ERA – LGBTI Equal Rights Association for the Western Balkans and Turkey, with the support of Open Society Foundations, is implementing a 26-month project aiming to respond to the HIV epidemic among gay and bi men, men who have sex with men and trans (GMT) persons in the Western Balkans[i].
The primary objective of this research was to provide Serbian policy makers, civil society, and development partners with evidence of the socioeconomic status of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people in Serbia. The findings of the report, which were derived from a survey of LGBTI peop
This report is a summary of developments in the countries of the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia) and Turkey from January until December 2018.
Chemsex is defined as “the use of specific drugs (“Chems”) in modern, smartphone-age sexual contexts by gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men, and trans persons”. Problematic ChemSex – not drug use and sex per see - are associated with various harms such as a rise in HIV, hepatitis and STI transmissions as well as addictive practices, depression, psychosis, criminal activity and death from overdose or suicide, particularly when involving the use of crystal meth and the injecting of substances.
ERA – LGBTI Equal Rights Association for the Western Balkans and Turkey, with the support of Open Society Foundations, is implementing a 26-month project aiming to respond to the HIV epidemic among gay and bi men, men who have sex with men and trans (GMT) persons in the Western
ERA’s Annual General Assembly is the biggest LGBTI event organized in the region since 2015. The conference is a lobby, advocacy, capacity building and visibility event which brings together more than 160 participants from across the region, Europe and beyond. LGBTI activists, state officials (governments, Parliaments, equality bodies etc.), donors, researchers, journalists, diplomatic community, representatives of international organizations and members of the local community attend the event.
The results of the survey on the experiences of LGBTI people in Southeastern Europe reveal a collective experience of discrimination, harassment, exclusion and violence. The report “Life on the Margins: Survey Results of the Experience of LGBTI people in South Eastern Europe” was published by the World Bank in partnership with IPSOS Strategic Marketing, ERA – LGBTI Equal Rights Association for the Western Balkans and Turkey, and the Williams Institute at UCLA.
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