Global LGBT youth network launched

Stephen Barris | January 20, 2009

A group of young people
On Friday the International Gay and Lesbian Youth (IGLYO) and the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA0) launched the LGBT Youth World List – the first international network of its kind.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex and queer young people from all over the world can sign up to send and receive messages with other activists.

Members will be encouraged to share their experiences, ideas and expertise, and to work together to solve problems and run projects. The working languages of the list are English, Spanish and French.

Nanna Moe, IGLYO Board Member and Communication Officer, said: "This will create a global conversation about LGBT rights, allowing young people to make contact and work together in an international fight for respect. This project is just part of IGLYO's venture beyond Europe." And she continues, "The list is very much in line with IGLYO activities this year, since it is the 25th anniversary of IGLYO, which we are going to celebrate with a reunion and huge conference with international guest in Amsterdam in July".

Individuals join by becoming members of an email group, which is moderated for safety – a feature which could be important for members, especially those who live in countries where LGBT rights are not recognised.

Ruth Baldacchino, ILGA Board Member, said: "ILGA has a proud history of uniting LGBTIQ activists from all over the world. We have a firm belief in empowering and participation of young LGBTIQ in decision-making processes. This exciting project will make important steps forward in nurturing international LGBTIQ youth activism."

To sign up to the LGBT Youth World List, young people should visit www.iglyo.com or www.ilga.org and follow the directions they find there.

Additional information: 1. IGLYO is the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Youth and Student Organisation. www.iglyo.com
2. ILGA – the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association – is a world-wide network of over 670 national and local groups from 110 countries dedicated to achieving equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans and intersex (LGBTI) people everywhere. www.ilga.org
3. For further information or to request an interview with Nanna Moe or Ruth Baldacchino, please contact Nanna Moe at anna@iglyo.com
4. Further information about IGLYO's 25th Anniversary Conference will be available soon at www.iglyo.comIssued by IGLA

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