World Outgames 2nd International Conference on LGBT Human Rights
The conference will be held in Copenhagen from 27 - 29 July 2009, as a part of World Outgames in 2009. The name of the conference “Love of Freedom – Freedom to Love” summarises what it is all about: the love for the freedom that allows us our love life, our sexuality and our gender identity without fear or discrimination or criminalisation. Under this banner, the overall goal of the conference is to reaffirm and defend the human right of every LGBT person in the world to participate fully, equally and openly in every part of life.
Size and Scope
About 800 delegates from 85 countries will participate in the 3-day conference, which will be held at the brand new and spectacular Danish Broadcasting Corporation’s Concert centre and the new IT University. The conference program will include a wide range of leading international keynote speakers. The conference program also includes 6 workshop sessions with 110 workshops and speakers from over 70 countries. There will be space and time on site for informal meetings, networking, sharing resources and experiences.
Plenary Sessions and Workshops
The conference participants will be offered five plenary sessions featuring a number of internationally renowned and leading keynote speakers. The program also includes an opening ceremony and a final session, which will promote and celebrate a series of good practices and initiatives presented by the Danish Institute for Human Rights. The conference participants will be able to choose from more than 110 workshops which will deal with many aspects of the ten conference themes: Human Rights and Politics; Out for Business; Workers Out!; Culture and Media; Health; Education; Sport; Family and Relationships; Sexuality, Pleasure and Body Politics. But there is also a focus on Mainstreaming since LGTB people are not a homogeneous group.
Catalogue of Good Practices
A central aim of the conference is to collect and highlight a series of good examples and projects – concrete initiatives that make a positive difference in your region, in your organisation, at your workplace, in your children’s schools, in your country etc. The Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) coordinates the selection of the good practices for the Copenhagen Catalogue of Good Practices – a collation of 20 good practices to remind us of the progress we have made so far and send us home with new inspiration and empowerment.
Welcome to Copenhagen!
We look forward to welcoming you to Copenhagen. Let’s make the ”Love of Freedom – Freedom to Love” conference in Copenhagen a truly great occasion and the next landmark in our fight for full equality for LGBT people around the world.