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Peter Dankmeijer (user currently living in NETHERLANDS) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex straight readers on 24/02/2014 tagged with teaching lgbt rights in schools, gender identity, human rights, sexual orientation
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GALE has have prepared a number of courses on sexual diversity education, which can (for European countries) be funded under Erasmus+. Each course is 4 days and one or two days come-back meeting. The courses should be done in another country than your own to get it funded. If your application is accepted by the EU, your own contribution is about â‚Ź 180 for both travels and courses, while the EU will pay all travel, accommodation, food and course fees.

The courses are:

Peer education on sexual diversity - How to discuss lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender topics with students and young adults
Schools without homophobia - Be an effective change maker in your school and more effective in mobilizing the team in combating homophobia
Dealing with strong opinions - Learn how to deal with strong opinioned students, who deny the holocaust, think homosexuals should be killed, Muslims should be sent 'home', women should be treated like property and Jews should be gassed
Strategic advocacy to mainstream attention for homophobia in schools -Assess the implementation of the right to education in your region or country and strategize a high impact strategy to improve it
Assess homophobia and transphobia in schools - This training is a workshop, which completely supports you to prepare a research strategy in your country.

Read more at http://www.lgbt-education.info/en/training/open_courses.
The deadline for application is 17 March, 12:00, and the application needs to be done by the legal representative of your organization. The application form is quite long, but GALE has made draft texts to make the application easier for you. If you want GALE support, please send GALE a note of interest: http://www.lgbt-education.info/en/training/note_of_interest. We will then contact you to offer support. In the week of 10-15 March GALE offers personal support via skype or phone. If you needs this, please make an appointment so they don't get overwhelmed with requests and can plan their work.
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Dear all,
Together with a friend of mine I have been working on a project named ClosetRiot. This project is about producing a small clothing line with the aim to create awareness for gay rights and to raise money for gay activists through the pridefund http://www.amnesty.nl/pridefonds.
To be able to produce the first set of clothes we launched a crowd funding campaign http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/closetriot/x/6001936, which will end the 14th of February. Take a look and tell us what you think.
But we need your help to spread this crowd funding campaign, and to reach our goal and start producing the shirts and sweaters.
It would be tremendously helpful and kind if you would spread the campaign through your network and maybe even donate a little.
We think the issue of gay-rights is not exposed enough and will always need exposure. We also feel that with the upcoming winter Olympics it is important to show the world that it is actually unacceptable to have an event as the Olympics hosted by a country that doesn’t seems to be concerned about human rights, and gay rights in particular.
Yours sincerely
Marèn Hoogland and Monique Schukking
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vreer (user currently living in NETHERLANDS) posted for transgender intersex readers on 20/04/2012 tagged with at the work place, health, gender identity, human rights, sexual orientation
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About one or two weeks ago a Dutch court decided that hermaphrodites (persons with a certain intersex condition) do not have to undergo medical procedures in order to get their preferred sex registration recognised. Anticipating the new gender recognition law and political statements of government,a general registral mistake law can indeed be used for this aim and not the (currently) archaic gender recognition law that requires sterilisation.
We have been instrumental in both the political statement and in the pointing the lawyer to the right grounds on which to act.
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