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Youth, Economics and Violence: Implications for Future Conflict 
Global LGBT Forum - Strengthening Communities: LGBT Rights & Social Cohesion
14 Jun - 19 Jun, 2015
 The Future of Financial Intermediation: Banking, Securities Markets, or Something New?

Faculty:
Patricia Davis - Director for Global Programs, Human Rights & Labor, US Department of State, USA
Michael Heflin - Director of Equality, Open Society Human Rights Initiative, Open Society Foundations, USA
Lucas Hendriksen - Project Manager, HIVOS Regional Office for Southern Africa, Zimbabwe/Netherlands
Ralf Kleindiek - Ralf Kleindiek serves as the state secretary at the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth. Prior to this he was Secretary of State for Justice and Gender Equality in Hamburg, ...
Marc Pachter - Director-at-Large, Smithsonian Institute, and Director Emeritus, National Portrait Gallery, USA
Stefan Scholz - Head of Department, Planning and Programming Development Cooperation, Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, Austria

Abstract:
The free expression of sexuality and gender identity has become a defining characteristic of tolerant, pluralistic, and democratic societies in the 21st century. In the context of the continuing globalization of the LGBT* human rights movement, both the positive advances of LGBT rights and the backlashes against LGBT rights are now interconnected at a previously unseen scale. The challenges confronting the LGBT and human rights movement are no longer only national or regional, but influenced by a multitude of factors at the global level. The Salzburg Global LGBT Forum is therefore working to advance civil dialogue where these challenges can be negotiated, where peaceful and constructive voices can meaningfully contribute to the global discourse on LGBT rights, and where an active network of global LGBT and human rights actors can work together to negotiate these interconnected global challenges and advance the free and equal rights of all LGBT people.

In 2015 the Salzburg Global LGBT Forum will focus on critical issues of social cohesion, including the way in which issues of social justice and fundamental freedoms are addressed in different contexts for LGBT communities. At a time when the global LGBT movement and discourse is facing significant and interconnected challenges, establishing, protecting and sustaining socially cohesive societies requires targeted investments to support democratic institutions, families and communities (including alternative families), social justice and human rights activists, education and employment, housing, and protection from hate crimes and bullying. The 2015 Global LGBT Forum will focus on social cohesion as a central issue for LGBT communities across the world, whether in societies still fighting for equal treatment under family policy or those struggling against exclusion and marginalization. The Forum will maintain its open and holistic framing, ensuring broad background and perspectives as well as participation of artists; critical thinkers; and spiritual leaders.

*LGBT: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender. We are using this term as it is currently widely used in human rights conversations on sexual orientation and gender identity in many parts of the world, but we would not wish it to be read as exclusive of other cultural concepts, contemporary or historical, to express sexuality and gender, intersex and gender-nonconforming identities.

Session Faculty

Marc Pachter
 
Michael Heflin

 


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