Innovative support for the LGBT community
All information of interest to LGBT people, their parents and friends are now easily and freely available on smartphones thanks to the initiative of Labris – lesbian human right organization
Belgrade, 3 June 2014. – The more active contribution to the reduction of homophobia and discrimination against LGBT people in Serbia, the organization Labris has launched a unique application for smart phones – LGBT FRIENDLY NETWORK.
The application is developed based on LGBT friendly map that is previously developed on the website pflagsrbija.org.rs and except for information about the activities of the LGBT organizations now in one place and easily are accessible contacts for psychological and legal support, as well as state institutions in Serbia that have an understanding LGBT issues and support this population.
The application currently provides information and contacts of 9 LGBT of LGBT friendly clubs/bars, 37 organizations, 19 institutions, 11 therapists and two gynecological ordinations in Belgrade, Novi Sad, Niš, Šabac and Zrenjanin. There are contacts for legal, psychological care of professionals who have been actively working on improvement of the position of LGBT people in Serbia.
“With this application we wanted to provide to LGBT people and their families and friends information on all significant activities within the community. That’s why Labris invites civil society organizations and government institutions to join LGBT FRIENDLY NETWORK and to contribute to reducing homophobia and together with us work on better acceptance of LGBT people in the Serbian community” – Jelena Vasiljević, Program Coordinator in Labris
LGBT FRIENDLY NETWORK is not designed exclusively for the LGBT community, but also for the parents and friends of LGBT people who now easily can access the information and contacts for any kind of help they need.
Labris – organization for lesbian human rights launched the initiative for the realization of this innovative and useful application. The application is available for free via Google Play service and the website: pflagsrbija.org.rs
The application for “Political Leadership Training for LGBT People in the Balkans” is now open.
The trainings are designed to provide the necessary tools for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans) individuals that want to participate in the democratic process, get involved with a political party, and attain public office.
The trainings are scheduled over six weekend sessions (all 6 are mandatory) to be held in Serbia from May to November 2014.
First training will be held on May 23-25, 2014 (three days) with the topic – LGBT Political Leadership: Myself as a Change Maker.
The goal of the training:
To provide theoretical and practical knowledge, skills, and support to LGBT leaders that want to participate in their democracies through political parties and, eventually, through election into public office.
If you are interested in participating in the training, click here to complete the application form.
More information about the training you will find here.
Should you have any question or concern please contact us.
Ales Bialiatski, founder of the Belarusian human rights organisation Viasna, is the recipient of the 2014 Civil Rights Defender of the Year Award. For over 30 years, he has pursued a life of continuous struggle to campaign for democracy and human rights, first in the Soviet Union and then in Belarus
Ales is one of eleven political prisoners held in jail by the Belarusian authorities in a country often referred to as ”the last dictatorship in Europe”, sentenced to 4.5 years in prison for tax evasion in a trial with clear political overtones. He was arrested on 4 August 2011. Since then he has been imprisoned and prevented from communicating freely with the outside world. Being the head of the country’s leading human rights organisation Viasna Ales Bialiatski is a central figure in Belarusian civil society
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Valiantsin Stefanovitj is vice president of Viasna:
“It is important for Ales to receive this recognition. He is a strong and warm person who is extremely passionate about democracy and human rights. An external show of support like this award goes a long way to strengthening both him and all of us at Viasna and also provides the inspiration to continue to fight for a democratic Belarus. Only with pressure from the outside world can we bring about long lasting change. It was really exciting for me to write the letter to Ales and tell him about the prize. Unfortunately I do not know if the letter arrived as we have not yet received a response,” said Valiantsin.
Since the establishment of Viasna in 1996, Ales has been arrested over 20 times. Many of these arrests have been for minor infringements such as handing out copies of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
“The trial of Ales Bialiatski was initiated despite international protests and demands for his release. The process of prosecuting Ales was directly linked to his human rights work and the verdict serves as a warning to the entire Belarusian civil society”, says Robert Hårdh, Director of Civil Rights Defenders.
Ales has previously been honoured with several other awards, including the Swedish Per Anger Prize, The Sakharov Prize and Homo Homini Prize. He has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize twice, in 2006 and 2007.
The Civil Rights Defender of the Year Award is handed out on 4 April, which is the date of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King. The award is given during Civil Rights Defenders’ annual conference Defenders’ Days, when human rights defenders from around the world gather in Stockholm. Ales’ colleague Tatsiana Revjaka and his wife Natalia Pinchuk are in Stockholm to receive the award on his behalf.