The Queer Youth Dialogues FAQ
What are the Queer Youth Dialogues?
The Queer Youth Dialogues constitute a yearlong campaign, running from July 2021 to May 2022, with the aim of building a stronger global youth movement for LGBTIQ human rights, with more resources, support and power. The Queer Youth Dialogues are a series of programmatic events, trainings, and connection opportunities which invite LGBTIQ+ Young people from around the world to engage, build capacity, network, and share their experiences.
What do sessions of the Queer Youth Dialogues look like?
At regular intervals, usually monthly, we will host a session with a thematic focus on an issue area that directly impacts global LGBTIQ+ youth. Across all sessions the primary goal is to bring practical action-oriented discussion to the forefront. Session themes may be related to a variety of issue areas such as political participation, disability rights, environmental action, or countless others. Some sessions may be panel discussions, others may be practical upskilling workshops, others still may focus directly on amplification of queer artistic voices. We pride ourselves on delivering an incredibly varied, but always activist-oriented, selection of sessions.
Queer Youth Dialouges session types: Public vs. closed space
All of our panel discussions, town halls, and public-facing events will be available for all to attend. These sessions will be advertised through our Queer Youth Dialouges mailing list, on our website here, and via social media. You can sign up for these events as they are advertised.
All other sessions (such as Digital Security, capacity building for fundraising, networking events, etc.) are advertised through our Queer Youth Dialogues mailing list and via our private Signal group. If you are interested in attending these events or finding out more about what sessions are on offer, please sign up to the tailored mailing list here and/or the Signal group here. The Signal group also serves as a networking space where opportunities are often advertised – it is not mandatory however to join both the Signal group and the mailing list, you are free to sign up to one or both.
Who are the Queer Youth Dialogues for?
The Queer Youth Dialogues are targeted to engage young LGBTIQ+ activists, advocates, and change-makers. We want to enable you to be a stronger, more connected, and outcome-oriented activist.
Perhaps you are an emergent activist who would benefit from increased global networking opportunities? Are you a member of an activist organisation who wants to raise their capacity for fundraising? Do you do activism online and have concerns about digital security?
We consider youth to be anyone aged under 35. We also consider youthfulness to be a state of mind as queer people often endure delayed experiences of youthful freedom, therefore if you happen to be outside of the technical age bracket for youth, please do consider reach out to us anyway.
Currently The Dialogues engage directly with a group of 40+ young LGBTIQ+ activist voices from around the world, this group is directly supported in capacity building, networking, and access to the wide variety of events held throughout the year of programing. You can join this space by signing up to our Signal group.
How can I become involved?
As an individual activist or member of an organisation:
Many sessions of the Queer Youth Dialogues are available to the public, you can sign up to attend these sessions individually as they are advertised. You can ensure you receive updates about upcoming events by signing up to our dedicated mailing list, you can also follow us on social media or keep up to date with our website.
If you want to engage in the more personal networking space you can sign up to join our Signal group here. Members of this group will also be invited to our capacity building sessions, as these sessions often have limits on participant numbers it is encouraged that you join the Signal group to receive more regular notifications than those on the mailing list. Members of this group are also, due to the ability for networking in this space, regularly considered as potential speakers and session contributors to the Queer Youth Dialogues.
As an organisation:
If you are interested in partnering on events or becoming more involved in the Queer Youth Dialogues, you can do so by engaging with The Global Queer Youth Network. More information on The Global Queer Youth Network is available here.
The Queer Youth Dialogues
Key messages of the Queer Youth Dialogues:
The human rights of every young person should be respected and realised, and for the LGBTIQ youth community, this means having dignity, equality, and freedom.
The structures within the United Nations’ system need to be strengthened to allow for LGBTIQ youth’s meaningful participation in decision making that affect their lives.
Designated LGBTIQ youth forums and platforms are needed to provide a space for activists to highlight their experiences, the issues they face and influence decision-making.
An innovative and coordinated resource mobilization strategy is needed to guarantee support and funding access to youth-led LGBTIQ initiatives.
Better support is needed for the global youth movement for LGBTIQ human rights to better realise legislative, cultural and behavioural change that advances their rights and freedoms.
The Queer Youth Dialogues are facilitated in partnership with ILGA World, the UN Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth, the Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and the Global Queer Youth Network.
The LGBTIQ youth movement includes an incredible array of identities and population groups, each which face specific and intersecting challenges: this includes non-binary, trans and gender diverse persons, intersex, women, indigenous persons, ethnic and linguistic minorities, youth who are sex workers, migrants, asylum seekers, displaced persons, refugees, LGBTIQ persons of African descent, and many more.
The emergence of a vibrant global LGBTIQ movement is notable, however young LGBTIQ people often remain excluded (as is also the case within the broader civil society) from decision making processes that define their socio-cultural and political environments, at local, regional and international levels.
Moreover, youth activists, particularly those most marginalized, are faced by the impossible dilemma to put themselves and their lives at risk advocating for their rights or remain hidden and silent about the challenges they face. While LGBTIQ civil society have been deeply engaged with the Independent Expert on sexual orientation and gender identity and OHCHR to further the rights of LGBTIQ persons, issues pertaining specifically to youth continue to be sidelined at global convenings; are still considered “too sensitive” to be addressed or mentioned within key human rights frameworks; and young LGBTIQ people’s equal participation still remain to be meaningfully prioritized.
How to register to take part in QYD
If you wish to attend public facing sessions we will regularly share and circulate information on how to attend these events via our social media, webpage, and via the dedicated mailing list. You can stay in the loop however you prefer.
If you wish to participate in the closed events such as digital security training and capacity building workshops, the best way to receive this information is via our private Signal group. You can also receive this information via the dedicated mailing list, however workshop places are often limited and the Signal group will be informed more regularly than the mailing list.
Regular weekly updates on sessions available
Guaranteed entry to limited capacity sessions
External & Partner Opportunities shared
Signal group networking space
Opportunities to lead sessions, input as a speaker, and more.
We have a growing network of members who are partnered to facilitate the Queer Youth Dialogues
Global Queer Youth Network members:
Queer Youth Dialogue partners
Office of the Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
Office of the Secretary General's Envoy on Youth