Monday, November 25, 2013

The Stockholm Statement
We, the team of Rainbow Leaders, a network of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) human rights defenders, who gathered in Stockholm, Sweden, from October 14 to November 1, 2013, agree upon the following statement:
Claiming our space within the global social movements;
Recognising our leadership in the LGBTI movement in bringing change in our groups, communities, societies, countries and regions;
Acknowledging we are living in a world, where 76 countries criminalise consensual same-sex relations and non-conforming gender expressions;
Recognizing the true solidarity among our groups and the need for action whenever there is call;
Recognizing the need for positive strives for days of celebration, celebrating a global day for LGBTI activism;
Being conscious that violence and discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity are daily realities for many individuals all around the world;
Welcoming the national, regional and global policy and legal frameworks that enhance our struggle for equality;
Affirming that we are strengthened by our common vision that our sexual orientations and gender identities are important human characteristics of our self-identification and should not be cause for discrimination; and
Recognizing the achievements of the civil society movement to decrease the levels of discrimination, and the role of some governments in supporting this process;
We make the following the following declarations:
We seek to continue the international cooperation that supports the work of human rights defenders in their local contexts in respect to their own needs and voices.
We encourage other human rights defenders to join and unite with LGBTI activitists in our common struggles.
We demand radical change in the heteronormative patriarchal systems where the rights of women, sexual and gender minorities are not respected.
We are not just demanding change in policies and legislations that can protect human rights of LGBTI persons but also a continuous education and sensitizing process to achieve just, inclusive and equitable societies.
We call upon the decision-makers of our countries to provide legislation that protect every citizen regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity, and that this legal framework is effectively implemented.
We demand the decision-makers of our countries to stop the tyranny of the majority against all minorities.
We Rainbow Leaders commit ourselves as agents of change who continue to challenge cultural normativity with pride, dignity and respect.

November 1, 2013
Stockholm, Sweden

Bishkek Feminist Collective SQ, Kyrgyz Indigo and Labrys (Kyrgyzstan)
Freedom and Roam (Uganda)
Friends of RAINKA (Zambia)
Let Good Be Told In Us (NYARWEK) Coalition (Kenya)
Gays And Lesbians of Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe)
Sappho for Equality (India)
Iranti-Org (South Africa)
Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (Guyana)
Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana
Caribbean Forum for Liberation and Acceptance of Genders and Sexualities (Saint Lucia)
Trans Bantu (Zambia)
Coalition of African Lesbians (South Africa)
Rainbow Women (Kenya)
PaKasipiti (Zimbabwe)
Gayten-LGBT, Center for Promotion of LGBTIQ Human Rights (Serbia)
Romski Zenski Centar Romnjako Ilo (Serbia)
Adhikaar (India)

                                         Rainbow Leaders      (c) Jabu Pereira, Iranti-Org

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