Archive: global

Teens are not being so-called infected with doubts about being transgender - November 17, 2021

17 November 2021 - A new research shows that “rapid onset gender dysphoria” does not exist and is probably based on research that is only based on opinions of prejudiced parents. The parents call this “a social contagion” in schools. They proclaim that the suddenness of teens coming out to be non-binary or transgender is “proof” that it is a fashion and a perverse attempt of the LGBTIQ movement to confuse children. (image: a book cover of a book by a parent promoting the rapid onset gender dysphoria myth)
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Global attitudes towards LGBTIQ tend to polarize and deteriorate - November 11, 2021

11 November 2021 - An updated report on the LGBTI Global Acceptance Index shows that attitudes worldwide tend to polarize for and against LGBTI rights. Although the number of countries becoming more supportive is still rising, the hateful countries are getting more hateful and the populations of more supportive countries tends to become less supportive.
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After the vaccinations: pandemic flux syndrome - October 26, 2021

26 October 2021 - When the COVID-19 prevention measures got more relaxed due to the increasing level of vaccination this summer, many people also became more emotionally relaxed. But recently many people are starting to get different feelings: blunted emotions, spikes in anxiety and depression, and a desire to drastically change something about their lives. Does this sound familiar? You might experiencing “pandemic flux syndrome”. Especially if your are LGBTIQ.
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Positive media depictions reduce depression among LGBTQ people - October 25, 2021

25 October 2021 - Recent psychological research by the Georgia Southern University suggests that positive media representations showing people being supportive of gay individuals can help reduce anxiety and depression among LGBTQ people around coming out and living openly. However, which depictions help most and especially if coming-out support people of color as much as white people needs to be research further.
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Cultural dimensions to the Right to Education - August 15, 2021

15 August 2021 - In April, the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education, Koumbou Boly Barry, issued a submission tot the Human Rights Council on the cultural dimension of the right to education. This submission includes a number of remarks that are relevant for LGBTIQ culture in relation to education, and the report even mentions gender and sexual diversity in some remarks. For example that In Japan the mandatory use of uniforms in schools promotes rigid gender norms and limits the rights of transgender students, and that in some countries access to information about LGBTI people is forbidden.
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Call to sign LGBTIQ affirmation to feminist principles - June 30, 2021

30 June 2021 - An international alliance of LGBTIQ organizations has drafted a “feminist affirmation letter” in which they affirm their belief that the fight against homophobia and transphobia is rooted in combating patriarchy and hetero sexism. GALE signed the declaration and adopted it as a lead for its gender policy. GALE heartily supports the call for other organizations to sign the affirmation letter.
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Convention against discrimination is 60 years old, but still undervalued - December 10, 2020

10 December 2020 - This year UNESCO celebrates 60 years since the adoption of the Convention against Discrimination in Education. But it is disappointing that even after 60 years only half of the UN members states have ratified the convention. For The GALE membership, it is also disappointing that the UNESCO survey to monitor the implementation of the convention does not make reference to LGBTI discrimination. Furthermore, it is disappointing that UNESCO makes it very challenging for NGOs to participate in the consultation on the convention.
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Human Rights Watch calls for stepping up efforts to combat bullying - November 05, 2020

5 November 2020 - Governments around the world should urgently step up efforts to ensure students’ safety at school and in online spaces, Human Rights Watch said today on the first International Day against Violence and Bullying at School Including Cyberbullying. Many governments have not yet banned corporal punishment, and many lag behind on protecting students from school-related sexual violence, bullying, and online violence, including homophobic, transphobic and sexist bullying.
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LGBTI movement asks for protection of rights during COVID-19 outbreak - June 05, 2020

5 June 2020 - Today, GALE joined a coalition of 187 organizations to draw the attention of the UN Human Rights Council to the situation of LGBTI persons and those who defend their rights in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. The coalition urged States and stakeholders to ensure that this public health emergency will neither exacerbate existing misconceptions, prejudices, inequalities or structural barriers, nor lead to increased violence and discrimination against sexually and gender diverse persons.
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Dilemmas in rating antibullying quality of school policies - April 14, 2020

14 April 2020 - The European ABC-project attempted to develop a certification for antibullying policy in high schools. The project ends in May, but was confronted with a series of dilemmas that are not yet solved. Especially scoring was a dilemma. Should we score school at all? If we do, how? Can we use scoring only as a diagnostic instrument or also as a public quality label? Will governments or the European Union be willing to adopt such a label or at least to encourage self-evaluation of schools? We need your advice and would like to encourage you to fill in a short questionnaire about these dilemmas.
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