We would like to give you an idea of the kinds of projects we are involved in on a Berlin level. The following are summaries of GLADT’s social and educational projects.
«Counseling for lesbians, gays, and trans people, especially those with a connection to Turkey»
See Counseling & Support for further information.
«Outreach and Education in Kreuzberg»
Homophobia and transphobia exist in all ages, ethnic and socio-economic groups. The cooperation with the district Mariannenplatz in Kreuzberg will focus on the prevention of homophobia, transphobia and sexism in different age and social groups. Outreach and educational campaigns will be carried out with the cooperation of local residents, merchants, youth centers and other organizations.
This Project will be carried out between March 2010 and December 2011.
We are grateful for the support of the District Management Mariannenplatz.
«Active Participation—Strategies for Fighting Discrimination in a Pluralistic Society»
It was only in 2006 that Germany passed a form of the EU anti-discrimination law that sought to protect people from discrimination based on ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation. Much anti-discrimination work tends to focus on just one of these characteristics at a time, even though many people, of course, are discriminated against due to multiple factors. This project will focus on the prevention of intersectional discrimination, where discrimination can occur due to different factors that exist simultaneously, such as ethnicity, religion, sexuality, physical ability, age or gender Empowerment, increasing awareness and knowledge, and building up resources and networks are the tools by which a large network of migrant communities will act against the intersections of homophobia, transphobia, sexism, and racism. The project will be carried out between March 2010 and February 2011.
We are grateful for the financial support of the European Integration Funds and Berlin Commissioner for Integration and Migration which fund this project.
Workshops and Courses
We can also offer certified adult education courses to student groups, social workers and other professionals in similar fields, with topics ranging from migration, gender relations to sexual orientation, gender identity and racism/Anti-Semitism and related topics. Please let us know if you are interested—we can also offer them in English!
«Kreuzberg for Acceptance and Equal Treatment»
Kreuzberg is a densely populated district of Berlin heavily influenced by post-war reconstruction and migration, alternative political groups, financial crisis and gentrification. While Kreuzberg is generally a peaceful place, these complex political and economic factors sometimes lead to tensions.
These tensions are often connected to a process of exclusion against «others» and can manifest themselves in subtle forms of exclusion but also in verbal and physical attacks. Concerns about open expressions of homophobia, sexism, transphobia, hostility toward the elderly and disabled, anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim and other racisms led to the «Kreuzberg for Acceptance and Equal Treatment» roundtable in 2009. A group of over 30 activists, business owners and NGOs got together to discuss ideas and strategies. The discussions centered on everyday discrimination and violence, intersecting forms of discrimination, the danger of putting different forms of discrimination into a hierarchy, and sexism, homophobia and transphobia in a pluralistic society. The project produced posters (in German; click to download) and a film entitled What’s it got to do with me (in German, no subtitles) about local Kreuzbergers and their strategies for empowerment (click to order).
We would like to thank the local government of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg for the program «Vielfalt tut gut!» which supported this project.
«Homosexuality in a Pluralistic Society—Emancipatory Social Work with Young Men»
Stopping the spread of sexism and homophobia among young people can be successful only when other factors in the wider socialization process are taken into account. This project had the following goals:
- Getting the parents involved;
- Planning activities in local neighborhoods and districts;
- Raising awareness of migrant organizations.
You can see the project website (in German) with a selection of the materials and activities produced under this project at: www.HeJ-Berlin.de. The project was carried out between May 2008 and December 2009. We thank the Berlin Commissioner for Integration and Migration for their financial support of the project.