The global knowledge of LGBTI people is very limited and it makes difficult to design inclusive programs and policies. We discussed during the World Bank Spring Bank Meetings about the importance on data collection in fighting against discrimination and stigma. The panel was composed by our director, Gabriel Alves de Faria, Clifton Cortez, World Bank's Global Adviser on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI), Nebojsa Kaludjerovic, Ambassador of Montenegro to the US and Dragana Todorovic from ERA - organization dealing with LGBTI issues in the Western Balkans and Turkey. The panel was moderated by David Kinder, WB's UK Alternate Executive Director.
We had a very thoughtful meeting with "Maes pela Diversidade"in Espirito Santo, Brazil, an initiative led by mothers of LGBT persons. Not Only Voices was happy with the invitation and found it an incredible opportunity to screen the interview we did with PFLAG in Vietnam, an organization also composed by parents of LGBT persons. We came to the conclusion that the happiness and struggles are very similar despite the different cultures and realities. During the event, some of the LGBT sons and daughters were present and talked about their coming out and family relations. It was a truly inspiring moment! Obrigado Maes pela Diversidade and keep inspiring us.
Not Only Voices delivered a workshop at the second edition of the annual “Queer” Asia Conference (QA17). The aim of the conference was to bring together a wide range of academics and activists working at the intersections of “Queer” and “Asia.” It facilitates an interdisciplinary and inter-regional exchange of ideas, builds enriching networks and stimulates a pan-Asian dialogue on LGBTQ+ issues and struggles in Asia.
Videos of Not Only Voices addressing faith and LGBTI persons will open this event. The discussion "Challenges of LGBT-Activism in Religious Societies" is part of The Hague Freedom Book Fair 2017. In this event, they will discuss the current challenges of rising intolerance all over the world and its effect on the LGBTI movements. What spaces and loopholes do exist to use existing social tolerance in the world to promote LGBT rights? Free entrance.
Gabriel gathered with volunteers from AIESEC in Vitória (Brazil) to share how important AIESEC was to his professional development, including in developing Not Only Voices. Some extracts of interviews collected in Southeast Asia were screened. It was an evening about passionate youth leadership and diversity!
We were invited by Prof. Kees Waaldijk to present Not Only Voices to the students of his incredible Comparative Sexual Orientation Law course. We presented our online platform and some videos related to the impact of the laws criminalizing same-sex activity in the lives of LGBTI persons. The very diverse group of students were very enthusiastic and made a lot of questions.
Gabriel and Marcel launched notonlyvoices.org during the International Queer Migration Film Festival. Our launch feature an hour-long presentation about the features of the new website, and also screened some of our teaser and part of the first full interview with Shinta Rantri and Pesantren Waria (Islamic boarding school for trans persons).
Gabriel and Marcel presented some of the material shot in Asia to an audience of 110 people. It was an open event and many friends and professionals from the film industry and human rights advocates attended the event. It was a true pleasure to share some extracts of our interviews, impressions about the whole journey and interact with the public. For example, we discussed about differences and similarities faced by LGBTI persons in Southeast Asia and in the Netherlands and Europe. Finally, many of those who were there contacted us afterwards and are now supporting the project with their knowledge and network. Special thanks to the Mugmetdegoudentand for their kind help in organizing the event.
Gabriel was happy to go back to his previous workplace and present some of the footage from Southeast Asia. He showed extracts of 4 different interviews and reacted on those. The audience was very lively and made a lot of questions. He discussed about the main challenges in SE Asia and also made a comparison with the situation of LGBTI persons in the Americas.
Gabriel and Marcel were invited to present the project at Teacher´s College, Columbia University, in the context of its QueerWeek. It was a week full of different panels to discuss broad general LGBT issues. We were there raising the voices of Asian students in US universities.