Moderator: Nora Thorp Bjørnstad
Have you ever wondered what the “worst of the worst” ranking of the Rainbow Europe Map entails? Those countries where you risk losing your job and your driver’s license for being gay. Where your safe places are raided by the police, and where authorities have banned telling children and youth that being gay is ok?
What is it like to advocate for LGBTI rights when threats and attacks, homophobia and transphobia is part of your everyday life?
Were you among the many people yearning to help when you heard about the torture and murder of gay men in Chechnya, feeling frustrated because you did not know what to do?
Come and join our conversation at Pride House!
Arman Sahakyan from Armenia, Valentina Likhoshva from Russia and Oleg Rozkov from Belarus, all three from countries ranked as the worst of the worst in Europe, have joined us to celebrate Oslo Pride and to share stories of life, love, hope, activism, football, international solidarity and revolution! They will also share their ideas about how you can support them in their fight for justice.
You may recognize Valentina Likhoshva from the world’s most northern Pride, the Norwegian-Russian event Barents Pride 2017. This brave human rights defender from Murmansk has spoken out on the situation for LGBTI persons fleeing from Chechnya. International solidarity gives her the strength to continue her fight for a Russia where you have the right to be yourself.
Arman Sahakyan works with the organisation New Generation in Armenia. Arman was dismissed from the army for being gay. These past few weeks he has been out in the streets of Yerevan participating in the Armenian Velvet Revolution to overthrow the government.
Oleg Rozhkov is gay in one of the least tolerant countries in Europe. He found a powerful way to fight injustice: Journalism. He has dedicated his life in fighting discrimination with facts and coordinates the human rights group «Journalists for tolerance».