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LGBT+ teenagers on the autism spectrum

Project Promoter: Fundacja Dziewczyny w Spektrum
Proposal: 2nd thematic call
Co-financed from the program: 28 059,53 EUR
Partners: brak
Duration time: 01.11.2022 31.01.2024

The project responds to the need to disseminate reliable, scientific and prejudice-free knowledge about gender identity and sexual orientation of people on the autism spectrum. The project is important for at least two reasons. Firstly, the proportion of LGBT+ people among people on the autism spectrum is much higher than among the general population. Secondly, the combination of two minority identities results in greater minority stress, which causes deterioration in the mental health and social functioning of this group. The multiplied minority stress and social perception of both autism spectrum and transgenderism significantly increase the risk of depression, trauma and suicide. It is crucial to apply an intersectional perspective when working with a group that combines these two minority identities. The aim of the project is to provide knowledge about the functioning of LGBT+ adolescents on the autism spectrum to individuals and organisations working with them, and to provide support to LGBT+ teenagers on the autism spectrum.

As part of the project, we are conducting 15 training programmes for people specialising in working with LGBT+ teenagers on the autism spectrum, providing 60 hours of psycho-sexological consultations and organising 2 self-help groups for LGBT+ teenagers on the autism spectrum. 300 people will be trained. 20 people will participate in self-help group meetings for LGBT+ teenagers on the autism spectrum. 60 LGBT+ persons on the autism spectrum will benefit from psycho-sexological consultations. We will organise project information events (kick-off meeting and closing conference) for approximately 200 people.