Bilitis is LGBTI organization with feminist identity, vision and values and is open to interns and volunteers, sharing feminist values as well. Our approach takes into account the interconnected influence of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender manifestation, race, social status, ethnicity and religion, disability and others on the social positioning of the individual and how others treat him/her. In our understanding, the equality of LGBTI people is directly connected to overcoming the limitations of heteronormative, patriarchal-sexist structures in society, which set gender roles and stereotypes, imprison us within the binary perseptions of “male” and “female” and thus nurture homophobia and transphobia.
That is why over the years, besides the fact that feminism is part of our work, we organize events and initiatives dedicated to feminist topics.
Since November 2017 Bilitis is organizing monthly queer-feminist meetings, part of the project “LGBTI people rising for change”, funded by ILGA-Europe. The meetings aim to form a group of both LGBTI people and heteto and cis allies, who have an interest in the feminist movement. During the queer-feminist meetings, feminist topics are discussed from a queer perspective, as well as LGBTI topics from a feminist perspective. The group aims to spread the values of feminism and equality, creating a space for discussion on a variety of topics according to the interest of the participants.
In March the group gathered for a workshop, during which everyone could make a banner with а message, addressing the problems LBT women face. The group then joined the Women’s rights manifestation on 8th of March in support for victims of domestic and gender-based violence and gave visibility to the problems of queer women.