a terrible thing
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“The Roma are on the edge of majority society. LGBT+ people on the edge of Roma society.”
The Romani LGBT+ minority faces discrimination not only on the part of the majority because of ethnicity or sexual orientation but also on the part of the Roma community which is very traditional and perceives homosexuality as something unacceptable. They are sometimes excommunicated from the family or the whole community. Consequently, they become homeless, stay on their own, without their families and friends.
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Use this interactive map of organizations in Europe working with LGBT+ people of Romani origin.
Your donation will support our consultancy, mentoring, psychological support to the Roma LGBT+ people, a training apartment for people who were excluded from their families, and two annual workshops for Roma LGBT+ people.
My name is Marek, I am 21. My first attempted suicide happened when I was ten years old. I was victim to bullying. Not because I was a Roma but because I was gay. For Czech society, Roma are outcasts. Gays are outcasts in Roma community.
Risk one’s neck. Declare one’s color. Metaphorically and literally. It’s easy to say but it’s much more difficult to do. While with most people it is a matter of decision or choice, it is a matter of necessity for Roma, especially those with different sexual orientation. Otherwise, the chance for a happy life is zero.
As Roma say, Petr is a “crossroad” – meaning he is from a mixed family. His father is Czech, and his mother is Roma. He was born as a boy but in the body of a girl. He started to feel that something is wrong at the age of four. Can you imagine the confusion of such a small baby? Just give it a try…
This campaign was created and administered with the financial support of: The European Union for Rights, Equality and Citizenship (REC 2014 -2020) and Norway Funds (Bilateral Realtions, Human Rights Program).