Pride Week 2013, 12-19th May
RoCK is just a part of Gay Pride Week.
For this year, as usual, RoCK wishes to design Pride Week in consultation with RoCKers around the country. Through the social media contact as well as the field trips in LGBT organizing, RoCKers have expressed a strong desire for fewer events involving fewer venues. Pride Week has become too busy! New event ideas include a sports day and incorporating films into the workshops. RoCK wishes to organize workshops responding to the casework it has been engaged in, in order to raise awareness of the risks of certain laws (anti-trafficking, commune safety policy) as well as highlight ways of protecting oneself and available solutions.
RoCK also wishes to produce information leaflets on Coming Out and FAQs about LGBT.
• Coming Out will be based on the workshops feedback from last year’s Pride workshop on this topic.
• FAQs about LGBT is compiling all the usual questions RoCKers face when they do awareness sessions with university students in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang, as well as with NGOs, as well as through social media.
This year, RoCK will not coordinate and sponsor the whole of Pride Week. It is clear that the gay businesses enjoy a booming time during Pride Week. They also know the format and will be able to work together to organize the social events.
Likewise, the film venues (META House, The Flicks and CCF) now have the direct links with Queer Film Festival curators and have been asked to take responsibility for organising the film festival which largely attracts the international community, not the main target group of RoCK.
RoCK also wishes to see a mainstreaming of Pride Week into the social and cultural annual calendar of Phnom Penh and this now seems very possible.
All plans will be collated into one Pride Week schedule, as normal.
The schedule for the RoCK-organised part of Pride Week which targets the Cambodian LGBT community, particularly from the provinces, is as follows:
• 15th May- travel day to Phnom Penh
• 16th May- Coming Out because we are not wrong! A workshop aimed at strengthening the community’s ability to speak up for themselves and explain who they are, and also to know the pace at which to do that- it will take time to come out! The information leafeltes will be presented, explained, explored and shared.
• 17th May- IDAHO- The beginnings of accepting LGBT rights – A workshop featuring local authorities, police and human rights lawyers who support LGBT rights; highlighting Hun Sen’s speech of 11th December 2012 which strongly supports LGBT rights as human rights; getting advice from the authorities and police about how to protect yourself and how to explain yourself in a respectful way; exploring sexual harassment faced by LGBT once they are arrested or interact with the police or authorities; learning concrete ways to protect ourselves from these risks.
• 18th May- Learning to protect ourselves from rights violations- A workshop led by a human rights lawyer examining how the anti-trafficking law is being used against lesbians; exploring how the commune safety policy is being used against LGBT; learning concrete ways to protect ourselves from these risks.
• 19th May- Pride Community Day: Blessing ceremony, Sports Day and an evening concert of LGBT performances
• 20th May- travel back to the provinces
RoCK will invite 100 RoCKers from 15 provinces with a special focus on the newer provinces where LGBT organizing has been happening in recent months- the northeast (Ratanakiri, Mondulkiri, Stung Treng and Kratie- indigenous LGBT) and the northwest (Preah Vihear, Paillin, Banteay Meanchey).