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Living in Greece as an LGBTQ young person - George K. Charonis

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Presentation by George K. Charonis from Color Youth (Greece) & IGLYO on living in Greece as an LGBTQ young person delivered at the LGBT Youth & Social Inclusion Conference (Dublin, June 17th 2013) an associated Irish Presidency event.

This conference was supported by the Department of Children & Youth Affairs (Ireland). It was organised in collaboration with ILGA-Europe, the International LGBTQ Youth & Student Organisation (IGLYO), the National Youth Council of Ireland and the European Youth Forum.

Find out more about the conference on our website here: http://www.belongto.org/pro/page.aspx?subsectionid=9134

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Living in Greece as an LGBTQ young person - George K. Charonis

  1. 1. Life in Greece as an LGBTQ Young Person LGBT Youth & Social Inclusion Conference Dublin – 18 June 2013 George-Konstantinos Charonis Management Team Member & Think Tank Group Coordinator Colour Youth – Athens LGBTQ Youth Community
  2. 2. Colour Youth Athens LGBTQ Youth Community • Community-based youth NGO • Three years unofficially but officially since March 2012 • Approximately 70 official members + many friends • Strong online presence – over 2.8k Facebook ‘likes’ • IGLYO member organisation • Weekly open meetings • Awareness campaigns • Defending & extending the rights of LGBTQ youth
  3. 3. Issues faced • Racism/Homophobia – At school – At work • Fear of non-acceptance – Family & close relatives/friends • Media representation & stereotypes • Lack of a community &internalised homophobia
  4. 4. Case study: school bullying • 1 in 4 school students (25%)  sexual preferences are a cause for intimidation
  5. 5. Source: EU LGBT Survey, FRA
  6. 6. Case study: school bullying • 1 in 4 school students (25%)  sexual preferences are a cause for intimidation • No research, lack of data • Ministry of Education Observatory for the Prevention of School Violence and Bullying • Network against school bullying • Trans student case  Concealment &lack of visibility
  7. 7. Case study: violence against LGBTQ persons • Lack of evidence • Lack of appropriate legal framework • Lack of trust & support (coming out?) • Autumn 2012: 2 homophobic attacks in downtown Athens
  8. 8. Looking ahead • Campaign: recording violence • Partnerships & alliances – National Commission for Human Rights • Greek EU Presidency? – Structured dialogue on Youth Participation
  9. 9. g.charonis@colouryouth.gr facebook.com/lgbtq.youth.community.of.athens @GeorgeKCharonis

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