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No. 228, August 2014. In this issue...


Bias motivated violence


Equality and non-discrimination


Freedom of expression


Three exciting job opportunities with ILGA-Europe

ILGA-Europe is currently looking for a Senior Policy Officer, Intern (paid) and Communications and Media Officer (Temporary position) to our staff team in Brussels.

Hurry up and register: Annual Conference 2014 in Rīga

The deadline for registration is this Sunday, 24 August (Midnight CET). Fill in the registration form online, if you haven’t done it yet. Also don’t forget to spread the word about the registration deadline among your fellow activists.

Calling for more images: Be part of ILGA-Europe’s face

ILGA-Europe is in a process of building a new and modern website. We want you to be a part of it, as we want to show who we represent --> you, as one of the millions of LGBTI people in Europe. We have already received great images of LGBTI people from all over Europe, though mostly of individuals. So we are calling for more images of LGBTI families, couples, friends - in your home, everyday settings and work/community environment.

Call for participants: Training on Community and Organisational Development to Lead Sustainable Change

ILGA-Europe is organising a training on Community and Organisational Development to Lead Sustainable Change taking place on 20-22 November 2014 in Ljubljana. Deadline for applications: 31 August.

Bias motivated violence

Call for project proposals on cooperation with public authorities to tackle homophobic and transphobic crime

ILGA-Europe announces a call for project proposals dedicated to the reinforcement or to the development of new cooperation models between LGBTI NGOs and public authorities to tackle homophobic and transphobic crime. This call is supported by the government of the Netherlands. Deadline for applications: 15 September 2014.


Spanish school religion teacher fired for being gay

A gay religion teacher from Spain's Canary Islands who recently wrote a letter to one of Spain's major newspapers praising local religious authorities for their tolerance was fired from his job. 

Malta: Illegal to discriminate trans people at work

An amendment to the Maltese Employment and Industrial Relations Act has made it illegal for employers to reject trans people for a job solely because of their gender identity. Moroever it is now also illegal to harass a trans person employer, employee or colleague on the ground of their gender identity.
Read more about the new provision here

Equality and non-discrimination

Council of Europe: The 2014 human rights fight against LGBTIQ discrimination

The Council of Europe has launched a multimedia presentation of activities and reports on the 2014 progress of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex and queer fight against discrimination.

Coming up: Bi Visibility Day, 23 September

Bi Visibility Day has been marked each year since 1999 to highlight biphobia and to help people find the bisexual community. This day is a call for the bisexual community, their friends and supporters to recognise and celebrate bisexuality, bisexual history, bisexual community and culture, and all the bisexual people in their lives.


New poll on same-sex marriage on the Faroe Islands

A recent Gallup poll interviewed 600 people on their views towards same-sex marriage. 61% of respondents say they support same-sex marriage, while 32% of respondents say they are against and the rest say that they don't know.

Freedom of expression

Video on LGBT lives failed to pass the censorship on Lithuanian TV again

Two Lithuanian commercial TV channels refused to air a video clip produced by Lithanian Gay League. The video clips aimed at changing the negative attitudes of the public towards the LGBT community.

ILGA-Europe Rainbow Digest is published by ILGA-Europe - the European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans & Intersex Association

ISSN 1998-8117
Editor: Mehmet Akin
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