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Denmark, Sweden host largest post-pandemic LGBTQ rights conference

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark – The WorldPride 2021 human rights conference this week in Copenhagen was the largest in-person rally on LGBTQ rights since the start of the pandemic.

“We have activists from all over the world at this conference,” said WorldPride 2021 director of human rights Aron Le Fevre. “My team has worked tirelessly to create one of the largest LGBTQI + human rights forums in the world.

Over 1,000 LGBTQ activists from around the world, including the North and South, attended the conference.

Le Fevre told the Los Angeles Blade that 215 activists have received scholarships. Some of these recipients come from 69 countries that criminalize homosexuality or have been forcibly evicted from their homes because of their sexuality.

“What many don’t realize is that coming to WorldPride is the only chance those of us in the Global South have to network and make connections essential to our work,” said Ryan Figueiredo, Founder and Executive Director of Equal AF, an LGBTQ organization that uses data and future reach to build the resilience of LGBTQ communities.

Figueiredo is also a scholarship holder.

“Those in the Global North also don’t realize that their places are secure and that organizations like mine have to work even harder with fewer resources to gain visibility and space to continue our activism,” he said. -he declares. “We have to speak for ourselves and not let others speak for us. “

Fellows throughout the conference were able to meet MPs, UN officials and other world leaders.

A two-day summit took place in the Swedish city of Malmö, 32 km from Copenhagen.

“This is only the first WorldPride in history to include, as part of the Human Rights Forum, a one-day international summit on LGBTQI + refugees, borders and immigration,” said said Eirene Chen, an independent LGBTQ forced displacement specialist who previously worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Victor Madrigal-Borloz, the United Nations independent expert on LGBTQ issues, spoke about the changes he believes need to take place for LGBTQ migrants and asylum seekers.

“A renewed knowledge base is needed to create policies and actions for displaced people. Said Madrigal-Borloz.

Hundreds of refugees, activists and officials listened to his remarks. The Organization for Refuge, Asylum and Migration and other organizations attended the summit.

“After such a long period of absence, ORAM is delighted to be able to collaborate and reconnect with partners, activists and politicians in Copenhagen 2021,” said ORAM Executive Director Steve Roth. “The conference re-energized the community at a truly critical time and united us in the fight to advance the rights of the LGBTIQ community around the world.

Copenhagen Pride – which coincided with WorldPride – focused on issues of social justice.

Many art installations, concert halls and cultural experiences across the city have focused on themes of social justice. A space in downtown Copenhagen called Fluid Festival – which embraced fluidity in gender identity, expression and sexuality – was the most popular attraction.

The Taliban regaining control of Afghanistan and the frantic efforts to get LGBTQ Afghans, women, journalists and other vulnerable groups out of the country dominated the conference.

“It really shows why this work is so important,” said an LGBTQ activist from Afghanistan who asked Blade to remain anonymous in order to protect his family. “We are really working to save lives while we are attending this summit. “

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