In celebration of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT), the Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights (YCSRR) is excited to announce the launch of the 2015 edition of the IDAHOT Watchdog!
The theme of this year’s IDAHOT Watchdog is Freedom of Expression. Entirely youth authored, this edition includes articles, poems, artwork and photographs from LGBTQI young people from Asia, Europe, Central America and the Caribbean. The IDAHOT Watchdog is a forum where young people from around the world can share their experiences of being part of the LGBTQI community- both as a celebration and as a call to action against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia. The voices of LGBTQI communities are often silenced and erased; the Watchdog is one small part of creating space for LGBTQI people to speak about their lives and experiences.
- My life in Color
- “This world cannot handle my true colors”: Challenges faced by LGBTQ youth across Central and Eastern Europe & the Balkans
- Queer Poem
- The Challenges that LGBTQI communities faces in exercising their freedom of expression.
- My Queer Romanian Experience
- Third Gender in Nepal
IDAHOT is a time for celebration, but also a time to remember that the price of freedom of expression for many can be very high, and can even include death. We want to remember and show solidarity with the many people who face violence and persecution because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, or for daring to speak their truth.
We hope you enjoy this year’s range of submissions from young writers, activists, artists, photographers and filmmakers, all fighting to exercise their freedom of expression.
–The YCSRR Editorial Team
ABOUT THE WATCHDOG
As part of the Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights (YCSRR) advocacy and public education activities, we distribute our newsletter The Watchdog at most international conferences and events we attend.
The Watchdog was first produced at the Youth Forum in the Hague in February 1999. We decided that a newsletter would give us an opportunity to share our experiences with everyone present at the UN – government and non-governmental organizations alike.
Each morning a new issue was published, which highlighted one of the YCSRR advocacy goals, such as youth participation, services or increased funding for youth programs. It gave YCSRR members the opportunity to tell our readers about the organization, or about a program with which we were involved. The Watchdog published facts and information on topics such as sexual and reproductive health education, and access to services in different countries. It also gave the YCSRR an opportunity to assess how negotiations were proceeding and a voice to express our opinions, views and hopes as to how the government delegations would address the sensitive issues surrounding adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights. The Watchdog was – and is – a way to put real people behind the paragraphs that everyone was discussing. We wanted people to know who we are, what we do, and how their work could affect young people for better or for worse.
The Watchdog is entirely youth-authored. Articles are written by Youth Coalition members, peer activists, and partner organizations.