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Strengthening Communities - LGBT Rights and Social Cohesion

Report of the third Salzburg Global LGBT Forum now online

The report from the Salzburg Global program Strengthening Communities: LGBT Rights and Social Cohesion, the third annual Salzburg Global LGBT Forum is now available is now available online to read, download and share.

In June 2015, Salzburg Global Seminar, brought together 57 participants from 34 countries from all professional sectors, ages and expertise. They reflected upon LGBT inclusion and social cohesion in relation to democratic institutions, families, communities, social justice, activism, education, employment, hate crimes and bullying. Three general themes were proposed for conversations:

  1. The Cost of Social Exclusion: What are the economic effects of social exclusion? How does LGBT exclusion affect national economies or international corporations? What are the implications of LGBT issues on the refugee crisis, migration, and those left behind?
  2. The Power of Storytelling: How are we portrayed in media? As monsters or ordinary citizens? As individuals or as a community? How do we tell our own stories?
  3. Transformation: How far can we advance LGBT human right issues before the global attention wanes?

As session rapporteur Ivan Capriles writes: "It has been at times difficult to select, condense or leave out so much material to provide the reader with a concise and enriching insight into this wonderful experience. Hopefully, these pages will allow the reader to grasp as much as possible the spirit of our growing Global LGBT Forum."

Download the report as a PDF


The Salzburg Global LGBT Forum 2015 was held with the generous support of the Austrian Development Cooperation, the German Federal Foreign Office, Hivos, Michael Huffington, and the Open Society Foundations. Additional support was provided by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy, the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, the HDH Wills (1965) Charitable Trust, the Korea Foundation and the Nippon Foundation.

Salzburg Global Seminar would like to thank all the participants for donating their time and expertise to this session.


*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.