibility of trans*, intersex and gender fluid individuals and promote the rights of physical integrity and self-determination. The organization raises awareness through media engagement, workshops and public activities, and through high schools and universities. Its interventions at the European Parliament/Council of Europe and in Belgian ministries aim to promote respect for the human rights of trans and intersex people. Genres Pluriels also provides psychological support to intersex people individually and through support groups. Genres Pluriels is increasing its focus on intersex issues by providing information in Belgium’s three official languages on its website, creating brochures to distribute to maternity wards in hospitals, holding public events on intersex issues, and producing a short film about the lived realities of intersex people.

Gayten-LGBT, Center for Promotion of LGBTIQ Human Rights

Founded in 2001, Gayten was the first organization in Serbia to acknowledge and base its work primarily on gender identity and expression.

Founded in 2001, Gayten was the first organization in Serbia to acknowledge and base its work primarily on gender identity and expression. Its mission is to contribute to removing all forms of violence and discrimination toward LGBTIQ persons. Gayten’s advocacy contributed to the adoption by the Serbian Parliament of amendments to the law on healthcare, enabling body modification procedures for trans people to be covered by health insurance. In addition to advocacy, Gayten builds and empowers trans, intersex and queer communities through support groups, an LGBT SOS help line, culture and arts, education, and networking. Kris Randjelovic, coordinator of Gayten’s trans and intersex section, identifies as intersex and trans, and led the call to form Gayten’s intersex support group two years ago. Gayten is conducting qualitative research on intersex issues, and translating and publishing information to aid in the education of medical professionals, intersex people and their families.

Check out our 2018 International Trans Day of Visibility video featuring an interview with Gayten-LGBT’s Intersex Section Coordinator Kristian Randjelovic:

Kristian was also featured in our 2016 Intersex Awareness Day video: