Why would a community call itself queer? The term "queer", a symbol of identity for sexual minorities, is a word which the dictionary alludes to as 'odd' or 'strange.' The community says it has appropriated the word much the way the word 'Dalit' or 'Negro' have been used by persecuted communities to represent themselves.
13/08/2013 | Pan Africa ILGA Regional Communication Officer
In her foreword for this report, Dorothy Aken’Ova wrote that, “There are currently very few initiatives researching, mobilising, organising, and advocating for the rights and sexual reproductive health of LBQWSW communities. Even fewer are founded and led by LBQWSW women themselves. To further complicate the matter, they are faced with herculean challenges ranging from limited or no funding and low leadership capacity to hostile policy and legal environments.” >>>
A member of the ministry of foreign affairs provided a short video clip to local SOGI advocacy group CAISO, the program, titled “Diplomatic Encounters” with interviewer C's Gideon Hanoomansingh speaks to Trinidad and Tobago’s Ambassador to the United Nations Rodney Charles. The ministry representative depicted it as "a clear outline of what Trinidad & Tobago's position is on this issue" with regards to issues regarding sexual orientati >>>
The LGBT Film Festival El Lugar Sin Limites has opened submissions for its ninth festival. The festival welcomes submissions of feature-length and short documentaries (except for institutional materials), fiction features and short-form experimental fiction, animation and works of video art having Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian and/or Trans. themes.
The festival will be held simultaneously in five Ecuadorian cities from November 17th to 27th, 2011. Filmmakers wishing to participate should submit their works by August 1st, 2011. >>>
10/01/2011 | Charge de Communication Pan Africa ILGA
Velvetpark’s year end round up of the most significant queer women of 2010 had our editors researching and wracking our brains for the last month. In selecting the Official Top 25 we decided to hone our criteria down to women who made a significant contribution to lesbian/dyke/trans/queer visibility in the areas of arts, culture and activism, or who made a critical impact on our social equality—this year. We also decided not to include any celebrities, even though we owe a debt of gratitude to all those who have used their visibility to advance our equal rights. Instead we chose to honor the unsung heroes or individuals who came out of nowhere and gained national attention in the name of queer causes. As with last year’s list, our numbering is not meant to suggest a ranking system; each of the contributions made by our honorees has enriched our lives and our community. >>>