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City (headquarters):
Moszczenica Niżna
Voivodeship (headquarters):
11-10-2021 - 10-12-2022
Project cost:
29 930,00 EUR
29 930,00 EUR
Types of activities:
intervention actions and assistance for lgbt+ people exposed to violence, including domestic and sexual violence, legal support, psychological support
Target groups:
youth, local community, officials and employees of public institutions

The project addresses the problem of increasing violence and discrimination based on psychosexual orientation and gender identity and the lack of support for LGBT+ youth in Sądecczyzna region. The problem is part of the political and media campaign against LGBT+ people in Poland. Three years ago, throughout Poland – including in the Sądecczyzna region – local governments en masse established so-called “LGBT-free zones.” These measures were accompanied by radicalization of social attitudes, growing homophobia and transphobia – Poland quickly topped the ranking of the most homophobic countries in Europe (ILGA Europe). Meanwhile, nearly 70% of LGBT+ people say they have experienced violence and had suicidal thoughts. In Malopolska, the situation is even more alarming – as many as 84% of LGBT+ people here have experienced discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. There is no place in the Sądecczyzna region where LGBT+ youth can seek support anonymously and free of charge.
As part of the project, LGBT+ youth (213 people) experiencing violence and discrimination from the Sądecczyzna region received support – primarily psychological, but also legal. The Project Promoter conducted an information campaign on the Internet and in schools about the support offered, and organized a conference for schools on counteracting homophobia and supporting LGBT+ students. The grantee also made a study visit to a Krakow-based LGBT+ support organization to get a closer look at the specifics of such an organization’s work.

The project was aimed primarily at LGBT+ youth living in the Sądecczyzna region. Psychological and legal support helped young people cope with traumatic experiences and raised their self-esteem. Indirectly, the activities also involved schools, male and female students, as well as principals and teaching staff. These individuals participated in discussions about the phenomenon of homophobia in schools – often ignored – and how schools can support LGBT+ students.

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