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LGBTIQ+ Rights Defenders in Europe

11.9.2020 15:0016:30

What does Europe look like for LGBTIQ+ rights defenders today? What kind of resistance and support are they experiencing? What needs to be done next?

LGBTIQ+ people are currently facing vocal and active resistance against their rights all over Europe. During the past few years, LGBTIQ+ organizations have reported an increase in acts of hatred against LGBTIQ+ individuals It is also evident that positive legislative development regarding LGBTIQ+ rights is slowing down. Recently, the situation has radically worsened in some countries, even including restrictions of laws and authorities playing an active role in discrimination against LGBTIQ+ persons.

This discussion aims to find out how we should move forward from here. What can local governments, the EU, and each of us do to defend the rights of LGBTIQ+ people?


Aili Kala, Eesti LGBT Ühing, Estonia

Krisztina Kolos Orbán, Transvanilla Transgender Association, Hungary

Silvia Modig, Member of European Parliament, GUE/NGL, Finland

Nitin Sood, Fem-R, Finland

Johanna Sumuvuori, State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Finland

Yuri Yoursky, IGLYO (The International LGBTQI Youth and Student Organisation)

Moderator: Elina Korhonen, Seta’s international affairs committee.

The discussion will be led in English.

When and where?

Time: Friday 11.9. at 15-16:30
Venue: Online discussion will be streamed on Seta’s Youtube channel.

Organised as part of Helsinki Pride Week 7.–13.9.2020

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15:00 – 16:30