These are the outcomes created during our Grundtvig Project:
Being an LGBT parent as an experience of democracy and active citizenship
Term: 1st of August 2012 – 31 of July 2014
Nov 2012: Video, Petition – “Invisible Parents”
Sep 2013: Attending the Citizens’ Dialogue in Helsinki ( from 40”)
Oct 2013: IFED Annual Report 2013
Oct 2013: Participation in the ILGA Europe Annual Conference 2013 in Zagreb.
Nov 2013: Alberomio Website
May 2014: Participation in the NELFA European Conference for Rainbow Families: Different Families – Same schools
May 2014: EU learning partnership project
May 2014: Video, NELFA European Conference for Rainbow Families
Jul 2014: Roadmap for a more effective digital communication
24 September 2013: Attending the Citizens’ Dialogue in Helsinki ( from 40”)
The Rainbow Families Association of Finland and NELFA (Network of European LGBT Families Association) asking Vice President Viviane Reding for true freedom of movement in the European Union.
Public Petition to E.U. Commissioner Viviane Reding Same-Sex Parents and their Children demand true Freedom of Movement in the European Union.
Children of LGBT parents should not lose their parents when they cross a border!
1 October 2013: IFED Annual Report 2013
The International Family Equality Day provides the opportunity to form alliances with
representatives from public services, institutions and politics in order to foster the
recognition of all families. The aim is to strengthen the collective solidarity amoung different family forms, because together we are strong.
In 2014, the IFED was celebrated in 22 countries and 48 cities worldwide. The annual report introduces the organisations involved in IFED as well as the work done by the IFED Committee, and highlights the activities that were held in the different countries to celebrate this day.
Through our Grundtvig Project “Being an LGBT parent as an experience of democracy and active citizenship” we successfully disseminate the IFED Annual Report 2013 during the ILGA Europe Annual Conference in Zagreb as well during other European (Third European Conference for Rainbow Families: “Different Families – Same Schools”) and various national family conferences and annual meetings (Pro Familia Annual Meeting 2014) to LGBTI activists, representatives of various authorities and NGOs.
We also had the opportunity to hand the IFED Annual Report 2013, to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navy Pillay personally. On that occasion we had the opportunity to speak out in the name of our families at the UN and thank Ms Pillay for the support and visibility in the UN video: “The Power of Sharing” – which was part of the UN Free & Equal Campaign during a ceremony at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, on the occasion of the launch of the 2014 issue of the ILGA World Annual State Sponsored Homophobia Report and map.
24-26 October 2013: Participation in the ILGA Europe Annual Conference 2013 in Zagreb.
Famiglie Arcobaleno Workshop: Teaching about LGBT families in schools
Alberomio, is a Web documentary project by Taina Tervonen, which follows Pierrot, Pablo and Brune, aged 23 to 32, who talk about their “family tree” and their two mothers. The Web documentary addresses identity, family, sexuality and social norms. (in French)
In the third European Conference for Rainbow Families, 180 adults and 90 children from 18 countries have participate. During four days specialized forums, lectures and workshops where organized dedicated to the experiences made in Europe’s schools and how more openness and diversity can be anchored.
GALE presented two tools LGBT parents can use to better select an LGBT welcoming primary school for their children. The tools can also be use to advocate for more inclusive policies in the school they have already selected.
We have received the possibility to present our EU learning partnership project during the 3rd European LGBT Familes meeting in Cologne. During this panel we have briefly discuss our “European” experience and present our outcomes of the project. The aim of the project and of the partnership is to train LGBT parents to practice active citizenship at the European level, to improve equal rights and dignity for their families in a supranational dimension. The project will help the partner associations and their volunteers to develop a better understanding of civic participation and individual active citizenship in the European context. The project focuses on three levels of empowerment for LGBT parents: active citizenship, visibility, legal issues.
4 – 5 July 2014 Bologna: Roadmap for a more effective digital communication
Digital is about finding the best way of achieving goals, normally promoting a brand or service, through electronic connected media. Digital is the great equaliser and relationship builder. Humans by their very nature are communicative and inquisitive, and digital channels allow brands to interact with their audience on both levels. The level of involvement required by the audience to engage with a brand, in many cases a simple click of the mouse, shrinks the gulf between interaction and offline brand perception. The greatest benefit of digital lies in its ability to forge individual relationships with the audience.
Communication and Visibility of Families with same-sex parents.
In order to highlight family diversity in society and achieve recognition for all types of families, it is important that we forge alliances with the public service sector, institutions and policymakers. The collaboration with various family organisations can create a collective solidarity which will promote societal recognition. Visibility is another key to recognition for rainbow families, because it helps break down prejudice and enables identification. Media presence and targeted campaigns, such as the annual IFED celebration, will aid in making rainbow families visible as an integral part of European society.
We hope the instruments and methods presented in this handbook will empower and encourage LGBT parents and activists as well as other interested parties to get actively involved at a national and a European level in the struggle for equality and recognition for rainbow families.
Handbook for a successful relationship with the media
- How to accept an invitation by the media interviews, reporting, debates, radio and TV programmes.
- 10 Things you must do before saying “YES”
- 10 Things you should do live on the interview or debate
- 5 Things to do afterwards apart from breathing
- 10 Ways of being proactive with the media even if you haven’ washed your face
Brief Comments on visibility and the media