uni-bs-logo---trasparenteThe University of Brescia is a medium-size university, modern and productive like the region of Italy in which it is located. It offers quality programs and competitive research in areas related to Health, Law, Engineering and Economics. The University’s aim is to continuously improve the quality of life of people and the environment of Brescia, Italy, and the world at large, by generating integrated cultural and technical knowledge and by providing training and tools to address the challenges of our times. The University of Brescia offers a wide range of educational programs with Bachelor and Master of Science (MSc) degrees, postgraduate technical courses, specialization schools and Ph.D. programs in most areas: business and economics, engineering and technology, law, medicine and surgery, dentistry. The University of Brescia provides high quality services to its students, including international students: counselling services, scholarships financial aids, tutoring, computer and multimedia rooms, wireless zones, libraries, on-line services, laboratories and centers of advanced scientific research. Moreover, it offers: accommodation services, dining halls, cultural activities and sports facilities, Italian language courses for foreign students.

rete-logo---trasparenteAvvocatura per i Diritti LGBTI is an Italian association founded in 2007. Its purpose is to answer the need to inform and disseminate the culture and respect for the rights of LGBTI people in Italy. The Association members are lawyers and practitioners included in the relevant professional bodies. In addition to the legal assistance, for which it has been activated the dedicated email address sos@retelenford.it, Avvocatura per i Diritti LGBTI also plays an important role in organizing and supporting important training sessions and conferences with national and international experts (in general, sponsored by public bodies and, in some cases, accredited by professional bodies). Other activities include research, publication of monograph concerned with LGBTI issues and advocacy. The Association has also created the “European Lenford Research Centre on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity”, located in Bergamo, with a library of about 500 volumes and an electronic database of over 1000 items.

hatter logoHáttér Society is one of the largest and most active LGBTQI organizations in Hungary. Founded in 1995, its aims are to protect the human rights and promote the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) people; and to reduce the fear and ignorance about sexual and gender minorities through their better integration into society at large. Háttér works towards these aims by calling attention to the problems faced by LGBTQI people; lobbying against discriminative laws and promoting legislation protecting LGBTQI people; providing support services; encouraging the self-organization of LGBTQI communities; and preserving and spreading LGBTQI heritage and culture. Our information and counseling hotline has been in operation since 1996; it is open to calls from LGBTQI people, their families, professionals or anyone interested in learning more about LGBTQI issues. Since March 2014 we offer in person medium-term counselling free of charge as an experimental service. Our legal aid service has been in operation since 2000 and consists of a network of partner lawyers with different fields of expertise.

Zagreb Pride is a queer feminist and anti-fascist organization committed to the achievement of an active society of solidarity and equality free from gender and sexual norms and categories, and any other kind of oppression. Through education, research, advocacy, empowerment and direct action, Zagreb Pride struggles for LGBTIQ persons and communities, non-normative families and society as a whole and works on the elimination of all forms of discrimination, based on the full promotion, respect and protection of human rights. It was officially formed in September of 2008 by the act of registering; nevertheless, this group considers itself to be a continuation of all the previous organizational committees since the 2002 Zagreb Pride March. When initiated, Zagreb Pride March was conceived as a protest march against patriarchy and homo/trans-phobia, while at the same time it has been a tool for supporting the LGBTIQ community. Since then, Zagreb Pride grew into an organization working in three fields besides organizing direct actions: LGBT advocacy, direct help for LGBTIQ community and LGBTIQ rights education. Zagreb Pride organization has 24 members, and around 50 volunteers.

Broken Rainbow is the first and only UK organisation dedicated to confronting and eliminating domestic violence and abuse within and against the LGBT communities. We formed in 2002 and became a registered charity in 2004.

Mission: LGBT communities have changed radically. Within the last ten years, new legislation has given LGBT communities rights and equalities that we could not have imagined only a few decades ago. We have become confident and bold, challenging oppression and able to make demands. However, we are only just beginning to acknowledge the presence of domestic abuse and domestic violence within our community. Broken Rainbow UK is dedicated to bringing the issue out into the open, raising awareness, and offering help and support to those whose lives have been affected by domestic violence or domestic abuse.

Objective: Our objective is to relieve the distress and suffering caused to lesbians, gay men, bisexual and transgender people by domestic violence and abuse, in particular but not exclusively by doing the following:

* Raising awareness in the LGBT communities and elsewhere of the impact of homophobic, transphobic, biphobic and same sex domestic violence and abuse on the lives of LGBT people;

* Offering advice, support and referral services to LGBT people experiencing homophobic, transphobic, biphobic and same sex domestic violence ad abuse;

Offering information, advice and training to people who are responsible for domestic violence policy and practice in mainstream and specialist organisations, or who are otherwise involved with the survivors and perpetrators of those suffering from domestic violence or abuse, with a view to increasing the physical safety and mental well-being of LGBT people who experience such violence or abuse.

Founded in 1995, ILGA Portugal is the largest and oldest NGO in Portugal striving for equality and against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Our mission is the social inclusion of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender population in Portugal through a program of social support that improves the quality of life of LGBT people and their families; through the fight against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity; and through the promotion of full citizenship, Human Rights and gender equality. We are a national organization and although we are based in Lisboa, we also have a group working in Porto. We have a strong diversity policy and very active groups devoted to working on Lesbian or Trans issues, as well as a group devoted to Rainbow Families. We are members of the Fundamental Rights Platform, we represent Portugal in ILGA Europe’s Advocacy Network and we are founding members of NELFA.

LGL is a national, non-governmental, non-profit organization that advocates for the rights of the LGBT* individuals in Lithuania. LGL fights against homophobia and transphobia, discrimination and social exclusion and it is inclusive of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and expressions within its advocacy work. LGL has been registered with the national authorities in 1995, thus rendering it one of the most mature NGOs in the country. In addition to this, LGL is the sole organization in Lithuania that is working exclusively on the LGBT* issues. The main objectives of the organization are as follow: (1) promoting human rights and equal opportunities; (2) promoting equality in the spheres of employment and occupation; (3) promoting social inclusion and integration; (4) promoting family rights and acknowledgment of family diversity, including same-sex couples; (5) developing skills by the members of the organization and encouraging the represented social groups to participate within the activities of the organization; (6) building capacity and developing skills of the organization itself. In the course of its , the LGL has implemented number of projects with the view of promoting LGBT* rights in Lithuania. Upon the initiative by the organization, the sole LGBT* community center in the country was established in Vilnius in 2005. In 2014 more than 50 events took place in the LGBT* center and the total number of participants within these activities amounts to app. 1200 individuals. More information on the LGL and its activities can be found on www.lgl.lt/en and www.facebook.com/lgl.lt.

Since 2005, Bilitis is co-organizer of the annual LGBT cultural fest at the Red House Center for Culture and Debate in Sofia, which exhibits art work of LGBT artists, and increases the visibility of queer art in Bulgaria. Besides being a unique cultural event, the LGBT festival also became a platform for voicing the opinions of LGBT people on topics of interest to them, such as the media coverage of LGBT issues, the same-sex registered partnerships, and instances of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender expression. In 2009, in partnership with a wide informal group of LGBT activists, Bilitis coorganized the second annual LGBT pride event in Sofia, that was held on June 27 under the motto “Rainbow Friendship”. Our participation in the preparation and carrying out of this event raised our confidence that we are capable of doing national-level advocacy work for LGBT rights. The main current goal of Bilitis are: achieving equality of and overcome all existing forms of discrimination against LGBTI people in Bulgaria, creating a wide platform of NGOs, activists, donors, institutions and citizens, for the social inclusion of LGBTI in Bulgaria, providing different types of support to lesbians, bisexual women, trans- and intersex persons, and disseminating the values of tolerance and respect in the civil society.

Çavaria’s mission is as follows: çavaria inspires, stimulates and supports associations and individuals who stand up for a broad view on sexual orientation, gender expression and gender identity. They strive for the well-being and fight for the rights of homosexuals, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders in all aspects of everyday life. Çavaria is an umbrella organisation with more than 120 member associations. Those associations are offered support, involvement and training and together they form the LGBT community. Furthermore the equal opportunity team targets the broad society. Çavaria stands up for LGBT people by operating on the structural level. Çavaria conducts campaigns, informs, sensibilizes, lobbies and opiniates. The Holebifoon is a free and anonymous help and information line. It offers help to LGBT people and their environment and acts as a hotline for incidents of discrimination. Zizo-magazine is the flagship of çavaria, on paper as well as online.

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