Let’s bring Lesbian
Genius to the World
The Eurocentralasian Lesbian* Community – EL*C is a lesbian feminist and intersectional network. The EL*C started out of a self-organised space in 2016 and we grew to being a network of hundreds of individual and organization members. EL*C main goal is to advocate for the multitude of needs surrounding the rights, the visibility and the well-being of lesbians throughout Europe and Central Asia. As lesbians we recognize and address the necessity to create spaces where lesbians’ voices are heard, to include lesbian issues in all conversations and policies which shape our lives and to shine a light on lesbian visibility in impervious waters.
In 2016, more than 70 lesbian activists from all over Europe had the opportunity to come together and realise that, despite differences in political, legal and financial status within the European lesbian movements, there is a common and urgent need to focus on lesbians needs, struggles and oppression, to empower and to increase our visibility and broaden networks. Thus, the EL*C dream was born and expanded over the last 6 years, growing in numbers and in political force, encompassing over 70 NGOs and hundreds of individual members in Europe and Central Asia.
We have since organized 3 EL*C Conferences, numerous Genius Talks, LesBienalle of Lesbian Art and Culture, the International Lesbian Visibility Awards and Lesbian Visibility Week. More than just spaces to convene, these events have served as bonding agents for change, places where lesbian voices have made themselves heard and opportunities to network, bond and work together.
We have published our own research focused on lesbians and we are present at an institutional level with our advocacy to ensure that lesbian needs are visible, heard and considered when creating policies and laws.
Establish the lesbian network as a representative, powerful and visible voice of the lesbian* movements in Europe and Central Asia
Enhance visibility, self-determination and autonomy of lesbians* in Europe and Central Asia, while reclaiming power within political, economic, social, cultural and media spheres
Advocate, promote and improve protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms of lesbians* Europe and Central Asia
Our lesbian utopia is encased in many layers from the intimately personal to the intensely political. We strive for a world in which we lesbians live and love autonomously and self-determined, embedded in and uplifted by lesbian legacies, free and powerful in our actions and desires. We believe in a world where we lesbians are engaged and enamored with each other individually and collectively as companions and through practices of solidarity. A world where we thoughtfully and joyfully navigate our differences, polarities, contradictions and ironies. A world entangled and connected with the processes of the past-present-future and with our environments, a space where we regenerate and reconstruct our own dreams and universes. We are bold, rebellious, passionate, courageous, we are the lesbian genius.
Bringing the lesbian genius to the world.
About the Term “Lesbian”
EL*C uses the word “lesbian” as a broad inclusive term, that includes all lesbian, bisexual and queer women (both cisgender and trans) and non-binary and intersex persons who feel connected to the lesbian identity and lesbian activism.