#LGBTV: ARE WE ANNOYING YOU? SWITCH TO SOMETHING ELSE!

26.12.2019

#LGBTV: are we annoying you? Switch to something else!

We recently launched a bold project  in support of the LGBT community in Kyrgyzstan and we looking for additional informational support.

Our society is very conservative and therefore, any mention in the local media about LGBT topic is perceived extremely aggressively. People just cant ignore such topics, feeling obliged to speak out, even if it does not concern them. As a result of this, the media prefers not to discuss this topic at all, and with this silence the ignorance and aggression grow, the society is left without any educational informational about LGBT issues.

On one of the country's largest television channels TV1.KG we showed an annoying beeping screensaver with the flag of the LGBT community, which can annoy many people. The message “Switch to something else if it annoys you” was written on the screen. The idea of ​​the #LGBTV project is to send a message to the public “it’s not necessary to respond to what annoys you, sometimes you can just switch to something else!”.


This screen saver was also a promo for the evening broadcast, where for the first time in the country the topic of LGBT was discussed on such a scale. Besides discussing the topic, the information about the legal and psychological assistance was given.

Today, representatives of the LGBT community in Kyrgyzstan are subjected to violence, blackmail, and discrimination, both by ordinary citizens and by police officers.
It is very important for us to talk about it, to bring up this topic within the country and the region, so that our mass media start talking about it, stop being afraid and keep silent, taking an example from our foreign colleagues.

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