This project aims at shedding light on the multiple dimensions of homo- and transphobia in small and medium cities in Europe, in order to share best practices and promote innovative measures to prevent and combat effectively this social problem, make visible the needs and lives of LGBT people and ensure their fundamental rights.
- To make a social diagnosis about discourses, representations and practices linked to homo and transphobia in small and medium cities, paying particular attention to hate crimes and hate speech. In order to facilitate the analysis of this problem, four basic dimensions/guiding areas will be examined:
- Policies and public services (education system, health services, social services, security and police attention, legal cover, etc.)
- Public space (streets, squares, leisure centres, businesses, etc.)
- Social relations and communication (friends, families, co-workers, classmates, online networks, associative life and traditional media), and internalized homo- and transphobia (self-incrimination, secrecy, isolation, degrading self-image, etc.)
- Socioeconomic features (access to labour market, working conditions, purchasing power, sociocultural origin, legal status, etc.)
- Mapping practices and local policies to prevent and combat homo- and transphobia in order to identify promising initiatives and existing gaps. To this end, all different social actors will be considered: public bodies, enterprises, NGOs, social movements, etc.
- Exchange of experiences, good practices and identified needs with the purpose of transferring best practices in other cities and finding innovative solutions to shared needs and problems.
- Proposing and promoting organizational, legal and social measures to combat homo- and transphobia in small and medium cities.
- Training law enforcement authorities, prosecutors and lawyers in defending victims of homo- and transphobia and identifying and reporting correctly homo- and transphobic crimes.
- Raise awareness about the social risks of homo- and transphobia.
The main services provided by KMOP include the following:
- Coordination of the dissemination and sustainability strategy implementation and the awareness raising and dissemination activities
- Contribution in the elaboration of a fieldwork paper/methodology guide
- Research in city of Thessaloniki and the national framework on existing legislation, policies and practices to prevent and combat homo- and transphobia including:
- 25 in-depth interviews with LGBT people and employees of local governments, public services and NGOs;
- 2 focus groups with LGBT people and employees of local governments, public services and NGOs;
- Observation of online LGBT communities and homo- and transphobic websites;
- Survey among 100 citizens who live in Thessaloniki;
- Analysis and identification of best practices and local policies;
- Identification and analysis of the Greek legislation about homo- and transphobia.
- Contribution to the elaboration of EU social and legal report;
- Contribution to the promotion of a European LGBT Network in small and medium cities.
- Development of ethical code for local public bodies in order to prevent homo- and transphobia
- Coordination of the Training component for law enforcement authorities, prosecutors and lawyers in defending victims of homo- and transphobia and identifying and reporting correctly homo- and transphobic crimes.
“This publication has been produced with the financial support of the Rights, Equality and Citizenship (REC) Programme of the European Union. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of the author and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Commission”