1st Filipino European LGBTQIA+ Advocates Forum

The 1st Filipino LGBTQIA+ European Advocates Forum is a three-day event that celebrates Filipino LGBTQIA+ persons in Europe. It is the first gathering of its kind for Filipinos in Europe.

The event will include empowered and dedicated Filipinos who are active in LGBTQIA+ advocacy work  from diverse backgrounds and expertise. 

Held in celebration of Pride Month, the forum will be an official event in collaboration with Asian Pride and Pride Amsterdam. The Forum aims to provide a safe and collaborative platform for Filipino persons in Europe to connect, share, and learn from each other. We hope that the Forum will inspire and empower participants  to contribute  in making positive changes in society. The 3-day program will include inspirational talks, knowledge-sharing, and interactive workshops.

During the forum, attendees will have the opportunity to connect with other Filipinos who may have experienced similar challenges  and discriminations of being a Filipino LGBTQIA+ in Europe. It will be the ideal platform for the community to engage as well as to create a formal network of support.

The organisation

Event Schedule

The 1st Filipino European LGBTQIA+ Advocates Forum will be held between the International City of Peace and Justice – The Hague and the City of Freedom and Diversity – Amsterdam.

Day 1: Getting to know our Community

Wednesday, 2 August 2023 – The Hague
Kalayaan Hall, The Philippine Embassy The Hague

Welcome Remarks
Opening Remarks
Lay out the course of event
Introduction of participants
Presentation of per country of issues and concerns

Day 2: Information and Empowerment

Thursday, 3 August 2023 – Amsterdam
Morning Workshop
Introduction to Filipino LGBT Europe foundation and achievements
SOGIE Workshop led by Chei Billedo and Chris SB Kopp
Legal Workshop led by Aris Ibarando

Afternoon Movie
Screening of TULIPA followed by Panel Discussion
Sponsored by Pride Amsterdam – BIPOC

Panel Discussion:
Dr Jaya Jacobo – Coventry University
Dr Chei Billedo – University of Amsterdam
Kaye Candaza – Trans and Gender Diverse Committee Head
Chris Sta Brigida Kopp – Filipino LGBT Europe Chair

Day 3: Vision & Commitment

Friday, 4 August 2023 – Amsterdam
Morning Workshop – Call to Action / Road Map
Processing the input from day 1
Call to Action and Establishing Road Map

Afternoon Talk
Trans Health: The harm of self medication
In partnership with Docters van de Wereld, G4 Alliance, Philippine Alliance of Medical Professionals in the Netherlands. 

Panel Discussion / Speakers:
Dr Serena Cruz – Chair G4 Alliance ?

Register to Participate

Registration to the 1st Filipino European LGBTQIA+ Advocates Forum is now open.

Join us at the International City of Peace and Justice – The Hague and the City of Freedom and Diversity – Amsterdam in August 2023!

Deadline for registration is 31 May 2023.

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