Association(s) Lesbian Gay Foundation 

http://www.lgf.org.uk/

Location Manchester
Dates 26- 31 August 2009
Contact persons Andrew Gilliver 

(Communication Manager)

e mail:Andrew@lgf.org.uk

Rob Cookson

(Director of Operations)

email: rob.cookson@lgf.org.uk

Lesbian and Gay Foundation

www.lgf.org.uk

Lesbian gay foundation is very inportant organization in Manchester- UK. LGF provides more direct services and resources to more lesbian, gay bisexual people than any other charity of its kind in the UK. The Lesbian and Gay Foundation is working towards a world where LGBT people are free to live their lives without fear,without prejudice and without discrimination.

The meeting with Lesbian and Gay Foundation had been gone around the following topics:

•As the Shortbus group, we explained how we gathered in Northern part of Cyprus, to Andrew and Rob, the two members of Lesbian Gay Foundation. It was a complete shock for Andrew and Rob to learn that homosexuality is still prohibited in Northern part of Cyprus by laws, whose basis was formed by the penal code of the United Kingdom, dating back to 1800s.

•Both groups (Lesbian Gay Foundation and Shortbus) made a brainstorming in regard to themselves, their objectives and kind of the cooperation and/or network they can establish after the come out.

•Andrew stated that they do not ask for a privilege position in the community; this will be misunderstood; but all they want is to have the fundamental rights of an “ordinary” person, such as the right to marry, adoption, divorce, inherit, and he added that they are struggling for it. If someone is discriminated because of an inborn characteristic (colour, sexual identity) then that means there is a problem.

•LGF distributed some explanatory brochures, which describes the actions they carry out, to the members of the group, Shortbus emphasised that Northern part of Cyprus should be included in the list of countries where the homosexuality is prohibited.

•After the mutual brainstorming, LGF invited Shortbus to a workshop about several important subjects, on which they have been working for a long time and pay special attention.

RESULTS of this meeting:

Andrew said something really important to us: “You started from a point”. With this sentence, Shotrbus group started to take place in the network of LGF.

• We have learned that even in the countries which are relatively developed EU Members such as the UK, it is hard to guard the LGBT rights and requires devoted and ambitious work. In other words; noone gains a right as a favor; it is an output of a struggle.

For Shortbus, it was crucial that LGF mentioned about us on their official website and gave our official correspondence adress

(see http://www.lgf.org.uk/new-group-sets-about-achieving-support-for-lgbt-s-in-northern-cyprus/).

• Our communication and/or cooperation with LGF still continues.

• As a result of the negotiations, LGF agreed on writing a letter to the UK Ambassador in Cyprus, summarizing the legal and social situation in Northern part of Cyprus, regarding the homosexuality, and receive the political opinions of the Embassy on this subject. For example, they especially decided to ask and receive an official respond from the Embassy in the following case: if a UK citizen visits Northern part of Cyprus and gets arrested because of a homosexual relation, what would be the attitude of the UK Embassy under these circumstances?

• We have learned both theoretical and practical methods regarding the achievement of our objectives, from LGF which is an important LGBT Organization. Some of these methods are as follows:

I- Establishing auxiliary services for LGBT individuals

a- Reaching the helpless people through Healthline phone services.

b- Raising awareness through Sexual Health training service.

II- Most of the time, ensuring LGBT individuals with the legal rights does not mean that they are respected. Respect to LGBT individuals can be obtained by means of raising the awareness of the community in the field of human rights.

III- Finding support groups which they operate in the same country, and cooperation with them

(see http://www.lgf.org.uk/directory/view/all-support-groups)

• We have adopted a vision on how we can implement the strategies we have learned, on Turkish Cypriot Community. For example;

a-We should implement the determined strategies within trial periods of one year and aim at their development or extention in the following year, depending on their success or failure.

b- Equal treatment on the protection of LGBT individuals’ rights – for example; we have confirmed that the vision of adapting a method, which is for Gays, to a Travesty or Transexual, and so that gathering all the LGBT individuals under the same umbrella is important.

Lesbian ve Gay Kuruluşu

www.lgf.org.uk

Lesbian Gay Foundation merkezi Ingiltere- Manchester’de olan önemli bir örgüttür. LGF Genellikle lezbiyen, gay ve biseksüel bireylere yardim ve destek amaçli servisler saglayan bu örgüt, dünyadaki tüm LGBT bireylerinin korkusuzca kimliklerini açiklamalari, cinsel kimliklerinden dolayi yargilanmamalari veya herangi bir ayrimciliga tabi tutulmamalari için önemli çalismalar yapmaktadirlar.

Lesbian ve Gay Foundation ile yapilan görüşme:

*Lesbian Gay Foundation grubunun bireylerinden Andrew ile Rob’a  Shortbus ekibi olarak biz Kibrisi`in Kuzeyinde nasil bir araya geldigimizi anlattik. Kibris`in Kuzeyinde escinselligin halen yasak oldugunu ve bu yasagin temelinde Ingiltere’nin 1800’ lü yillara ait ceza yasasinin bulundugunu ögrenen  Andrew ile Rob, çok sasirdi.

*iki grup ta, LGF ve Shortbus, kendilerini, amaçlarini, açikladiktan sonra birlikte nasil bir isbirligi ve/veya network olusturabileceklerine dair bir brain storming yaptilar.

* Andrew, escinsellerin imtiyazli haklara sahip olmak istemediklerini, bunun toplumda yanlis anlasildigini ‘siradan’ bir  insanin sahip oldugu evlenme, evlat edinme, bosanma ve miras hakki gibi haklara sahip olmak istediklerini ve bunun için çaba sarfettiklerini açikladi. Bir insan dogumu ile getirdigi bir özelliginden ötürü (renk- cinsel kimlik) farkli bir statüye tabi tutuluyorsa ortada bir sorun var demektir.

* LGF,grup üyelerine, yaptiklari eylemleri açiklayan bazi tanitim brosürleri dagitti. Shortbus , escinselligin yasak oldugu ülkeler brosürüne Kibris`in Kuzey bolumunun de eklenmesi gerektigini vurguladı.

*Karsilikli yapilan brainstorm’dan sonra, LGF, Shortbus üyelerini uzun zamandir üzerinde çalistiklari ve özellikle hassasiyet gösterdikleri önemli bazi konularda workshop’a davet etti.

Görüşmenin sonuçları:

Andrew’in bize söyledigi çok önemli bir cümle vardi: ‘Siz bir yerden basladiniz’. Bu cümle ile, Shortbus grubu LGF’nin net aginda yer almaya basladi.

Ingiltere gibi Avrupa Birligi’ne üye görece gelismis ülkelerde dahi LGBT haklarini savunmanin zor oldugunu, son derece özverili ve azimli çalisilmasina gerek duyuldugunu baska bir deyisle hiç kimseye hakkin lütfen verilmedigini hak isteyen bireylerin bunu çalisarak aldiklarini ögrendik.

LGF toplulugunun bizi resmi web sitelerinde haber yapmasi ve bizim resmi yazisma adresimizi vermesi Shortbus açisindan son derece önemli bir gelismeydi.

(bakınız http://www.lgf.org.uk/new-group-sets-about-achieving-support-for-lgbt-s-in-northern-cyprus/)

*LGF ile iletisimimiz ve/veya isbirligimiz halen devam etmektedir.

* Yapilan görüsmeler neticesinde LGF, Kibris’taki Ingiliz Büyük Elçisi’ne Kibris`in Kuzeyindeki escinsellikle ilgili yasal ve sosyal durumu özetleyen bir mektup yazma ve Elçiligin konu ile ilgili politik görüsünü ögrenme karari aldi. Mesela, özellikle bir Ingiliz vatandasi LGBTI kisi Kibrisin Kuzeyini ziyaret etmek istese ve orada hemcinsi ile yakalansa ve tutuklansa bu durum karsisinda Ingiliz Elçiliginin tutumumun ne olacagini sorma ve bununla ilgili resmi bir cevap alma karari aldiklarini açikladilar.

*LGF gibi önemli bir LGBT Organizasyonundan hedeflerimizi gerçeklestirmeye yönelik Teorik ve pratik metodlar ögrendik.Bu metodlardan bazilari :

I- LGBT bireylerine yardimci servisler kurulmasi

a- Healthline telefon servisleri ile yardima muhtaç kisilere ulasabilmek

b- Sexual Health training servisi ile kisileri bilinçlendirme

II- LGBT bireylerine yasal haklarin verilmesi, çogu zaman LGBT bireylerine insan olarak saygi duyulmasi anlamini tasimiyor. LGBT bireylerine saygi duyulmasi, toplumu insan haklari alaninda bilinçlendirmekle mümkün olmaktadir.

III- Organizasyonun kendi ülkesinde faaliyet gösterdigi destek gruplari bulmasi ve bunlarla isbirligi yapmasi.

(bkz. http://www.lgf.org.uk/directory/view/all-support-groups)

* ögrendigimiz stratejileri Kibris Türk Toplumuna nasil uygulayacagimiz konusunda bir vizyon edindik. Mesela;

a-Tesbit ettigimiz staratejileri bir yillik deneme süreleri içinde uygulamayi ve bu stratejinin amacini gerçeklestirip gerçeklestirmemesine göre bir sonraki yil stratejiyi gelistirmeyi ya da genisletmeyi hedef almamiz gerektigi

b-  LGBT bireylerinin haklarini savunma konusunda dengeli ve esit davranilmasi mesela Gaylere yönelik bir yöntemi bir Travesti yada Transeksüele de uyarlayarak bu sekilde tüm LGBT bireylerini ayni çatida toplama vizyonunun önemli oldugunu tesbit ettik.

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