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LGBT Information Centre Opened in Tallinn

26.09.2011

An LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi, trans) information centre was opened in Tallinn on Friday, September 23. Hanno Pevkur, Minister of Social Affairs, assured in his speech at the opening that raising awareness on issues related to LGBT people is very important in Estonia.

“I hope that people will find their way to OMA Centre because a tolerant and open society is based on awareness and knowledgeability,” emphasised the Minister of Social Affairs. He also assured that guaranteeing more security to same-sex couples is important and that this issue is being dealt with in ministries and parties.

OMA Centre is open to all caring and inquisitive people, and it stands for a respectful and inclusive society where all people are valued regardless their sexuality and gender identity. The centre provides information regarding LGBT people, human rights and sexual health and organises events with the purpose of bringing people together and creating possibilities for open communication.

“The aim of OMA Centre, founded with the support of Open Estonia Foundation, is to create a safe and comfortable environment where questions can be asked and answered,” explained Helen Talalaev, Manager of OMA Centre.

OMA Centre is also an active platform for enhancing cooperation with other human rights organisations.

“As an advocate of a more open, tolerant and supportive society, Open Estonia Foundation is delighted to support OMA Centre as it will bring several complicated issues out from behind closed doors and media attention. First and foremost, this is a place for school teachers, parents and young people,” commented Mall Hellam, Executive Director of Open Estonia Foundation.

Compliments on the opening were also passed on by the British, Danish, Belgian and Dutch ambassadors and the representatives of the embassies of the United States and Norway, Tallinn University Institute of International and Social Studies and Estonian Sexual Health Association and many others.

OMA Centre is a project of NGO Estonian Gay Youth.

Further information:
Helen Talalaev
Manager of OMA Centre
NGO Estonian Gay Youth
+372 5649 9330
helen@egn.ee
www.egn.ee


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