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Rainbow Cities newsletter
First edition Rainbow Cities newsletter
The City of Amsterdam, together with the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, have taken the initiative to issue this quarterly newsletter. The focus is initiatives, backgrounds and developments with regard to LGBT policy issues on a local or regional level, mainly aimed at policy makers and NGO’s, operating on a local level. The newsletter comes forth from the Rainbow Cities Network, of which more information can be found here.

The editor of this newsletter is Juul van Hoof, coordinator of the Rainbow Cities Network.
International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia
In the spotlight: the City of Amsterdam
New online portal on LGBTI refugees
New name LGBT Unit at the Council of Europe
And more
International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia – 17 May
This year’s theme was dedicated to Freedom of Expression of LGBTI people. Events took place all over the world and several world leaders made strong statements in support of the day. In many cities local governments played an active role in the events. Recently, the IDAHO Committee have published country reports of the events on their website.

Photo: Gemeente Amsterdam, Clara Kroes.
In the spotlight: the City of Amsterdam
Over the last decades Amsterdam has been one of the undisputed leaders when it comes to acceptation and tolerance of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people. This is not something that goes without saying. The Amsterdam city council has again committed itself to further strengthening Amsterdam’s position as Pink city in the next four years. It means we will continue our fight against intolerance and discrimination. The freedom to be yourself in Amsterdam has to be protected and fought for. Because Amsterdam belongs to all of us.

Photo: Beeldbank Amsterdam, Edwin van Eis.

City partnerships like the Rainbow Cities network can be used to support our policy and to exchange experiences with city councils and LGBT organisations abroad. They allow Amsterdam to learn from other cities and to promote successful elements of Amsterdam policy in twin towns. More information about Amsterdam’s LGBT policy can be found here. Amsterdam also created a special website dedicated to the annual Gay Pride. It can be found here.
New online portal on LGBTI refugees
On World Refugee Day (20 June 2014), ORAM (Organization for Refuge, Asylum and Migration) launched an online portal to help official bodies and NGOs share approaches to protecting LGBTI refugees and to adopt best practices in the face of rising persecution of LGBTI people globally. ORAM is encouraging posting of national, local and regional projects that will lead to better treatment of LGBTI refugees. 
Vienna’s Official Tourist Office releases LGBT campaign
The website features LGBT couples at famous sites of the city. Emphasising the diversity of Vienna, encouraging LGBT tourists to visit the city this summer and to add pictures of their visit to Vienna to the website. The city also designed a website for LGBT residents as well as visitors, which can be found here.

Photo: Daan Stringer
New name LGBT Unit at the Council of Europe
The former LGBT Unit at the Council of Europe has a new name: SOGI Unit (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity). The unit had a new website as well as a Facebook page.
Call for Tender 'Culture for Cities and Regions'
The European Commission opened a tender on 'Support to exchanges among cities and regions on culture for urban and regional development'. The deadline for submission is 18 August 2014, more information can be found here.
Summer academy ‘How to manage Human Rights and the City?’
This week-long course aims at presenting and discussing instruments and mechanisms to facilitate the implementation of human rights at the local level. The programme is designed for administration professionals working at municipal or regional levels, politicians and collaborators of non-governmental organizations from all Council of Europe member states. More information can be found here.
Photo: Sjaan Vanderjagt / Pixelpolder
conference ‘Rights on the Move: Rainbow Families in Europe’ 
16-17 October Trento, Italy. Deadline for registration: 22 September 2014. More information can be found here.
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