23/10/2019 | Writer: Kaos GL
The IGLYO Members' Conference was held in Helsinki this year with the participation of more than 100 activists.
The IGLYO Members' Conference, which included many workshops and panels in its program, took place in Helsinki, Finland, on 4-6 October. IGLYO's 2019 reports and 2020 plans were prepared at the event where also the selection of the new board of directors was made with the participation of official member organizations.
More than 40 countries, including Kaos GL and SPoD from Turkey, held parallel workshops according to the participants' votes. The themes that young LGBTI+ people need to talk about the most have been identified and focused on refugee-immigration, anti-racism movements, experiences of collaborating with LGBTI+ supporters, and safe spaces.
Finnish Education Minister Li Andersson and graduated members of IGLYO attended to the conference that included celebrations of the 35th anniversary of IGLYO and shared on LGBTI+ youth activities.
Finnish Minister of Education attended the conference
Finnish Education Minister Li Andersson, who attended the conference as a speaker, talked about policies for LGBTI+ youth in Finland. Andersson, who conveyed progressive practices for LGBTI+ youth in education, stressed the importance of collaborating and working together with families, especially when it comes to health insurance and access to healthcare rights for trans and intersex students.
"We need to stand together and stand in solidarity. We have to mutually support each other with the non-governmental organizations, especially on the rights of trans and intersex students to healthcare, and ensuring a safe education life for the LGBTI+ students. Talking with families and opening up spaces to be together is a good example of this. It doesn't matter which political side you stand on to defend human rights, defending human rights is a necessity that transcends right or left politics", Li Andersson said.
Translation: Yiğit E. Korkmaz