Founded in 2000 and 2002 respectively, Lesbian Organization Rijeka (LORI) and Zagreb Pride are two long-established and experienced LGBTQI organizations contributing to LGBTQI, feminist, progressive and anti-fascist movement advancements in Croatia.
Founded in 2000 and 2002 respectively, Lesbian Organization Rijeka (LORI), http://www.lori.hr/, and Zagreb Pride, http://www.zagreb-pride.net/en/, are two long-established and experienced LGBTQI organizations contributing to LGBTQI, feminist, progressive and anti-fascist movement advancements in Croatia. Zagreb Pride was originally formed to make the pride march in Zagreb, an important political intervention of its time, into a more sustainable ongoing activist project. Over the years, it has grown to become a leading queer-feminist organization, led by a trans activist and engaged in research, advocacy and direct action as key strategies to assert LGBTQI rights nationally, particularly to reduce violence and discrimination and gain legal recognition of non-normative families. LORI, the first registered LGBTQI group in Croatia, is also recognized as a key leader in promoting LGBTQI identity and culture, building public support for LGBTQI issues and working to attain an inclusive and non-discriminatory educational environment for young people. In 2012, they published an anti-bullying handbook for high school teachers and counselors, and as a result of their patient and consistent educational efforts, became the first LGBTQI group to work directly in high schools and be part of official school programs.
Trans Network Balkan (Trans Mreza Balkan – TMB) formed in 2014 to provide support and empower trans, inter and gender variant (TIGV) communities in post‐Yugoslav countries where they face high levels of gender‐based oppression, discrimination, violence and segregation. TMB is currently most active in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia. Their primary areas of work are providing TIGV persons, especially youth, with information; raising awareness on TIGV issues; providing peer support, convening and connecting TIGV activists; and coordinating joint capacity building and peer‐learning activities. They are catalyzing TIGV leadership by supporting the development of TIGV groups in countries where there is not yet any TIGV infrastructure, and supporting groups to grow and learn through peer exchanges and information‐sharing.
Founded in 2012, Trans Aid is the first trans group to form in Croatia, working to create a just society that includes the right to gender and sex self-determination.
Founded in 2012, Trans Aid is the first trans group to form in Croatia, working to create a just society that includes the right to gender and sex self-determination. Their work is helping to advance legal and medical practices that increase the trans community’s access to gender marker changes and healthcare. Their community empowerment, cultural events and educational strategies are also increasing visibility of trans issues and building greater public acceptance. They are inspiring new platforms to form, such as Trans Network Balkan, launched in 2014, as well as “Trans Parent,” a new initiative for parents of transgender people.