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Municipality’s reachout to public and its own staff on LGBT issues

A long time activist at Dialogai in Geneva and “Jules and Julies” in Toulouse, Guillaume Mandicourt is now in charge of LGBT related affairs, a position the City of Geneva has created recently. His role sits not only in the middle of civil society and the Municipality, but also other national and international municipalities and state practices.

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11th December 2013 14:31

Alessia Valenza

Bringing local LGBT organizations into the municipal scene for a ripple effect, promoting equality during hiring processes by the Municipality and strengthening existing collaborations seem to be on top of priorities.

Kaos GL Magazine sat down with Mandicourt to listen to his position as a civil servant with years of activism in the field. We are hopeful that this interview will benefit not only the Swiss municipalities but also others around the globe. Interview by Nevin Oztop

Your dedication to activism starts at Dialogai, a longtime organization passionately working in the field of social rights of LGBT people. Please tell us briefly about your journey from there to the Municipality.
My engagement started long before, actually. As a young student I joined “Jules et Julies”, the student LGBT organization in Toulouse, France, my country of origin. I became its president a few years later. After I finished my PhD at the University of Geneva, I decided to (re)connect to the local LGBT community, which I hadn’t really had time to explore during my studies. I started to write for the LGBTQ magazine “360” and to meet people from Dialogai. When Dialogai decided to create a new position in Communication, I jumped on the occasion. I did the same four years later, when the City of Geneva created a new and ambitious position of Project Officer for LGBT issues.

How was the idea of establishing a position in charge of LGBT related issues born? How was it seeded exactly?

The idea was born at the first Meeting -“Assises”- Against Homophobia in Geneva, set up by local LGBT organizations in 2009. (…)


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