Welcome to Queer Mongol!
I'm a strong believer that the Mongolian LGBT community as a whole needs not only visibility for the public acceptance of our identities, but also unity within itself – unity within the lesbians as well as unity of lesbian group(s) with other queer groups and non-governmental organizations in Mongolia. Since 1999 advent of the LGBT grassroots organizing through the milestone Tavilan Org, there had been a few sporadic efforts to provide services and information targeting the entire LGBT community, one of the first and last ones, perhaps, the Tavilan LGBT hotline that operated between November 2000 to February 2001, on which I had the privilege to work with other comrades-in-arm, B. and Z., my gay male friends, who since have gone onto other engagements in life, but one of whom is still involved in the gay male community organizing informally. Another officially registered Mongolian non-governmental organization, Youth for Health, has been functioning since May 2003, primarily targeting gay men and MSM's sexual health. It is very sad to see and recognize the fact that since Tavilan, there had been no united LGBT rights oriented officially registered NGO, if one discounts the community group MILC. The brief rise and fall of the Mongolian Lesbian Information and Community Center (MILC) in 2004 has seen enormous ambition on the part of the founding members in its goals aimed at providing safe space, comprehensive library, bilingual website, documentation of Mongolian LGBT situation, archiving of oral history and campaign for the LGBT human rights and civil liberties in Mongolia through printed and electronic means. However, the community group's funding ran out after eight months and due to absence of committed lesbians to carry on the cause that is directly related to our lives as gay people in Mongolia on the whole, the MILC now remains as a virtual NGO/community space through the mongoldyke website and its mailing list. Had MILC been able to sustain its physical activities, the Center would have continued the worthy cause of united Mongolian Queer Movement that was initiated by Tavilan in 1999. Most certainly, Tavilan in 1999, Youth for Health in 2003 and MILC in 2004 all constitute turning points in gay history of Mongolia and milestone efforts to begin writing gay chronicles. However, as I said before, as a queer community, we still need to realize the political importance of cooperation with various segments within our own very various, queer community(ies), whereupon we shall be able to fight for our dignity and acceptance in Mongolia in one strong, unwavering voice. This is a blog created by me, Webdyke/O.N.A., for all queer identified Mongolians to enable each and everyone of us to have a say in determining what's important to us as a whole, what we need to do now and in future to gain our visibility, dignified and fearless existence in Mongolia, where our challenges, weaknesses and strengths lie, what our concerns, both personal and political, are, where our hearts and dreams are. It is time some of us, who pretend to be apolitical, but who, in fact, are into petty personal delusions of megalomania and power play, got a life and saw the truth: we, as Mongolian LGBT, can bring about much needed change in society only through united action and agenda! I hope other queer folks of Mongolia do join this effort to create the first community blog and post their opinions, events, announcements, etc. Welcome home, welcome to your own queer space!