We consider the 10th of October a very important date in Algeria since four years, it honours the national anniversary that stands for defending and legitimizing LGBTIQ rights, this is why "Abu Nawas" association is working to seek recognition of those rights. Abu Nawas is faithful to that date and we present it each year for this unique struggle of rights.
Our dream is to have the Algerian society to legitimize our existence and our equal rights, but our current reality faces the two penalty articles 333 & 338 of the Algerian Penal and Criminal law, that criminalize homosexuality and all acts that are relevant to it.
This year, like every year, we are celebrating for the 5th time on a row our national day for LGBTIQ rights as a decision of an actual manifestation to our hopes to confirm our existence and self determination. It is the right of each person to live his\her differences and orientations and with total freedom.
Our last year slogan was "Hope", which enhanced our will and made us insist more to hold on to our common belief that it is just and legitimate right of ours. There is no way that we continue to work in a scattered and sporadic way, therefore "movement" is a necessary duty and unity to our voices, so those ears that reused to listen to us in the past can be open to listen to us now.
Today, "Abu Nawas" association calls for solidarity under the slogan: Together To Make Life Better, this step goes along with the logic of the revolutions in the Arab World and inspired by the needed support from the Maghreb movements defending the LGBTIQ that we work with and cooperate closely with "Khomsa" network to collaborate in the desired goals.
Like every year, we are asking you and each person to do a symbolic gesture that shows his\her belief, his\her belonging and support to our struggle. Light a candle on Monday October tenth around eight in the evening, to be the light for all those who suffered in the past or are still suffering this moment because of his\her difference. The dim light of the candle will be the equivalent to the ray of hope that everyone of us carry in the depth of his\her entity either inside their homeland or outside, for all those who dream of and for freedom, to live their difference with No discrimination or fear or even prejudice.
Let us light our illumination in 10\10 under the slogan of – Together To Make Life Better!