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#SaferToBeMe - Our upcoming global Symposium of LGBTQI+ Human Rights and the Sustainable Development Goals

A full day face-to-face Symposium event held at Hope Street Xchange at the University of Sunderland, U.K. and a series of one-hour (online) satellite events, held before the conference. 

Date: 22nd June 2023 

Times: 9:00- 5:30 (Symposium) and 19:30 - 22:00 (film and panel talk)

Tickets available on the 1st March 2023.


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What is #SaferToBeMe? 

ReportOUT have partnered with the University of Sunderland to develop a global symposium to bring together global activists, practitioners, and academics, to discuss the most pressing issues facing global LGBTQI+ human rights, and LGBTQI+ progress toward fulfilling the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  

This conference will fill a void left behind after the cancellation of the U.K. government’s proposed ‘Safe to Be Me’ conference, which we have called #SaferToBeME 


After this symposium ends, we hope to develop a legacy via a Global Knowledge Exchange Forum to push for the human rights, and the development needs, of sexual and gender minorities across the globe, and to bring specialists together to do this. We hope you will be part of this! 

What talks and workshops will happen at the symposium? 

For the symposium we are expecting a packed crowd, as this is our highlight day! For this, we will have a range of talks and workshops which focus on the following three strands: 


Human rights in nation states and regions: These are talks or workshops about the human rights situation of a particular nation state for sexual and gender minorities, or the human rights situation of a particular region for sexual and gender minorities (for example, Afghanistan, Russia, Uganda, or a region such as the Gulf States, or Central Asia) 


Human rights themes: These will be thematic talks or workshops about a particular issue or theme linked to the human rights of sexual and gender minorities (for example, activism, young people, corrective rape, LGBTQI+ people and war, migration and diaspora, disability, conversion practices, Pride events, pink washing by a nation state, and so on) 


International development and the SDGs: A talk about sexual and gender minorities, and their engagement (or lack thereof) with international development mechanisms and the UN SDGs. For example, focusing on one (or more) of the UN SDGs, such as queer links to poverty, gender equality, safe institutions, climate action, critiquing the SDGS, and so on.

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