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isabella (user currently living in GEORGIA) posted for lesbian intersex readers on 03/03/2013 tagged with adoption, religion +10
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I love to go party but whdn I was lil I saw gay guys and lesbians and just normal boy and girls so I didn't know what I wanted to be so I'm both
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beka (user currently living in GEORGIA) posted for gay readers on 18/05/2013 +10
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Halo my name is Beka and I'm a Gay from Georgia. Countries where we do not recognize gay couples are not going to beat the pressure. Nobody helps us, and no one understands us: ((In this country we are just trash it apply to us. Did not provide protection against any sun As you know today was the day of the fight against homohobias. As many of us have joined in the action but unfortunately They did not give us the right to a crowd of people who hate us, and ironically. Gay Go from Georgia, you are not logged Shame on you This was preceded by the clergy to the people They were told to go to Georgia, leaving Georgia Thousands of people came to us and we are only 50 of us They threatened to kill us and burn thousands of horrible things like rape and so on swearing They threatened to kill us and burn thousands of horrible things like rape and so on swearing I'm afraid of the future because they do not know what happens to me or my boyfriend when I go outside I do not know what to tell you about it. Unfortunately, no one shares our interests Unfortunately we can not afford and do not provide protection against the LGBT Organization These evil people who laughed at us and threatening us Today I was really scared so he came to us on A country can not remain nor I, nor my boyfriend. Because they are actually dangerous I am gay and like using an external application requesting asylum in any country with my boyfriend Please can you tell us will help us do I call on all organizations which explore gay issues Maybe tomorrow will be too late to help us survive Learn what happened today in Georgia How They treat gay couples I asked my boyfriend along with me as a gay asylum Please can you tell us not to give up: ((This will be plunged into misery. Do not treat us the way the society Having plunged into misery The footage is probably covered the whole world I am ashamed that I live in Georgia with my boyfriend, and I do not know what to expect from these evil people from tomorrow Please help me with my problem Thank you in advance from a 22-year-old Beka Georgia. Here is a video on how to treat us, we gays Residents of Georgia
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isabella posted for lesbian bisexual straight readers on 03/03/2013 tagged with adoption, hate crime and violence prevention, religion +5
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Hope I like naughty!!!contact this cutie at 678 850 1097!!!!
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WISG's CEDAW shadow report: LBT women in Georgia (user currently living in GEORGIA) posted for lesbian transgender bisexual readers on 25/04/2012 tagged with gender identity, human rights, sexual orientation +0
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Women’s Initiatives Supporting Group (WISG) published CEDAW shadow report: LBT Women in Georgia.

Violence against women is closely linked to socially constructed views on masculinity and famininity. Patriarcal opinions on gender and gender norms put a strong distinction between the two and facilitate unequal distribution of power based sex/gender-related considerations.

In a society where gender asymmetry is sharp, even a slight deviation from established gender norms can turn into a reason for violence and discrimination. In such societies LBT (Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender) women usually constitute one of the most vulnerable groups; They are discriminated based on both - thier sex and their sexual orientation/ gender identity.

Despite some recent LGBT- related groundbreaking developments in the field of human rights, in Georgia LGBT still remains one of the most “invisible” groups. As a result, violence against LGBT people also remains “invisible” and goes unreported to human rights organizations, state institutions, as well as the wider public.

In Georgia LBT rights are not seen as a part of women’s rights in general; LBT issues are practically eliminated from the agenda of women’s rights organizations. This, in addition to the high level of homophobia, makes it particularly difficult to identify individual instances of discrimination and to measure the overall scope of the problem. For this reason we consider that fact that discussion and monitoring of LBT rights in Georgia starts in the context of women’s rights in general is very important.
The structure of the report is based on the methodology which has been devised by IGLHRC (International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commision). Each chapter starts with a provision from the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women or a CEDAW recommendation and a relevant provision from the Yogyakarta Principles.

The publication is available on WISG’s website; the file can be downloaded here:

http://women.ge/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/WISG-LBT-CEDAW-shadow-report_eng.pdf

About WISG
Women’s Initiatives Supporting Group (WISG) is a non-governmental, non-profit-making organization working on women’s rights in Georgia. It was founded in 2000 and started to work on the issue of homophobia in 2002. Since 2003 WISG has been working on research and analysis of homophobic hate speech in Georgian media. From 2005 its women’s rights program has been focusing on LBT women’s empowerment in Georgia. Since 2010 the overall goal of WISG’s women rights programme is to support LBT women in having absolute right and a full accessibility to participate in all the areas of life through empowerment of the group, advocacy and increasing the level of tolerance towards LBT group in the society.

WISG is a member of international networks: AWID, ILGA-EUROPE and IGLYO.
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