Poland is seeing increased brutalization of language and growing homophobic and transphobic sentiment. The LGBTQIA community in small towns is suffering severe discrimination, and has limited capacity to act and obtain help. There is a higher rate of depression and increased tendency to emigrate among the young members of the LGBTQIA community whom the Foundation is helping in the south-east of Poland. Support events and campaigns are needed to restore a feeling of hope and safety for these people.
Under the project, the Foundation (Fundacja Równość – Equality Foundation) will create an e-activism platform for the benefit of the LGBTQIA community. It will be created in participatory fashion – in the course of workshops. The content and tools posted will promulgate a style of communication based on hope and empathy, instead of despair. The e-activism platform will include handbooks and tools for three kinds of activism, which are advocacy, contact with the media, and public campaigns. In addition, the platform will be a sphere for presenting experiences and activities, and will also provide specific activism tools at a local level and enable people wishing to get involved in these activities to network. Thus, the platform will be a means of forging contacts, sharing know-how and ideas, and coordinating initiatives. The project will also include a campaign to encourage activism in support of LGBTQIA people.
The platform will mean that the network of local leaders is expanded to include e-activists, and that tools and ideas for LGBT+ support activities can be disseminated in local communities.