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Sciana 2017 Meeting 1 
Salzburg Global LGBT Forum - Home: Safety, Wellness, and Belonging
14 May - 19 May, 2017
 Global Challenges, Regional Responses: How Can We Avoid Fragmentation in the Financial System?

Faculty:
Klaus Mueller  

Abstract:
Being part of family is a fundamental human condition as well as a human right. All of us long to feel at home with the families of our birth, in the families of our choosing, and in the families we raise. Equally, we all have the right to live safely within the cultures and countries in which we are raised. This sense of belonging, connection, and wellbeing is what we call feeling "at home."

Much progress has been made in recent years to embed LGBT* rights as an integral part of the global human rights agenda. Despite this, being truly "at home" remains out of reach for many LGBT individuals who are subjected to exclusion from their families, cultures or home countries. Legislative discrimination, social alienation or hate speech can all affect the safety of LGBT people, their wellbeing and sense of belonging. At the global scale, migration and exile shape the lives of many LGBT individuals as well as the communities and families they are forced to leave behind. Exploring the theme of "Home" therefore raises the growing question of LGBT refugees and specific challenges for their support services.

Basic rights related to family, housing, health, and safety are threatened or non-existent for LGBT people and communities in many countries, independent of their geographic, cultural, development, and religious contexts. Human rights defenders, working at the front lines to protect LGBT rights, are exposed to disproportionately high levels of pressure and violence but often lack robust support in their immediate environment. Regional and global LGBT networks can play a vital role in connecting these individuals to new methods and ideas, giving them strength through belonging to a worldwide community, and being able to retreat from their daily struggles. Protecting the safety, health and wellbeing of these change-makers is essential to help them stay motivated to defend LGBT human rights over the long-term.

The Salzburg Global LGBT Forum provides a safe space for human rights defenders and other committed citizens to come together, share their experiences, and join forces. Since 2013, the Forum has built a unique international network of government representatives, legal experts and cultural, artistic and religious leaders who have jointly created a stronger and broader sense of key themes affecting the whole LGBT community.

Session Faculty

Klaus Mueller
 

 


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