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School of Architecture of Social Changes

Project Promoter: Fundacja na Rzecz Różnorodności Polistrefa
Proposal: 1st thematic call
Co-financed from the program: 22 996,43 EUR
Partners: None
Duration time: 01.12.2021-31.05.2023

The aim of the project is to counteract discrimination against LGBT+ people in smaller towns in the Lesser Poland Province. We want to train leaders who initiate changes in their communities. The analysis of the report ‘Discriminated/Discriminators in Lesser Poland’ shows that 70% of people identifying themselves as LGBT and living in Lesser Poland have experienced discrimination. Recent years have also been a period of acute changes in local government policies in the region. On April 29, 2019, the Lesser Poland Regional Assembly adopted a “declaration against the introduction of LGBT ideology in local government communities”. In addition, individual counties (5) and municipalities (11) in Lesser Poland have adopted resolutions against “gender ideology” or signed Local Government Family Charters. In the current socio-political situation, it seems necessary to strengthen future leaders by increasing their knowledge, competencies and skills, including interpersonal ones, so that their voice can be heard in local communities, which may affect the change of attitudes towards LGBT+ people. Within the project, we conduct a 42-hour training for 2 groups, whose program includes workshops: anti-discrimination, assertiveness, communication and leadership skills, sexuality and psychosocial functioning of LGBT+ people, inclusive language. People participating in the project benefit from 3 hours of individual mentoring, and then organize an anti-discrimination event for the local community. We develop a publication containing knowledge about the psychosocial functioning of LGBT+ people, a mini anti-discrimination guide and interviews with project participants. The recipients of the project are adults living in the Lesser Poland Province, excluding the City of Cracow, who take part in the project as well as people participating in local events.