19 January, 2015

Young People’s Responses to Homophobic and Transphobic Hate Speech

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Category: Discrimination, Homophobia, Reports and results, Transphobia
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IDAHOT HEARTFollowing up on the activities organised on the occasion of the International Day Aganist Homophobia and Transphobia last May  you can read here two important reports.


The first is the Report on the seminar “Young People’s Responses to Homophobic and Transphobic Hate Speech,” organised by the Youth Department of the Council of Europe in collaboration with the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Unit of the Equality Division of the Council of Europe and the International Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Youth and Student Organization (IGLYO) offers an overview of the main discussions and findings of the presentations, plenary and group work sessions that were held at the European Youth Centre in Budapest (15-17 May 2014). The report includes a list of suggestions for possible future steps to further strengthen young people’s response against Homophobic and Transphobic Hate Speech drafted by the participants of the seminar. Some of the case studies presented during the seminar are included in the accompanying desktop study “Young People’s Responses to Homophobic and Transphobic Hate Speech.” From the discussions during the seminar a series of recommendations may be formulated addressing the issues of knowledge and solidarity in the field of religion, education, and legislation, which are presented at the end of this report.

The second is a Desktop Study that maps out a number of initiatives that successfully involve youth (including from and outside the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, and Intersex [LGBTQI] community) addressing (homophobic and transphobic) hate speech. Some project descriptions are based on the analysis sheets provided by participants to the seminar “Young People’s Responses to Homophobic and Transphobic Hate Speech,” organised by the Council of Europe Youth Department in cooperation with the Council of Europe Equality Division (SOGI Unit) and the International Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Youth and Student organisation (IGLYO) at the European Youth Centre in Budapest, 15-17 May 2014 in the context of the No Hate Speech Movement (NHSM) Campaign. Others have been gathered specifically for this study from numerous online resources. The different project descriptions are followed by a series of recommendations for the Council of Europe on how to further support and extend the successful youth initiatives that address homophobic and transphobic hate speech.



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