Salzburg Global LGBT Forum Is Back for Third Time

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Jun 12, 2015
by Rachitaa Gupta
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Salzburg Global LGBT Forum Is Back for Third Time

The third Salzburg Global LGBT Forum will see more than 60 participants from 33 countries  Salzburg Global LGBT Forum participants posing for a group photo at Schloss Leopoldskron

In light of continuous globalization, the challenges faced by the LGBT* and human rights movements are no longer only regional or national. They are influenced by a multitude of factors at global level. The third edition of Salzburg Global LGBT Forum: Strengthening Communities - LGBT Human Rights and Social Cohesion, will see participants from 33 countries come together and discuss the issues faced by their community from a global perspective.

Since its inception in 2013, Salzburg Global LGBT Forum and its Fellows have been working to advance civil dialogue through further developing an active network of global LGBT and human rights actors. The Forum’s goal is to negotiate these interconnected global challenges and advance the free and equal rights of all LGBT people.

Building on the previous two Global LGBT Fora, this year the Forum looks to focus on social cohesion as a central issue for LGBT communities across the world, whether in societies still fighting for equal treatment or those struggling against brutal exclusion and marginalization.

Global LGBT Forum believes that targeted investments in areas like democratic institutions, families and communities (including alternative families), social justice and human rights activists, education and employment, housing, and protection from hate crimes and bullying is required to form socially cohesive societies.

During the six day session, from June 14 - June 19, the Forum will discuss various issues like, the progress or backlash the local and national LGBT communities face in light of global attention, situation of LGBT refugees, and the costs of social discrimination.

The program will develop the main themes through a highly communicative approach and alternate between panel discussions; working groups; evening readings, film and/or photography presentations; and ad hoc smaller groups exploring questions posed by participants.

Formed in cooperation between its Founder and Chair, Dr. Klaus Mueller (kmlink Consultancy) and Salzburg Global Seminar, to establish a truly global space to reflect upon and advance the LGBT and Human Rights discussions around the world, the Salzburg Global LGBT Forum hopes its third edition will be another step forward in achieving that goal.

The Salzburg Global program Global LGBT Forum - Strengthening Communities: LGBT Rights & Social Cohesion is part of multi-year series Global LGBT Forum. The list of our partners for Session 551 can be found here. For more information, please visit the link: http://www.salzburgglobal.org/issues-programs/justice/2010-2019/2015/session-551.html

*LGBT: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender. We are using this term as it is currently widely used in human rights conversations on sexual orientation and gender identity in many parts of the world, but we would not wish it to be read as exclusive of other cultural concepts, contemporary or historical, to express sexuality and gender, intersex and gender-nonconforming identities.