Things to know before the study session

Welcome to IGLYO’s study session on e-learning: “LGBTQI Rights through E-learning”


We invite you to complete the following e-module in order to maximize the impact of your contribution and participation during the study session. If you have any questions, please email Tudor at [email protected]

About the study session

About us

Every year IGLYO meets and trains more than 100 LGBTQI youth from 41 countries at conferences, study sessions, and trainings. While this is great, IGLYO’s member organisations want more! It is now time to reach out to more LGBTQI youth across Europe and offer more training opportunities by creating an online E-Learning platform.

Over 5 days in May, 20 participants at the “LGBTQI Rights through E-Learning” study-session in Budapest will help IGLYO to explore the various E-Learning techniques and platforms already available, and will also create interactive learning content about LGBTQI issues for IGLYO’s online learning platform.

What will you do there?

Here is what you will help us with and what you will achieve during the study session: 

·    build a common knowledge base of learning theory and acquire skills on content generation and designing complete learning modules

·    map the activist LGBTQI community's distant learning needs

·    adapt IGLYO's most recent learning resources to e-learning formats

·    develop initial content and support materials to populate the platform

·    draft a promotional strategy for the e-learning platform

·    make recommendations for accessibility settings, and the future development of  the online learning component.

Will I learn about how people learn?

  • Yes
  • No

Will I help with the e-learning platform software?

  • Yes
  • No

Some administrative info

Participation fee

The enrollment fee for study sessions is € 50 per participant. The fee is deducted from the

refund of travel expenses. All persons attending a session must complete a travel

reimbursement form even when there are no travel expenses and pay the enrollment fee due

to the Youth Department before the end of the session.

Accommodation and meals

Board and lodging is provided at the European Youth Centre in Budapest for the duration of the

session.

If, in order to obtain a reduced fare on travel, participants arrive one day before the

session begins, the cost of the room and meals (unless the kitchen is closed) will be

covered by the Youth Department (this information must be received in advance); if, for the same reasons as above, participants remain in the EYC after the session has finished, the cost of the room and meals will also be borne by the YD (unless the kitchen is closed) (this information must be received in advance);

One meal (generally dinner) may be organised outside the Centres. Participants either

receive an allowance in order to pay for their dinner in a restaurant, or the meal is

organised for the whole group, with a financial contribution from the YD. In case of

the latter, the EYC staff will organise the reservation for the restaurant.

Special dietary requirements may be catered for to a limited extent, vegetarian, no

pork, etc. However, people who are just following healthy eating, gluten free, high

fibre, etc. must be prepared to bring items of food with them. Please indicate all

special needs, dietary, mobility, etc in the technical needs form (to be completed

during the preparatory meeting).

Insurance

The YD of the Council of Europe declines all responsibility for any risk that can occur to

participants during their journey, or during their stay at the European Youth Centre in

Strasbourg or Budapest.

Individual insurance or collective insurance against all risks is therefore necessary, the latter

to be arranged by the youth organisation concerned. There is a Social Security Convention

on sickness insurance for member states of the European Union. Nationals of these

countries can obtain the necessary documentation (European Health Insurance Card).

Will the European Youth Centre reimburse me for my travel insurance?

  • No
  • Yes

Can I get a waiver from the enrollment fee?

  • Yes, in some circumstances
  • No

Can I choose my room-mate?

  • No
  • Yes

About reimbursement of your expenses

REIMBURSEMENT OF TRAVEL EXPENSES

Travel expenses are a heavy burden on the budget of the DDCP-YD. Participants are therefore required to arrange their journeys in the most economical manner possible.

Irrespective of the means of the transport used, participants will be reimbursed on the basis of the least expensive route between their place of residence and the town in which the course is held. If for personal or professional reasons participants travel to the meeting from a place other than their place of residence, or return to such a place after the meeting, the refund shall be restricted to the amount of expenses they would have incurred in travelling to or from their place of residence. Return tickets must be purchased before the start of the journey. If no return ticket can be provided, the reimbursement of ALL costs will take place after the meeting by bank transfer within 60 days of the end of the meeting To be reimbursed, missing tickets must be submitted at the latest 2 weeks after the meeting.

The DDCP-YD will only reimburse travel expenses incurred according to the rules given below: Electronic tickets will only be considered as acceptable accompanied by a proof of payment (i.e. original invoice issued by a travel agency or airline company, copy of credit card slip, copy of bank statement showing the amount spent). You must provide an original invoice, showing the amount paid and the method of payment used. An itinerary receipt given by the airline company will not suffice, unless it is supported by a proof of payment (as indicated above). In no case shall the amount reimbursed exceed the actual expenditure incurred.

The participants should be present for the entire session. Participants attending less than 80% of the total duration of the session will not be reimbursed.

MEANS OF TRANSPORT

1. RAIL: by the most direct route

- for distances up to 700 km, 2nd class train

- for distances beyond 700 km, 1st class train or 2nd class plus couchette.

2. AIR: Economy class ticket or reduced tariff

3. CAR: the participant will be refunded a lump sum based on a kilometric allowance. For 2013 this allowance is set at 0.25 €/km. If two or more participants share the same car the refund shall be made to the person in charge of the vehicle, with an increase of 10% for each passenger. Distances over 1600 km return shall be refunded on the basis of the Economy Class airfare from the nearest airports. Participants travelling by car do so at their own risk. The Council of Europe disclaims all liability in respect of any accident that may occur during the journey.

Local transport: the cost of the travel between home and railway station or airport is reimbursed upon presentation of the tickets (bus, train). If the airport minibus is used to travel from Budapest airport to the EYCB and back, only the price of the return ticket is reimbursed (not two single tickets). Taxi fares will not be reimbursed, except in the event of arrival between 9 pm and 7 am or where no public transport is available, in which case an original receipt must be presented. Any dispensation from these means of transport must be agreed in advance with the Council of Europe secretariat.


SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS

You will be given a travel claim form at the beginning of the activity. Please complete it carefully and attach to it photocopies of all your travel tickets - including originals of receipt and/or invoice as proof of payment. On request, the amounts payable shall be reimbursed either in Euro cash during the participant's stay in Budapest, or by bank transfer. For expenses claimed in currencies other than Euro, the conversion will be carried out on the basis of the official exchange rate of the Council of Europe on the date of settlement. For bank transfers, participants should clearly indicate the name and address of the bank, the IBAN, SWIFT

code and name of the holder of the account. Please note that you have to submit your travel forms and all the necessary documents during the course.

I absolutely need to show a proof of payment for electronic tickets.

  • Yes
  • No, it is not necessary, the e-ticket has the value written on it.

If I choose to be reimbursed by bank transfer, I can send the documents through post.

  • Yes
  • No

I can order the return ticket to the airport from the Reception at the Centre.

  • No, I need to buy the return ticket at the same time as the departure ticket, otherwise I will not be reimbursed.
  • Yes, the Reception will assist me.

How to get to the European Youth Centre in Budapest?

Follow these directions

Arriving to the European Youth Center Budapest

Address: European Youth Centre Budapest (EYCB), Zivatar utca 1-3, H-1024 BUDAPEST

Tel:+36 1 212 4080 or 212 4078

Photos of the building

Map

PDF file with directions to download

WHEN ARRIVING BY TRAIN

1.     We encourage you to take public transport, following the instructions below:

A.Arrival at Nyugati pu. (Western Railway Station):

Take bus number 91 or 291 just outside the train station on the Váci út side and in front of the main entrance of the “West End Shopping Centre”. It will cross Margit Bridge, and start its ascent up a hill. Get off the bus at the fourth stop (Zivatar utca), cross at the zebra crossing and walk down to Zivatar utca/street immediately on your right. The Centre is further up the street, to your left.

B.     Arrival at Keleti pu. (Eastern Railway Station) or Déli pu. (Southern Railway Station):

In both cases, take the metro (red line) to "Deák tér" (junction of all three metro lines); change to the blue line of the metro, in the direction of Újpest Központ (final stop), go to the stop marked "Nyugati pu.". (Get off at the front end of the train and follow signs to the trains; turn right at the top of the escalator and then take the next escalator up to street level. When you come out, the bus stop is just on your right.) Then proceed as in point A. above.

2.     Should you arrive after 9 pm and before 7 am, we will reimburse a taxi ride to the EYCB on production of a signed, dated receipt. There are different companies asking different prices. We recommend the following companies: 6x6 taxi, Főtaxi, Buda taxi, City taxi and Tele 5 taxi; they are more or less reasonable. In case you don’t find any of these taxis, make sure you ask the driver before the the ride about the estimated cost.

From

Reasonable price

Déli pályaudvár (Southern Station)

HUF 2.800

Keleti pályaudvár (Eastern Station)

HUF 3.600

Nyugati pályaudvár (Western Station)

HUF 2.800

If you have any doubt about the fare do not pay before you ask the help of the receptionist at EYCB.

Important! For participants of training courses and study sessions: the taxi fare is reimbursed only after 9 pm and before 7 am. See travel rules attached.

WHEN ARRIVING BY PLANE

From Budapest International Airport

From 4:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., bus number 200E commutes between Terminal 2 and the Kőbánya-Kispest metro terminal (metro line M3).

From the Kőbánya-Kispest metro terminal, you can take the M3 metro towards Újpest Központ and go 12 stops to Nyugaty Station, Nyugati pályaudvar.

From Nyugati, you can take tram 4 towards Széll Kálmán tér M (or tram 6) and go 4 stops to Mechwart liget, then walk about 10 minutes up the hill to the Centre.

The easiest travel option is to book a shared ride in a Shuttle at least 48 hours prior of your travel date. You can do this online before you start your journey. The ride is about Euro 28 for a return trip (7900 HUF). Here is how you can book: https://www.minibud.hu/en  When you book online, you must pay by credit card. The Center will only reimburse your shuttle tickets to and from the Center if you buy a return ticket, not two single tickets!

Bus 200E from the airport also connects to the Ferihegy Train Station which is very well linked to the Nyugati Train Station. Train tickets can be bought at the ticket machines in the train station.

If you have to take a taxi, please consider the following information: Főtaxi transports passengers between the terminals and Budapest. All cars are equipped with a POS terminal, therefore credit cards are also accepted.

Reservations can be made in person at the Főtaxi booths located at the exits at Terminals 2A and 2B. At the taxi rank in front of the stands, taxis are parking continuously waiting for passengers. A ride to the city center should typically cost around 6500 HUF (22 EUR) depending on traffic conditions.

Although you can change money in the arrivals hall, rates are terrible. You should be able to find a cash point (“automata”) in the luggage area or arrivals hall.

 

IF YOU USE AN ELECTRONIC WHEELCHAIR

Please let us know before you leave home.  We would then arrange for “Angyalkerék” (Anglewheels) to collect you. This service company is reliable and staff are friendly, but unfortunately they don’t speak English. You need to pay for this service in HUF (10.400 HUF) for the return journey for you and one assistant. Bring your receipt and you will be reimbursed.

I will not be reimbursed If I take a taxi from the airport.

  • Yes, they do not reimburse taxis.
  • No, I can be reimbursed in special circumstances.

IGLYO's Event Groundrules

Ground rules

We are happy that you have been invited to attend one of our events. We genuinely think you can have a very important contribution, through what you know, your experiences and through simply being you. Our events are successful when good and diverse people, such as you, come together to learn and enjoy themselves. We would like to ask you for some things in return. Please read below and consent to these ground rules before you decide to accept our invitation.

·       Respect — Give undivided attention to the person who has the floor (permission to speak). Share airtime. Even if we might inclined to interrupt sometimes, let’s not. Take a note and address the issue later. Respect people's confidentiality. Don't reveal things/faces/names that are not intended to be revealed.

·       Right to pass—It is always okay to pass. We can choose to not respond to a challenge or, simply, to not speak if we do not feel like having something to say at that moment.

·       Nonjudgmental approach—We can disagree with another person's point of view without putting that person down. Address the issue, not the person. Personal attacks and violence of any kind will not be tolerated.  

·       Sensitivity to diversity—People in the group are different in many ways. We will be careful and try to not make insensitive or careless remarks. Let’s not make assumptions about people’s identities, it’s better to just ask. Don't assume everyone has the same opinions as you. Ask for permission before touching or hugging someone you do not know well.

·       Being challenged —Prepare to feel uncomfortable at times. It's okay to feel uncomfortable, it’s part of learning. Our beliefs might not be the actual facts and many times we will be faced with other people’s different beliefs. To learn, we need to be challenged. Inform the organisers beforehand if you are likely to be triggered by the content.

·       Controversy and politeness – We will explore controversies and we will challenge each other’s beliefs and comfort but we will not aggress each other. We will try to not avoid controversy and challenges, even if they make us feel uncomfortable. Avoidance does not solve much.

·       Sharing: treat the event locations as if they were your own home, and you had to share it with many other owners.

·       Good intent – We will call each other on the harmful things we say. We will assume everybody has a good intention but this does not mean there will not be negative impact. When we point to the negative impact, it does not mean that we attack the person behind it.

·       Have a good time—It is okay to have a good time. Creating a safe space is about coming together as a community, being mutually supportive, and enjoying each other's qualities. Relax and be yourself.

·       Time – We are all here to collectively achieve something. In order to be effective, we should use time well. Be on time. Don’t allow yourself to be distracted and don’t distract others. Respect facilitators' decisions about the management of the event but don't be afraid to make realistic and practical suggestions, if you have any.

·       A group – We are collectively responsible for what we need to achieve. Listen, contribute, ask, and have no fear. A collaboration sometimes means letting go of some things, which, in turns, mean gaining other things.

What happens if rules are broken

Please let us know as soon as possible if you experience or witness anything that makes you feel very uncomfortable or which may be in breach of these guidelines. Even if you do not want anything done, please still let us know. Remember also that, many times, it is in your power to deal with things that you think challenge you.

Examples of things that we can do:

·       listen to you in a private space

·       talk to the others involved

·       ask for an apology

·       exclude people from the rest of the event

·       exclude people from future events

We will deal with breaches of these guidelines the best way we think is appropriate, both for the event itself and for its participants.

Adapted from: Advocates for Youth, "Requirements by Collaboration" (Ellen Gottesdiener), EdChange Project, and "From Safe Spaces to Brave Spaces" (Arao, Clemens), Trans and Intersex Conference for the Isles.

I have read the groundrules and I commit to doing my best to respect them during the study session

  • Yes, I want to commit to these rules
  • No, I do not agree to the rules and I understand that this may result in the cancellation of my participation.

CONCEPTS AND TERMINOLOGY AROUND SEXUAL, GENDER AND SEX CHARACTERISTICS DIVERSITY

Language and terms

Watch the video or read the text below for an explanation of the most common concepts related to sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and sex characteristics.

Limitations of language

The language around gender and sexuality continues to evolve rapidly, even as this resolution was being written. Words and their definitions change or become refined as our understanding of complex constructs related to sexuality and gender evolves. We recognize that learning which words or phrases are most accurate, respectful and useful is an important goal in adopting this resolution. Given how rapidly terminology changes, we recognize that even this list of terms and definitions might undergo significant change in the future. Therefore, it is important to explicitly and consciously articulate our current understanding of the following terms that appear in this resolution and in its supporting documents:

 

Asexual refers to a person who does not experience sexual attraction or has little interest in sexual activity. 

Bullying is unwanted, repetitive, and aggressive behavior marked by an imbalance of power. It can take on multiple forms, including physical (e.g., hitting), verbal (e.g., name calling or making threats), relational (e.g., spreading rumors), and electronic (e.g., texting, social networking). (Rossen & Cowan, 2012). 

Cisgender replaces the terms “nontransgender” or “bio man/bio woman” to refer to individuals who have a match between the sex they were assigned at birth, their bodies, and their gender identity. (Schilt & Westbrook, 2009). 

DSD refers to “disorders of sex development”, a term that is used to discuss intersex and variations in sex development by some medical professionals and community members. See entry for Intersex. 

Gender refers to the attitudes, feelings, and behaviors that a given culture associates with a person’s biological sex. Behavior that is compatible with cultural expectations is referred to as gender-normative; behaviors that are viewed as incompatible with these expectations constitute gender non-conformity. (APA guidelines)

Gender Expression An individual’s presentation, including physical appearance, clothing choice and accessories, and behavior that communicates aspects of gender or gender role. Gender expression may or may not conform to a person’s gender identity. 

Gender Identity A person’s deeply-felt, inherent sense of being a boy, a man, or male; a girl, a woman, or female; or an alternative gender (e.g., genderqueer, gender non-conforming, boygirl, ladyboi) which may or may not correspond to a person’s sex assigned at birth or to a person’s primary or secondary sex characteristics. Since gender identity is internal, a person’s gender identity is not necessarily visible to others. ‘Affirmed gender identity’ refers to a person’s gender identify after coming out as transgender or gender non-conforming or undergoing a social and/or medical transition process. 

Gender Diversity refers to the extent to which a person’s gender identity, role, or expression differs from the cultural norms prescribed for people of a particular sex. This term is becoming more popular as a way to describe people without reference to a particular cultural norm, in a manner that is more affirming and potentially less stigmatizing than gender nonconformity. (Gender Spectrum, 2013; https://www.genderspectrum.org/understanding-gender). 

Gender Dysphoria refers to discomfort or distress that is associated with a discrepancy between a person’s gender identity and that person’s sex assigned at birth (and the associated gender role and/or primary and secondary sex characteristics) (Fisk, 1974; Knudson, De Cuypere, & Bockting, 2010b). Only some gender-nonconforming people experience gender dysphoria at some point in their lives. (Coleman, et al. 2011) 

Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation are Different Constructs Transgender people, like cisgender people, may be sexually oriented toward men, women, both sexes, or neither sex, and like most people, usually experience their gender identity (who they feel themselves to be) and their sexual orientation (whom they are attracted to) as separate phenomena (Bockting & Gray, 2004; Chivers & Bailey, 2000; Coleman, Bockting, & Gooren, 1993; Docter & Fleming, 2001; Docter & Prince, 1997). Many transgender people experience a shift in their sexual attractions at some point (Daskalos, 1998; Meier, Pardo, Labuski, & Babcock, 2013), indicating that sexual orientation may be more dynamic than previously thought. 

Gender Non-Conforming is an adjective and umbrella term to describe individuals whose gender expression, gender identity, or gender role differs from gender norms associated with their assigned birth sex. Subpopulations of the TGNC community can develop specialized language to represent their experience and culture, such as the term “masculine of center” that is used in communities of color to describe a GNC identity. 

Gender Role refers to a pattern of appearance, personality, and behavior that, in a given culture, is associated with being a boy/man/male or being a girl/woman/female.. A person’s gender role may or may not conform to what is expected based on a person’s sex assigned at birth. Gender role may also refer to the social role one is living in (e.g., as a woman, a man, or another gender), with some role characteristics conforming and others not conforming to what is associated with girls/women or boys/men in a given culture and time. 


Genderqueer refers to a person whose gender identity falls outside of the gender binary (i.e. identifies with neither or both genders). Genderqueers may also use the term “gender fluid” as an identifier but typically reject the term “transgender” because it implies a change from one gender category to another. Intersex refers to a range of conditions associated with atypical development of physical sex characteristics (American Psychological Association [APA], 2006). 

Intersex individuals may be born with chromosomes, genitals, and/or gonads that do not fit typical female or male presentations (OII-USA, 2013). Some examples of these conditions include ambiguous external genitals, inability of the body to respond typically to sex-related hormones, and inconsistency between external genitals and internal reproductive organs (APA, 2006). Since 2006, the medical and research community has used the term Disorders of Sex Development. This term refers to congenital conditions characterized by atypical development of chromosomal, gonadal, or anatomical sex (Houk, Hughes, Ahmed, Lee, & Writing Committee for the International Intersex Consensus Conference Participants, 2006). An alternate term – Differences of Sex Development – has been recommended to prevent a view of these conditions as diseased or pathological (Wisemann, Udo-Koeller, Sinnecker, & Thyen, 2010). In order to be inclusive of various terminology preferences, this document will use intersex/DSD when referring to individuals who are part of this community. 

Pansexual is most commonly used in the world outside academia as a sexual identity [and sexual orientation] term similar to ‘bisexuality,’ but more inclusive of trans people. It also shows an awareness of the implied gender binary in the term ‘bisexual.’” (Elizabeth, 2013, p. 333)

Queer is an umbrella term that individuals may use to describe a sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression that does not conform to dominant societal norms. Historically, it has been considered a derogatory or pejorative term and the term may continue to be used by some individuals with negative intentions. Still, many LGBT individuals today embrace the label in a neutral or positive manner (Russell, Kosciw, Horn, & Saewyc, 2010). Some youth may adopt ‘queer’ as an identity term to avoid limiting themselves to the gender binaries of male and female or to the perceived restrictions imposed by lesbian, gay, and bisexual sexual orientations (Rivers, 2010). 

Questioning is an identity label for a person who is exploring their sexual orientation or gender identity, and is in a state of moratorium in terms of identity formation. 

Sex refers to a person’s biological status and is typically categorized as male, female, or intersex (i.e., atypical combinations of features that usually distinguish male from female). There are a number of indicators of biological sex, including sex chromosomes, gonads, internal reproductive organs, and external genitalia. (APA guidelines). Sex assignment is the initial categorization of an infant as male or female. 

Sexual orientation refers to the sex of those to whom one is sexually and romantically attracted. Categories of sexual orientation typically have included attraction to members of one’s own sex (gay men or lesbians), attraction to members of the other sex (heterosexuals), and attraction to members of both sexes (bisexuals). Some people identify as pansexual or queer in terms of their sexual orientation, which means they define their sexual orientation outside of the gender binary of “male” and “female” only. While these categories continue to be widely used, research has suggested that sexual orientation does not always appear in such definable categories and instead occurs on a continuum (e.g., Kinsey, Pomeroy, Martin, & Gebhard, 1953; Klein, 1993; Klein, Sepekoff, & Wolff, 1985; Shiveley & DeCecco, 1977). In addition, some research indicates that sexual orientation is fluid for some people; this may be especially true for women (e.g., Diamond, 2007; Golden, 1987; Peplau & Garnets, 2000). 

Sexual Orientation A component of identity that includes a person’s sexual and emotional attraction to another person and the behavior that may result from this attraction. An individual’s sexual orientation may be lesbian, gay, heterosexual, bisexual, queer, pansexual, or asexual. A person may be attracted to men, women, both, neither, genderqueer, androgynous or have other gender identities. Sexual orientation is distinct from sex, gender identity, gender role and gender expression. 

Transgender is an umbrella term that incorporates differences in gender identity wherein one’s assigned biological sex doesn’t match their felt identity. This umbrella term includes persons who do not feel they fit into a dichotomous sex structure through which they are identified as male or female. Individuals in this category may feel as if they are in the wrong gender, but this perception may not correlate with a desire for surgical or hormonal reassignment (Meier & Labuski, 2013).

Taken from American Psychological Association, Divisions 16 and 44 © 2015

The end of the course

This is it! Congratulations for completing this e-course on how to participate effectively in IGLYO's study session on LGBTQI rights and e-learning. See you in Budapest!