Oslo Pride has extensive experience in producing and facilitating workshops and seminars with international speakers on contemporary LGBTQI issues. The opportunity of hosting the InterPride AGM allows us to use both our expertise in hosting human rights conferences, and leveraging our international networks to deliver an impactful and relevant workshop program.
Oslo Pride’s solidarity program is funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This funding enables us to design a customised conference program, supporting and developing activists who experience challenges in their fight for equal rights. This program is developed and organised in association with Amnesty International Norway, The Norwegian Helsinki Committee, and our parent organization, the national LGBTQI organisation FRI.
The program we have developed so far includes activists from Armenia, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, Slovakia, Montenegro, Serbia, Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo and Greece.
We are proud to promote the important messages from our partners, like Valentina from Murmansk, who recorded this message during Barents Pride last weekend:
Russian legislation and anti LGBTQI sentiment has prohibited activists from organising a Pride events and gatherings in their own country. In the last two years, Barents Pride in Kirkenes, Norway, close to the Russian boarder has established itself to provide a platform and voice for our Russian LGBTQI family against ongoing discrimination and violence. This is a joint initiative between the Russian organisation Maximum in Murmansk, the Norwegian Helsinki Committee, Amnesty International Norway, and FRI:
Our core workshops will be focused on three main themes described in some detail below. We welcome suggestions for additional workshops and themes from the InterPride community.
1. INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS
Oslo Pride and our parent organisation, FRI – The Norwegian Organization for Sexual and Gender Diversity, partner with the global community through ILGA/ILGA Europe, TGW/TGEU networks. We are also present in relevant UN bodies and Council of Europe as part of the civil society. Through these networks and collaborations, along with our focus on regional issues, including Russia and Chechnya, we deliver current and well informed facilitation and discussion.
We are exploring a number of different topics, such as:
- LGBTQI human rights in Russia and Chechnya – InterPride and our global impact
- Mainstreaming LGBTQI public policies domestically and internationally
- Refugees and LGBTQI migration – Norwegian and global experiences
- LGBTQI, multi-faith and cultural community leadership
2. CURRENT TOPICS AND CONFLICTS IN THE LGBTQI MOVEMENT
Being part of a globalised world, debates, conflicts and current topics are often the same in many societies, but might play out differently. Within Oslo Pride, we believe that we can learn from each other, and that there is value in exchanging opinions, experience and ways of handling issues. Despite living in different political and geographical contexts, we can learn from each other and get new ideas from discussing universal topics for the LGBTQI community.
The following topics are examples of possible workshop themes:
- Understanding marginalization and LGBT intersectionality – concurrent workshops
- example: mental health, and improving social outcomes
- Minority visibility e.g. trans and intersex people and women
- Racism and Indigenous inclusion
- Pink washing
- Police collaboration and police violence
- Mobilising the LGBTQI community e.g. call to action
- Community integration and collaborating for success
- Safety and security in communities at risk
3. MAKING A SUCCESSFUL PRIDE
Our experience is that workshops on making a Pride festival, including topics such as funding, event organizing and public relations is of interest to all pride organizers. We would also like to host workshops on inclusiveness. In particular, we have partnered with two civil society organizations, Queer World and Queer Youth, to offer workshops on how to create more inclusive pride events for people with a minority background, either on the part of religious belief, cultural background or ethnicity.
Youth (minors) is another group that, though not a minority, often feel excluded from pride events, for example because of the high prevalence of alcohol. Oslo Pride has worked with both Queer Youth and Queer World for a number of years to enable more inclusive pride events for youth and people with minority backgrounds. Pride organizers across the world have numerous different approaches on how to work on inclusiveness, and we hope that sharing our experiences through workshops will enable us all to advance further in our field.