Attending Queer Conference in London

Altynay Kambekova Start Date: Apr 25, 2018 - End Date: Jun 18, 2018
  • London, Великобритания

My Travel Story

by: Altynay Kambekova Start Date: Apr 25, 2018 - End Date: Jun 18, 2018
Hello my friends! 
I am a young researcher and activist interested in questions of queer, nationalism, and how the national identities often overlap with postcolonial and queer identities. As part of my research, I am interested in how the queer activism in Central Asia and Russia helps erasing former colonial borders and redefine them and the relationship between these countries in a post-colonial context. 
This year, my work has been accepted for a conference that will take place in London, June 24-29. This is going to be a major event, because the conference is specifically dedicated to Queer Asia, and will bring together participants from all over the world. Moreover, this year, I am granted with a unique opportunity to share the voices of LGBTIQ people of Central Asia for the first time at this conference, because the topic of queer has long been silenced in the context of Central Asia. I hope that by being a pioneer at this conference from Central Asia, I will be among those, who are openning the floor for discussions of the problems of violations of human rights of queer people in the post-Soviet space, and inspire more and more people to be socially active and demand their rights for freedom in the region. 
However, unfortunately, since the conference is organized by activists and young academics just like myself, the organization committee cannot cover any expenses. I would be very grateful if you could help me fund my travel expenses to London from Astana (Kazakhstan). I am setting 1000 USD here to cover at least some part of my travel. I am very willing to participate, but without your support and help it will be very difficult for me to raise the money. Therefore, let me kindly ask you for your help. It will be a great encouragement not only for me, but for the entire community as well.  

Thank you, 
  • London, Великобритания