LGBT+ ROMA IN EUROPE: Pathways to visibility

The international conference took place on 24-25. February in Prague. The two-day program, divided into 6 thematic panels, was attended by 20 speakers from 10 different countries.
We are preparing the outputs from the conference for you in a comprehensive publication.

Conference and this publication are part of projects (A) Roma LGBTIQ go visible:
supporting activities for the Roma LGBTIQ minority’ (funded by the European Union’s
Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020) and (B) Make Roma LGBT+
more visible (funded by Bilateral initiative, Norway Grants 2014 – 2021).
Projects were coordinated by ARA ART, z.s. with partners Quo Vadis (Slovakia), Diverse
Youth Network (Hunngary) and FRI – foreningen for kjnns- og seksualitetsmangfold (Norway)

Conference Panels

Panel 1: Roma LGBT+ Minority and its Status in Selected EU Countries (CZ, HU, SK)
This panel will discuss the findings of the research in the three countries, which found that there
is both a conceptual and a legal vacuum with respect to multiple/intersectional discrimination:
vacuums that exist against a backdrop of human rights protections for ethnic/racial and
sexual/gender minorities being reversed, along with a general trend of weakening equality
bodies. How to fill the vacuum that exists with respect to promoting the human rights of this
overlooked community?

Panel 2: Art, Media, Sexuality, and Gender
This panel will consider how the intersection of ethnicity, sexuality and gender, and the
experiences of LGBT+ Roma are reflected in visual art, including socially engaged and activist
art (artivism).

Panel 3: Policies in Relation to the Roma LGBT+ Minority
The current level of knowledge with respect to the intersectional issues that LGBTIQ Roma face
is not adequately disseminated, shared, applied or, indeed, reflected in national or EU policy
making. The panel will focus on these, as well as related issues.

Panel 4: Interface of Academia, Activism, and Politics h
This panel will consider ways in which academics, activists and policymakers have cooperated
and/or can cooperate to produce knowledge and achieve social change for LGBTIQ Roma.

Panel 5: Identity Crossroads: Roma Trans People and Health
The panel will bring together trans Roma who will discuss specific concerns relating to
healthcare provision for trans Roma, including during the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic.

Panel 6: My story: LGBTIQ Roma in the Balkans
The panel will bring together LGBTIQ Roma from the Balkans who will discuss their specific
experiences in both EU and non-EU countries.