I’ve noticed that there seems to be some confusion about what a TERF* is so, here’s a quick guide to help you figure out if you’re a TERF. Chances are that you’re a TERF if you believe that you’re a feminist when you…
1.) Claim that transwomen are cismen, that transmen are ciswomen and purposefully misgender transpeople.
2.) Out transpeople to employers.
Join the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) and the New Tactics online community of practitioners for an online dialogue on Tactics for sustaining the well-being and security of defenders. >>>
"We have decided to write this letter to communicate openly and transparently a series of political considerations that we feelare crucial to the process of organizing the XII Feminist Meeting, commemorating 30 years of feminist meetings and feminism in the Region." XII Latin America and the Caribbean Feminist Meeting/Bogot, November 23 to 26, 2011. >>>
In Beijing on 13 September 1995 a lesbian caucus member, Palesa Beverley Ditsie, from South Africa, addressed the UN Plenary of the Fourth World Conference on Women about lesbian issues. This was an important event for lesbian visibility and rights. Before Beijing, responding to the urges of NGO’s from all continents, governments at the Preparatory Committee in New York agreed to the inclusion of lesbian issues in the Draft Platform for Action. The struggle in Beijing was about ensuring that human rights of lesbians would be explicitly protected in the final document, but conservative forces were too strong. Even though lesbians were not explicitly protected in the final document, speeches like Ditisie’s were proof of a strong lesbian presence at the conference and a milestone in terms of official recognition of lesbians at world fora. >>>
In her speech at the XXIV ILGA World Conference in Vienna in November 2008, Gloria Careaga testified on the lesbians constant involvement in the United Nations events, both within and outside ILGA. >>>
In 2006, the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights (RFSL), applied for ECOSOC status at the UN, which was granted in July 2007. Both in January and May of 2007, the Executive Director, Maria Sjödin, together with the President, Sören Juvas, went to New York to defend RFSL’s candidacy. RFSL was also appointed Women’s Secretariat at the ILGA World Conference in March 2006 and their mandate was renewed for two more years at the World Conference in November 2008. >>>
In the recently concluded Asia Pacific Forum for Beijing +15 last October 2009, a group of feminist and LGBT activists created a space for a discussion on “Practicing Pluralist Politics: Implications for Feminist and LGBT Organizing”. The workshop was sponsored by the Kartini Asia Network, the International Lesbian & Gay Association (ILGA), Isis International and Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN). >>>
In response to the World AIDS Day 2009 theme 'Universal Access and Human Rights', the Women WON’T wait. End HIV and Violence Against Women. NOW Campaign urges all to advocate for an essential package of services to be part of the integrated response to HIV and violence against women and girls. >>>
“The common misconception in Lebanon is that lesbian relationships don’t last. Here’s the insider’s guide to a stereotypical Lebanese lesbian relationship. Two women meet (probably online), fall in love within a week (if not faster), vow eternal love and devotion to each other (forever and ever), meet in person (probably at Dunkin Donuts), announce that they are girlfriends (7ayeti enti), tell all their friends (including lesbians on their MSN they have never met) that they are now in love, go dancing in Acid a month later (where one of them will throw a jealousy fit because the other looked at someone else), start fighting about everything (and nothing), break up (over the course of six months), and finally decide to become good friends (lesbian ex’s never leave). Repeat as necessary.” >>>
Lesbians have always been present in various civil society movements, with gay men’s organizations, in feminist groups, as well as in the artistic sphere and in the fight for decolonization and independence of their country. In recent decades lesbians have been present in the fight for equal rights for women of colour, aborigen women, and more broadly with feminist movements. >>>