The next annual general meeting of Samtökin ‘78 will be held on the 18th of March, during which elections will be held for both the board and advisory council. The meeting will be held at Samtökin ‘78, Suðurgata 3, 101 Reykjavík. All registered members who have renewed their memberships (paid fees for 2017) are welcome to take part in the meeting. To register as a member of Samtökin ‘78 please click here.

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What do queer people, disabled people, people of foreign origin and fat people have in common? How can these groups work together and learn from each other?

These questions and others will be examined at the conference Disturbing Existence on March 3-4, 2017.

The keynote speaker will be Lydia XZ Brown, Autistic Hoya. They are an American activist and law student of Asian origin, autistic, disabled, asexual and genderqueer. They have been a human rights activist in the United States for years and we encourage all those interested in human rights to attend their keynote address. Despite their youth, Lydia is a popular lecturer and known for their well defined and fresh perspective on marginalized groups’ struggle for human rights.

 

To register for the conference, click here.

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Since Samtökin '78, the National Queer Organization of Iceland, held the first national assembly of the LGBTIQAP+ / queer community in 2013 under the name Samtakamátturinn, three eventful years have passed. Samtökin '78's work has evolved considerably over this time period and it has been proven beyond any doubt how important the organization is to its members and to Icelandic society. The time has come to pause and take stock, place Samtakamátturinn 2013 in context and develop objectives and priorities for the years to come. Samtökin '78 are therefore holding a second national assembly to address these matters.

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Samtökin ‘78, The National Queer Organisation of Iceland, sends its deepest condolences to the relatives and friends of those killed in the Orlando shooting. We also send our energy and support to those who are wounded.

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We are shocked and saddened by the news from Bangladesh last week that two activists for the rights of gender and sexual minorities, Xulhaz Mannan and Tanay Mojumdar, were brutally attacked and killed. Xulhaz Mannan was a pioneering human rights activist and a founding editor of Roopbaan, a publication promoting human rights and freedom to love in Bangladesh – the only one of its kind in the country. Actor and activist Tanay Mojumdar chose to be open about his homosexuality despite its running contrary to laws and social conventions in Bangladesh. Both of them elected to remain in their home country despite the risks to their personal safety, choosing to campaign there for a more just society. Their loss is a grave blow to their community in Bangladesh and to like-minded people around the world.
At this trying time, the board of the National Queer Organisation of Iceland wishes to express its sincere sympathies to the loved ones of Mannan and Mojumdar and solidarity with the sexual and gender minority community in Bangladesh. The road to a more just world is often strewn with thorns, and in the wake of tragedies such as this, our solidarity in grief is tested.
Furthermore, the NQO condemns the use of violence to subjugate and silence minority groups and calls on the government of Bangladesh to protect its most vulnerable citizens and communities. The fact that an obsolete relic of British colonial legislation should still be used to punish same-sex attraction is a shameful situation that the NQO urges the Bangladeshi government to rectify immediately.

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Join us for our annual conference 2016! It will be queer, fun and educational! Everybody is welcome for all the events except the annual meeting on Saturday where only registred members who have paid the annual fee for 2016 can come. For other events there is no need for registration, just show up at Suðurgata 3, down town Reykjavik.

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We have an open house every Thursday. Next Thursday from 8-11 pm we especially want to encourage people of foreign origin to join us for some coffee and chat. Whether you are queer or not, live here or not, speak Icelandic or not you are very welcome! Suðurgata 3, 101 Reykjavik. 
Accessible for wheelchair users. 

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Our house at Suðurgata 3, 101 Reykjavik is now for rent for occations such as meetings or parties. This is approx. 90 sqm bright house on ground floor down town Reykjavik. We have 60 chairs, projector, speaker and 20 small tables. The facilities are all new, new floors, lights, toilets and kitchen. The house is wheelchair accessible.

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An exhibition of the work of Þorgbjörg Höskuldsdóttir opens in Gallerí ´78 Saturday November 21st at 3.35 pm. Þorgbjörg's art shows the beauty of Icelandic nature against environmental destructions such as dams. Her art is an important input in the ongoing discussions about the preservation of the Icelandic nature. 
All welcome to the opening. Wheelchair accessible.

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