On 1st September, 2020 the National LGBT rights organization LGL launched an emotional support platform for LGBT students who face bullying. The platform was launched on the National day of Science and Knowledge and is also useful for teachers and parents.
“On the occasion of the National Day of Science and Knowledge, it is especially important that every student can pursue education in a safe learning environment without discrimination and bullying,” says Eglė Kuktoraitė, LGL’s Communication Manager, who coordinates the project.
Counseling and emotional support will be provided to registered LGBT children and adolescents. Support for students in difficulty will be provided by trained volunteers with the necessary education and training. Parents and teachers of LGBT children and adolescents will also receive emotional support.
“LGBT young people who experience bullying because of their sexual orientation or gender identity often do not receive the support of their parents or teachers. Therefore, it is especially important that these young people be able to receive emotional support from specialists who have completed special training on LGBT sensitivity, ”commented LGL Executive Director Vladimir Simonko.
LGBT young people facing bullying and hardship are invited to register for the consultation at https://lithuania.livewithoutbullying.com/. The consultations are provided in Lithuanian.
The emotional support platform for LGBT children and adolescents is part of the project “CHOICE: Promoting School Environments Inclusive of Diversity based on SOGI”, which is implemented with the financial support of the Rights, Equality and Citizenship (REC) Programme of the European Union.
Volunteers of LGL’s emotional support platform in additional to mandatory training took part in an online seminar with the Swedish organization Friends. On 1st July, 2020 Friends’ research and development manager Henrik Karlsson presented the situation of LGBTI young people in Sweden, discussed the results of the latest surveys and answered questions from LGL volunteers.