May 1 – Labour Day

May 1 – Labour Day

Queerphobia divides the class!

As the Nafas LGBTI Azerbaijan Alliance, we join the global celebration of International Workers’ Day on May 1st, and we reaffirm our commitment to the struggle for the rights and dignity of all workers, including LGBTQI+ workers.

In Azerbaijan, LGBTQI+s face multiple forms of discrimination, exclusion, and violence, both in the workplace and in society at large. We are often forced to hide our identity, face harassment and bullying, and are denied equal opportunities for employment, education, and healthcare.

As workers, LGBTQI+s also face the same challenges and exploitation as their heterosexual and cisgender counterparts, such as low wages, long working hours, and unsafe working conditions. Moreover, we are often subjected to additional forms of discrimination and abuse, such as being fired or not being hired for our sexual orientation or gender identity, or being denied access to social security benefits and other labour rights.

On May 1st, we call on the Azerbaijani government, employers, and civil society to recognise and address the specific needs and rights of LGBTQI+ workers, and to ensure that we can fully and safely participate in the labour market, without fear of discrimination or violence.

We also call on our fellow workers, socialist activists, labour organisations to stand in solidarity with LGBTQI+ workers, and to join forces in the struggle for social and economic justice for all. Only by working together, as a united and diverse labour movement, can we achieve the transformative changes that are needed to build a fairer, more inclusive, and more sustainable world.

Finally, we would like to express our SOLIDARITY with all WORKERS, activists, and progressive forces around the world who are fighting against exploitation, oppression, and discrimination, and who are striving to build a better future for all. On this Labour Day, let us renew our commitment to the struggle for social justice and equality, and let us celebrate the power and diversity of the working class.

Nafas LGBTI organised “Queer Journalism” training

Nafas Azerbaijan Alliance for LGBTI organised a one-day training program called “Queer Journalism” related to article writing.

During the training, theoretical knowledge on storytelling was shared with the participants, and practical exercises related to preparing articles were conducted.

The training covered topics such as ethical codes in media, working with minors in journalism, searching for research materials, gathering sources, ethics, neutrality, and writing structure.

To stay informed about upcoming training programs and other activities we have prepared for the community, please subscribe to our Telegram channel.

Guidelines for journalists | ILGA-Europe

ILGA-Europe has released a set of guidelines for journalists covering LGBTQI+ issues. 

The guidelines provide clear recommendations on how to report on LGBTQI+related news, human rights, language, and specific recommendations for reporting on trans and intersex people. 

The guide also includes a list of essential resources for journalists seeking to stay up to date on LGBTQI+ issues. 

With the rise of anti-LGBTQI+ and anti-gender forces across Europe and the world, ILGA-Europe hopes that these guidelines will contribute to the quality and pluralism of the media landscape and support journalists in their work. 

These guidelines are particularly relevant as the rights of LGBTQI+s are increasingly threatened and marginalised in some European countries, including in Azerbaijan. By providing practical advice and resources, ILGA-Europe hopes to help journalists report on LGBTQI+ issues in a way that is accurate, respectful and inclusive.You can access the guide here.

Solidarity with LBTQI+ women | Lesbian Visibility Week

As the world celebrates Lesbian Visibility Week, Nafas LGBTI Azerbaijan Alliance joins the global community in showing solidarity with LBTQI+ women and non-binary people. This week aims to celebrate lesbians and raise awareness of the challenges faced by LBTQI+ women, particularly those from marginalised communities.

Although Lesbian Visibility Week has been celebrated in the UK and USA since 2008, the event has gained momentum worldwide in recent years. Nafas LGBTI Azerbaijan Alliance has been taking steps to show its support for the community. 

Lesbian Visibility Week provides an opportunity for us to show our support for the LBTQI+ women and work towards a more inclusive society. By celebrating diversity and promoting solidarity and unity, we can create a world where all individuals can be their true selves, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Intersections: Older LGBTQI+s | ILGA-Europe

ILGA-Europe and AGE Platform Europe have released a joint briefing highlighting the challenges faced by older LGBTQI+s in Europe, based on data analysis of the European Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) 2019 LGBTI Survey II. 

The briefing is part of ILGA-Europe’s Intersections reports, which aim to explore the lived experiences of marginalised groups in Europe. The data analysis focused on the responses of older LGBTQI+s to the survey, and aimed to highlight the differences in their experiences compared to younger LGBTQI+ individuals. 

The report emphasises the importance of disaggregated data in understanding the specific challenges faced by marginalised communities. The collaboration between ILGA-Europe and AGE Platform Europe ensured that the perspectives of older LGBTQI+s were represented fully in the briefing.

EU | Infringement action against Hungary

In a ground-breaking move, more than half of the EU member states have come together to support the European Commission’s infringement action against Hungary. The countries supporting the move include Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Finland, France, Malta, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and Slovenia. 

This development highlights the collective will of the majority of EU countries to actively take steps towards ensuring effective respect for EU law and the fundamental rights of every citizen in the Union.

The infringement action is directed against Hungary’s controversial anti-LGBTQI+ law, which has been widely criticised by the EU as being discriminatory and in violation of fundamental human rights. With the political support of the aforementioned member states and the European Parliament, the EU now awaits further procedures at the Court of Justice of the EU.

However, there is a possibility that Hungary may ignore a successful infringement, leading the EU to continue monitoring the implementation of the anti-LGBTQI+ law to support the Hungarian community and document any human rights violations.

The support of these 14 member states is a significant step towards promoting the values of the EU and upholding the rights of every citizen. It also serves as a message to other countries within the EU that may be contemplating similar laws that such discriminatory legislation will not be tolerated.

The EU’s response to Hungary’s anti-LGBTQI+ law demonstrates a commitment to upholding fundamental human rights and ensuring that every citizen in the Union is treated equally. The collective support of over half of the EU member states highlights the strength of unity and the EU’s determination to uphold its values.

Twitter Censors Terms Associated with LGBTQI+

Twitter has been accused of censoring certain terms associated with the LGBTQI+ community on its platform, sparking concerns among users and activists. On Saturday, 1 April, Twitter users noticed that tweet previews in direct messages (DMs) were not showing up for tweets containing words such as “trans”, “LGBT”, “LGBT+” and “BLM” (Black Lives Matter). Instead, users were only seeing a plain link.

What’s more alarming is that tweets containing slurs that are widely regarded as derogatory by the LGBTQI+ community, such as “trans-identified” and “t***n”, are still previewing as normal. Tweets mentioning the trans-exclusionary term “LGB” also seem to be unaffected. Trans Safety Network, a UK-based advocacy group, has also reported that early testing indicates that tweets containing certain words are being “deboosted” by the platform. These words include “trans”, “gay”, “lesbian”, “queer” and “bisexual”.

This apparent censorship on Twitter has sparked concerns among users and activists, who fear that it could lead to the silencing of important conversations and the marginalization of already vulnerable communities. It’s worth noting that Twitter has been criticized before for its handling of LGBTQI+ issues, with some users reporting instances of hate speech and harassment on the platform.

Twitter has yet to comment on the situation, but it is expected that the company will face pressure to address the concerns being raised by users and advocacy groups. The incident has once again highlighted the importance of ensuring that social media platforms like Twitter do not inadvertently or intentionally suppress important conversations and voices within the LGBTQI+ community.

First Training Session of Animation Course | Fem-Utopia

The Fem-Utopia Animation course designed to promote gender diversity in the field of animation and support women’s economic freedom, has held its first training session.

The participants, who are eager to learn and create, were engaged in the first training of the course today. Lawyer Vefa Rustam joined the participants in the session and provided valuable information on women’s rights, equality, and justice.

The training was followed by group work, where the participants presented their projects on gender equality, showing their understanding of the concept and how it could be applied in the field of animation.

The Fem-Utopia Animation course aims to increase women’s representation in the animation industry and empower them to be independent by providing them with valuable knowledge and skills. The course also encourages women to explore their creativity and express themselves through their animations.

The course is expected to make a significant contribution to the animation industry and women’s empowerment. It is hoped that through this course, more women will be inspired to pursue their passions in the animation industry.

The course is set to continue for the upcoming weeks, and it is expected to deliver even more exciting sessions that will enable participants to develop their skills and unleash their creativity.

The Fem-Utopia Animation course is an essential step towards creating a more inclusive and diverse world of animation, where every individual can express their unique talents and creativity, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender.

Workshop on How to Write a Literature Review I MİL Network 

The MİL Network has organised an academic research workshop on how to write a literature review for young researchers to develop their knowledge and skills in social sciences. The workshop aims to provide enthusiastic young researchers with the initial understanding, rules, and skills required to prepare literature reviews as a preliminary stage of academic research and writing.

The first project of the Research Workshop is devoted to learning about the Literature Review, which is a vital component of academic research. Through this project, participants will be introduced to the initial understanding of literature reviews related to sample topics they have determined in advance, learn the rules for preparing a review, and apply them step by step. Finally, they will gain the knowledge and skills needed to write their own reviews.

The instructor of the workshop, Xəyyam Namazov, is a co-founder of the MİL Network and currently engaged in research work in sociology at Humboldt University in Berlin. With his vast experience in political science, public and political science, and his work as an author, Namazov is the perfect instructor to guide participants through the process of writing literature reviews.

The workshop is intended for beginners and individuals aged 18-29 who want to research and write their literature reviews. Participants will be selected through an application form and interview process. The program will be conducted online through the Zoom platform, and participation is free.

You can access the application link from here.

The application deadline is April 22, 2023, at 23:00. The workshop will be held on weekends, with a maximum of two hours per day on April 29, 30, May 7, 8, 14, 21, 27, and 28.

Interested individuals can apply by contacting Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn how to write a literature review and take your academic research and writing to the next level!