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ILGA Holds Asian Conference

The International Lesbian and Gay Association will stage its third Asia Regional Conference Jan. 24-27 in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

The International Lesbian and Gay Association will stage its third Asia Regional Conference Jan. 24-27 in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Titled Equality in Diversity Now!, the gathering aims to recognize “the diverse ways by which genders and sexualities are experienced and defined in Asia and appreciate the different areas of activism LGBT
groups focus on in their respective countries.”
“This conference will further advance the struggle for visibility, social acceptance, and decriminalization of LGBT persons in Asian societies,” the organization said. “A most significant part of this conference will be the creation of a clear organizational structure and action agenda through an ILGA-Asia regional board and secretariat.”
Local organizers include Chiang Mai gay groups and the Committee on Lesbigay Rights in Burma. Sponsors include the Dutch organization HIVOS (Humanist Institute for Development Cooperation), the Dutch organization Oxfam Novib and the Global Fund for Women. Additional sponsors are needed.
ILGA is a 30-year-old federation of more than 600 gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender organizations and associated members, such as city governments, from 90 countries. It has played a key role over the years in developments such as Amnesty International’s decision to adopt persecuted homosexuals as prisoners of conscience and the World Health Organization’s decision to remove homosexuality from its list of illnesses.

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