About ‘Labrys’

Non- governmental organization ‘Labrys’ was established in April 2004 and officially registered in February 2006.

Labrys is committed to improving the situation of Lesbians, Bisexual women, Gay men and Transgender people in Kyrgyzstan through empowering LGBT themselves and working with general public to integrate LGBT.

Vision of Labrys:

Kyrgyzstani society, in which all of its members have equal rights and opportunities, regardless of their sexual orientation/practices, race, ethnicity, age, gender, gender identity/gender self-expression, religion and social status.

Mission of Labrys:

To improve the quality of life for LGBT people and to achieve visible results in realizing their basic human rights and freedoms through empowerment and development of LGBT communities.

Responses

  1. Dear Cameron,
    Thanks so much for your interest. It would be great to meet you in the end of March. Office phone number is 902-963, email kyrgyzlabrys@yahoo.com
    There are LGBT people living in Bishkek who migrated from Karakol but at present we do not have contacts in Karakol.
    See you soon.
    Anna Kirey
    Labrys Chair

  2. Hallo!
    I just read what happend to your community center at 8.4.
    We are 15 Transgender, Lesbian, Women, Queers living together in caravans and trucks in Berlin – Germany and organising political and cultural events.
    We want to send you lots of solidarity!!!

  3. Hello,
    can I get some contact for Labrys?
    I tried kyrgyzlabrys@yahoo.com, but I have got no response…
    I am the leader of Czech TG group TransForum and I would like to establish some kind of cooperation with Labrys.
    J.M.

  4. Hello there,i just saw you website and was so interested in how i may help,or be part of your mission. A great friend of mine is moving to Kyrgyzstan, and the last thing i want for him and others there of course, is to be isolated about there sexual preferences. Please reply back and let me know how i can be involved. Thank you

  5. Dear Kyrgyz gays and lebians,

    I am sociologist from Kaunas, Lithuania and we would like to prepare a research project on prevention of homophobia in higher education with partners from Switzerland. We would like to involve one university from Kyrgyzistan. Please could you forward our contacts to some sociologists or other social scienties in Kyrgyzistan Universities who are interested in gender issues, discrimination of gays and lesbians and homophobia. We could also invole one gay organization from Kyrgyzistan like yours if you are interested, but we need reseachers from University of Kyrgyzistan as well.

    Since the deadline for the project is very soon (15 April, 2009) please contact us as soon as possible.

    Thank you in advance for your assistance and cooperation.

    Yours Sincerely,
    Arnoldas Zdanevicius, Ph.D.
    Researcher
    Social Research Center
    Vytautas Magnus University
    K.Donelaicio 52-310
    Kaunas LT44244
    Lithuania

    tel. +370 37 327951 (#1468)
    fax. +370 37 327822
    mob. +370 67208173
    E-mail: A.Zdanevicius@smf.vdu.lt

  6. I am amazed at how things here are. I am from the USA and amazingly met someone here and fell in love.

    He recently Helped in organizing a bill board for equality and now is know or selected for harrassment from the police. We both were detained a few days ago.

    I ask what can I do as a boyfriend to help him as I will return to the states soon.

    I want to know if there is some contacts he can meet with to help him in the event something really bad goes wrong.

    Sage klein

  7. Greetings!

    My name is Toni La Tegola, and I am the Coordinator of the Stichting African Gay Youth Foundation.

    I wanted to let you know that I have linked to your website . Thanks for putting such a useful site on the web! I would really appreciate it if you could give me a heads up if you move or change link locations, or if you post any new material that you think my readers would be interested in.

    Meanwhile, if you’d like to post a reciprocal link (not required but always appreciated!), please see the following URL:

    http://www.africangayyouth.tk/

    Thanks again!

    Toni La Tegola

  8. Dear Labrys,

    My name is Philip Abrahamson and I am a student at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts. I am working on a project on gay devotion to icons for a course. For the paper I really need to interview or email as many AXIOS/Dignity members as I can or other gay and lesbian, bisexual, transgender Orthodox and Catholics. My paper will largely reflect the common devotional practices of gay clergy and laity. Below is my abstract for the paper. Any and all help, suggestions, resources, stories, and your own practices would be greatly appreciated. Can anyone in your community contribute stories of their personal practices with icons? Do you have any Sergius and Bacchus icons or other ‘gay’ icons, or know who has made or will make them? I also submitted this abstract to the American Academy of Religion National Conference and it was accepted for their October conference in Atlanta. Since it will be presented at the AAR, there is the chance that it may also be published! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
    |
    | Gay Devotion to Eastern Orthodox Iconography
    | By Philip Abrahamson
    | Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology
    | in the ThM Program
    |
    | We all know the stereotypes of gay men’s aesthetics through popular media and television shows such as “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.” But what other manifestations of gay aesthetics exist, and possibly even have ancient histories. How were gay aesthetics and experiences passed down through the generations, especially in intolerant cultures? Before modern materialism, what other modes of transmission existed and how was gay spirituality fed by these expressions of the beautiful? One powerful possibility is the use of icons to communicate and affirm gay experience through devotion to ‘gay’ saints. How was gay aesthetic mediated through Orthodox icons? How may have gay experience been transmitted and understood in ecclesial and liturgical art?
    | This paper theorizes on the importance of ‘gay’ iconography in the ancient church, but will concentrate mostly on modern manifestations and devotion to Sts. Sergius and Bacchus and other ‘gay’ icons. It will use traditional concepts of beauty and the meaning of icons from Orthodox sources, such as St. John of Damascus. It then will attempt a synthesis between these traditional formulations and modern gay aesthetics. It will engage both critically and objectively before recounting the devotional practices of contemporary gay Orthodox Christians using iconography and its modern metamorphosis. Since John Boswell’s book Same-Sex Unions in Premodern Europe, there has been a proliferation of icons of Sts. Sergius and Bacchus, marking growing use of particular icons for Orthodox or Catholic GBLT groups, such as AXIOS. In addition to the use of adelphopoiea rites described by Boswell, this resurgence of icons to interpret and convey Orthodox gay life and experience is !
    significant. It
    | constitutes no less than a confession of religious truths, since icons are windows to theological truth. By using and proliferating icons of gay saints, communities are transgressing social norms in their societies by communicating their own experiences of male love as deeply seated and deeply felt religious truth. Theologically minded gay men participate in the writing of these icons as well as reading them in private devotion or as part of group liturgical worship. By learning to read and write these icons, gay communities are also developing ways of cultural transmission for future Orthodox gay men.

  9. […] Labrys, an orginazation aimed at improving the quality of life for the BLGT community in the Kyrgyz Republic was founded in 2004 and currently has 1,000 members. Syinat Sultanalieva, executive director of Labrys, said in February that violations of the rights of people of non-traditional sexual orientation occur most frequently within the family, saying of her organization: “Our organization has started a ‘refuge’ project. We provide temporary accommodation to those people who have been thrown out of their homes, or who have left of their own accord because their families do not accept the choice they have made,” With bisexual and gay youth being thrown out of their homes and forced to seek refuge, it begins to become clear that the struggle for equality and acceptance is far from over. […]


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