The COVID-19 pandemic has imposed an unprecedented global challenge. The recent report “The impact of COVID-19 on LGBT Persons” submitted by Victor Madrigal-Borloz, United Nations Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (IE SOGI) to the UN General Assembly 2020has shown that LGBTI communities are disproportionately affected by this pandemic. At the International Lab, we will have the chance to hear about the impact of COVID-19 on selected marginalised LGBTI communities like queer youth, trans* persons, lesbians* and queer refugees, considering the specific experience of those with intersected identities.
- Anbid Zaman, Youth Steering Committee Representative – Europe and Central Asia, ILGA World
- Anja Catherine Limon, Programme Manager, ORAM – Organization for Refuge, Asylum and Migration
- Max Appenroth, Project Coordinator Trans Men & HIV Working Group, GATE – Global Action for Trans* Equality
- Silvia Casalino, Executive Co-Director, EL*C – EuroCentralAsian Lesbian* Community
Moderator: Biljana Ginova, Advocacy Manager, LGBTI Equal Rights Association for Western Balkans and Turkey
After the panel discussion, the participants will have a chance to analyse and potentially amend the goals and indicators set in Mannheim Vision 2030 making sure no one of the queer community is left behind due to the effects of COVID-19 on marginalised LGBTI populations. In the end, Manuel Rosas Vázquez, coordinator of the Rainbow Cities Network will share his thoughts and takeaways for working with cities around the globe for equal opportunities of LGBTI people as rapporteur of the International Lab.