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9th edition Rainbow Cities newsletter
The City of Amsterdam, together with the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, has taken the initiative to issue this quarterly newsletter. The focus is on initiatives, backgrounds and developments with regard to LGBT policy issues at local or regional level. This newsletter is mainly aimed at policy makers and NGO’s operating on the local level. The newsletter originates 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.
 
Contents
 
One pagers Rainbow Cities network published
 
Compendium of good practices for local and regional LGBTI policies
 
City of Amsterdam to host EuroPride and Rainbow Cities Network’s annual meeting
 
100 practical ways to help tackle Europe’s human rights challenges
One pagers Rainbow Cities network published
On the occasion of the Rainbow Cities Network 4th annual meeting, the overview of their local LGBT(I)-inclusive policies was published. In this overview, members provide information on the specifics and focus of their LGBT(I) policies and it lists the municipal departments and civil society partners they work with.
 
 
 
Compendium of good practices for local and regional LGBTI policies 
Local and regional authorities have an important and specific role when combating discrimination against LGBTI people. To provide local and regional authorities with guidance, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe prepared a report and adopted a resolution on guaranteeing LGBTI people’s rights. To translate the findings of the report into practical information for use by policy makers, the Council of Europe produced this compendium of good practices at the local and regional level, which highlights good practices within local and regional administrations.
 
 
 
City of Amsterdam to host EuroPride and Rainbow Cities Network’s annual meeting
From 23 July to 7 August Amsterdam will host EuroPride, the ‘European version’ of Gay Pride. Around 200 meetings, debates and conferences will take place in the city; one of these being the Rainbow Cities Network’s annual meeting. There will also be festive activities aimed at highlighting diversity and to express solidarity with groups, cities and countries for which this is still an impossibility.

Amsterdam want to ensure that the city remains a safe, open and internationally appealing ‘pink city’. For this reason the City of Amsterdam executes their Pink Agenda 2015-2018.
 
 
 
100 practical ways to help tackle Europe’s human rights challenges
During the Fundamental Rights Forum, organized by FRA, the EU’s Fundamental Rights Agency, the Chair’s Statement from the Fundamental Rights Forum was published. 700 leading experts from around the world attended this Forum in Vienna from 20-23 June; the Chair’s Statement reflects elements that received strong support during the debates.

The Chair’s Statement addresses the three most pressing fundamental rights challenges facing the EU today: refugee protection, inclusion and the digital age. One of the many ideas was ‘National, regional and local authorities, the business sector, professional groups and civil society should work together to use EU funds (particularly the European Structural and Investment Funds) to stimulate socially responsible and inclusive growth that promotes fundamental rights and respect for diversity’.
 
 
 
Turkish Pride marches cancelled, activists and politicians dispersed and arrested
In June, Pride Marches and LGBTI events in Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir were cancelled after they were banned by local authorities. In Istanbul, German MEP Terry Reintke, 17 activists and 2 international supporters were briefly arrested and later released. The arrests happened after participants gathered in the streets of Istanbul. Police dispersed the crowd. Read more about the bans in Ankara and Izmir here. ILGA-Europe released a statement on their concern about these infringements of fundamental human rights.
 
 
 
Rainbow europe and trans rights europe map examine situation of lgbti people in europe
ILGA-Europe’s 2016 Rainbow Europe package reveals an increasingly unequal picture of developments for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people across Europe. Rainbow Europe 2016 showcases the current state of play of the laws, policies and practices that affect LGBTI people in Europe today. Transgender Europe’s Map on Trans Rights 2016 indicates that the protection level for trans people remains low in Europe. “Public authorities have to do better. Concrete positive measures targeted at the job market plus improved gender recognition procedures are paramount to improve trans people’s position considerably”, explains Julia Ehrt, Transgender Europe’s Executive Director.
   
 
   
 
ghent launched rainbow action plan
The plan will the main LGBT policy tool for the next years and its goal is to make Ghent an even more attractive and LGBT friendly city. The plan contains 27 actions divided over 6 objectives: information and awareness-raising of Ghent citizens, Collect knowledge and expertise, Support Ghent-based LGBT, increase equal opportunities and safety in Ghent, Attention for LGBT in our services and in the image building, enter into cooperation with relevant partners and target groups. Actions differ from events to structurally embedded adaptations, to pilot projects. 
 
 
 
Şişli Municipality: LGBTI-friendly gynecological healthcare service established
Şişli Municipality in Istanbul has begun offering LGBTI friendly gynecological healthcare services support to the LGBTI community. As part of the support, LGBTI individuals will be able to benefit from gynecological services, screening tests and counselling on benefits, risks and side effects of hormone therapy for free. Clients will be able to use and will be addressed by their chosen name.
 
 
 
DIVERCITY: On homo- and transphobia in small and medium-sized cities
Homo- and transphobia in smaller and medium-sized cities has particular dynamics, as the access to resources for LGBT people may be more problematic due to the dimension of local agencies, the associative structure and the LGBT community. The DIVERCITY project intends to make a diagnosis of homo- and transphobia in six medium-sized cities in Europe, to exchange best practices within and between the cities, and to raise awareness on homo- and transphobia, in order to prevent and combat this social problem. The project hopes to reach out to many different levels of social life, including local governments, public services, civil society, the LBGT collective and the general public with a specific focus on young people in and beyond the involved cities.
 
 
 
Turin delivers national LGBT web portal and LGBT training models
 The LGBT Office of the City of Turin, national Secretariat of the RE.A.DY network (Italian Rainbow Local Governments), delivered in Turin on June 28 the final results of the UNAR – RE.A.DY project. The first national institutional LGBT web portal, implemented by the City of Turin and revised by the central Government, offers information and documents on LGBT topics addressing citizens and practitioners. LGBT Training models for Public Administration managers (Education, Police, Employment) were designed and tested all over Italy.
 
 
 
Greek district adopts article on equal treatment in service provision
Today, the Greek district of Attika published the adoption of the "Chart of Rights and Duties of the Citizen". Article 5 (the right to equal treatment) reads: "At the area of the grant of services of the district it is not permitted any discrimination on the grounds of ...”, and specifically names, among others, gender identity and sex characteristics. The Greek Transgender Support Organisation welcomes the fact that Attika is the first district in Greece to do so.
 
 
 
Workplace Pride 2016 Global Benchmark Survey open for submissions
 The 3rd annual Workplace Pride Global Benchmark is an internationally recognized measurement
tool designed to help employers achieve an inclusive workplace for their LGBT employees through effective policies and practices. Last year, 21 organizations representing nearly 2,4 million employees in over 100 countries worldwide participated in the Global Benchmark. You can find a summary of the 2015 results here. The deadline for submissions to the 2016 Global Benchmark Survey is August 16th.
 
 
 
 
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