Centar za promociju prava
Center for Promotion of LGBT Human Rights
Web site: www.gay-serbia.com
Gayten-LGBT, Center for Promotion of LGBT Human Rights was formed in
May, 2001 and officially registered as an NGO at the Ministry of Justice
in October, 2001. Gayten-LGBT developed from a former gay and lesbian
lobby - Arkadija, founded in 1990 and officially registered in 1994.
Given that Arkadia founders agreed upon immediate discontinuation of
their programme scheme , there came an intense need for organized activities
in the area of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender existence, rights
and culture. Gayten -LGBT activists have been participating in a long
term project "Campaign Against Homophobia". Until recently, there has
been no organization in Serbia, which would incorporate the issue of
rights and culture of bisexual and transgender population into its programme.
The central idea of Gayten-LGBT activists is to support , develop and
maintain the atmosphere of tolerance and ethics of difference. We do
accept a concept of feminist and queer theory and movement for distinction
between sex and gender while at the same time, we also pledge ourselves
to self-determination of gender and psycho-sexual identity.
The Organization Name:
The inspiration came from Gethen, the name of imaginary world of androgynous
beings, created by Ursula Le Guin in her book "The Left Hand Of Darkness",
where she opened a new dimension in redefinition of sexes within the
human society. In her vision of the world of Utopia- Gethen, Ursula
LeGuin created the human community of androgynous people, with no physical
and psychological sex differences. The author tackles the question of
what actually remains when the sex and the gender disappear in a quite
unique and simple matter. She opines that the Humanity remains only…
Therefore, The Gethens portray the third gender, the beings of fluid
and changeable identity, who above all depend on their own personal
choices. Gehten knows for no exploitation and destruction of nature
, nor the citizens manipulate or abuse each other. The wars have never
been waged in its known written history.
The main principles of work are non-hierarchic, with respect of other
ethical principles (solidarity, empowerment, transparency, antimilitarism,
non-conflict communication….). It is important to point out that Gayten-LGBT
works on cooperation among the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender
population, with full respect of the differences and uniqueness that
exist in these groups. It is the only organization in Serbian which
includes human rights, needs, problems, programs of bisexual and transgender
population, as well as gay and lesbian. Gayten-LGBT is, among other
activities, (with Labris) the organizer of the first public celebration
of the Pride Day of LGBT in Yugoslavia As a recently founded organization,
Gayten-LGBT does not have its own premises yet, but this issue is currently
in the process. The Gayten-LGBT projects are so far supported by: The
Open Society Fund, Belgrade, BN-GLGFN, Germany.
"Over many years
without fully realizing it, gay men have become pioneers. Through
discrimination and loss on many levels, we have had to find a
way to live in the world without compromising our whole selves.
How have you done your pioneering? Consider the radical possibility
that being gay is a spiritual calling?"
THE GUIDING IDEA:
Gayten-LGBT is an organization that promotes the right to a different
sexual orientation, as one of the basic human rights and on dismantling
all forms of discrimination and violence towards the lesbian, gay, bisexual
and transgender population in all segments of social structure. Also,
Gayten-LGBT works on the lowering the heterosexism predomination and
creating legal regulation based on equal rights for all citizens, regardless
of their sex, secured by individual rights and freedoms.
THE MAIN GOALS:
1. Promotion and development of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender
(in further text:LGBT) population
2. Support and affirmation of LGBT identity/identities sensitization
and education of professionals, institutions and public on LGBT rights
3. Work on visibility of LGBT individuals, integration in society and
promotion of LGBT rights
4. Lobbying at social, academic, cultural and artistic institutions
for involvement and advocating for elimination of discrimination of
5. Participation in creating legal regulation and social climate directed
to abolishing all forms of violence and discrimination of LGBT persons.
6. Involvement in creating and expanding the group network of organizations
which work on LGBT rights promotion, both national and abroad.
STRUCTURE OF GAYTEN-LGBT:
-Psycho-social department (researches, theory, workshops, SOS phone-line)
-Data base, archive, information center and library
-Educational, cultural and artistic department
-Logistic and organizational department
Activities and strategies:
-Lobbing of social, scientific, cultural institutions and media.
-Conducting researches on LGBT issues.
-Data base, archive and library.
-Organizing lecturing, training programs, workshops and LGBT phone line.
-Organizing and conducting education on LGBT issues
-Support Network for LGBT throughout the country
-Networking with local and international LGBT organizations
-Special programs for LGBT with special needs (disabled and with HIV)
-Organizing campaigns, seminars, courses, conferences, speaker's platforms
-LGBT art, creativity and various cultural activities.
-Publishing (newsletters, books, leaflets) and Internet presentations
I chose to be gay
This time round
And great learnings
I have found.
This is my way
I choose to be gay,
It's OK by me
I'm gay and I'm free.
I'm proud to be gay.
I'm proud to be me.
I'm proud of my sexuality.
Note: Gayten-LGBT, as a recently founded organization, so far
managed to complete the following
:Previous activities of activists
Gayten-LGBT 1.1.2001 - 31.12.2001
COWN (Coming Out With
Nick) - June, 2000, organization Cultural
Center REX, which contained:
- Exhibition: "100
Years of Gay Rights in Germany" - Rainer Herrn, Goethe Institute,
- Exhibition: "COWN",
Various artists from Serbia and Montenegro
- Speaker's platform: "Coming Out of a Shadow"
- Speaker's Platform: "Biological Theories of Homosexuality"
- "Hissing Sonnets"-
theatrical performance (LGBT art and sensitivity)
Members of Gayten-LGBT gave more than 15 interviews for national and
foreign media, which includes articles numerous magazines (The Advocate,
The Sidney Star Observer, Tetu, Gully, Pride…).
Activists of Gayten-LGBT participate in creating and maintaining of
Gay-Serbia web site (www.gay-serbia.com).
In December, 2001, a special radio show "Gayming",
dedicated to LGBT population started on Radio 202.
Artistic and Cultural Manifestations
In November, 2001, activists of Gayten-LGBT held 2 art exhibitions in
In December, the first drag-queen show "Viva la Diva", The Women Studies
In December, drag-queen show "Viva la Diva", on the promotion of Queer
In December, seminar on Theory of sexuality, The Women Studies
8 workshops on LGBT identity and empowering
Stickers (for International LGBT Pride
Day), Two Pamphlets ("Against racism and homophobia and for LGBT Pride
Day) Rainbow flags Cooperation with other organizations Gayten-LGBT
is cooperating with ILGA, IGLYO and IGLHRC, and co-works with Amnesty
International and International Youth Parliament, Community Aid Abroad
GAY PRIDE 2001
- in June 2001 we gave a public statement regarding the International
LGBT Pride Day (Gayten - LGBT and Labris)
Gayten-LGBT is (with Labris) the organizer of the first public celebration
in Yugoslavia of the Pride Day of LGBT, June 2001, and also of the press
conference and speaker's platform after the brutal violence we experienced
on 30th June (attempt to celebrate the Pride Day of LGBT), at the Center
for Decontamination of Culture, Belgrade, in July 2001.
- in June 2001 we organized the celebration of LGBT Pride. According
to our estimates 200 people and NGO representatives (Gayten - LGBT and
- in July 2001 we gave a public statement for the press regarding the
violent breakup of our LGBT Pride celebration in Belgrade (Gayten -
LGBT and Labris)
- in July 2001 we organized a press conference regarding the violent
breakup of our LGBT Pride celebration (Gayten - LGBT and Labris)
COOPERATION OF GAYTEN-LGBT WITH OTHER G&L GROUPS AND ORGANIZATIONS
- we issused a public statement related to frequent organized violance
against LGBT and Roma population
- in April 2001 we gave a Protest Rally - "Against Homophobia and Racism"
- in December 2001 we gave a statement regarding the International Day
of Human Rights
- in December 2001 we held a promotion of the Queer Studies Learning
Book in Labris' space
- we organized 18 meetings that were attended by representatives of
other gay and lesbian organizations in Belgrade.
- we had 6 gay and lesbian workshops
During our meetings we exchanged information
about each groups' activities, the status of gays and lesbians in Serbia,
and we discussed common actions and projects.
and ways of participation in the activities of Gayten-LGBT:
If you have energy, willingness, and courage to do something in order
to change your own position in the society (Serbia and Montenegro and
the rest of the World), and thereby to contribute to the global social
changes, DO CONTACT US. Participate in creating a better world where
it would be safe to love each other… You may also form and cordinate
your own Gayten-LGBT group in your own place, therby conducting manifold
activities and promoting different programmes.
We welcome all your constructive ideas and proposals. You may contact
If you are particularly interested in some of our activities and if
you need any kind of information or help, please contact us: