LBQ women* live within a diversity of localized contexts, however, state-sponsored homophobia, lesbophobia and transphobia, cut across all countries.
This oppression results from interconnected patriarchal structures centered around the policing of women’s* bodies.
In these systems promoting heteronormativity, LBQ women* are more at risk of violence and exclusion.
Our approach must therefore be intersectional based on the premise that the policing arises from interconnected structures where patriarchy manifests itself in economics, neoliberal policies, securitization and militarization, citizenship, states reneging on social welfare and environmental responsibilities, and the privatization of essential resources like water, forests, and land.
On a global scale approximately 40 percent of states, or understood another way 75 states, criminalize same-sex sexual conduct.
In its unpublished report, ‘LBQ Women Thematic Context Analysis,’ COC Netherlands notes that the lack of space for LBQ organising is relevant across the globe regardless of the laws in place: “Another factor, identified in conversation with LBQ activists, which cuts across countries, is the lack of space for LBQ women to be in community and to organize.
This, in countries that criminalize same-sex sexual conduct, is in part due to the inability to legally register LBQ organizations and to laws that make open LBQ organizing dangerous and punishable.
In countries that do not specifically criminalize LBQ women, issues that affect the ability to access social and organizing spaces are often related to lack of financial resources that are often necessary to be able to secure spaces for gathering consistently.”
For the reasons mentioned above, it is time for LBQ women to have a visible movement with a well-articulated agenda that reflects their needs and their diversity.
The Global Feminist LBQ Women's* Conference is the physical articulation of this urge stated many times before in prior settings.
The organisers would like to acknowledge, in particular, the participants of the 2004 International Women’s Health meeting in India, where a lesbian and bisexual women’s caucus took place, as well as the participants of the Women’s Pre-Conference at the ILGA-World in Sweden 2012, the participants of the Global LGBT Human Rights Donors’ conference hosted in 2014 by the US State Department, and the LBQ caucus organisers at ILGA Asia 2017 for laying the groundwork for the Global Feminist LBQ Women's* Conference.
Also the organizers of the European Lesbian* Conference in 2017 in Vienna played a key role by contributing to the reinforcement of the European Lesbian* movement.