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1 Sexual minorities and their organizations Past and present developments Linda Freimane, Mozaika February 23, 2006 Past and present developments Linda Freimane, Mozaika February 23, 2006

2 History - my reflection Several organizations from early 1990ies; Troubled existence, conflicts; Few active people; Lack of strategic planning and political anchoring; In-build complex and self- marginalization

3 Positive aspects Several successful LGBT organizations; Periods of activities and publicity; as a constant forum;www.gay.lv Social life and networks, bars, discos; International support; Latest developments.

4 Phase 1 - early 1990ies Latvijas associācija seksuālai vienlīdzībai (Latvian Association for sexual equality) –Born in 1990, founded 1991; –Museum of History of Literature; –First pan-Baltic conference in 1992, participation of an MP, TV attention; –First project with ILGA Europe - joint Baltic, Moscow and St. Petersburg project; –Highlight and media attention in -95, lesbian wedding; –Ceased to exist in Informal lesbian group

5 Phase 2 - late 1990ies Homoseksualitātes Infomācijas Centrs, HIC –Founded in 1997; –Not more than 10 members; –First project with the HR Centre (N. Muižnieks); –Demonstration for LGBT rights in Helsinki; –Split leadership, some went abroad; –Ceased to exist a few years later. Geju atbalsta grupa –Focused on men only; –Non-political, social character. 1999, draft same-sex partnership law

6 Phase 3 - early 2000 Informal grouping of 14 gays and lesbians –Secret services once a month from 2000; –Advertised (only answer from the Arch Bishop); –Latvian Lutheran church expelled Māris Sants; –The open, evangelic congregation was founded in 2002; –Continue working, ~ 50 members, mixed orientation; –Events in 2005 – Riga Pride and Juris Calitis. Geju un Lesbiešu Jaunatnes Atbalsta Grupa (GLJAG) in 2002 –Grew out of HIV/Aids support centre Dialogs –Organized summer camps a.o. activities –Front figures in Riga Pride 2005 –Transformed into ILGA Latvia in 2005

7 Phase 4 - post Pride Informal gatherings 1x month; Strategic seminar on Mission, Goals and Strategies in early February; Team of 4 lawyers drafting the statutes; Foundation meeting MOZAIKA, 18 Feb 2006 Board of 6, working groups

8 Mozaika MISSION: To increase public awareness of different forms of sexual orientation and to help LGBT-people to achieve legal integration in Latvia. GOALS: -Legal integration and harmonization; -Education and information (society at large and LGBT); -Fight against discrimination; -Gender equality; -Acceptance of diverce family models.

9 How to get there GoalsStrategies Legal Advice and support networks Education & Information Coming out, culture, Events, publications Anti discrimination Inform LGBT community, Stimulate cases Family models Changes in legislation, debate

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