Counseling and support groups
Program Counseling and self-help for same-sex oriented individuals offers:
- safe space for sharing your experience;
- professional support in reducing the negative psycho-social consequences of discrimination based on sexual orientation and / or gender identity shown through experience of violence, harassment, etc. and learning to master and handle these situations;
- professional support in managing the distress associated with sexual orientation and / or gender identity;
- professional support, training and information on the assistance network available;
- raising awareness and educating individuals as well as institutions about LGBT topics;
- professional support for mental health care and personal growth of users.
All program services are completely free of charge.
Counseling is provided in the form of personal (with prior announcement and appointment), phone and online counseling, support and empowerment.
Answers to questions can be obtained by calling 01 430 51 44 and by email [email protected] .
Outreach counseling service
Youth Center Legebitra provides a more secure and inclusive environment in which young people with non-normative gender identities and orientations will be able to engage in diverse activities, thus empowering them for adult life and society.
At the Youth center Legebitra young people can receive an entire range of support in one place:
- the Youth center program: leisure activities, social events, training workshops, clubs, camps, info point, coffee evenings …
- other activities for youth: writing for the Narobe blog, organizing Living Libraries, volunteering at Filovaje, participating in field activities…
- a volunteering program, in which young people can engage in voluntary activities in an organized and structured manner (they currently have more than 50 registered and trained volunteers);
- counseling and self-help program: a social worker and a psychologist are available for addressing many of the issues, problems and challenges youth faces at home, at school and in society; there is also a self-help group Artish youth creative workshop that offers a safe space for addressing these issues;
- health program that offers young people the opportunity of counseling about safe and responsible sex, including free and anonymous testing for various sexually transmitted infections and a link to the health system.
Follow the events of the youth center on our Facebook page.
Leisure and social activitie
Testing for HIV and STD
The testing program offers free and confidential testing for HIV, hepatitis B and C, syphilis, oral and rectal gonorrhea, for all men who have sex with men (MSM). We also offer to measure antibody titers after hepatitis B vaccination.
Testing takes place every working Monday between 5 pm and 7.45 pm at Trubarjeva 76a in Ljubljana and also in the saunas, District 35 (Stegne 35, 1000 Ljubljana) and Gymnasivm (Pohorskog bataljona 34, 1000 Ljubljana) and in other larger cities around Slovenia. We also offer all MSM the opportunity for a free vaccination against hepatitis A and B.
For more information on test dates and locations, visit kajisces.si.
HIV and STD prevention
We offer counseling on HIV, hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections, PrEP and PEP, chemisex and other topics related to sexual health. Information about access to PEP (HIV infection post-exposure protection) can be obtained by calling: 070 361 696 (every working day between 10 am and 4 pm). Publications on HIV and sexually transmitted infections, free condoms and lubricants are available at Legebitra’s info-point (Trubarjeva 76a, 1000 Ljubljana).
We provide counseling by phone, e-mail or in person (by appointment). Email: [email protected].
Living with HIV
For people living with HIV, we run a peer support and socializing program – Buddy. The Buddy program offers:
- counseling and emotional support;
- useful information, directions and contacts;
- advises and guidance and legal advise in cases of discrimination;
- escorting to the clinic;
- help with easier tasks .
Free legal counseling is intended for anyone who, in their daily lives, is confronted with discrimination or issues of a legal nature due to their sexual orientation, identity, expression or other characteristics. It also includes information about rights, procedures and possible steps to achieve the goal.
LGBTI older adults
As part of the program for older adults, we occasionally organize social gatherings such as picnics, literary evenings, and more. Social gatherings are organized with the aim of informal and thematically unencumbered socializing and getting to know each other.
For more information contact 01 430 51 44 or [email protected].
For rainbow families
The meetings are aimed at rainbow families, all LGBTI parents with children, and all LGBTI who will yet become parents. Socializing takes place in a relaxed and opened space where even your young ones can have fun. In addition to informal socializing, we would also like to address topics such as LGBT parenting, the wishes and needs of rainbow families, the relationship of society and legal frameworks, and concrete plans for the future.
For more information about rainbow family meetings contact [email protected].
Education and workshops
Workshops and training are prepared and implemented by qualified human rights trainers at Legebitra, which has been providing workshops and training in high schools, youth centers and other non-governmental organizations for many years. The links below are just a few of the many collaboration opportunities we offer. In addition, we carry out other standardized workshops (according to the manuals: COMPASS – Human Rights Learning for Youth (Council of Europe), Educational Manual – Ideas, tools, methods and activities for informal intercultural education of adolescents and adults (Council of Europe), etc.) .
We also use the original methods that we have developed in our long-standing practice of conducting workshops (e.g. human rights quizzes, discussions about films, discussions with guests, etc.). We reach an agreement on the topic and the course of the workshop or education with the client, taking into account the specificities and wishes of the group to which the workshop or education is intended.
We are at your disposal for any additional clarification. We invite you to write to us by email [email protected] or [email protected], you can also call us on 030 466 155.
Training for trainers, teachers and youth workers
Workshops for youth, pupils, students
Interested in voluntary work at Legebitra? Want experience with co-organization of events, circles and activities in the Youth Center Legebitra, or coffee evening, camps and other activities? Passionate about graphic design and you are a master of social networks. Would you like to be a part of other programs such as outreach team STIK, Living library, Filovaje, HIV prevention, or advocacy activities? Would you like to gain new knowledge and experience, get to know different young people in together create interesting activities in safe and inclusive environment.
Legebitra is welcoming you to join our 40 member volunteering team to create a colorful program of activities with community workers.
As a future volunteer you get trained for voluntary work within association’s programs and projects. At the training, the volunteers get acquainted with the mission and the vision of the association, rights and duties, and areas of work in which they would like be active on. You can choose among a wide variety of activities which will be presented to you in detail at the first introductory meeting but there is always space for self-initiative ideas,that can be carried out with the help of a Legebitra mentor.
Association Cultural, Informational and Counseling center Legebitra carries out regular training for volunteers through which they are trained for volunteering work within the association’s programs and projects. At the training, the volunteers get acquainted with the mission and the vision of the association, rights and duties, and areas of work in which they would like be active on such as discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and / or gender expression, work with LGBT+ youth, health (HIV/AIDS preventive), human rights, equality in society – social inclusion , communication with target audience and public (transmitting information).
If you want to know more about our activities and would like to become a part of our volunteering team you can stop by at the info-point every working day:
- Mondays between 1 pm to 5 pm,
- Tuesdays between 1 pm and 6 pm,
- Wednesdays and Thursdays between 3 pm and 9 pm,
- Fridays between 1 pm and 6 pm.
During this time we are also available at: 01 430 51 44.
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Association Cultural, Informational and Counseling Center Legebitra is a member of the Slovenian Volunteering Organizations Network at Slovene Philanthropy, signer of Ethics Code of Organised Volunteering and registered in the register of Volunteering Organizations by Volunteering Act.
Legebitra also carries a Sign Young Volunteers Friendly Organization.
If you are ready to face your own prejudices and see your stereotypes, you are invited to join the “Living Library” where books can speak”! The Living Library functions like any other library, except that the books are people who, in conversation with readers, open the door to personal stories and experiences. Human books are representatives of vulnerable social groups that face prejudice, stereotypes, discrimination, stigmatization and social marginalization. The reader can be anyone who is willing to confront their own stereotypes and prejudices and read / talk to a vulnerable group representative for up to 30 (or 45) minutes.
Living library is a means by which through an innovative method of active dialogue we actively raise awareness and educate ourselves about human values, human rights and stimulate debate about prejudices and stereotypes in society. The project comes from Denmark, where young people, in response to the violence of 2000, organized the first live theater at the Roskilde Music Festival. Today Living libraries are organized in more than 100 countries. In Slovenia it was held for the first time in 2007 in cooperation with 3 organizations. Since then, we have trained 16 NGOs which are now affiliated to the Living libraries informal network.
Want to read a human book? Visit the Living Library on Facebook.
“LGBT Friendly” Certificate
The LGBT Friendly Certificate is a project of the City of Ljubljana. It is primarily aimed at raising awareness as LGBT people face embarrassment, problems and discrimination that heterosexual and / or cissexual people sometimes do not even notice, as they come from their own point of view (such as talking about a partner, about children). The goal is to create a positive climate for everyone within the work environment and outward to customers, users.
Awareness raising is carried out through the training of management personnel of individual organizations. The training covers topics related to fundamental human rights and the specific needs of LGBT people. The executives then transfer their knowledge to their colleagues and make sure that the idea of equal access to all and the guarantee of fundamental human rights is taken into account among employees and externally towards clients, users.
Non-governmental organizations that provide training for the “LGBT Friendly” Certificate: the Association Informational Center Legebitra , the Association ŠKUC and the Transfeminist initiative TransAction.
You can find more about the project and apply for the “LGBT Friendly” Certificate at the website of City of Ljubljana
Current recipients of “LGBT friendly” Certificate
By raising awareness of the general, professional and political public, we strive to change attitudes towards LGBTI people and to build a society where every identity is legitimate. We want to create a welcoming and open society where LGBTI people will not feel threatened by their sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, any other personal circumstances or their intersection. In general, the public is approached through casual campaigns aimed at bringing LGBTI-related themes closer to the people and influencing greater tolerance in society and the acceptance of LGBTI community.
What do you notice?
Love is love
We come in contact with very diverse people every day, in a variety of ways, who trust us with their hardships and problems. In this way, we also obtain information about accessibility to public services and goods and respect for human rights based on sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, sexual characteristics and / or health status. If we consider accessibility to be unsatisfactory and human rights are not respected, we call on responsible institutions to take appropriate action and at the level of changing legislation, policies and / or established practices.
We are currently addressing, at the systemic level, the shortcomings that violate the human rights of transgender individuals in the legal recognition of gender and access to health services in gender confirmation; the shortcomings of the Partnership Act, which violates human rights for same-sex couples and their families; monitoring of systemic discrimination against people living with HIV and strive to improve the situation in this field; we are exploring the state of respect for human rights of intersex persons..
To highlight systemic human rights violations based on sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and / or sexual characteristics, please contact us at [email protected].
Although most of the activities take place at Trubarjeva 76a in Ljubljana, we are taken to other places around Slovenia several times a month. The purpose of the field activities is primarily decentralization, creation of a safe space and access to services of the LGBTI program for people living outside Ljubljana.