Kaleidoscope Australia Human Rights Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation committed to promoting and protecting the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in the Asia Pacific region. We work directly with local activists to enhance their capacity to combat prejudice, hostile authorities, and discriminatory laws, helping them achieve the freedom and equality essential to living a life of dignity.
As an aid to researchers, media and those about to travel abroad we recently created an online resource with a listing of all nations that currently criminalise people because of their sexual orientation.
Applications to participate in the LGBTI Pacific Youth Forum, 13-14 October 2016, Sydney, Australia NOW OPEN
The 2016 LGBTI Pacific Youth Forum is a landmark event that will bring together approximately 35 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender diverse, and intersex (LGBTI) youth (under 32 years of age) leaders, advocates, and allies from across the South Pacific region, to Sydney, Australia for a two-day forum on advancing LGBTI rights in the region.
The Forum will include a mix of training sessions, panel discussions, and workshops, as well as evening events for networking and socialising. The Forum is made possible through a collaboration between Kaleidoscope Human Rights Foundation, the United States Embassy in Australia, and DLA Piper global law firm.
Participants to the forum will have the chance to apply for one of three AU$5,000 grants to carry out LGBTI human rights projects in the South Pacific after the completion of the forum. Applications for the grants will open prior to the forum and participants will have the chance to work on their grant proposals during the forum with assistance from legal and grant writing experts.
Apply here: https://goo.gl/forms/R1R03b7HlrBY7h6P2
**Applications close on the 29th of August at 11:59pm AEST**
For any further enquiries, contact Forum Coordinator Jaz Dawson at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Speaking Out Report issued to coincide with CHOGM2015
In collaboration with the UK’s Kaleidoscope Trust, Kaleidoscope Australia has released its biennial report, Speaking Out 2015, on the state of LGBTI people’s rights across the Commonwealth. Speaking Out 2015 documents the Commonwealth’s poor record in protecting the rights of its LGBTI citizens. Of the 53 member states, 40 continue to criminalise same-sex activity. More than 90% of Commonwealth citizens live in a jurisdiction where LGBTI people are criminalised. You can download the report here.
Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee on the Impact of the Migration Amendment (Complementary Protection and Other Measures) Bill 2015
On 26 November 2015, Kaleidoscope Australia made a submission to the senate Constitutional Affairs Committee over proposed changes to the Migration Act 1958 that could directly impact on claims of asylum on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status. You can read the submission here.
Kaleidoscope Australia and K&L Gates have collaborated in the development of a Best Practice Guide for assessing refugees on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex grounds. If you missed the launch but want to see the presentation, you can view it here.