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Developing training program to support LGBTI+ wellness in school

While Nordic countries are generally at the forefront of legislation and welfare to improve LGBTI+ rights, school environments are witnessing regression and a rise of hate speech and violence.

Vulnerable LGBTI+ children and young people, particularly where living in small rural communities where specialist care is generally unavailable, are disproportionately impacted by greater homogeneity and intersectional issues.

This Nordic collaboration will contribute to the greater success of LGBTI+ students by giving teachers and school staff access to education to combat student prejudice, exclusion, and marginalisation.

It provides an information forum to increase knowledge, attend courses, gain counselling, share news, and access material from a database of videos, electronic courses, podcasts, discussions on closed websites and advice. It enables connection with other school professionals in Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Sweden, and the resulting online toolkit will be a lasting legacy.

LGBTQI senior issues in the Nordic countries

There is very little documented knowledge about the living conditions of older LGBTI people in the Nordic countries. Older LGBTI people who are actively engaged in the LGBTI movement are also underrepresented. Knowledge of the needs of older LGBTI people is often non-existent among health and social care staff. Despite common challenges, there is little co-operation between the Nordic countries on LGBTI and ageing.

Through a physical conference, we will gather experts, professionals and representatives from the target group from all Nordic countries and the autonomous regions. The conference will result in a network where LGBTI organisations and other relevant actors can exchange knowledge and experiences of bringing together older LGBTI people, collaborate and support each other in working towards the inclusion of the LGBTI perspective in political processes relevant specifically to older people. It will also provide an opportunity for the organisations to jointly speak out as a Nordic network on related issues and processes in society at Nordic, EU and UN level.

Trans, labour market, wallet

The project aims to produce equality data for trans people and people with trans experience, focusing on the situation in the labour market and personal finances. A study will be carried out in two stages: a large quantitative survey with a follow-up qualitative study to deepen the results. The study will also highlight variations within the group, which is often wrongly analysed as a more uniform group than it is.

By making visible the consequences of discrimination for transgender people at the societal level, actors who design and implement policies regarding the labour market, social measures and discrimination can have better opportunities to design targeted measures for transgender people.

The results of the study, including statistics and analyses, are presented in a report. It will be made available online to the public, researchers, authorities and other relevant stakeholders. The results are also disseminated at a final conference in 2024, which also serves as a basis for continued networking in the area between the collaborating NGOs.

Antigypsyist homophobia and LGBTIQ Roma rights in the Nordics

Even though the Nordic countries are at the forefront of LGBTIQ rights in Europe and globally, LGBTIQ Roma are subject to a complex web of intersectional discrimination and marginalization. Little or no research has been carried out on this group in the Nordics, neither are we aware of any specific programmes or activities to support them. This project is a first step towards putting Roma LGBTIQ communities on the agenda in the Nordics. The project aims to provide information about Romani LGBTIQ minorities in the Nordics and the intersectional discrimination they face, including antigypsyist homophobia. The outcome of the project will be a publication with a series of public book launches/seminars in three Nordic capitals (Helsinki, Stockholm and Oslo). The publication will bring the voices of Roma LGBTIQ persons and Roma activists promoting LGBTIQ rightsto the forefront.

The project will provide an overview of good practices from other European countries where Roma LGBTIQ rights movements have grown and visibilized the challenges that these communities face. The aim of the publication is to equip organisations, institutions and stakeholders with relevant knowledge and tools that will raise public awareness about specific forms of discrimination that Roma LGBTIQ people face in order to create an accepting environment that values diversity within LGBTIQ and Roma communities; to combat antigypsyist homophobia; and to support Roma LGBTIQ persons in pursuing their struggle for equality in Nordic societies. The book launches will bring together relevant stakeholders to ensure that the knowledge is communicated to places where it is needed.

Nordic Futures: QTIBIPoC Movement Based Learning

This project builds on a collaboration between five organizations within the Nordic region that have been involved in the growing QTIBIPoC movement. The project’s purpose is to collaboratively create a practical toolkit in partnership with QTIBIPOCs – a resource designed by and for the community. This toolkit will partly serve as a transformative intervention for Nordic organizations, welfare systems, schools, and other institutions that engage with QTIBIPOCs. We also want the toolkit to serve as a resource for QTIBIPOC organizing and create opportunities for cross-border coalitions.

The toolkit will introduce readers to an intersectional understanding of systems of oppression and power, and develop a contextual and historical analysis of the Nordic region. Most importantly, the toolkit will draw its strength from real-life experiences, activist strategies, organizational skills, and movement expertise from across the region.

QTIBIPoC stands for Queer, Trans*, Inter* and Black, Indigenous, People of Colour.

Nordic network for queer history archives and activities

The aim of this project is to create a network of queer history archives and activities in the Nordic and Baltic countries and to promote the sharing of experience and knowledge and to explore opportunities for partnership, infrastructure solutions, and financial conditions. The network’s partners in Sweden, Finland and Norway have different competences and will use these to conduct their individual seminar days and network gatherings. The seminars will invite queer archives, researchers, cultural heritage professionals and artists from the Nordic and Baltic countries to share experience and knowledge, for development and for partnerships. The network will challenge previous marginalising historiography in the Nordic countries, broaden interest in queer history in the Nordic and Baltic countries, and contribute to a more inclusive view of history. The work to change this view will be communicated through an open digital platform where activities and discussions will be documented and made accessible, and include links to the different LHBTQ archives and history activities.

Enhancing Nordic LGBT+ organisations capacities amidst an international backlash against LGBT+ rights 

The background to the project was the need for closer Nordic co-operation between organisations working for LGBT+ rights. Although the organisation and situation in the countries are somewhat different, we all experience that the LGBT+ population has poorer living conditions and greater challenges than the majority population, and that trends in the world and Europe mean that we must continue to work for equal rights and opportunities regardless of gender and sexuality. ILGA Europe’s rainbow map shows stagnation and decline. The largest LGBT+ organisations in the Nordic region therefore joined forces to organise a conference that brought together staff and activists from across the Nordic region in Oslo on the weekend of 20-22 May 2022.

A total of 100 queer activists and staff from queer organisations gathered in Oslo to discuss and learn about a range of topics that affect queer lives. Participants represented Finland, Åland, Sweden, Sápmi, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Greenland.

The conference was followed up with a two-hour webinar on 12 December on the topic of the living conditions of queer seniors in a life course perspective in the Nordic countries, hosted by the Norwegian-Swedish research duo Janne Bromseth and Anna Siverskog. There were 30 participants from Finland, Åland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Iceland and Greenland.

The conference also saw the establishment of a Nordic LGBT+ council consisting of small and large LGBT+ organisations in the Nordic Region. SETA, Samtökin ’78, RFSL, LGBT+ Denmark and FRI had the main responsibility for the conference and invited organisations from their respective countries and autonomous regions.

The formalisation of a Nordic LGBT+ council and network will enable the exchange of experience and knowledge on how best to strengthen efforts on a more permanent basis.

Network gathering for experience exchange among queers in Sápmi 

Through the project, a network gathering for experience exchange and organizational development among queers in Sápmi was organised. The goal was to strengthen the queer Sami organization and, in that way, creating more and better meeting places for the whole of Sápmi. In the long run, more meeting places and a stronger queer Sami organization will contribute to more openness and knowledge, both among queer Sami, but also among the general population. 

The network gathering gathered participants from the Finnish, Swedish and Norwegian sides, and had two main purposes: 

  • To gather and exchange experiences among queer communities across Sápmi, and talk about the way forward for the queer Sámi organization, as well as to plan future meeting places 
  • Organizational development through getting to know the organizational processes from the various parts of Sápmi and skills development in practical-organizational work 

Feminist and queer solidarities beyond borders

This project established a cross-national network to develop analytic and strategical tools to combat inequalities on the rise in the Nordic region, Russia and Turkey.

The project had two goals:

1) to establish a cross-national and cross-professional network of academics and activists who work on women’s and LGBT-rights in three geographical contexts: the Nordic countries, Russia and Turkey;

2) to develop novel analytic and strategic tools to use in the struggle against gendered, sexualized, ethnicized and racialized inequalities that currently are on the rise in the Nordic region and beyond.

The project deepened and nuanced our understandings of the particularities that characterize the struggles for gender equality in various contexts. It gathered crucial insights into how activists and researchers in these varied locations challenge anti-gender and homophobic policies in times of political backlash against democracy and the rise of the far-right. The project resulted in novel tools that are urgently needed in contemporary struggles against expressions of violence, hatred and inequalities in an increasingly transnational world.

Transforming Identities: Exploring changes, tensions and visions in the Nordic region through the prism of identity politics

Transforming Identities brought together scholars, activists, artists and authors to discuss current challenges to democratic participation and shifting understandings of diversity, minorities, and solidarity. At a time when minorities, broadly defined, are increasingly positioned as threats to majority rights and democratic values, the project explore how and to what ends minority mobilization challenges Nordic social and political landscapes – what’s at stake, why, and for whom?

In three workshops (in Stavanger, Gothenburg and Helsinki) the project explored the impulses for new understandings of equality and rights, solidarity, marginalization and democracy, in the context of the rise of rightwing activism, growing nationalism, local and global insecurities. The project aimed to facilitate collaborations and thinking across disciplines and platforms, expand understandings of how democratic participation transforms the social and the political, and to establish lasting avenues for debate, insights, and new research.

Updated 6 April 2022