LGBTQ+ 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 Panels
Panel 1: Roma LGBTQ+ Minority and its Status in Selected EU Countries (CZ, HU, SK)
This panel discussed 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 exists 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 considered how the intersection of ethnicity, sexuality and gender, and the
experiences of LGBTQ+ Roma are reflected in visual art, including socially engaged and activist
art (artivism).
Panel 3: Policies in Relation to the Roma LGBTQ+ Minority
The current level of knowledge with respect to the intersectional issues that LGBTQ+ Roma face
is not adequately disseminated, shared, applied or, indeed, reflected in national or EU policy
making. The panel focused on these, as well as related issues.
Panel 4: Interface of Academia, Activism, and Politics 
This panel considered ways in which academics, activists and policymakers have cooperated
and/or can cooperate to produce knowledge and achieve social change for LGBTQ+ Roma.
Panel 5: Identity Crossroads: Roma Trans People and Health
The panel brought together trans Roma who discussed specific concerns relating to
healthcare provision for trans Roma, including during the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic.
Panel 6: My story: LGBTQ+ Roma in the Balkans
The panel brought together LGBTQ+ Roma from the Balkans who talked about their specific 
experiences in both EU and non-EU countries.
Conference and this publication are part of projects (A) Roma LGBTQ+ 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)