Toruń Rainbow Support and Integration Center
Outcome:
empowerment of vulnerable groups
City (headquarters):
Toruń
Voivodeship (headquarters):
kujawsko-pomorskie
Dates:
16-02-2022 - 16-02-2022
Status:
in progress
Project cost:
27 775 EUR
Funding:
24 987 EUR
Outreach:
local
Types of activities:
counselling, creating a support network for people at risk of exclusion / community work / inclusive actions, legal support, psychological support
Target groups:
LGBT+, local community

Since March 2019, the LGBTQ+ community has been under constant attack from the government, government-controlled media, and the clergy. This has led to increased homophobia, assent to abuse of LGBTQ+ persons and an increasing sense of isolation and vilification among LGBTQ+ persons. Currently, LGBTQ+ people’s need for ‘places of their own’, and for support demonstrating that they have the same right as the rest of society to be themselves in public, has never been greater. Although it has a reputation for being an academic and open town, Toruń does not have much to offer even to young LGBTQ people (there are only a few LGBTQ-friendly establishments, and no establishments for LGBTQ+ people). There are no facilities for people in other age groups, such as the elderly. Our questionnaire has confirmed that the community has a need for almost all forms of activity: support groups, meeting groups, and theme-based groups, and activities for parents who are LGBTQ persons, theme-based workshops, legal advice, and special events.
The project addresses the lack of support and a friendly place for LGBTQ+ people to meet.
We will hire, renovate, and furnish premises in the center of Toruń which will be a safe place for LGBTQ+ people, a place for the LGBTQ+ community to meet and integrate with the local community, a place of shelter for LGBTQ+ people in need of interim support (one place for overnight accommodation) and a permanent education and information point for LGBTQ+ people (workshops, legal advice, theme-based groups) and for heteronormative people (theme-based evenings, integration meetings, lectures).
250 LGBTQ+ people, and a similar number of heteronormative people, will take part in the numerous activities.
The project will principally lead to an increase in the sense of safety and internal integration in the Toruń LGBTQ+ community, the creation of a favorable image for LGBTQ+ people, and integration of LGBTQ+ people with the community in Toruń and the surrounding area.

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