LGBTQ+ Inclusion: Youth Work Academy in Coimbra, Portugal
Happy Pride Month!
I joined a project funded by the European Union connecting LGBTQ+ supporters from all over Europe in Coimbra, Portugal. During the week every team presented the LGBTQ+ rights of its home country which demonstrated the differences on matters regarding gay marriage, gender identity, et cetera. Furthermore our team organized a cultural evening representing the versatile shades of Austria, including rehearsing the traditional dance „Siebenschritt“ and performing a Drag Show. During the week we had lectures and intercultural conversations according to topics on human rights, especially on how to overcome stereotypes on the subject of gender and sexual orientation and how to create a safe space for the LGBTQ+ community in our home country. The exchange between advocates from all over Europe was a rewarding experience on many levels and hopefully we can exploit the knowledge in terms of youth work in- and outside of school.
Mag. Nina Hossein