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Legal and psychological support for LGBT+ people in Wielkopolska.

Project Promoter: Stowarzyszenie Grupa Stonewall
Proposal: 1st thematic call
Co-financed from the program: 24428,56 EUR
Partners: None
Duration time: 31.12-2021-30.06.2023

In this project we support LGBT+ people with regard to their mental health and legal problems. We address, among others, the difficulties and barriers in their contact with health services. We support families of LGBT+ people experiencing problems due to lack of understanding, anxiety or feelings of failure. Data collected in the publication ‘LGBT Health. A guide for health professionals’ (Campaign Against Homophobia, 2016) shows that the majority of LGBT+ people experience problems that affect their mental health. 30% of young LGBT+ people have made suicide attempts. Homophobia, biphobia and transphobia lead to the occurrence of so-called minority stress: 25% of LGB adults have experienced victimisation related to their sexual orientation, and up to 90% of young LGBT+ people experience verbal abuse at school. The authors of the publication ‘Hate no more.Report on Poland’ (2016) on homophobic and transphobic hate crimes reveal that: 30% of LGBT people on average have experienced physical or psychological violence in the last 5 years. Attacks most often occur in public spaces (33%), in schools and universities (26%) and at home (9%). Only 8% of those who have experienced physical violence have reported it to the police. One in 5 LGBT people have experienced homophobia or transphobia in contact with the police, 57.1% have been discouraged by the police from reporting crimes. State oppression of LGBT+ activists is also becoming a problem. Within the project we offer psychological consultations and support groups for young LGBT+ people, for parents of LGBT+ people and for transgender people. We provide intervention support and legal aid to LGBT+ people who experience legal problems and find it difficult to access professional help. Our project enables LGBT+ parents to come to terms with their child’s sexual orientation and identity, and helps them to understand the problems they are experiencing.