Alexeý and Judith at International IDAHOT Day at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

‘Human Rights are not a favor. Everyone is entitled to Human Rights.’

The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia was celebrated on the 17th of May at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague (#IDAHOT2017). Two Shelter City guests, Judith and Alexéy, were invited to deliver their experience working in the field of LBTIQ+ rights.

The ceremony started with the presentation of the Amsterdam Rainbow Dress, made from the flags of 75 countries where LGBTI+ rights are threatened. Each time the law in one of these countries changes in favor of these rights, the flag is replaced by a rainbow one on the dress (it happened for Belize). The dress was worn by Valentijn De Hingh, a Dutch top-model who stands for transgender persons’ rights.

Minister Koenders insisted on the ‘importance of openness and inclusiveness for all people across the world’, and on how the NGOs and the government should be allies in the process of making Human Rights accessible to LGBTIQ+ people.

Alexéy stated: ‘sometimes, there is no moral possibility not to act.’ Talking about his art, he explained that ‘we are human beings, we feel, and feeling can be very important to deliver a message.’ Alexeý  and Judith participated in very enriching and touching discussions about their work and personal experiences with LGBTIQ+ issues, and we were proud to be there by their side.

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