Project Meeting Italy, Giulianova: 12 – 14 October 2012
Workshop in Switzerland, Geneva: 24 – 25 Mai 2013
Workshop in Finland, Helsinki: 19 – 22 September 2013
Workshop in Greece, Athen: 7 – 10 November 2013
Workshop in Portugal, Lisboa: 10 – 11 Januar 2014
Workshop in Italy, Bologna: 4 – 6 Juli 2014

1st Project Meeting
Was held 12 – 14 of October 2012 in Italy, Giulianova.
1st Kickoff meeting for the Project: Being an LGBT parent as an experience of democracy and active citizenship


Was held 24 – 26 of May 2013 in Switzerland, Geneva.
Tutors: Taina Tervonen and Guillaume Bonnet

Two workshops involving all the partners were conducted on the topic of rainbow families and the media. The experts Taina Tervonen (“How to Work with the Press”) and Guillaume Bonnet (“How to Organise a Web Campaign”) provided background information and enlightened attendees with practical tips on dealing with the media. The goals of the workshops: The partners learn to deal with the media in a competent and constructive manner and purposely use their capabilities to educate and lobby.

How to work with journalists    
•    How to speak with journalists
•    How to write a press release (and what to put it in).
•    How to organize a press campaign (timing etc.)
•    How to use images and testimonies (the power of symbolism etc.)
•    How to handle an interview situation
•    How to work with journalists on the long-term: building up  trust, being available

Workshop Taina Tervonen

How to organize a sign petition
•    How and why Allout was born.
•    How to organize a good sign petition
•    The choice of the issues
•    How to spread the campaign
•    How to involve important testimonies
•    Best practice and good examples

Workshop All Out

How to organize a video viral campaign on lgbt issues.
•    Homecoming and invisible parents videos as good practices
•    The steps needed: web site, sign petition, crowdfunding, video testimony, the video.
•    Two examples that are best practises: Homecoming and Invisible parents
•    The road map video viral campaign (IFED 2014, 4th of May 2014)

Workshop Geneva

Legal Issues

Was held 22 – 24 of September 2013 in Finland, Helsinki.
Tutors: Robert Wintemute, Angelo Berbotto, Michele Giarratano, Marta Ramos

The objective of the workshop on  LGBT family rights, strategic litigation and the European Court of Human Rights is to equip you as activists with the tools to understand and implement strategies that may achieve equality of LGBTI families with children. The key concept is EMPOWERMENT, that is to “bestow or give” power to LGBTI PARENTS so that they may recognise situations, identify resources and organize actions to assert their family and parental rights and to expand them.

Workshop Legal Helsinki

The way to achieve this objective is through learning and training on how to use European Law at local level. Therefore, the delivery mode is through preparation work and the use of role-play, discussion groups and teamwork to solve scenarios.

The following court decisions of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) will be discuss: Mouta v PortugalEB v France, Gas et Dubois, X & ots v AustriaSH & ots v Austria.

Workshop Helsinki Marta

Outcome of the Workshop
The outcome of the workshop will be a booklet for LGBTI parents.  And your input through the sessions will be recorded and fed into the booklet.

Towards an active non-violent education
Was held 8 – 9 November 2013 in Greece, Athen.
Tutors: OLKE, ILGA-Europe, Color Youth, Thessaloniki Pride, Famiglie Arcobaleno and World without War and Violence

On this two-days conference, greek associations (World without war and violence and OLKE) invited other european LGBT associations and presented the material they’ve created and use in schools, in order to prevent violence and all kinds of discrimination. How to treat victimizers and how to help bullied kids? What is the role of the teacher and what tools can he or she use to prevent more acts of violence? Treating violent incidents with the whole group or class makes every person responsible of everyone’s wellbeing.
Italian rainbow family association (Famiglie arcobaleno) also presented their methods used in schools. Raising awareness on the existing diversity of families, for example, is a simple method for children to learn that what seems different for me is someone else’s reality. Allowing children to express all prejudice they might have is very positive, in the sense that it’s easier to undo it after it has openly emerged. Testimonies are very powerful with children and teenagers, because it normalizes what rainbow families look alike. The use of books (like the comics “Tommi’s book”) showing Tommi’s first day of school also helps putting a rainbow family child in the most natural environment. This association also invites child psychologists or other experts to help deal with prejudice and discrimination.

Colour Youth (greek), together with IGLYO (European network), animated workshops on the awareness of diversity and on how to put oneself in someone else’s shoes, as a way to raise awareness on discriminations.

ILGA Portugal explained how family diversity is completely silenced in Portugal and how this silence affects children.

Numerous tools and tips were exchanged by the attending activists in a very enriching experience.

Active Citizenship
Was held 10 – 11 January 2014 in Portugal, Lisboa.
Tutors: ILGA-Portugal, Famiglie Arcobaleno, Dachverband Regenbogenfamilien, World without War and Violence

The aim was to give us advocates the tools to understand and the strategies to create projects that promote active citizenship, whether as simple active citizens or as rights’ advocates. The sharing of good practices with our european partners allows each and every association to develop new resources and to observe different ways of working, both regarding associations’ lobbying, providing information and developping tools, and collaborating with local public institutions and governments.

Filipa Alvim – “Citizenship with a European dimension”
Maria von Känel – “Active citizenship practices in Switzerland”
José Catalão Ferreira – “Universidade de Coimbra – CES-UC / FPCEUC-OCIS”



Social Media – How to use social media for a more effective communication
Was held 4 – 5 July 2014 in Italy, Bologna.
Tutors: Camilla Serri (Digital Media Strategist) and Gabriella Crafa (Digital Strategist and PMO)

Training day course Social Media and Dissemination
In this two days we have received a intro/overview social media with focus on Facebook/Twitter and G+. We have learned to use the social accounts for activism and strategic communication.

Leaflet from Gabriella Crafa: “Social Media Attack”

Powerpoint presentation Camilla Serri – “How to use social media for a more effective communication”

• Intro and Social Media overview
• Focus on Facebook
• Focus on Twitter.
• Focus on G+
• Sharing tips and posting rules
Intro and Strategic Communication overview
Social Media Strategy (objectives, target, channels, rules, plans, effective communication’s tips)
Practice exerciseslet’s go to put into practice everything we have learnt about Social Media