EHU is doing its part to raise awareness about the many difficulties that the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community faces in post-Soviet states.
More than 50 people, including students, faculty, and civic activists from Belarus and Lithuania took part in a two-day event in April called “Days Against Homophobia and Transphobia at EHU”.
Round table discussions, research seminars, a photo exhibition, and a film screening shed light on manifestations of homophobia and transphobia at various social and institutional levels. A combination of artistic and traditional academic practices allowed participants to expose a number of sensitive issues and introduce important topics for public discussion. These include not only hate crimes, but social ostracism and gender insensitivity, as well.
Discussions focused in particular on the Belarusian and Lithuanian experience, but transgender issues and biopolitics in Ukraine and LGBTQ-sexuality in Russia were also discussed. Personal stories about LGBT and queer life in Belarus captured in photos were presented as part of a special “Coming-Out” exhibition.
The event was organized in collaboration with EHU students, alumni, and faculty with the support of partners from Belarus (MAKEOUT), Lithuania (Center for Equality Advancement), and the EHU Center for Gender Studies.