World Aids Day – Press Release

1 12 2011

PRESS RELEASE – For immediate release

On December 1st, 2011, ANSO (Association of Nordic and Pol-Balt LGBTQ Student Organizations) wears a red ribbon with the occasion of World Aids Day.

Ever since 1988, the 1st of December has been marking World Aids Day, a day when “people worldwide…unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and…commemorate people who have died” (

With this occasion ANSO would like to stand in solidarity with the people living with HIV/AIDS and raise awareness on the importance of gaining factual knowledge regarding HIV/AIDS and breaking down the stereotypes and prejudices around these issues.

Moreover, ANSO would like to stress the importance of a free and non-discriminatory access to treatment and medical services, irrespective of gender, gender identity, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, sexual practices or any other identity category. Furthermore, we would like to emphasize the relevance of inclusive and non-discriminatory sexual education campaigns that reach out to all groups of society and provide objective and factual information, free from homophobic, transphobic, sexist and racist statements.  

With this occasion ANSO encourages everybody to wear a red ribbon in solidarity with people living with HIV/AIDS!

For more information please contact:

Pat Kulka (email:

Gisela Janis (email:, tel: +46730651905)


ANSO joins Twitter!

8 09 2011

So the day has come when ANSO joins Twitter!

Go and follow us on @ANSOnians – since out Media conference and training are coming soon, there will be plenty of updates and things to follow!

Hope to see you and hear from you on Twitter!

ANSO Annual Conference 2011 “Loud and Visible: Queering Up the Media”

1 08 2011

ANSO, Association of Nordic and Pol-Balt Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Student Organizations, would like to invite you to an annual conference called Loud and Visible: Queering Up the Media, with the aim of creating knowledge and tools to develop skills in media, social inclusion and visibility of LGBTQ issues. It will be held in Stockholm, 1st – 8th October, 2011, hosted by SFQ – the Swedish Federation of LGBTQ Student Organizations.

During the event young LGBTQ activists will be trained to use technology to capture their own experiences and social realities, as well as the opinions and ideas, in a variety of multimedia forms. The six days long training will have a direct practical output: the publication of the work done throughout the week on a new online portal, Loud And Visible, will generate a living resource for activists, sharing newly gained good practices, multimedia techniques, and social media strategies on an international level. The training will be based on strategies used in “10 Tactics: How to Turn Information into Practice”, which is a very powerful tool for human rights activists. Participants will be able to put the Tactics into practice during the training and potentially adapt them to their own cultural and political contexts after coming home. 

The call can be found here.

The conference is ope to all ANSO member organizations.

It is sponsored by the European Commission’s Program Youth in Action

ANSO 2010 Annual General Meeting

2 08 2010

MEDIA RELEASE July 26th 2010

For immediate release

On July 23rd, 2010, ANSO (Association of Nordic and Pol – Balt LGBTQ Student Organizations) had its Annual General Meeting (AGM).

ANSO AGM 2010 took place on July 23rd 2010 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The meeting was attended by delegates and observers from member organizations such as: BLUS (Denmark), OVI ry (Finland), Homoglobiini (Finland), Telehpy (Finland), Estonian Gay Youth (Estonia), Lithuanian Gay League (Lithuania), Tolerant Youth Association (Lithuania), Campaign Against Homophobia (Poland), Trans-Fuzja (Poland), Q (Iceland), UgleZ (Norway), SFQ (Sweden), and independent observers.

The Agenda of the AGM consisted of approving new member organizations, approving the 2009 Annual Report, the 2010 Activity Report, the 2009 Fiscal Report and electing a new board for the organization.

The ANSO AGM approved two new member organizations: Trans-Fuzja from Poland, who plays a major role in educating students on transgender issues and providing help for transgender students that feel their rights are not respected; Opiskelijavinokkaat Ovi ry, who works as a peer group and a supporting network for LGBTQ students in Finland, working in favor of the human rights of such individuals.

The elections resulted in the formation of a new board. The Presidium now consists of Micah Grzywnowicz (president), Fej Ganebo Skantz (vice-president), Pat Kulka (treasurer) and Irina Dimitriade (secretary). Scandinavia is represented by Maret Ney and Roh Petas, the Pol-Balt region is represented by Wiktor Dynarski and Justinas Suliokas, the representatives of the Vest-Norden region are Guðmundur Smari Veigarsson and Jón Kjartan Ágústsson, and the independent members are Janika Saul and Laurynas Pliuškys.

“It is great to see ANSO growing year after year, developing from all of its events and from the continuous input of its member organizations. I am really excited to see the 2010/2011 ANSO board with so many new faces and new energy, for which I have no doubt this will be another very successful year for our organization,” said Micah Grzywnowicz, the re-elected ANSO president.

ANSO AGM 2010 was part of the School of Diversity conference organized by BLUS between July 18th and July 25th. 60 participants from eight countries gathered to work on projects regarding the process of including diversity in higher education. The conference took place at Kastanievej Efterskole in Frederiksberg, Copenhagen, Denmark.

For more information please contact:
Irina Dimitriade
tel: +31616677311

ANSOzine is now out!

21 07 2010

ANSO’s brand new newsletter for 2010 is now out! ANSOzine is published on-line and is focusing on projects and issues that ANSO works or has been working on currently. This year’s ANSOzine is colorful, full of interviews with member organizations and board members. It reports back on ANSO’s study session in Strasbourg as well as shows that ANSO is EVERYWHERE 🙂

So have a look at it NOW! Just follow the link

If you have any questions, comments, or would like to contribute, please contact us at ansozine(at)


ANSO’s brochures online!

18 06 2010

It’s from today that you will be able to download and print yourself ANSO’s educational brochures!

One of them, Students for Transgender Inclusion, is devoted to transgender issues and can be found here

The second one, On Heteronormativity, talks about what heteronormativity is and what consequences it has! It has been created in cooperation with the Swedish Federation of LGBTQ Student Organizations, SFQ, who is also one of member organizations of ANSO. You can download this brochure following the link.

With time we will also provide those brochures in languages of our member organizations. So please, stay tuned!

If you have any questions concerning the brochures, please, don’t hesitate to contact us at: info(at)

ANSO Annual Conference: School of Diversity, 18 – 25 July

14 06 2010

ANSO Annual Conference powered by BLUS!

Every summer these 11 organizations come together for a week long conference to discuss issues that are relevant for us as LGBTQ students. This summer BLUS will host the conference.

The conference is an international conference with 60 participants from eight different countries. The whole shebang will take place in July 18-25. For a week we will be living at Kastanievej Efterskole in Frederiksberg. The theme of the conference is ‘School of Diversity’. Today many institutions of higher education are realising the benefits of having a diverse  staff and student body. Therefore it is important for us as members of LGBTQ student organizations to be able to influence the process of working towards an inclusion of diversity. What does diversity mean for us and how do we, who represent LGBTQ issues, get the best out of this development? We will have discussions, lectures, workshops and loads of social activity. An ANSO conference is a great way to meet LGBTQ people from other countries.

Participation in the conference is free. All participants will be living at the venue for the week and food will be supplied. BLUS will pay 70% of travel costs. If you have any questions or if you want to help with the planning of the conference please contact Ellen at

And for more info, go to:

Join our week full of Diversity and Revolution!!