After previously taking place in Salzburg, Austria, and Berlin, the Salzburg Global LGBT Forum convened in Chiang Rai, Thailand, for the first time last week.
With an aim to advance equal rights for LGBT across the world, the forum was first convened in 2013 and now welcomes representatives from over 60 countries.
Held in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)'s Being LGBTI in Asia programme, the conference covered family issues, strengthening international ties with government ministries and agencies, and trans Asian perspectives.
Of the 52 participants taking part in Chiang Rai, 32 were from Asia. These include journalists, filmmakers, legislators, judges, ambassadors, academics, and activists.
Founder and chair of the Salzburg Global LGBT Forum, Klaus Mueller explains: “In the global discourse on LGBT equality, Asian perspectives are underrepresented. We hope that our meeting can contribute to amplifying Asian voices and we are excited to learn from and meet new friends.”
“This year we wanted to expand the global footprint by traveling to Thailand and partnering with UNDP’s Being LGBTI in Asia program — a regional initiative to reduce marginalization and exclusion of LGBTI people,” said Louise Hallman of the Salzburg Global Seminar.
“In the global yet strongly Western-dominated discourse on LGBT human rights, Asian voices are underrepresented,” said Hallman.