Prejudice against LGBT+ people has escalated in Poland in recent years, and due to a growing trend in homophobic and transphobic propaganda, disinformation and discrimination of this group, the wellbeing of LGBT+ people is increasingly endangered. LGBT+ people receive support in Poland from a range of CSOs, but the needs of LGBT+ people and discussion of the entire community are formulated primarily by young, educated people living in the big cities. Most of the material available is complex and requires the reader to be familiar with scientific terms, have knowledge of English, and know LGBT+ community jargon. A significant number of LGBT+ people, especially those residing in small towns, have limited access to support and reader-friendly information. The community in which they live is ill-disposed or even hostile. The people close to them often formulate opinions based on homophobic sources of information.
The project addresses the lack of reader-friendly materials for LGBT+ persons providing answers to questions about their identity, sexuality, and rights.
In the project, we will create a mobile application to provide easy to understand information about major LGBT+ issues presented in an accurate and ideologically neutral way, and psychoeducational counselling. The application will be also an aid in finding reliable sources and further specialist support. The content of the application will be created using a participatory approach, with a direct and active role played by users in the target group. The application will include aspects of awareness-raising. As a result, everybody, regardless of their place of residence, qualifications, skills, or knowledge of foreign languages will have access to reader-friendly information on LGBT+ issues.