Hirschfeld Eddy Foundation

Hirschfeld Eddy Foundation

The Hirschfeld-Eddy Foundation (Hirschfeld-Eddy-Stiftung) was founded in Berlin in June 2007. It is a foundation focussed on human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

The Name

The Foundation's name remembers two personalities who are important for the worldwide struggle for the Human Rights of queer people: Dr Magnus Hirschfeld (1868-1935), after the German physician, sexologist, sexual reformer and civil rights activist and FannyAnn Eddy (1974-2004), the prominent lesbian human rights activist from Sierra Leone, who was murdered in 2004.

Background

The initiative came from the Lesbian and Gay Federation in Germany (LSVD). LSVD is one of three gay and lesbians organisation which was formally granted consultative status at the United Nations in 2006 and is giving organizational support for the Foundation. [ [ http://typo3.lsvd.de/803.0.html#4267 Consultative Status UN ] ]

Aims, Idea and Concept

The purpose of the foundation is "to foster respect for the human rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people, contribute to international human rights advocacy, provide active support to human rights defenders, promote awareness-raising and dismantle prejudices."

The combination of the names of the "founding father of the gay rights movement in Germany" and the modern-day "human rights activist" and Martyr from Africa reflects that the struggle for the human rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people began in Europe but is now being waged in every continent of the world.

Human rights for LGBT people is a global issue which concerns universal principles. "The work which began in 1897 with Magnus Hirschfeld, who established the world's first homosexual rights organization, is now being carried forward by countless people on every continent – often at great personal risk. The Hirschfeld-Eddy Foundation also aims to raise awareness of, and counteract, this threat to human rights advocates through international publicity campaigns. The name of FannyAnn Eddy symbolizes this brave dangerous struggle against oppression which often puts the lives of those involved at risk." [ [ http://typo3.lsvd.de/803.0.html#4268 A civil rights pioneer and a human rights advocate ] ]

Founding Council Members

* Boris Balanetkii, Executive Director of Information Center GenderDoc-M, Moldova;

* Gloria Careaga, El Closet de Sor Juana, Mexico and Latin American board member, (ILGA), Faculty of Psychology in the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM);

* Rosanna Flamer-Caldera, Executive Director, Equal Ground, Sri Lanka and Co-Secretary General, ILGA;

* Muhsin Hendricks, The Inner Circle, South Africa, first openly gay imam;

* Joey Matale, ANZAPI (Aotearoa/New Zealand, Australia and Pacific Islands ) board member, ILGA, Tonga Leiti’s Association;

* Juliet Victor Mukasa, SMUG (Sexual Minorities Uganda);

* Dede Oetomo, Founder and Trustee of Gaya Nusantara, Indonesia;;

* Arsham Parsi, Executive Director, IRQO (Iranian Queer Organization);

* Carlos Perera, Equal Ground Pasifik, Fiji;

* Belissa Andía Pérez, Instituto Runa, Peru, Trans Secretariat, ILGA;

* Toni Reis, President of ABGLT (Associação Brasileira de Gays, Lésbicas e Transgêneros - Brazilian LGBT federation).

External links

* [http://www.Hirschfeld-Eddy-Stiftung.de The Hirschfeld-Eddy Foundation]
* [http://www.queer.de/news_detail.php?article_id=7065 Article on gay news platform Queer.de about the Foundation]
* [http://www.social-times.de/nachricht.php?nachricht_id=10438&newsrubrik_id=6 Social Times about the Foundation]
* [http://www.lesben.org/internationales.htm Lesben.org about the Foundation]
* [http://www.justbegay.de/szene/eddy_hirschfeld/index.html Justbegay.de about the Foundation]

References


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Hirschfeld — can refer to one of the following:People: * Abraham Hirschfeld, Polish born New York real estate developer * Al Hirschfeld, American caricaturist **Al Hirschfeld Theatre, in Manhattan * Emil Hirschfeld (1903 1968), German athlete * Lars… …   Wikipedia

  • Magnus Hirschfeld — Born 14 May 1868(1868 05 14) Kołobrzeg Died 14 May 1935(1935 05 14) (aged 67) Nice, France Residence Poland, Germany, France …   Wikipedia

  • FannyAnn Eddy — Fannyann Viola Eddy (1974–2004) was an activist for lesbian and gay rights in her native Sierra Leone and throughout Africa. In 2002, she founded the Sierra Leone Lesbian and Gay Association, the first of its kind in Sierra Leone. [cite news… …   Wikipedia

  • Ernst Burchard — (September 9, 1876 February 5, 1920) was a German physician, sexologist, and gay rights advocate and author.Burchard was born in Heilsberg (modern Lidzbark Warminski, Poland). He studied medicine in Tübingen, Würzburg and Kiel, taking his… …   Wikipedia

  • List of human rights organisations — The list is incomplete; please add known articles or create missing ones The following is a list of articles on the human rights organisations of the world. It does not include political parties, or academic institutions. The list includes both… …   Wikipedia

  • LSVD — Lesben und Schwulenverband in Deutschland (LSVD) ( Lesbian and Gay Federation in Germany) is the largest civil rights organisation of homosexuals in Germany.The association was founded in 1990 as the gay association in the GDR by former… …   Wikipedia

  • Toni Reis — (born in 1964) is the president of the catholic homosexual organisation Grupo Dignidade, the general secretary of the national association of Gays, Lesbians and Transsexuals in Brasil (Associação Brasileira de Gays, Lésbicas e Transgêneros /… …   Wikipedia

  • Careaga — Gloria Angelica Careaga Pérez (* 28. Januar 1947 in Guadalajara, Mexiko; Nachname ist Careaga Pérez →Spanischer Name, außerhalb der spanischsprachigen Welt auch oft Gloria Careaga oder Gloria Pérez genannt) ist Sozialpsychologin, Feministin und… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Gloria Careaga — Gloria Angelica Careaga Pérez (* 28. Januar 1947 in Guadalajara, Mexiko; Nachname ist Careaga Pérez →Spanischer Name, außerhalb der spanischsprachigen Welt auch oft Gloria Careaga oder Gloria Pérez genannt) ist Sozialpsychologin, Feministin und… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Gloria Careaga Perez — Gloria Angelica Careaga Pérez (* 28. Januar 1947 in Guadalajara, Mexiko; Nachname ist Careaga Pérez →Spanischer Name, außerhalb der spanischsprachigen Welt auch oft Gloria Careaga oder Gloria Pérez genannt) ist Sozialpsychologin, Feministin und… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”