The office of Samtökin '78 will be open from Monday to Thursday between1pm and 4pm durin June and August, execpt for Reykjavík Pride week the 8th-13th of August.The office will be closed from the 9th of July. Open house on Thursdays will continue and next Thursday the 8th of June we will offer Queer Tango again, see event.
The board of Samtökin ‘78 has called a general meeting this coming June 1st at 8 pm at Suðurgata 3. At the meeting, members of the organization will have the opportunity to help shape the work of the coming months and join committees and working groups. Coffee provided and all are welcome – both old faces and new!
The board and staff of Samtökin ‘78 wish to thank everyone who participated in our week of action because of the horrible events in Chechnya. Both those who stood vigil, who came to the protest on Friday or who participated in another way. The protest was very effective and caught a lot of attention, including the news media. For those who were not able to participate the speech of María Helga Guðmundsdóttir, president of Samtökin ‘78, can be found here. More pictures from the protest can be found here.
The Chechen Republic, which is part of the Russian Federation, is now the site of an extermination campaign against queer people, particularly gay and bi men. Despite loud protests from the international community in recent weeks, the situation has worsened and the violence grown in intensity. This must end now!
From Wednesday to Friday, Samtökin ‘78 have organized a chain vigil, where people take turns standing vigil outside the Russian Embassy on Garðastræti between noon and 5 pm.
On Friday at 4 pm, we will assemble at Suðurgata 3, put on pink triangles and march to the Russian Embassy to remind Russia of its commitments to human rights.
Let's unite to celebrate May 1st, International Workers' Day!
11:00 – Sign-making session at Suðurgata
13:00 – Assembly for the march by Hlemmur
13:30 – March begins
Samtökin '78 first particpated in an International Workers' Day march 35 years ago, in 1982. "The scheme was not well received by the march's organizers," observed Þóra Kristín Ásgeirsdóttir in the organization's 30 year anniversary issue. "Still, members of Samtökin '78 were permitted to participate, although they were not formally made party to the day's celebrations. But when itch came to scratch, only two people showed up: Guðni Baldursson and his husband, Helgi Viðar Magnússon. They marched in front of the band Svanur, carrying a white banner nearly three meters across, adorned with two pink triangles and the inscription 'Job security for gays and lesbians'."
The office will be closed 13-17 April as well as 20. April because of Easter and the First day of summer. Our social programme does not go on holiday though! Here are some upcoming events:
On Thursday April 13th a newly found queer bookclub will meet for the first time. In the club there will be an opportunity for book lovers to convene and discuss Icelandic literature with queer themes. Everyone is welcome and no formal experience with literature is required. More information here. The event will be in Icelandic.
Samtökin 78 will host an International LGBTQIA open house event on Thursday, March 23 in the Samtökin 78 community center on, Suðurgata 3, 101 Reykjavík, from 20:00 - 23:00. Here you cand find the event on Facebook.
This is an opportunity for the international LGBTQIA community to engage in an open discussion followed by a question and answer period. The objective of this event is to provide social interaction and discuss representation of the international community, share ideas and proposals for integration and visibility in our community. Join us for coffee and snacks. You are welcome to bring food and even just a great story to share.
This meeting is for international LGBTQIA individuals, couples, and relationships as well as intercultural relationships. All from the Gender and Sexual Diversities community are welcome.
What: International LGBTQIA Open House
When: Thursday, March 23 from 8:00pm-11:00pm
Where: Samtökin 78 Suðurgata 3, 101 Reykjavík
Q&A ideas or topics
- How can we enhance representation of foreigner lgbtqia individuals/groups within Samtökin?
- Proposal for participation of international community in Pride parade.
- asking the attendees about their current experience of living in Iceland
On the 28th of Febuary Samtökin '78 will hold a general meeting. The meeting will take place between 17:30 and 19:00 at Suðurgata 3. There are two matters on the agenda:
1. Presentation of proposals for statute changes
A comittee for statute changes has been operating since fall and will present their proposals that will be brought before the annual general meeting (aðalfundur) the 18th of March.
2. A proposal from Íslensk erfðagreining (deCODE Genetics).
We have received a proposal from deCODE Genetics for collaboration with the study of the genetic basis of sexual orientation. At the general meeting we will discuss this proposal. Decision will be made at the annual general meeting (aðalfundur)
Samtakamátturinn, the national assembly of the queer community, is fast approaching – an opportunity to shape the work of Samtökin ‘78 for the future! All interested parties are encouraged to join us at Reykjavík City Hall on Saturday, February 11th from 1–5 pm and give voice to their ideas. There will be ten discussion tables in Icelandic, divided by theme, and discussion tables in English that cover all the themes. The meeting will begin with a brainstorming phase where all participants come up with ideas relating to all of the themes. Those ideas will be distributed to the theme tables for further development. Each theme includes examples of discussion topics, but this is not an exhaustive list.