Uniting and becoming stronger. Results of 2017

25.12.2017

The year of 2017 was not an easy one for LGBTI communities around the world. However, by joining forces to fight against discriminatory initiatives, violations of rights, violence, silencing of LGBTI people’s identities and needs, we became stronger. We want to share the results of the work done by Labrys together with LGBT activists, allies and partner organizations this year.
In 2017, Labrys turned 13 years old. During this year, we have been gathering together with LGBT communities on all important dates for the LGBT movement to inform and support each other, to express solidarity, to increase the visibility of communities and to fight against homo / bi / lesbo / transphobia. On one of such events, dedicated to the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia, people shared their personal stories on the topic of "Family", which were then included in a unique storybook. This year, for the first time in Kyrgyzstan, the bisexual community and allies have celebrated the Bi Visibility Day. Moreover, the second part of the "T-World" comic book, dedicated to the realities of a trans sex worker’s life, was released on the Transgender Day of Remembrance.
Together with the "Kyrgyz Indigo" organization, "Needs Assessment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer people of Bishkek" was conducted and published.
During the year Labrys has also conducted a training for Kyrgyz journalists on covering topics related to LGBT people and prevention of hate speech in media.
In the summer of 2017, the first Central Asian camp for LGBTQ communities was held, after which an initiative group of LBQ women has formed in Kazakhstan.

   

This year has become a significant stage in trans advocacy, as the system for medical and social care for transgender, transsexual and gender nonconforming people was created and approved. The Labrys team together with experts has organized a training for psychiatrists and psychotherapists, endocrinologists, gynecologists, urologists and other medical specialists, after which more doctors became allies of the LGBT community in Kyrgyzstan.
The visibility of the community also increased at the national level, due to the fact that violations of rights and violence against LGBT people was for the first time covered in the Annual Report of the Ombudsman of the Kyrgyz Republic for the year of 2016. Along with this, LGBT activists from Kyrgyzstan participated in international conferences and meetings, increasing the visibility of the region. In 2017, Central Asia for the first time became part of the largest LGBTI conference of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex People's Association in Europe (ILGA-Europe), at which activists held a workshop about Central Asia. Moreover, in December 2017 Labrys took part in the OutRight International advocacy week.

   

LGBT people of Kyrgyzstan continued to receive direct medical, psychological, legal support and equal consultation provided by the organization; the initiative groups of Central Asia were turning to the opportunities of Labrys as a resource center. Each and every LGBT person could come to a community training center and participate in support groups and events that took place in it as well as in their organization.
"Labrys" expresses gratitude to LGBT communities, all partners and allies who have been with us this year. We hope that in 2018 we will be able to take a few more steps together towards the goals of equality, respect for human rights and improvement of the lives of LGBT people in Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia.

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  • Chingiz Aitmatov, kyrgyz writer

    Chingiz Aitmatov, kyrgyz writer

    "I want the person I love not to be afraid of loving me openly. Otherwise - it is humiliating"

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