The project addresses the widespread problem of inadequate legal and psychological support for LGBT+ people who are subjected to various forms of abuse, exclusion, and stigmatization due to sexual orientation. The problem affects LGBT+ people of all ages. For example, research shows that 90% of young LGBT+ people have experienced verbal abuse at school, and 25% of adult LGBT+ people have been victimized due to sexual orientation. Many LGBT+ experience difficulties when dealing with the public health service or police due to lack of knowledge or due to prejudice on the part of people in those services.
The project envisages psychological support for LGBT+ people and their families. The intended forms of aid include one-on-one psychological consultations – including intervention during a crisis, and support groups for LGBT+ people aged 16-26, for parents of LGBT+ people, and transexual people. Also under the project, legal aid will be provided free of charge during certain hours for non-heteronormative people who experience discrimination or abuse due to sexual orientation. Aid will be provided to people unable to afford legal services on the open market or who have difficulty obtaining help from experienced, open-minded lawyers. The scope of counselling available covers a range of matters: crime victims, family matters, insurance issues, medical issues, banking issues, and establishing gender.
Psychological support will be provided for 150 LGBT+ people aged over 16, 100 people will receive legal advice, and 30 people will receive a full range of legal services in cases that need to be handled in multiple stages.