Opening of “Behind Closet Doors” Exhibition

The "Behind Closet Doors" exhibition opened at the Art Gallery in Ferizaj with the motto "All For Love".

This exhibition was organized by Erbëlina Vata and her friends, who was the beneficiary of one of the mini-grants under 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, Youth Initiative for Human Rights – Kosovo (YIHR) and PriFest – Prishtina International Film Festival.

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

Different activists from the region who came to support Pride Week in Prishtina were part of the Trivia quiz. The purpose of this quiz was to network between local and regional activists.

 

 

 

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.