03/02/2006 | Writer: KAOS GL

Kaos GL is organizing an International Anti-Homophobia Week in Ankara/Turkey from May 17th till May 21st. We hope that lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders as well as heterosexual individuals will join the activities during this week. You are invited. If you can't attend the meeting personally, we would appreciate it if you could share with us your information, experiences, ideas, concerns and suggestions.

With best regards,

Ali Erol
Kaos Gay-Lesbian Cultural Researches and Solidarity Association, Ankara / Turkey

1- What will be the topics in these meetings?
Although the finalized program will be determined by April 15, 2006, you can find some information about the meeting program as following:

Anti-Homophobia Conference
A famous author and a social psychology professor will speak about homosexuality, homophobia and sexual orientation discriminations.

Family Workshop
Gay-lesbian partnerships, marriage, starting a family... Problems of families with homosexual sons/daughters... Coming out to parents... How parents' attitudes around this issue are going to change ... Homophobia in the family and resistance tactics of gay-lesbian youth...

Local Forum
Lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders living far from the cities will talk about their rural experience and the lifestyle they follow.

Lesbian Workshop
Lesbian existence and homophobia directed at lesbians
Lesbian anti-homophobic strategies
(Open only to lesbian and bisexual women)

Gay-Lesbian Movie Video workshops...
Mainly short films with gay-lesbian characters or with homosexual subject

Feminist Forum
-It is an open forum for all women-
Feminist struggles and homophobia

Workshop for Homosexual Refugees
The problems of the LGBT refugees living in Turkey

International Forum of Anti-Homophobic Life Experiences

Sexual Health Workshop
HIV-AIDS Activities
The struggle for sexual health rights
How are gays & lesbians excluded from the sexual health area?
Mainstream Media - Communication Forum
What kind of a relationship do we want to establish with media?
How do we spread the word the LGBT media tools?

Anti-Militarist Forum Against Homophobia
Militarism and masculinity... militarism and homosexuality
The problems of gay soldiers...

Homophobia in Labor Life and Gay-Lesbian Worker/Officer Forum
Problems of gay-lesbian workers and officers...
How can we fight against discrimination based on sexual orientation and against homophobic attitudes and practices in labor life?

Forum on psychological issues
Homophobia in the area of mental health issues
Gays and lesbians discuss with psychotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, psychological consultants and counselors

Queer Forum

Homophobia in Education / Campus Forum
How can we fight against homophobic attitudes and practices towards gay and lesbian students in secondary education and university campus.
Compulsory heterosexuality... sexual education... trade union of teachers... ministry of education...

Private Workshops
These are workshops which only gays or/and lesbians can join under the guidance of a psychologist moderator.

2- Where and when will the symposiums take place?
May 17, 2006 Wednesday and May 18, 2006 Thursday (day time)
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