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Riding the waves of Change. In Partnership with East meets West (Online conference)

June 17, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 11:50 am
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The Theme

We used to live in a world that was perhaps not always peaceful but that was never in a complete turmoil. But this has changed and our LGBTIQ community, as active player in society, cannot ignore this reality. As we might not always be aware of what is exactly changing around us, East meets West wants, in the 2021 Conference, to tackle this very challenging topic of ‘Change’ and ask the question how to ‘ride these waves of change‘.

The Changes are revealed in different ways. The LGBTIQ community in Central- and Eastern Europe has certainly undergone changes. So we will bring you an updated picture of the daily LGBTIQ reality in the different countries. As we also want to put a special focus on Poland and its challenged LGBTIQ community, the 7th International East meets West Conference 2021 will be sourced from the Polish capital Warsaw. East meets West set-up a local Studio and will stream the Conference to audiences in the whole world.

But Changes have appeared also in our daily activities. Just consider the new ways of communication and the need to speak a different ‘language’ if we want to reach our communities. We read about the ‘New Normal’ but without knowing what it will mean for all of us. East meets West will present speakers and run discussions that will not only open your eyes for these changes, but at the same time show you ways to adapt your existing approaches and become even more successful.

The Agenda (download)

The East meets West Conference does not only reach out to the many NGO’s and business professionals we work with, but we offer a balanced program of key speeches, active panel discussions, specialists interventions and master type classes to everybody who is interested in the well being and strengthening of the LGBTIQ community.


RDCC will be present during the below slot:

11:00 – 11:50. A Look from the East and a Look from the West

Having been on the agenda of the 6 previous conferences, this item has acquired the seal ‘traditional’. The idea behind it is as simple as it is successful. From our ever-growing network we select 2 participants from the “East” and 2 from the “West”. In a panel discussion, they share with you positive but also saddening testimonials but always realistic updates on the happenings in their local LGBTIQ communities.

Paula Fagan, CEO at LGBT Ireland, Ireland

Damla Umut Uzun, KAOS GL/Human Rights Program, Turkey

Justin Nelson, Co-founder and President at the NGLCC, USA

Lestat Monroe, Founder & Board Member at the RDCC, Romania

The Registration

Registering and attending the 7th International ONLINE East meets West Conference was never this easy – simply click (or tap) on the magic “Register here” button below. As we are not insensitive to the effect of COVID19 on everyone’s work, we are happy to offer to all of you, the participation to the 2021 Conference for free!

But as we are this year guests in Poland, we leave you the possibility to support financially the crucial work of two Polish leading NGOs. Together with our East meets West donation, your support will go to Equality Parade (Parada Równości w Warszawie) and Federation Signs of Equality (Federacja Znaki Równości).

You can register to the Conference here. Access is free.