20 episodes

Presented by ILGA-Europe, an umbrella organisation for over 600 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) organisations across 54 countries, The Frontline is a podcast about LGBTI activism and lives in Europe and Central Asia. Deep-diving and analysing from a unique and informed perspective, The Frontline aims to bring you to the core of queer activism and give you an understanding on the complexities of what's happening, why it's happening, the wins and the losses, the challenges and commonalities, and the extraordinary ways in which the work of those on the frontlines continues in a rapidly changing world.

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Presented by ILGA-Europe, an umbrella organisation for over 600 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) organisations across 54 countries, The Frontline is a podcast about LGBTI activism and lives in Europe and Central Asia. Deep-diving and analysing from a unique and informed perspective, The Frontline aims to bring you to the core of queer activism and give you an understanding on the complexities of what's happening, why it's happening, the wins and the losses, the challenges and commonalities, and the extraordinary ways in which the work of those on the frontlines continues in a rapidly changing world.

    Hope and the LGBTI Movement in 2021

    Hope and the LGBTI Movement in 2021

    In this episode of The Frontline, we are looking back at the year that was 2021, and what it meant for the LGBTI movement in Europe. It was a year of further lockdowns, of new strains of the COVID virus, and the uncertainty they have brought, and most of all, enormous reverberations of the unprecedented events of 2020 on people’s lives. At ILGA-Europe, when the pandemic first kicked in, our motto was ‘the work goes on’, and that work most certainly continued apace throughout 2021, with the growth of a perceived east-west divide in Europe over LGBTI rights, infringement procedures taken by the European Commission against Hungary and Poland because of their anti-LGBTI laws and programs, a sharp rise in the demonisation and isolation of trans people from the women’s movement, and an overall rise in authoritarian regimes seeking to instrumentalise LGBTI lives to limit the rights of others. So, it’s perhaps strange that our guest in this episode, ILGA-Europe's Executive Director, Evelyne Paradis finds great hope for the LGBTI movement amid the storm. Listen now, and find out why!  

    • 35 min
    Navigating Change as an LGBTI Activist

    Navigating Change as an LGBTI Activist

    Since the beginning of 2020, we have been deeply reminded that change can come unexpectedly and can wreak havoc. We’ve also seen in stark ways how our ability to deal with change is so often framed by bigger structures of inequalities, and most of us have been left with more questions than we have answers. 



    This episode of The Frontline features an enlightening conversation about navigating change as an activist, between ILGA-Europe’s Executive Director Evelyne Paradis and Natia Gvianishvili, who has been actively engaged with local, regional and international LGBTI and feminist movements for over a decade now. Natia began her activist life in Georgia, and she currently resides in Sweden, where she works with the Swedish
    Federation for LGBTQ Rights (RSFL).



    Evelyne and Natia chat about how change affects activists and activism, and deliberately exploring our relationship with change so that we can find our own compass when navigating a constantly transforming world.  

    • 20 min
    How LGBTI Activism Can Be Supported

    How LGBTI Activism Can Be Supported

    One thing is always clear, no activist or activism organisation can work alone, and the work needs support. But where can that support be found, how can it be accessed, and when it comes through, how can you use it effectively? In this episode, we’re exploring what it means and what it takes to be supported during the highs and lows of everyday activism. We’ll be taking a look at how international and foreign support can be experienced by LGBTI activists in the movement, the difference it can make, and what it takes to get that support and make real use of it.  



    Joining us to chat about support and empowerment are Stefan Sparavalo from Da se Zna in Serbia and Marty Huber, from Queer Base in Austria.  



    For more about how we support the LGBTI movement in Europe and Central Asia, click here  
    We create resources and learning opportunities we create for activists, see our resource about communications  
    For examples of our past funding opportunities, click here and here  
    For information about our annual events for activists, this year the Gathering Online, click here 
    Join and use our free Resource Sharing Centre for LGBTI activists, The Hub 
    See one of our surveys to provide direction to our work and the movement here  

    • 24 min
    The LGBTI Activist Wellbeing Challenge

    The LGBTI Activist Wellbeing Challenge

    Wellbeing challenges have been affecting the work of the LGBTI movement for decades, but it is only recently that activists have begun talking about their wellbeing as an issue. While a number organisations and groups have already taken concrete steps to address wellbeing, there’s no golden rule on how to approach these challenges. In this episode we share what ILGA-Europe has been doing to support the wellbeing of the movement.



    Joining us are David Kakhaberi, the executive director of Equality Movement in Georgia, and Eka Tseriteli, executive director of Women’s Initiatives Supporting Group, also in Georgia, to talk about the distinctive approaches they’ve used to tackle wellbeing issues for their teams.  



    For more about how we support the LGBTI movement in Europe and Central Asia, click here  
    We create resources and learning opportunities we create for activists, see our resource about communications  
    For examples of our past funding opportunities, click here and here  
    For information about our annual events for activists, this year the Gathering Online, click here 
    Join and use our free Resource Sharing Centre for LGBTI activists, The Hub 
    See one of our surveys to provide direction to our work and the movement here  

    • 24 min
    Empowering LGBTI Activists in a Changing World: Introduction

    Empowering LGBTI Activists in a Changing World: Introduction

    To introduce our new series on empowering LGBTI activism, Bjorn Van Roozendaal from ILGA-Europe talks about the priorities of our work with activists in a world that’s going through enormous change, and what to expect as we explore the challenges are activists face in doing the work, and some of the key ways they are addressing those challenges.   

    • 11 min
    Being an LGBTI Activist Today

    Being an LGBTI Activist Today

    What’s it like to be an LGBTI activist at this moment of enormous change for the world? What are the new challenges, and what’s the daily life of an LGBTI organisation like nowadays?  



    Joining us to talk about the reality of queer activism in the current context, the good sides and bad, are ILGA-Europe’s Programmes Director, Bjorn van Roozendaal; Ola Kaczorek, founding member of Love Does Not Exclude, the first organisation to demand marriage equality in Poland; Irena Cvetkovic, the Executive Director of Coalition Margins in North Macedonia, which works to promote and protect the human rights of marginalised communities, and Ruslana Hnatchenko from the Ukrainian lesbian feminist NGO, Women Association Sphere.  



    For more about how we support the LGBTI movement in Europe and Central Asia, click here   
    We create resources and learning opportunities we create for activists, see our resource about communications   
    For examples of our past funding opportunities, click here and here  
    For information about our annual events for activists, this year the Gathering Online, click here 
    Join and use our free Resource Sharing Centre for LGBTI activists, The Hub 
    See one of our surveys to provide direction to our work and the movement here  

    • 32 min

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