This project responds to the problem of transphobia and queerphobia that is present in the Polish mainstream media. In the report ‘Social Situation of LGBTA Persons in Poland (2019-202)’, the Campaign Against Homophobia describes the dramatic situation faced by transgender people. 69% of them have been the victims of violence, 1 in 5 have experienced unequal treatment in the workplace and 1 in 4 in access to healthcare. Rhetoric that excludes gender diverse people, including transgender and non-binary people, is becoming increasingly popular. Advocates of a view known as TERF (trans-exclusionary radical feminism) believe that transgender and non-binary people are a threat to women’s rights. This narrative, which is quite common in the media and public institutions, has a direct impact on the social and legal situation of transgender people.
In this project, we strive to de-escalate the public debate about gender diversity and inclusive language, while providing journalists with reliable knowledge on the subject. We analyse the challenges of the so called TERFism, which is widespread in Poland and in partner countries (Iceland and Norway). We are developing a positive social campaign, responding to the needs of transgender and non-binary people, which will increase their visibility and knowledge about them in society. We are addressing the project to both gender diverse people and their relatives in Poland, as well as other actors who are affected by anti-transgender rhetoric. Our project activities also involve the journalistic community, which has a significant impact on shaping public opinion about gender diverse people.