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World LGBTQ Youth Leaders Summit TLV December 2011
Israel Gay Youth organization (IGY) has announced that it will hold the first international summit for young gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer leaders in Tel Aviv
The six-day seminar, named 'World LGBTQ Youth Leadership Summit', will start on December 4th, and will be hosted by IGY in Tel Aviv.
The summit, conceived by IGY and held for the first time, aims at bringing young LGBTQ leaders from around the world, to promote LGBTQ rights, and to create a worldwide network of activists that will work together for this cause.
Furthermore, this summit will supply its participants with tools for activism, that IGY hopes will help the young leaders promote their causes in their origin countries. The seminar will include workshops and lectures in various topics such as media training, innovative ways of campaigning and debating.
"The seminar will focus on providing useful tools for creating and leading social change", says Avner Dafni, Executive Director of IGY. "It will train the next generation of leaders of the international LGBTQ community for social activism".
"We would like to create a strong network of global leaders who share common causes", adds Nir Zernyak, Global Affairs Director in IGY, "but along with this, we would like to have added values such as promoting women leadership and exposing the participants to various LGBTQ related and human rights struggles from other countries; we would like to see a young activist from the USA learning about the situation of LGBTQ people in Uganda from a local activist, not only by reading about it online".
The application for the summit will begin this week, and IGY plans to host around 60 people from around the world, including activists from Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
Dafni: 'We find great importance in bringing together activists from Israel and Palestine, who never have the chance to meet, and find creative ways of cooperation despite the differences. We welcome the debate on this 'hot' issue".
For further information:
Amit Lev : Spokesperson for the Summit
Official website: http://lgbtqsummit.org/
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/World-...66470943363190