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From one continent to another and one country to another, the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community vary greatly. How many countries that are parties to the International
Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966), or the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1966), are really implementing policies true to the documents they signed?

  • freedom to engage in same-sex sexual activity

The Conference will emphasise the rights of the majority of the world's LGBT individuals, those living in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe, where issues include the relevance of "Western" or "Northern" LGBT identities, and the need for social and economic as well as civil and political rights.

The question of health, particularly HIV, remains a critical one and has become a global issue. LGBT rights must be supported and defended within all international organisations, particularly the United Nations. How can they be persuaded to take these issues seriously?

Our community’s diversity is one of its greatest assets. We cannot allow discrimination within our own ranks, or any other barriers to equality, to jeopardise the rich and varied fabric of our community. We must strive to act in accordance with our own principles.

The last quarter century has seen the emergence of many different non-traditional family models: single-parent families, blended families, community families, families with gay or lesbian parents, and so on.
People in non-traditional families have to struggle for acceptance. They are faced with resistance from many secular and religious institutions, which may react to their lifestyle choices with fear and outrage. And, as with all significant social evolutions, individualism inevitably comes into conflict with the laws, both written and unwritten, that touch the fabric of daily life. The evolution of civil liberties in a great number of countries has also resulted in the birth of numerous LGBT groups committed to constitutional and legal changes to family law, so that rights reflect realities. These changes include granting equal rights to LGBT individuals who are or wish to become parents, and to same-sex couples (including equal access to civil marriage). They also include expanding the range of relationship recognition options for all couples.

The ability of citizens to freely exercise their rights has an immediate impact on society as a whole. This results in not only individual, but perhaps more importantly, collective social change. To maximise the impact of these changes, we will need to develop strategies and alliances with communities outside of the LGBT community, including supportive individuals and groups within the heterosexual majority. In this context, the education of younger generations is of critical importance, and the battle against homophobia is one of many key concerns.

In some parts of the world, oppression is a fact of daily life for LGBT individuals. What can we do collectively to find ways to eradicate this oppression? How can we build the capacity of the global LGBT movement?

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The goal of this series of workshops is twofold:

  • First, it will provide an overview of the current state of LGBT sport after nearly 25 years of existence.
  • Second, it will examine the sport movement as an indicator of social change and the prospects for social transformation.


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29 Jul 2006
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