Labris’ activist took part in 29th International Conference LGBT leaders, organized by the Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute in Denver, Colorado, on December 5-8, 2013.
Three-day Conference, that geathered nearly 600 attendees was hosted by Colorado House of Representatives Speaker Mark Ferrandino.
Though most attendees are U.S.-based, out elected officials and advocates from countries including Spain, Japan, Colombia, and Australia particated as well.
Speakers for this year’s event included Harvey Milk Foundation Co-Founder & Board President Stuart Milk, MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts, Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Rep. Mike Michaud (Maine), Rep. Jared Polis (Colorado), Rep. David Cicilline (RI), Rep. Mark Takano (Calif.), and Rep. Mark Pocan (Wis.)
The annual conference, which started in the mid-1980s with just a couple dozen attendees, eventually grew into the International Network of Lesbian and Gay Officials.
It is our great honour to share with you that Victory Institute and Labris will conduct the Project LGBT leaders in Serbia and Balkans during 2014/2015.
Defenders is organising a five-day working conference in Przno, Montenegro, from the 22 to the 27 October. The conference is entitled “Empowering people – ideas worth spreading“ and will gather human rights activists from Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia. The goal of the conference is to increase the participants’ capacities in using new media and technology as well as art in their advocacy work
“We want to truly empower activists in using new media and technology in their work as well as giving them the tools to be more effective. New media and social networks are used everywhere and therefore our advocacy efforts must follow the trend. Art is also a well-known tool for <strong and engage people in a debate. During the conference, the participants will share ideas, create new projects and be given a „communications upgrade“ to create online and offline communities, thus making them part of the human rights advocacy network“, said Goran Miletic, Programme Director for the Western Balkans at Civil Rights Defenders.
All of the lecturers attending the conference are renowned experts in their field of work. The lecturers are Chris Michael & Ruben Brunsveld from the Swedish Institute for Public Speaking, David Brewer from Media Helping Media and Hedda Krausz Sjögren, playwright and producer of the documentary play “Seven”.
“Empowering people – ideas worth spreading“ working conference is supported by the Swedish Institute and is part of the capacity building efforts undertaken by Civil Rights Defenders. Through intensive training and workshops, 40 activists from the Western Balkans will learn how to use new media, create communication strategies, learn about video production and theatre as well as civic journalism in advocacy. The participants will exchange ideas and create new ones at the conference, which will provide the foundation for future joint efforts and regional partnerships.