Below find the LGBTI Discrimination in Western Balkans & Turkey segment and the Lynne Stewart on LGBT Rights segment, the rest of the show will be posted on Wednesday. You can play the link below if you have flash enabled or from a HTML5 device. Click the green arrow to download the mp3.
Long-time people's lawyer Lynne Stewart made invaluable contributions to human rights in many arenas including LGBT rights and inclusion. Out-FM associate producer Bob Lederer interviews Ralph Poynter, Lynne's husband about her contributions in this area. Lynne died March 7, 2017 and her memorial service is Sat., April 22 at St. Peter's Church in Manhattan - details at lynnestewart.org.
Biljana Ginova from the LGBTI Equal Rights Association for Western Balkans and Turkey speaks at the UN Commission on the Status of Women. Biljana speaks on the cost of LGBTI exclusion. Her group is implementing a survey together with the World Bank focusing on LGBTI people and their treatment in those societies and overall awareness in the general society of LGBTI’s existence. She discusses the unevenness of LGBTI rights varying from Macedonia where we aren’t mentioned in the anti-discrimination law or hate-crimes law, to Slovenia where recently marriage equality was effected. Also Turkey where the state of emergency continues jeopardizing LGBTI rights. Even in countries where the laws are favorable, hate speech and crimes continue. There has been a special effort to improve protection against discrimination, with a focus on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI). That term, SOGI (so-gee) is used throughout the presentation.
Michael Adams of SAGE/NY is interviewed about the exclusion of LGBT elders from government lists as well as the homeless crisis of young people and their efforts to address the issue.