Support for cross-border publications

30 November 2021

The Unit team is pleased to announce the launch of the latest round of support for LGBTIQ+ publications this year! This time the focus is on cross-border materials. Cross-border publications refer to journalists from different countries working together on a common topic. Journalists complement, cross-check and combine their findings to communicate them to their audiences at national, regional or local levels. Examples of possible collaborations:

“Breaking News” – a cross-border approach to current events such as political repression, police raids and other incidents.
“Comparative stories” – comparing the same phenomenon in Multiple countries (access to transgender transition, Functioning LGBT clubs, sex education in schools, etc.)
“Histories of organisations” – histories of LGBTIQ+ organisations, initiatives and institutions in the former Soviet Union.
“Stories of movement” – the movement of people, goods and ideas from one country to another.

Participants from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova can take part in the competition. The author team must include at least two people from two different countries. Preference will be given to the following entries:

prepared in collaboration of journalists and activists
intended for publication in large media
with a clear research plan
with a clear promotional plan

Deadline for entries is October 19-31, 2021. Deadline for submission and publication is December 15, 2021. The grant per paper can range from EUR 200 to EUR 1200. This amount can be spent on production fees, travel costs related to the preparation of the material, renting or purchasing of the necessary equipment, subscriptions to services necessary for the preparation of the material, etc. In order to apply for a grant, please complete the following form. The results of the selection process will be announced no later than 7 November 2021. The competition is announced by the working group of the project Unit (LGBTIQ-journalist_ok network), in cooperation with n-ost (Germany) and Labrys (Kyrgyzstan). Questions about the grant can be sent to

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