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QueeReality 2016
Start date: 01 Jul 2016, End date: 31 Jan 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

QueeReality 2016 will bring together 36 participants (including group leaders) in Cagliari (Sardinia) from the region North Rhine Westphalia and Tuscany, aged between 17 and 27 years from October, 8th till 16th 2016. The project QueeReality 2016 is a follow up initiative of the contact seminar “Same but Different”, which was organized by svls e.V. in Mülheim a.d. Ruhr in November 2014 and the QueeReality project 2015, which was successfully organized in Florence in September 2015. QueeReality 2016 is the second international youth exchange of the social association svls and the informal LGBT youth group Gruppo Giovani Glbti* Firenze (GGG), in cooperation with the LGBT organization MOS (Movimento Omosessuale Sardo) in Sardinia. QueeReality will put the focus on the question how gender definitions affect the society, how they can give privileges or can limit freedom and how we can try to share those privileges in order to raise appreciation of diverse ways of life. We will particularly explore and compare legal frameworks, empowerment opportunities, social community programmes and personal experiences on regional level in Tuscany and NRW, on national level in Italy and Germany and interconnect the results with the situation in Sardinia and finally straw a bow throughout Europe. Like this we will be mapping LGBT rights, spots of discrimination and methods for empowerment to overcome existing discrimination of young LGBT people. The participants will reflect and exchange (if they want) own experiences as LGBT people in a safe space setting. They will mix up in transnational and transdisciplinary working groups that can be either gender homogenous or heterogeneous. In those frames they will use their experiences to create a creative piece that will be performed/ exhibited at a public square in Cagliari city centre (Sardinia). At this performance the group will reflect gender issues, sexual diversity and discrimination of gay, lesbian, bi or transsexual people. This will be done in a very open and friendly manner in order to get in dialogue with the visitors and thus raise awareness of the current diverse situations and prerequisites of LGBT people throughout Europe. Like this, we will provide a framework for self-empowerment, for defining the own gender in a way that doesn't limit the own freedom or the freedom of others.The QueeReality project will have an impact on the participants' attitudes, as it will increase their• consciousness about differences/similarities in cultures and values• awareness, that differences and diversity are a resource of wealth that should be treasured and not abandoned through discrimination• awareness of the current rights of LGBT people in Germany, Italy and Europe in general • ability to counter anti-racist stereotypes and prejudices and populist discourses• knowledge about online counseling services, which are for their disposal Aims and objectives of the project include:• to bring together young people from Italy and Germany, to give them a chance to live and work together – and to learn from each other • to give room for intercultural learning, for the exchange of experiences as young LGBT people, for appreciation of cultural and gender and sexual diversity• to empower young LGBT people to express their feelings and to articulate their ideas and demands towards a diverse European society • to raise public awareness of the specific situation of young LGBT people • to create a performance in transnationally mixed groups; and to share them in public presentation and via social media• to help each participant to grow as a person, an artist and a citizen of Europe, to get a wider cultural horizon and thus increase social inclusion• to promote the project results and the ERASMUS+ YOUTH programme to a wide public
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