Opening of the mural "Escape From Isolation"

“Escape from Isolation” is a project organized by activist Doruntina Maliqi. The project is realized through a large mural (wall painting) at the House of Culture “Isa Kastrati” in the city of Kamenica. The painted bird symbolizes freedom for marginalized groups of people, including women and LGBT persons.

Ky mural u organizua në kuadër të mini-granteve nga projekti Youth Artivists for Change, përkrahur nga Ministria e Punëve të Jashtme të Holandës, menaxhuar nga Stichting art.1 dhe implementuar nga CEL Kosova.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Audio-visual performance "I Am Breaking My Heart"

“I Am Breaking My Heart” is a project made from young artist and activist Leart Rama. He had been working on this project for two years, analyzing people’s faces and emotions. He perfectly combined videos, visual effects, and audio effects to complete his performance “I Am Breaking My Heart” which was performed at Kino Armata in Prishtina.

This audio-visual performance was organized in the framework of Youth Artivists for Change project's mini-grants, supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, managed by Stichting art. 1 and implemented by CEL Kosovo.

 

Opening of “Mos” Exhibition

“Mos” is an exhibition made of young contemporary artists Norë Potera & Ardhmëria Bregovina, and it includes several arts disciplines, starting from storytelling, video documentary, paintings, and installation. The exhibition focuses on the topic of women and girls roles throughout the Kosovar history. Norë Potera’s two large paintings in the exhibition attracted a lot of attention from the public. The paintings had writings on them taken from old books and old wedding songs from the history of Kosovo, and the artist was brave enough to revolutionize them and take them to a whole new level. Ardhmërie Bregovina’s video documentary which included her own audio recording where she was telling the personal story of hers and her mother’s during the 1999 Serbian aggression in Kosovo, and what they went through as females, was a very well done and touching piece of art.

This exhibition was organized within the framework of the mini-grants from the project Youth Artivists for Change, supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, managed by Stichting art. 1, and implemented by Cel Kosovo.

Opening of “Base” Exhibition

“Base” is a project from young activist Drilon Gashi. It started as a two days workshop with youth participants from the city of Lipjan, where they could learn and discuss together about gender stereotypes. After exchanging ideas and getting basic information on using Adobe Illustrator and CorelDRAW programs, they turned their stories into visual illustrations that represented their personal experiences regarding gender stereotypes. The illustrations were shown in a form of exhibition in a public space in the city of Lipjan.

This exhibition was organized within the framework of the mini-grants from the project Youth Artivists for Change, supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, managed by Stichting art. 1, and implemented by Cel Kosovo.

 

 

 

Opening of “Behind Closet Doors” Exhibition

“All for Love” is project organized by young activist Erëblina Vata, with the main topic on LGBTQ+ persons position in Kosovo’s society. The highlight of the project was the exhibition “Behind Closet Doors” that was opened in the Gallery of Arts in Ferizaj. The exhibition was made of several professional photography, and was divided in two parts: Conceptual contemporary photography, and photographies with storytelling from LGBT young people in Kosovo.

This exhibition was organized within the framework of the mini-grants from the project Youth Artivists for Change, supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, managed by Stichting art. 1, and implemented by Cel Kosovo.

Short Movie Screening “Kosova Trans”

Kosova-Trans is a short documentary film about a local 18 years old transgender woman, which was screened at TermoKiss. The documentary mainly focuses on the struggles of a young transgender woman facing the harassment and stigma in a country lacking basic transgender rights. Kosova-Trans itself is Dona’s journey on accepting herself, her challenges being inside the closet, and many more.

Trivia Quiz

Aktivistë të ndryshëm që ishin prezent në Prishtinë për të përkrahur Javën e Krenarisë morrën pjesë në kuizin Trivia. Qëllimi i këtij kuizi ishte rrjetëzimi mes aktivistëve lokal dhe rajonal.

 

 

 

Publication of Manual for Journalists Covering the LGBTI Community

This manual aims to serve as a practical, informative and educational guide for journalists and editors across the media spectrum, who are interested in conducting accurate and ethically-driven reporting, and in offering qualitative and substantial coverage and understanding of the LGBTIQ community.

It provides an overview of the main legal framework and human rights mechanisms that guarantee the protection of LGBTIQ rights that make the basis upon which reporting on LGBTIQ can be conducted. Additionally, the manual includes a discussion on the spectrum of sexuality in order to provide a more thorough understanding of sexual orientation and gender identity; the aim of the latter is to particularly deconstruct and challenge the more conventional and traditional gender roles that often constitute the problematic basis upon which LGBTIQ individuals are misunderstood.

Publication of Manual for Psychological Practice with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Individuals

The purpose of this manual is to inform mental health professionals about significant clinical issues that arise when working with TGNC individuals. This manual is not a rigid set of guidelines or standards for care and does not in any way replace treatment protocols. It intends to only complement treatment guidelines for TGNC individuals. The manual is focused solely in TGNC population. It includes a set of definitions for readers who may be less familiar with the language used when discussing TGNC issues, most common issues and challenges faced in therapy.

 

Screening of the movie: “Moonlight”

Moonlight is a 2016 American coming-of-age drama film written and directed by Barry Jenkins, based on Tarell Alvin McCraney’s unpublished semi-autobiographical play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue. The film presents three stages in the life of the main character; his youth, adolescence, and early adult life. It explores the difficulties he faces with his sexuality and identity, including the physical and emotional abuse he endures growing up. Moonlight became the first film with an all-black cast, the first LGBTQ-related film, and the second-lowest-grossing film domestically (behind The Hurt Locker) to win the Oscar for Best Picture.

After the movie screening, an open discussion was held with representatives from Kosovo, North Macedonia and Serbia.

 

Opening of “TransBalkan Exhibition” - Author: Aleksandar Crnogorac

TransBalkan is a documentary photographic project focusing on the trans community in the Balkan region, south-eastern Europe. The author has traveled to most of the ex Yugoslav republics, and along the way has met over 30 people whom he not only photographed but also interviewed. Amongst the people photographed are people of different nationalities, religion, age, social standing statues, educational background and of course individuals at different phases of their own personal transition.

Conference “Legislation: Used and Lost Opportunities”

This conference reflected the work of institutions dealing with LGBTI issues over the past year. This conference focused on three main issues: Civil Code, Legal Gender Recognition and Criminal Code of the Republic of Kosovo. To cover the aforementioned topics, panelists from relevant local institutions had the opportunity to discuss and explain the advocacy of LGBTI rights in Kosovo, followed by an open discussion with all participants in the conference.

      

Opening of the Exhibition “QUEIN” - Author: Majlinda Hoxha

The exhibition organized by CEL is made of personal stories of LGBTI persons living in Kosovo.

Art plays an integral part in promoting human rights, this exhibition presents stories of LGBTI persons through the prism of the camera, addressing in this way the presence of the every day in juxtaposition to the utopian life of the LGBTI persons in Kosovo. The exhibition is an ensemble of images containing fragments of these stories.

 

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT 2019)

As in previous years, this year we marked the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia on May 17th and was held the Conference with the motto “Constitutional and Equal Rights of LGBTI persons”

In this conference was discussed about Partnership between the same-sex persons and Diversity among communities.

As every year, the lights of the LGBTQ + flag were lit in the Government building this time as well.

 

Conference 'Institutional engagement on LGBTI community'

CEL organized the conference: 'Institutional engagement on LGBTI community' and the purpose of the conference was to promote the debate on the LGBTI-issue and to encourage dialogue between the country's institutions and other stakeholders dealing with issues of the LGBTI community in Kosovo.

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT 2018)

This year also marked the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia with various activities.
On May 17th at Mother Teresa Square, together with CSGD, we opened the exhibition "WHY WHY ..." which featured comments with homophobic and transphobic content sent after the Pride Parade.
The event continued at the Oda Theater where many members of the LGBTQ + community and supporters displayed their talents through poetry, singing and DRAG performances at the Diversity // The new flavor show.
As every year, the lights of the LGBTQ + flag in the Government were lit up again this year.

     

 

 

Panel discussion with activists from regional states

Panel discussion with activists from the countries of the region: Albania, Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia, as well as with the Amsterdam parade organizer.
The theme of this panel was “The situation of the LGBTI community in the countries they represent, as well as the challenges they face in organizing parades in their countries.

This panel and all week of pride are supported by: Civil Rights Defenders, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, European Union and USAID-ATRC.

 

Meeting with the LGBTI Community Rights Advisory and Coordination Group

A meeting was held with the LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) rights advisory and coordination group at the Hotel “Sirius” - Prishtina. Also at this meeting, CSGD and CEL Kosovo presented the research "Manual of psychological practice with lesbian, gay and bisexual clients"

Promotion of the book "LGBT Movement"

The book "LGBT Movement" published by the Center for Freedom and Equality of the LGBT Community in Kosovo (CEL Kosovo) was promoted. This is the first book of its kind published in Kosovo.

Libri ka përmbajtje informative për komunitetin LGBT në Kosovë, në shtetet në rajon dhe botë; të dhëna mbi terminologjinë dhe data të rëndësishme, histori personale dhe kontributin e komunitetit LGBT.

This book was made possible by the Equality Engagement Program (E4E), funded by the United States Agency for International Development - USAID and implemented by the Advocacy Training and Resource Center - ATRC.

Introducing the "Handbook of Psychological Practice with Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Clients"

"Handbook of Psychological Practice with Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Clients"; published by the Center for Freedom and Equality of the LGBT Community in Kosovo (CEL Kosovo), was presented at the "Orion-Conference Center".

The manual provides psychologists with basic information and tools for counseling lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) individuals in the areas of assessment, intervention, identity, and relationships. As such, it serves psychologists in providing affirmative practice for lesbian, gay, and bisexual women.

This book was made possible by the Equality Engagement Program (E4E), funded by the United States Agency for International Development - USAID and implemented by the Advocacy Training and Resource Center - ATRC.

Panel discussion on “The LGBT community was like; How is it; and how it will be ”

A panel discussion on “The LGBT community - how it was; How is it; and how it will be. " This panel was attended by: Rina Braimi from CEL, Agim Margilaj from CSGD, and Liridon Veliu from QESh. This was one of several activities that CEL, and other organizations, held for Human Rights Week.

This activity is part of the Engagement for Equity project, funded by ATRC / USAID.

LGBT people continue to face great difficulties

After presenting the current situation for LGBT persons in our society and the difficulties this community is facing, Rajmonda Sylbije, Executive Director of the Center for Equality and Freedom for the LGBT Community in Kosovo (CEL) opened the debate organized and held in Peja (i). the first of its kind) from the organization mentioned above.

Mrs. Sylbije stated as follows: “LGBT people continue to live double, so one of the key components of our organizations is empowering LGBT people, as well as raising awareness among the general population of Kosovo about their acceptance as an equal component of society.

“Concerning the legal framework of Kosovo, Teuta Hoxha from the Youth Initiative for Human Rights in Kosovo (YIHR KS) said that analyzing this legal framework regarding equal rights for LGBTI people it is very clear that Kosovo has a Very advanced constitution; However, according to Hoxha "the biggest obstacle we face is the lack of discussion for LGBT people, because only small groups advocate and discuss for the community and it is not enough to have a greater impact".
Emphasizing the important role of the People's Advocate, Shqipe Malaj mentioned that the dysfunctional system is one of the biggest problems related to LGBTI rights, therefore, according to her “The People's Advocate Office is constantly trying to provide the best possible conditions for complaining of any dissatisfaction that may arise ”, continuing with the fact that raising awareness among the general population is one of the most important aspects we need to focus on.
This event was held as part of the Engagement for Equity program, funded by the United States Agency for International Development - USAID, and implemented by the Advocacy Training Resource Center - ATRC.