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Green parties. Green movements. Green rights. Green actions. Green holidays. Green programs and policies. Green diets. Green institutions. Green people. Green economies. Green societies. Green culture.

So what is green?

It’s no longer only about color. It’s even not longer about environment and sustainability. This concept became wider  and complex. “Green” now encompasses collective human rights (third wave of human rights), cultural values, economical interactions, social interactions between people. I would even say… “green” now means thinking models; attitudes and emotions of people. Thinking green and feeling green means …

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Kyrgyz Indigo has conducted a winter camp on security and coping strategies in Kashka-Suu.

On the first day participants were introduced to each other, designed important rules of conduct, played a game “Winter blows”, divided roles among themselves and started to paint their T-shirts. The roles were divided into the following categories:

  • Time keeper
  • Photographer
  • Typing machine (Person, who typed key ideas and stories)
  • Consitutionalist (Person, who was responsible for rules of conduct to be implemented)
  • Translators
  • Cleaners
  • Alarm clocks (People, who were responsible for waking up everybody in

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Academic curricula, training plans and sessions on reproductive health or on environmental sustainability should incorporate both of these topics and show their interrelatedness.

Awareness building in the mainstream public is important for reaching better conditions of reproduuctive health and rights and of environment. This can decrease the level of risks and dangers and increase the level of responsibility of individuals.

Unfortunately, the programs on sustainable development and on reproductive health are very seperate in Kyrgyzstan. Local experts and activists tend not to see the intersections between these two important …

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When I was browsing internet, I found video, made in 1995. Makarevich, Sukachev, Grebenshchikov, Kinchev and Stigrey are against littering.

Moscow colleagues on the project \”We\’ll do it\” unearthed video of mid 90s (likely made in 1995), a commercial for the protection of our environment, against garbage in the streets at the St. Petersburg TV channel NBN.

The Earth is our home. No need to trash!

In the frame Makarevich with a car, Sukachev with cigarette butts, Grebenshikov with the bottle, Kinchev with cuspidor, Stingrey with pensioners.

here\’s the video:…

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If people do not know why they do not have children, maybe the reason is the environment. It is not secret that the environment affects our health. It affects also our reproductive organs. There is even a term -

“ECOLOGICAL infertility.”

In recent years, the term “ecopathology” appeared, which meanshealth problems associated with exposure to environmental hazards.

Environmental factors can be divided into three main groups: physical, chemical, toxic.

 

Physical hazards:

Radiation exposure, which every year increases. The main reason – increase in the number and concentration of …

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Women’s participation in the development, planning and implementation of policies in the field of environmental protection and sustainability in Central Asia is still low. At the same time, the international community recognized that without the full and active participation of women we can not achieve sustainable development.

Women play a key role in protecting the environment and natural resources and promote sustainable development. For example, women still bear the main burden of work in the household and in this respect are the major groups that determine the trends in …

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New market economy with greater level of consumption brought not only economical freedom to Kyrgyzstan and other Central Asian republics, but also huge challenges for local habitats. Businesses brought new problems to Kyrgyzstan: air pollution, water pollution, soil pollution, waste and landfills, soil erosion and other problems. People became less responsible for their actions: more people in the streets of Bishkek littering around; they don’t recycle paper, glass, metal at all. They stopped caring about green areas of Bishkek, destroying lawns and cutting off trees. Irresponsibility of businesses and …

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At the first glance, reproductive health/rights seem not be linked to environmental issues. However, there’re tight connections between these.

Lack of reproductive health/rights bring us to overpopulation, which means the Earth can’t handle this and provide with food and energy for all people. Global warming and pollution are also aggravated by overpopulation.

If there’re reproductive rights and people can protect their reproductive health, people are educated about family planning, sex, reproductive rights/health, than the rapid growth of population is mitigated. Generally, there’re several mitigation strategies for avoiding overpopulation:

-          …

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I believe that environmental sustainability can be achieved if each individual made simple steps and had good habits. For instance, let’s take such simple steps and habits of people through the prism of sex.

When people have sex, they use a lot of water: Before sex they take shower and also after sex. Some couples have sex in the bathroom without turning off the water. Such waste of water resources for sure doesn’t bring more sustainability. Instead, people can have shower only once: before sex. After sex they can …

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I tried to analyze the peculiarities of advocacy and activism of environmental movement and LGBT movement in Kyrgyzstan.

The main similarities are:

  1. The significance of informational campaigns. Environmentalism uses informational sessions, trainings and campaigns widely in almost every sphere: educational institutions, political organizations, other specific institutions, groups and communities.  The same work is also done by LGBT activists, who put special effort into awareness-building, since it helps to reduce prejudices and stigma.
  2. Both of them are very multidimensional. Activism of environmental movement incorporates many other related issues: demography, economy,

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Criticism is important, necessary and valuable. It shows that you need to work on mistakes, problems and shortcomings. Critics helps an organization to grow and to influence and change the situation by reducing the violence and discrimination.

However …
It is always easy to shout from the warm nest, feeling secured ….
Rarely the people who have status and privileges, “exemplary sons and daughters,” those who are not concerned about their financial well-being, do not think about how not die the next day from hunger, how to find a …

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Human language is very important because it captures the essence of many things. It is important to use precise terminology and the right words. If you make at first minor assumption and use words incorrectly, and then normalize these words, using them every day, you can come to false conclusions, prejudices and expectations.
So I did in the beginning …
In earlier blog posts I wrote “homosexualism” instead of “homosexuality”, not realizing medicalization and deviance of the concept “homosexualism.” Only later, thanks to correct observations of other activists, I …

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What does it mean to me … to be an activist of LGBT movement in Kyrgyzstan? It means…
- To  help people, who have experienced abuse and violence
- To be able to understand the laws and legal issues
- To know and to talk about our common human rights
- To feel proud of myself after I helped someone
- To be a role model for someone from LGBT communities
- To understand the importance of cooperation and solidarity. To volunteer for organizations that defend the rights of …

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I’ve recently got the message

Ugandan politicians are slowing the momentum against this bill - by spreading the lie that they’ve removed the gay death penalty. In a global briefing with All Out yesterday, Ugandan activists Frank and Kasha told journalists around the world that the bill has not changed. They asked that we keep spreading the word to fight the bill.

Right now, we need to cover Facebook, Twitter and every friend’s inbox with the news that this bill is still deadly - but we can stop

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I read several brochures and informational materials, published by different local organizations, working with HIV prevention, MSM group, etc. Some of them are very good, full of vital and necessary information, written clearly. However, there’s a plenty of brochures of a poor quality, which can be even harmful to the community.

For instance, I don’t like those brochures, which capitalize the word “NORMAL” in explaining certain terms. For instance, in one brochure I read:

“Homosexual is a NORMAL person, who has NORMAL feelings and NORMAL sexual attraction towards NORMAL …

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I read several brochures and informational materials, published by different local organizations, working with HIV prevention, MSM group, etc. Some of them are very good, full of vital and necessary information, written clearly. However, there’s a plenty of brochures of a poor quality, which can be even harmful to the community.

For instance, I don’t like those brochures, which capitalize the word “NORMAL” in explaining certain terms. For instance, in one brochure I read:

“Homosexual is a NORMAL person, who has NORMAL feelings and NORMAL sexual attraction towards NORMAL …

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We had Coming out day celebration last weekend.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to participate in the Art Festival “Faces and masks”, organized by Labrys, local LGBT organization in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. As I heard, they had expositions of photography, seminars, sharing coming-out stories, consultations of a lawyer, workshops, poetical evening…So, it was quite exciting, I guess.

But I made the small ritual of coming out in front of the mirror early in the morning. I looked at myself, I smiled and then I made coming out to the world around …

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Ministry of Internal Affairs of Kyrgyzstan proposes a bill to criminilize sex workers in Kyrgyzstan, establishing administrative liability for sex work.
As stated in the justification letter of the draft law “On amendments to the Code of the Kyrgyz Republic on administrative liability”, Ministry of Internal Affairs states that

“prostitution as an antisocial phenomenon is widespread in Kyrgyzstan”.

The justification letter also states that

“If it was previously widespread usually in large cities, in recent years it has become more and more visible in medium-sized cities as well. Prostitution

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Campaign 155 against bride kidnapping (Bishkek Feminist Collective SQ, Women Support Centre, a public association “Dia” and a public foundation “Center of Civil Initiatives”) conducted a meeting in front of the building of Jogorku Kenesh, the Parliament, asking the deputies to make persecution for this type of crime tougher (Men get only up to 3 years of imprisonment for bridekidnapping, while for a stock stealing you can get up to 3 years of imprisonment as well. There’s also a separate article of kidnapping of a person, which states 7 …

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The governmental programme of St. Petersburg “Tolerance” (http://spbtolerance.ru/) published a brochure, where Central Asian migrants are portrayed as a spatula, a roller, a brush and a whisk. It includes tips for various situations faced by migrants.


In the story, the guests of the city – the spatula, the roller, the whisk and the brush – go through all the stages of labor migration in St. Petersburg from landing at the airport, medical testing (including HIV) and visiting museums to “right” communication with the residents of St. Petersburg, …

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Men in Kyrgyzstan join the fight for toughening the penalties for bride kidnapping. The law bill will be discussed again on Thursday, October 18, in the Parliament.

Men are also against the rape, directed to women, against the forced marriage, and violation of the women’s fundamental human rights. We don’t like and don’t support a commonsense belief that men are aggressors, rapists, thieves, who are not capable to build and develop peaceful and constructive relations with communities, families, women and other men. There are many among us, who fight …

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This week I was impatiently waiting for the event, which could advocate for LGBT rights, bring finally the issues of gay muslims into the sphere of public discussions. However, unfortunatelly it turned completely other way round. 

Chris Belloni, director/producer of the film ‘I AM GAY AND MUSLIM’, a documentary on five gay Moroccan young men who speak about their exploration of the religious and sexual identities, was invited to the Bir Duino Human Rights Film festival in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. 

However, the movie screening of this documentary was cancelled, because of …

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 I want to share with you the post, I wrote before in my Russian blog

Why don’t some gay men and bisexuals follow the rules of safe sex even if they are
aware of them? Why did they risk and deal with unsafe sex?

Below I have compiled a list of answers to these questions after a long and painstaking
interviewing of several gay and bisexual men in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan:

Gay or bisexual men in Bishkek avoid safe sex, because:

• They mistakenly assess the risk of being infected …

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In this blog post I want to give you a short overview of IDAHO concept, goals, and history both worldwide and in Kyrgyzstan.

This day was officially launched in 2004, when an instructor, lecturing in one of the universities in France, Louis-Georges Tin, established the IDAHO Committee [link], which coordinates the IDAHO events worldwide, providing with necessary resources and recommendations.

IDAHO is celebrated on May 17, because World Health Organization eliminated homosexuality from International Classification of Diseases exactly on May 17, 1990.

Since 2004 the number of various …

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 I loved this month! Too many inspiring and positive things happened! 

Especially, I’m happy with IDAHO (international Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia) in Kyrgyzstan. 


The official logo of IDAHO Week in Kyrgyzstan-2012

This year several organizations in Kyrgyzstan joined their efforts in celebrating IDAHO. We created a joint platform with the following organizations:
Labrys (The most leading LGBT organization, working both on national and community levels)
Bishkek Feminist Initiative SQ (Fascinating young organization of super-amazing activists-feminists :)
Kyrgyz Indigo (Another awesome young GB organization, which already has …

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Yesterday spontaneous Pots and Ladles Solidarity Flashmob was conducted by Creative Group 705 and Bishkek Feminist Collective SQ on the Ala-too Central Square in Bishkek. The flashmob supported the rights of housewives, who do not have a day off and work 24/7 both at home and at work, the rights of LGBT, who are also paying taxes. The flashmob was against sexual harassment at work, job discrimination, unhealthy work conditions and required city passport registration.

The participants of flashmob were making noise with pots, ladles, pans, spoons, waving the posters …

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 In order to achieve sustainable development we need to take into consideration not only environmental and economical, but also social issues. Only through taking into account the intersectionality of these issues, we can talk about sustainable development.


Yes… alternative resources of power, sustainable agriculture, ecobusinesses are for sure important. But the issues of birth control, family planning, human population control and reproductive/sexual health/rights in general are of the same importance for sustainable development.

However, in this blog entry I want to touch the importance of sex education in sustainable …

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 In April 2012, Bishkek feminist group and activists collective “SubbotnikQ” together with SHTAB conducted Likbez (public sessions) on Gender and Sexuality in the context of social construction processes, which took place after the Enlightenment era. The sessions examined gender and sexuality through power, knowledge and discourse and they were based on works of mostly Bauman and Foucault.

The lecturer, Syinat Sultanalieva, showed the role of social constructs during the Enlightenment, Modernity and Postmodernity, which is in fact still Modernity. The social construction, which started in the Enlightenment era, was …

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48 of hate crimes against LGBT were documented by Labrys, 13 – by Kyrgyz Indigo during the period of 2010-2012. Among 61 cases there are 29 cases of violence by the representatives of the law enforcement agencies (the militia). The following offenses by the militia, especially from the officers of Oktyabr’ District Department of Internal Affairs, were reported:
– illegal detentions,
– illegal seizure of personal belongings without returning them back,
– forced sexual intercourses with threatenings to torture,
– physical and sexual violence,
– psychological pressure,
– threats …

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On April 6th during one of the regular sessions of the Kyrgyz parliamentary faction “Social Democratic Party of Kyrgyzstan” the deputies supported critics of the legislation bill “About the foreign gratuitous aid for the Kyrgyz Republic”, initiated by the following deputies: Jumalieva E., Keldibekov _., Amanbaeva U., Rezhevaliev A.

The bill was severely criticized by several NGOs, who were representing the civil society at the meeting, namely, “Citizens against Corruption”, Legal Clinic “Adilet” and others. This legislation bill will actually complicate the foreign funding and will severely impact on …

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The breath of spring brought new waves of inspiration and energy for LGBT activism in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. The whole month of March was full of exciting events, which strengthened the visibility of LGBT issues in Kyrgyzstan.

First of all, the local gay and bisexual men organization “Kyrgyz Indigo” finally moved to a new office, much bigger one than they had before. This fact shows the growing organizational capacity of the grass-root organization (Formerly, they were condensed in a tiny single-room office with no ventilation and heating). Moving …