This project addresses the problem of increasing violence and hate speech towards LGBT+ people in Kraków. A vast majority of LGBT+ people experience hate speech, and many have suffered emotional and physical abuse. Unfortunately, the number of homophobic hate-based acts has risen sharply in recent years. The nationwide context and political and media smear campaign against LGBT+ people, such as talk of the “hostile LGBT ideology” or creation of “LGBT-free zones” by local government authorities are a factor in this. The hate campaign is conducive to society’s attitudes becoming radical, especially among young people.
The multifaceted project addresses the problem described above. The Project Promoter will prepare an exhibition of artistic works on the issue of violence towards LGBT+ people; the exhibition will also include tours with the curator and meetings with the artists. Action taken directly with respect to LGBT+ people and people close to them will be psychological counselling. Under the project, the Project Promoter will also prepare and conduct a series of ten artistic workshops on discrimination for a minimum of 50 teachers and childminders, training them to work with the local community and young people. A discrimination campaign on TikTok, consisting of a series of 20 short films, will be the final element of the project.
The project will be useful to various groups: the Kraków LGBT+ community and those close to them, educators, and the local community, including young people.
The partner, the organizer of a popular music festival, is highly experienced in implementing discrimination prevention solutions in culture, including creating a safe space for LGBT+ people and inclusion of minorities in cultural events. The partner will be involved in preparation of the discrimination prevention workshops and promotion of the project – above all among young people.