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Held in June 2023, as a partnership between ReportOUT and the University of Sunderland, #SaferToBeMe brought together a global audience of 100+ people to discuss the human rights, and development needs, of LGBTQI+ people.


Due to the success of #SaferT0BeMe, it has since led to developing a project to tackle the relationships between police forces and sexual and gender minorities globally. Read more here.

View our recorded talks from this event on our satellite events and main day pages.

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What was #SaferToBeMe?

On the 22nd June 2023 we hosted a global symposium at Hope Street Exchange in Sunderland, U.K., bringing together over 100+ people people from all over the world to discuss what is happening to the human rights, and development needs, of LGBTQI+ people. Why was #SaferToBeMe needed? Find out more, here.

#SaferToBeMe Highlights

Keynote Speaker: Mark Gevisser


Author of The Pink Line


Our Launch:
The Amsterdam Rainbow Dress 

On the 20th June 2023 at the National Glass Centre in Sunderland, we were delighted to host the iconic Amsterdam Rainbow Dress, alongside a welcome drinks reception! Find out more about the dress, and our launch event, here.

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Before: Online Satellite Events

Before our main day symposium over a range of dates, we hosted a number of one hour-long online satellite events, where you can sit back and listen to activists and campaigners from around the globe, discussing LGBTQI+ human rights and development issues. Want to know more? Read more and view our online events, here.

The Main Day: Symposium

Our main day on the 22nd June! Hosted at the beautiful Hope Street Exchange building in Sunderland, U.K. We had a full day of face to face talks, workshops, and campaigns, to learn more about LGBTQI+ human rights and development needs. Missed out? Read about our full schedule, see our list of speakers and view our recorded talks, below.

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The Main Day: 
Exhibitions and Campaigns

On the main day on the 22nd June, we also hosted interactive campaigns such as imagining a world without prejudice and discrimination, which formed our new poster campaign. We were also very excited to exhibit the global award-winning Flag in the Map exhibition of Pride placards from around the world! This was a partnership between ReportOUT and the Gilbert Baker Foundation. Want to hire our placards?

The Evening: Film and Panel

On the evening of the symposium on the 22nd June, we watched the powerful and award winning film, 'Flee.' Afterwards, we hosted a panel discussion to discuss issues faced by the human rights of LGBTQI+ refugees and people seeking asylum, with a panel talk. Read more about this here.

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