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ILGA Portugal 2018 Rainbow Awards

The ILGA Portugal Rainbow Awards will be delivered on January 12, 2019 (Saturday), starting at 9.30 pm, at the Time Out Studio – Ribeira Market, in a ceremony conducted by Rita Ferro Rodrigues and Rui Maria Pêgo.

The 16th edition of this annual initiative of the largest and oldest LGBTI association in Portugal, celebrates people and institutions that distinguished themselves throughout the year 2018 in the fight against discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender expression and identity and sexual characteristics in the our country.

The trophies will be delivered to the following persons and entities:

RTP – Radio and Television of Portugal
In a country that still has many civic gaps in the defense and awareness of human rights, including those of LGBTI people, and which seeks to stand up to extreme and threatening movements of all people, RTP has shown that it is possible to resist and give space and visibility to diversity, contributing to break down silences and deconstruct prejudices. From information to entertainment, and through the support and promotion of radio and television content in which LGBTI people are finally prominent figures, RTP has contributed to create important references and identifications that help to reverse the isolation of millions of citizens and citizens to which it arrives its programming, in a true sense of public service that it is important to praise.

Campaign #respectbattles of the Portuguese Association for Victim Support (APAV)
APAV launched the #respectbattles movement, which was joined by several figures from Portuguese hip-hop, public entities and national and international non-governmental organizations that, together, alert through intervention music for the urgency of combating hate speech and crimes in its most varied aspects. With this intersectional campaign, APAV is convinced that it is time to say ethnic and racial hatred, hatred of migrants and asylum seekers, religious hatred and intolerance, and hatred of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex. We applaud this message that calls for the prevention of hatred, which is done by training professionals, empowering victims, raising awareness of the population and promoting prepared services for victims with specific support and protection needs.

Documentary “Until Porno Separates” by Jorge Pelicano
This award is given by AMPLOS – Association of Mothers and Fathers for Freedom of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. The coming out and visibility processes involve not only LGBTI people but, most of all, their families and surrounding communities. “Until Porn Separates Us” is a documentary by Jorge Pelicano that accurately reflects on the complexity of family relationships when it comes to issues of sexual orientation and gender expression. The thrilling film tells the story of Eulalia, a 65-year-old mother living in a neighborhood on the outskirts of Porto, and her son, Sidney, who emigrated to Germany, where he works as a recognized and award-winning gay porn actor. “Until porn separates us” leads us on a difficult journey that is marked by misunderstandings, prejudices, breaches of dialogue and trust, but in which Eulalia and Sidney wage a joint battle against intolerance, homophobia and also the stigma that lies around pornography.

Carolina Reis, journalist
Taking a responsible approach to the many challenges still posed to gender equality, and in particular to the rights of women and LGBTI people, Carolina Reis has raised the level of information around these issues in the public debate. And it has also been able to do so with the recent legislative changes affecting the fundamental rights of LGBTI people, such as the law that finally guarantees the right to self-determination of identity, gender expression and sexual characteristics, or issues concerning rights in the access to medically assisted procreation and replacement gestation. When the reality of discrimination and stigma that afflicts LGBTI people is still invisible to a large part of society, journalism has to take on even more of the role of guardian of the facts.

Coming out by Célio Dias, Sandra Cunha, Adolfo Mesquita Nunes, Gabriela Sobral and Inês Heredia
This year, ILGA Portugal simultaneously awards several personalities who in the same year helped to break the silence and give visibility to their and our lives; showing more and more that the LGBTI people are really everywhere, and that only now we begin to see them. Inês Heredia and Gabriela Sobral have shared with the public the love of their relationship and their happy moments in family, happiness that reminds us of the importance of safeguarding the still very recent – and therefore precarious – rights to parenting in couples of the same sex. Célio Dias, the first admittedly LGBTI Olympic athlete in Portugal, who in a courageous interview with the Record newspaper highlighted sport as an area that has remained particularly difficult and discriminatory for LGBTI people, reminding us of the intersectional challenges and the importance that health in contexts that are unsafe and highly discriminatory. Sandra Cunha and Adolfo Mesquita Nunes, who are prominent figures in the Portuguese political scene who, with their words from coming out, remind us that LGBTI people are even transversal to the whole society and to the entire partisan spectrum.

Parties and MEP for equality: PS, BE, PCP, ENP, PAN and Ms. Teresa Leal Coelho
This award is awarded by the ex aequo – lgbti youth association and supporters. In 2011, Portugal was a pioneer in making legal recognition of gender identity a purely administrative process, ending the shame of decades of gross violations of human rights of trans people in our country’s courts. Seven years later, we again applaud the work of the Portuguese Parliament, in particular MEPs and MPs, who have finally been able to say yes to the recognition of the right to self-determination of gender identity and expression, extending it, albeit insufficiently, to children and young people . Nowadays, the law in Portugal finally recognizes that trans people know who they are, allowing them to change their names and legal sex from the age of 16, and it has also contributed to making our country one of the few in the world that already has the latest recommendations of the United Nations regarding the protection of the sexual characteristics of intersex infants and children.

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