– The Movement for Equality of Homosexual Citizens in the Slovak Republic,
registered with the Interior Ministry of the Slovak Republic since June 1990, is
a nongovernmental organization representing sexual minorities in Slovakia.
mission is to promote and protect the rights and interests of the homosexual
citizens in Slovakia, with the aim of reaching full legal and actual equality of
homosexual minority in the Slovak society.
After twelve years of existence, the organization’s diverse activities
are known also among the gay and lesbian organizations abroad.
Ganymedes is a co-founder of SOHO in the Czech Republic.
other events, Ganymedes has organized:
In 1992: The 6th
Regional Conference of ILGA (International Lesbian and Gay Association) for
Eastern and South-Eastern Europe
The 9th Annual Conference of IGLYO (International Gay and
Lesbian Youth Organization); Ganymedes is a member of IGLYO
1994: The 12th EFCGLG (European
Forum of the Christian Gay and Lesbian Groups)
took part in a number of international conferences organized by the gay and
lesbian organizations, as well as various AIDS prevention seminars and workshops.
In addition to the political activism and facilitation of various
cultural events concerning homosexual minority in Slovakia, Ganymedes also took
part in the HIV/AIDS prevention campaigns.
1992, Ganymedes has founded the first official Help Line for gays and lesbians
in Slovakia, which existed until 1998. Due
to governmental institutions’ lack of interest in the concerns of gays and
lesbians, Ganymedes has not succeed in the recent years to secure any office
space or funds for projects, and this has impinged on our activities.
Despite these limitations, however, we have organized numerous social and
sporting events, summer vacations, popular disco boat-trips on Danube, Mr. Gay
Slovakia competitions (annually, in the past nine years); Miss Travesty Slovakia
competitions (annually, in the past three years), and many other social events
for gays and lesbians in Slovakia.
Since 1997, Ganymedes has focused primarily on political work. The
first legislative proposal of the Registered Partnership (RP) Law pertaining to
same-sex couples was drafted by our attorneys, and submitted to Slovak
government representatives in May 1997, however, with no response.
In 1998 we addressed eleven political parties in Slovakia, as well
as the Prime Minister Meciar, with a request to support our proposal.
However, our request was again completely ignored by the Slovak government.
In 1999, Ganymedes was first to react against the discriminatory
statements in the proposal of the inter-governmental treaty between the Slovak
Republic and the Vatican.
In February 2000, Ganymedes again submitted a request for a
support of the legislative proposal of the RP Law pertaining to same-sex couples
in accordance with a recodification of the Civil Code 17 by the
Parliamentary Committee of the NR SR.
In the beginning of May 2000 Ganymedes, together with other
nongovernmental organizations -- HaBiO, Altera, Museion, H-plus, and CKKISM,
cofounded an informal initiative representing homosexual, bisexual and
transsexual citizens of the Slovak Republic, under the name the Initiative
Otherness – Coexistence Without Discrimination of Sexual Minorities (in
Slovak: Iniciativa Inakost/ IN IN).
summer 2000, the Initiative Otherness initiated a media discussion about
the need to establish the Registered Partnership Law in our legislation,
and about potential threats of the inter-governmental treaty between the Slovak
Republic and the Vatican that would concern sexual minorities.
Ganymedes began to decisively shape the agenda of the Initiative
Otherness and proposed a unified strategy for the interaction of the gay and
lesbian organizations with the Slovak government, the Parliament, and the state
authorities, with the goal of complete acceptance of all citizens with a
different sexual orientation.
In 2000, Ganymedes, as part of the Initiative Otherness, organized
two press-conferences; it also coorganized a specialized seminar and a legal
conference devoted to the discussion of the legislative proposal of the RP Law,
followed by the drafting of the Registered Partnership Law pertaining to same-sex
In 2001, Ganymedes was awarded funding for the project “It is
Normal to Be Different” by NPOA (Nadacia pre podporu obcianskych aktivit),
under the financial sponsorship of PHARE programme.
The main objective of this project, completed between April and December
2001, was to initiate an open and positive discussion of the theme of
homosexuality, to lobby for the Registered Partnership Law pertaining to same-sex
couples, and to achieve a legislative prohibition of any form of discrimination
based on sexual orientation.
As a part
of this project, in cooperation with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Ganymedes put
together a publication of the papers presented at the seminar and the conference
devoted to the Registered Partnership Law, titled “Together Towards the
Institution of the Registered Partnership in Slovakia.” This publication
has been distributed to the major libraries nationwide and to all political
representatives of the NR SR (the National Committee of the Slovak Republic).
proposal of the Registered Partnership Law pertaining to same-sex couples was
presented to the NR SR by a group of seven representatives from various
political parties on the 9th of October 2001.
also lobbied for the legislative implementation of the term “sexual
orientation” into the Article 12, Paragraph 2 of the Slovak Constitution,
known as anti-discriminatory clause, and including the Work Code and the laws
regarding the Public and the State Service.
As a part
of the project “It is Normal to Be Different,” in cooperation with three
organizations of the Initiative Otherness (Altera, Museion and CKKISM),
Ganymedes organized two press-conferences, the training of the activists from
mentioned organizations, and three Gay and Lesbian Pride Marches in the streets
of Bratislava, Banska Bystrica and Kosice.
During the Pride Marches, we distributed thousands of handouts that aimed
to introduce in a positive view the concerns of the gay and lesbian
activists in Slovakia, and our justified proposals to modify the existing legal
norms in accordance with the resolutions and recommendations of the European
Parliament concerning the prohibition of any forms of disrimination based on
November 2001, Ganymedes was the main co-organizer of the 5th Gay
Film Festival Slovakia 2001—the film festival with the lesbian and gay
themes, which for the first time in its short history took part in two Slovak
cities: Bratislava (November 5-11, 2001) and Banska Bystrica (November 16-18,
2001). This event, organized under
the patronage of the Initiative Otherness – Coexistence Without
Discrimination of Sexual Minorities, was co-organized by Ganymedes, Film Club
901 Bratislava, The Center for Communication, Coordination and Integration of
Sexual Minorities, and Art Kino Banska Bystrica. The Festival offered screening
of 18 movies, 9 short films, and 9 documentary films, and was attended by more
then four and a half thousand viewers.
more about the 5th Gay Film Festival Slovakia 2001, go to http://gfest.host.sk
2002, Ganymedes launched a project “Q Archive” – the
documentation and information center for the lesbian and gay community in
Slovakia. The work on this project
is planned for 14 months, until the year 2003, and the main goal of the project
is to document and archive all forms of the lesbian and gay activities in
Slovakia since 1989, including the period of the CSFR.
project is funded by PHARE Access Programme, from the grant awarded to Ganymedes
by the Commission of the European Union in the Slovak Republic.
more about this project, go to Q-archiv.