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?
Informational campaign What do you notice? was held within the framework of the “DARE – Dare to care about equality”, project implemented by the Ministry of Labor, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, the Association Informational Center Legebitra and the Faculty of Arts – University of Ljubljana.The purpose of the project was to improve the status and attitude toward LGBT people at different levels and areas of life in Slovenia. By providing key information on topics related to sexual orientation, the goal was to educate and raise awareness of the project, while also highlighting inequalities in society. The target group of the project were LGBT people, and above all the rest of the public through which we can actively influence the process of social inclusion of same-sex oriented individuals in society.
Love is love
In the city center of Ljubljana, on prominent city streets, opposite-sex couples can show affection without concern. On the other hand, showing love between people of the same sex is still often accompanied by rubbing under the ribs, startled glances, or at worst, loud outrageous comments. Although much has changed at the legal level in recent years, the stigmatization of same-sex couples in the eyes of the general public is still present. As the society still perceives same-sex couples, we wanted to point out at Valentine’s Day that love belongs to everyone, no matter what gender the person we fall in love with is. Thus, for this year’s holiday of love, we have fitted fashion displays in prominent locations with a big heart surrounding two fashion dolls of the same sex. On the rainbow heart was the inscription “Love is love” because we want to emphasize that Valentine’s Day is a holiday intended for all who feel love in their hearts, regardless of sexual orientation.
Many hate crimes toward LGBTI individuals remain unreported in Slovenia. The reasons are most often in fear of disclosure to the family and to law enforcement agencies, the belief that the incident is not sufficiently serious to report, or the concern that the authority will not treat the report seriously enough and appropriately. However, hatred, especially towards minorities, is created in various ways, not only through physical, psychological and economic violence, which is criminally prosecutable, but also through various forms of abusive behaviors that are difficult to legally qualify. Therefore, for such behaviors, police and law enforcement are not always the right address for addressing hate crimes. In cases of discrimination and unequal treatment in Slovenia there are several inspection services, independent bodies and other institutions responsible for taking action against various forms of discrimination and unequal treatment. Victims of violence and discrimination often do not know where to seek help or who can provide them with information, protection and assistance in prosecuting perpetrators. To this end, we have developed, through the “Call it Hate” project, a niprav.si website to support hate victims in seeking information about the possible next steps.