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Send in your art and writing -Speak up on LGBTIQ rights!

Posted on 26 March, 2014 at 2:40

Recognizing May 17 as the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT), the Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights is calling on all young activists to speak up on LGBTIQ rights through Free Expression!

Want to express LGBTIQ rights through the written word? Have a story or rights-based information? 

Want to express LGBTIQ rights through photography, video, design or other types of visual art? 

The Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights (YCSRR) is an international organization of young people (ages 18-29 years) committed to promoting adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive rights at the national, regional and international levels. We are students, researchers, lawyers, health care professionals, educators, development workers, and most importantly: we are all dedicated activists.

Submit Your Art: [email protected]

LGBTIQ Rights are Human Rights!


While we celebrate the advancements that countries worldwide have made in recognizing the rights of LGBTIQ people, including those of young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, many still face discrimination and violence, among other human rights violations, because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.


In recognition of the progress made and the challenges ahead, the Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights (YCSRR) invites young people (12-29 years old) to submit original work (posters, infographics, pictures, postcards, videos, etc) on the theme “LGBTIQ rights are human rights.” To create awareness of LGBT rights and the particular realities of young LGBT people, selected submissions will be featured on the YCSRR website and used during the YCSRR social media campaign during International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT). Submissions may also be considered for inclusion in the upcoming YCSRR Watchdog on IDAHOT.

Suggested submission subtopics (but not limited to):

Decriminalization of Homosexuality

Diverse Families

Homophobic Bullying

Free Expression

Each participant can submit up to three images or videos. The format of image files must be JPG. Videos should not exceed a length of three minutes and must meet the requirements found here: http://vimeo.com/help/compression.

Submission Requirements:

Emailed entries that are not received will not be considered.

All content must be original with all necessary copyright permissions. Content with copyright violations (including but not limited to background music used without permission or copyrighted images appearing in photograph/video) will not be considered.

Entries submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

All entries must align with the YCSRR Principles and Values. Entries with homophobic or otherwise discriminatory content will not be considered, without exception.

Submissions from both professional and non-professionals are welcome.

All content submitted must be created entirely by a person or group of people aged 12-29, without exception.

Please include your full name, country of citizenship/residence and date of birth with your submission.

Deadline for Submissions:

Please send your submissions to Ani Colekessian at [email protected] with subject line “YCSRR IDAHOT Design Submission” no later than 10 April 2014.

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