Position: EVS volunteer
About the volunteer: My sensitivity for human rights and equality springs from my socio-political situation as a member of Romania’s considerable Hungarian minority group and its LGBT+ community. Because of my interest in the way religious tenets conflict with modern concepts on sexual orientation and gender identity, I completed a Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies at Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania. During my undergraduate studies, I had the opportunity to study abroad twice as an exchange student. Thus, I studied at the Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven) with an Erasmus-grant, and at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest with a Makovecz-scholarship, respectively. The aforementioned universities offered a wide range of courses, many of them including topics such as gender equity, feminist theology, the social situation of women in various historical periods or the ethical perception of homosexuality. In my BA thesis I conducted an intertextual analysis of the story of Sodom and Gomorrah by using early Jewish writings and commentaries on the Qur’an in order to provide an alternative interpretation of the narrative which might lead to positive changes in religious discourse regarding LGBT rights in the Middle East. In addition to my studies, I translated for MozaiQ (a Romanian LGBT rights organisation) in a crowdfunding campaign against the referendum to ban same-sex marriage, and took part in several LGBT-related projects (ex. Youth in Action project “Rainbow School Backpack”, the X. LGBT Christian Forum of Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and the Summer School “Action for Equality”). My main reason for volunteering at LGL is to gain in-depth knowledge and hands-on experience in the field of LGBT+ activism.
About the volunteer: I first became interested in LGL’s work after they organized “Baltic Pride 2013”. Inspired by the pride march, I decided to volunteer in the organization. I took part in volunteer training in the beginning of 2014 and right after that started my volunteering work in LGL. Since then, I am an active volunteer in this organization. My work mostly consists of looking after the library, making badges and other small work in the office. I always try to participate in all LGL’s organized workshops, seminars and lectures. And try to give a helping hand if needed. I am also our EVS volunteer’s Tatiana mentor. I enjoy being a part of LGL’s team very much!
About the volunteer: I started volunteering in LGL when I was still in school. If I’m not wrong it was the spring of 2015. I was searching for myself, trying to understand who I am and why I am the way I am. I visited an event in “Rainbow days”, which was hosted by Aliona and Tomas. By that time I have not considered volunteering at this organization but I was always a socially active person. I have tried volunteering in other organizations. Unfortunately there I had not found the sense of community and purpose. Probably by that point in my life LGBT+ problems were closer to my every day life. Later that year I started visiting the workshops organized by LGL and step by step I became part of the family. I enrolled in few social events, hosted workshops. I became the security coordinator of BALTIC PRIDE 2016.
Now I am a student and during my free time I try to do what I can in LGL. My upcoming job is EVS mentoring.
LGL is a place where I can help others and also improve my own abilities and skills. I am proud to be part of it.