Institute "Strategies to Address Religious Fundamentalisms": Lima, Peru

Applications Summary

This is a summary of the applications received for the second IGLHRC institute “Strategies to Address Religious Fundamentalisms” held in Lima Peru in April 2010. The candidates are classified by identities with no intention to categorize applicants but to prioritize those most disaffected identities in what is defined as the LGTBI movement.

The graphics below indicate participants by identities and by countries. The number of applicants also invites us to evaluate the degree of empowerment of a particular sector in terms of access to information, isolation or organization. We received many more applications from gay men than other groups, with trans men being the group with the fewest applications submitted.

The number of applications by country, besides indicating the logical consequence of the size of the population, also can be a measure of the degree of organization within a country (although not precise). We can say that there are organizations in every country, but obviously, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina are the ones where more applications came from, followed by Colombia, Ecuador and Bolivia. There is also a demonstrated interest shown by countries from Central America. We have received applications from every country in Latin America except Uruguay (where we are aware of the quality of LGTB activism.)

We would like to have sufficient funds to allow the participation of every applicant, as the interest shown in this project is vital for IGLHRC. Unfortunately there is only space for 20 participants and we received 208 applications (not counting those received after the deadline), so we know that we are committing injustices in selection, as we know that there are activists with great strength and creativity across the region.